David Gartrell Pugh earned a BSA, a DVM, and an MS degrees from the University of Georgia, and a MAG from Auburn University. He received post-DVM training at Virginia Tech and Texas A & M University. He is a Diplomat of the American College of Theriogenology, the American College of Veterinary Nutrition, and the American College of Veterinary Microbiology.
Pugh was a large animal practitioner for 5 years in Georgia, held faculty positions at the University of Georgia and Auburn University (Professor of Large Animal Medicine), was a Technical Services Veterinarian for Fort Dodge Animal Health, was the Project Veterinarian & Director of Operations for the AU Equine Source Plasma Project at Auburn University, and most recently, Director of the Alabama State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory System.
Pugh has received five university and five national awards for teaching, was the 2006 recipient of the UGA’s AM Mills Award for contributions to Veterinary Medicine, and was the UGA’s College of Vet Med’s Alumni of the Year for 2017. He has served on various committees for the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners, the Society for Theriogenology, the College of Theriogenology, the American College of Veterinary Nutrition, and the National Research Council, Nutrient Requirement Committee and the American Academy of Veterinary Parasitologists.
He and his wife of 44 years are cattle and donkey owners, and the parents of two daughters, a son, two sons-in law, a daughter-in-law, and 4 grandchildren. They are active in the Trinity Riders Chapter of the Christian Motorcycle Association, active in Cowboy Church, and active Motorcycle riders.