Conklin graduated from the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources (CASNR) in 1997 before earning his veterinary degree from Texas A&M. After graduating, he began a successful veterinary practice in Weatherford. Since 2012, he has served as the senior equine professional services veterinarian for Boehringer-Ingelheim Animal Health, where he helped the company develop into the largest equine animal health provider in the world.
“Being raised here in the Texas Panhandle, in production agriculture, has shaped the character and veterinarian I have become,” says Conklin. “I am thrilled to be part of this exciting program and, as part of the Texas Tech family, I look forward to fostering those fundamental values we hold dear in the students who pass through this program.”
Conklin’s achievements include the honor of 2019 CASNR Distinguished Alumni and the recognition of his clinic as a Top 5 Equine Hospital in the United States. While at Boehringer-Ingelheim, his focus was on performance horse pharmaceuticals and chronic diseases affecting lameness and hooves. This position has strengthened his roles as a veterinarian, an instructor and a keynote speaker.
“Britt is a highly-qualified veterinarian with an international reputation in equine podiatry and brings terrific insight from many years of high quality veterinary practice,” says John Dascanio, senior associate dean for academic and student affairs for the School of Veterinary Medicine. “There is no one better to help guide our clinical year program and to align our mission in graduating confident and competent veterinarians.”
As an equine consultant Conklin continues to operate his sports medicine and podiatry referral hospital. Through his role as the associate dean for clinical programs, his hope is to uphold the School of Veterinary Medicine’s mission by helping students develop and serve the rural community and regional needs.
“I am excited that Britt will join the leadership team of the School of Veterinary Medicine,” says Guy Loneragan, dean of the school. “He will provide important leadership to our relationships with veterinary practices all across Texas. These practices are key to providing experiential learning for our students, and Britt has developed an enormous network that is second to none. He will help enable truly outstanding hands-on, clinical education and research opportunities for our veterinary students.”