Texas Tech welcomes new faculty member


The newest addition to Texas Tech will help students hone their surgical skills

Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine announced that Robin Carlson, BSN, DVM, will join its faculty. With 25 years of experience in veterinary medicine, Carlson is prepared to teach students how to work on all types of large and small animals.

“I have always enjoyed interacting with veterinary students,” said Carlson, in an organizational release.1 “I feel very honored to be able to contribute to the education of future veterinarians.”

Robin Carlson, BSN, DVM (Image courtesy of Texas Tech).

Robin Carlson, BSN, DVM (Image courtesy of Texas Tech).

Before graduating from Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University in 1997, Carlson worked as a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nurse. After 10 years as a NICU nurse, Carlson decided to leave the profession to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. After graduating from veterinary school, Carlson interned at Chino Valley Hospital in Chino, California, studying equine surgery.

After meeting her fellow veterinarian husband, the couple moved to Visalia, California, where she worked as a surgeon at the Hanford Veterinary Clinic along with owning a bovine emergency and embryo transfer practice. The couple then moved to Iowa in 2003 to start their dairy farm where Carlson would routinely look after the cattle and perform surgery at a local clinic.

According to the release,1 Carlson and her husband sold their dairy farm in 2009 and moved to Texas where she opened Bushland Small Animal Veterinary Clinic. Along with her teaching responsibilities, Carlson will continue to provide care for pets in and around Amarillo.

“I somehow knew Dr. Carlson in the past – a moment of déjà vu when we first met,” said John Dascanio, VMD, DACT, DABVP (Equine), senior associate dean for academic and student affairs. “She became a clinical partner with our community-based clinical year program first, and then we had an opportunity for her to join us in a growing role with our clinical and professional skills program.

“Her management experience in her small animal practice has helped us immensely with our own software, how to organize our processes, and many other methods to educate students for primary care practice,” he continued.


Surgery expert joins Texas Tech School of Veterinary Medicine. News release. Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine. January 6, 2023. Accessed January 6, 2023.

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