Dr. Robert Linford accepted a faculty appointment at Mississippi State University in 1995, initially serving as associate professor and then later as full professor and chief of Equine Medicine and Surgery. He continues to teach Equine Medicine, Surgery, and Anatomy at the school and has received numerous teaching awards, including the Norden Distinguished Teaching Award three times and the Pegasus Award for Teaching Excellence twice. Dr. Linford has mentored six fourth-year veterinary students that have received a prestigious National AAEP/ALSIC Scholarship award from the American Association of Equine Practitioners and the American Livestock Insurance Company. The scholarship is awarded annually, on the basis of academic excellence, leadership ability, and involvement in activities that benefit the horse, to the top six to eight students in America planning to enter equine practice. Dr. Linford was raised in Montana and received a BS degree from Montana State University in 1975 and a DVM degree from Colorado State University in 1978. He received additional training at the University of California, Davis, in equine surgery and radiology, earning residency certificates in both areas, as well as a PhD, before joining the UCDavis faculty as an assistant professor of Equine Surgery in 1987. Dr. Linford is active in the Mississippi Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association and has served as the faculty advisor to the Mississippi State University Student Chapter of the AVMA since 1997. He has been a member of multiple AVMA workshop panels to develop the current Basic and Clinical Sciences Exam for Step 3 of the AVMA’s Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) licensing process. He has administered the equine sections of the Clinical Proficiency portion of the licensing examination for the AVMA since 1995 and has worked with WVC as an examiner for the equine sections of the Clinical Proficiency Examination since the inaugural exam administered at the WVC in Las Vegas in 2006. Dr. Linford and his wife Karen have been married for 33 years and have 2 children, John and Amanda. Dr. Linford maintains roots in Montana as co-owner of the family ranch that his brother Jack operates.