Jessie Monday, DVM, MS - Head of PLP Leadership

Dr. Monday received her DVM from Texas A&M University in 2012. She completed an internship in Food Animal Medicine and Surgery at Kansas State University in 2013. She then continued on to complete a residency in Food Animal Medicine and Surgery with an emphasis on large animal internal medicine at Kansas State University in 2016. She started working at Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory in 2016 as a Bovine Veterinary Diagnostician. She lives in Amarillo with her husband, her two dogs, two horses, and pet Holstein steer. 


Sarah Capik, DVM, PhD - Assistant Head of PLP Leadership

Dr. Capik is the Assistant Professor of Ruminant Animal Health in Amarillo, TX and has a joint appointment with Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Department of Veterinary Pathobiology. A Florida native, Dr. Capik attended veterinary school at the University of Florida where she focused on food animal medicine and, in particular, feedlot cattle. Following veterinary school, she completed her PhD at Kansas State University where she spent several years researching the characterization, transmission dynamics, diagnosis, and control of Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD). Her current research focuses on understanding the relationships between the various risk factors and pathogens that are involved in BRD, improving beef and dairy producers’ ability to accurately diagnose and manage BRD, and identifying appropriate interventions to mitigate BRD risk. When not working, she enjoys hiking, reading, riding her mustang, and training and showing her Australian Shepherd in herding and agility.


Dan Posey, DVM - CE Coordinator

Dr. Posey is a clinical professor of veterinary science and the academic coordinator for the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Center at West Texas A&M University. He received his BS in microbiology from Texas Tech University in 1979. He received a BS in veterinary science and his DVM degree from Texas A&M University in 1981 and 1982, respectively. Dr. Posey was in private general veterinary practice in rural Madison County for 20 years. He was certified in beef cattle production management through the Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center in Clay Center, Nebraska in 1997. Dr. Posey joined the faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University in March 2002. Dr. Posey is boarded by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in beef cattle practice since 2003. He served as the Chief of Food Animal Medicine in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences from 2003 to 2008. In January 2009, he joined the Professional Programs Office at the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences as the Director of Special Program and then served as the Director of Student Affairs from 2014 to 2016. Dr. Posey joined the West Texas A&M University faculty in 2016. 

Dr. Posey is originally from Lubbock, Texas. He lives in Canyon with his wife, Timmye. They are truly enjoying being back on the plains of Texas and enjoying every sunset. They are blessed with two daughters and their husbands; Abra and Heath Polinard, Rachel and Dale Austin. He is an avid Aggie and Buff sports, Texas Ranger and Dallas Cowboy fan.


Dee Griffin, DVM, MS - Head of PLP Advisory Council 

Dee Griffin, an “Okie” raised on a small cow/calf operation, has focused his entire professional career on cattle. After completing his veterinary degree from Oklahoma State University, he did his graduate work at Purdue University emphasizing pathology and nutrition. Most of his career has been spent full time in the cattle industry. He was the staff veterinarian for Hitch Enterprises, a family owned operation that had 1200 cows, as many as 20,000 stockers, over 250,000 feeder cattle and two packing plants. He has worked with the BQA program since its inception when Hitch became the first USDA Verified Control Production beef operation. Today he is a Clinical Professor at Texas A&M University (TAMU), College of Veterinary Medicine and is the Director of the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Center at West Texas A&M University (WTAMU), Canyon, TX. He focuses on the TAMU Serving Every Texan Every Day (SETED) program for the Texas Panhandle. As such, improving the connection between Panhandle veterinarians, potential veterinary student and livestock owners, managers and professional is his mission. At WTAMU, he teaches classes to upper level BS and graduate students. 


Gayman Helman, DVM, PhD, MA

Dr. Helman graduated from Texas A&M University with three degrees: summa cum laude with a bachelor of science in veterinary medicine in 1976; in 1977, earned a doctorate in veterinary medicine, and in 1981, a PhD in veterinary pathology. He also holds a master of arts from Columbia International University, earned in 2010. Since 1982, he has held board certification from the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. He is the current Resident Director of the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory in Amarillo. He has hands on experience in  food animal diagnostics, toxicology, pathology and companion animal diagnostics. 


Brent Auvermann, PhD

Brent Auvermann is Professor and Center Director for the Texas A&M AgriLife Research center at Amarillo. He was named Center Director in February 2017 after 21 years as an Extension Specialist in Biological and Agricultural Engineering. Brent is an avid outdoorsman who loves backpacking, fly fishing, and hunting, with 15 of Colorado’s “Fourteener” summits under his belt. He also enjoys reading history and theology, tennis, and golf. Brent and his wife of 30 years, Jennifer, have three sons, Samuel, Silas, and Isaac. Both Brent and Jennifer are licensed as real estate agents by the State of Texas.


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