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Floyd named interim director of Animal Health and Performance Program

Sept. 26, 2012

By Tara Lanier, 334-844-3698,

James G. Floyd, Jr. has been named interim director of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine Animal Health and Performance Program (AHPP) effective Sept. 18.

Floyd succeeds Robert Gillette who is pursuing veterinary sports medicine in a private practice.

AHPP includes the Canine Detection Research Institute and the Richard G. and Dorothy A. Metcalf Veterinary Sports Medicine Program.

Established in 1989, Auburn University’s Canine Detection Research Institute conducts research activities encompassing canine detection and the process of canine olfaction, or sense of smell.  The associated Canine Detection Training Center is one of the largest of its kind outside the federal government.

The Veterinary Sports Medicine Program, founded in 1991, was established to study injuries, diseases, nutritional factors, and physiologic functions of dogs and horses involved in field sports and working endeavors.

A West Point graduate, Floyd received his D.V.M. from Louisiana State University in 1981.  He completed residency training at the University of Illinois in 1988 where he earned a Master of Science degree.  He became board-certified by the American College of Theriogenologists in 1989. 

From 1988 to 2001, Floyd served on the faculty of the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences at Auburn University. He established the El Toro Award for Excellence in Food Animal Medicine at Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994 in memory of his father J.G. Floyd.

In 2001 he joined the faculty at North Carolina State University where he served as head of the Department of Farm Animal Health and Resource Management, and head of the Department of Population Health and Pathobiology. Floyd retired as a professor at North Carolina State in 2011.

His military deployments include Operation Desert Shield/Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom.  For his service in the U.S. Army, he received the Bronze Star Medal in 2011.  He is the recipient of the Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teacher Award and he was named Alabama Veterinarian of the Year in 1993.

“The College of Veterinary Medicine is fortunate to have recruited Dr. Jim Floyd back to Auburn as AHPP interim director,” said Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies Frank Bartol.  “His background in veterinary medicine combined with his impressive record of leadership and service to the nation is certain to bring stability to the program and ensure excellence as we move the program forward.”

The mission of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine is to prepare individuals for careers of excellence in veterinary medicine. The college provides programs of instruction, research, outreach, and service that are in the best interests of the citizens of the state of Alabama, the region, the nation, and the world.