Dr. Dennis McCurnin teaches practice management courses, counsels veterinary students, plans and develops continuing education courses, and provides career guidance to graduate veterinarians. He received his DVM degree in 1966 and MS (surgery) in 1970 from Iowa State University. Dr. McCurnin owned and operated a three-person small animal practice in Phoenix, Arizona, from 1970 to 1976. He became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1973 and, in 1976, he returned to Iowa State University as an Associate Professor of Surgery and Assistant Dean. From 1979 to 1990 Dr. McCurnin was Professor of Surgery and Director of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Colorado State University. From October 1990 to July 2006, he served as Professor of Surgery/Management and Hospital Director at the School of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In July 2006 he began his full-time commitment to practice management, career guidance, and other areas of continuing education.
Dr. McCurnin has received numerous awards, including the Norden Distinguished Teacher Award, Iowa State University Stange Award, Arizona Veterinarian of the Year, Western Veterinary Conference Distinguished Service Award, AVPMCA Distinguished Life Member Award, AAHA Award, AVMA President’s Award, and the SWVS Visionary Award. He has given more than 500 papers and presentations at professional meetings and seminars throughout the United States and 30 foreign countries, published over 160 scientific articles, and contributed to 11 textbooks. Dr. McCurnin is co-editor of McCurnin’s Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians (7th Edition, 2010) from Elsevier/Saunders, editor of Textbook of Veterinary Practice Management published by J. B. Lippincott, and co-editor of Small Animal Physical Diagnosis and Clinical Procedures published by Elsevier/Saunders. He is a Past President (2006) and current member of the Board of Directors of the Southwest Veterinary Symposium in Dallas, Texas, as well as Past Chair of the AVMA Convention Management and Program Committee (2000-2007) and current member of the Board of Directors of the NCVEI (2007-2010).