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Paul Gordon Ross, MS, DVM


Assistant Professor, Director of Clinical Relations

College of Veterinary Medicine

E-Mail: pgordon@westernu.edu

Phone: 909-706-3529 | Fax: 909-469-8237
Join year: 2007

Education

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine – University of California, Davis, June 1999.

Master of Science, Animal Science – University of California, Davis, August 1995.

Bachelor of Science, Biology – University of California, Riverside, June 1992.

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor, Director of Clinical Relations – Western University of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Pomona, California, January 2009 to present.

Assistant Professor, Clinical Field Liaison – Western University of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Pomona, California, August 2007 to January 2009.

Associate Veterinarian – Banfield, The Pet Hospital, Fullerton/Fontana, California, January 2005 to 2009.

Associate Veterinarian – Inland Equine Veterinary Associates, Hemet, California, August 1999 to December 2004

Teaching Experience

Assistant Professor – Western University of Health Sciences - College of Veterinary Medicine, Pomona, California, January 2007 to present.

Facilitating Assistant Veterinarian – Western University of Health Sciences - College of Veterinary Medicine, Pomona, California, January 2007 to June 2007.

Clinical Preceptor - Banfield The Pet Hospital – Fontana, Western University of Health Sciences - College of Veterinary Medicine, Pomona, California, October 2005 to January 2009.

Philosophy

 My mission is to inspire and support students in their acquisition of knowledge and in their struggle to achieve their aspiration. Through my own personal observations and experiences in veterinary medicine and education, I have come to believe that the most effective teachers are organized, knowledgeable and excellent communicators. Additionally, good teachers must be able to motivate their students as well as be able to individually tailor his or her approach to the need of each student. This means that an effective teacher is one who can understand each student’s individual needs and learning style and challenge them to seek solutions and grow as learners. It is this drive to research, find answers, and improve one’s knowledge and skills that are essential elements to a successful career as a veterinarian.

Narrative

 Education does not run in my family, it stampedes! I am proud to say I am part of a family of educators, ranging from an elementary school teacher to a college instructor. My father was a high school teacher for 35 years and my mother returned to college at the age of 40, making her return to higher education at Riverside Community College and then transferring to San Diego State University where she earned her BA and Teaching Credential. My sister currently serves as a Computer Science instructor at University of Florida.

I entered higher education at University of California Riverside and completed a BS in Biology. Upon completing my undergraduate work, I entered University of California Davis and began the coursework and research needed to earn my MS degree. I completed my thesis on equine reproduction (Opioids: Effects on Gonadotropin Secretion in the Male Horse). While completing my Masters research in Animal Science, I had the opportunity to serve as a teaching assistant for General Biology 1A, 1B, and 1C and teach laboratories in several Animal Science courses. Assisting in these courses not only reinforced my understanding of the course subject matter, it provided me with invaluable experience in student instruction that served to spark an interest in teaching that has remained an active part of my career path to this day.

After completing my Masters, I pursued a degree in Veterinary Medicine and earned my DVM degree in 1999 from the University of California Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine. Since that time I have served my community as both a large animal and small animal veterinarian. As a veterinarian, I have had the opportunity to work with clients of different ethnic backgrounds, socioeconomic status, and knowledge levels. I have always believed that a large part of my responsibility as a healthcare provider for animals was the successful education of their owners. I take great care and pride in teaching my clients about proper care and husbandry for their pets and livestock.

Hobbies: Traveling, snowboarding, camping, hiking, backpacking, fly-fishing, gardening.

               "He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul's estate."

                                                                                      Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)