Scott Reed DVM, Amarillo Texas


Scott Reed has always been active, passionate, and engaged in a variety of interests in his life. In his younger years, he played football and rugby. He enjoyed crafting with his hands in activities such as woodworking. But most of all, he loves animals. One of his earliest hobbies was ferret breeding. He learned to care for these animals and the process of development through the rodents special health concerns and watching their fascinating genetic lives unfold. Growing up, he also collected a variety of reptiles and amphibians. 

Scott Reed knew he wanted to work in biology when he got older. He received a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry from Virginia Tech University.  He subsequently worked in a plant molecular biology lab under Dr. Robert Schmidt at the University of Florida. Then, he worked as a chemist in the diagnostic gastroenterology lab under Dr. David A. Williams.  While working with Dr. Williams, they developed and refined many of the early tests for diagnosing pancreatic diseases in companion animals.  In 1986, Reed attended veterinary school and received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida in 1990. His focus throughout veterinary school was on companion animals but he also had a penchant for pathology.

Scott Reed worked as a primary care veterinarian and emergency veterinarian for a number of years. Eventually, he opened a clinic with his wife, Fran. He and Fran met in Veterinary school so this was a labor of love.  In October of 2001, Reed received certification as a Diplomate in Canine and Feline Medicine by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP). He achieved recertification in 2011.  Another qualification Reed claims is ultrasound certification by Choice Medical Systems, which he received in August 2004.  Unfortunately, when Scott Reed began suffering from problems with his hands, he was no longer suitable to effectively perform surgery as he dreamed of.  However, that opened another door for Reed to pursue. He returned to one of his original passions: pathology.

Scott Reed completed a pathology residency at the Louisiana State University in Department of Pathobiological Sciences.  He was awarded a T32 fellowship by Tulane Regional Primate Center. He worked toward his PhD with Dr. Shulin Li in cancer immunogene therapy. This impressive achievement of his PhD was completed in December of 2010.

Reed also participated in many collaborative research projects at Pennington Biomedical Research Center such as neuro-signaling associated with digestive physiology and dietary interventions targeted at preventing hypertension and renal disease.  In September of 2013, Reed became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in Anatomic Pathology.

Scott currently works as the Pathology Section Head at the Amarillo Laboratory for the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory system.  Reed also lectures for the Veterinary Information Network (VIN) in their basic pathology course and has been since 2010.  He is on editorial boards of Journal of Forensics Science: Research and Development as well as the Journal of Veterinary Science and Technology and has been on both since June of 2010.  He has received many awards including ones from the CL Davis Foundation, Phi Zeta, NIH, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, and Iams Pet Nutrition.  Scott Reed has almost 30 peer-reviewed publications and presentations.

Scott Reed’s career has progressed significantly over the years and he has had the opportunity to work, study and research in a variety of different fields while still maintaining his focus on pathology and cancer biology.

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