Vet Med Faculty Member Receives Armbrust Professorship


Pat Phillips, DVM, Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, 515-294-4244 
Tracy Raef, Veterinary Communications, 515-294-4602

November 13, 2013

Dr. Patrick Phillips has been named the Scott and Nancy Armbrust Professor at Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. On November 9, a special ceremony was held to recognize the professorship. During the ceremony, Dean Lisa K. Nolan, the Dr. Stephen G. Juelsgaard Dean of Veterinary Medicine, presented the professorship medallion to Dr. Phillips.

Dr. Phillips is a senior clinician at the College of Veterinary Medicine where he teaches reproduction (theriogenology) to third and fourth-year veterinary students.

A diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists, Dr. Phillips specializes in the field of large animal reproduction. Prior to joining the faculty at Iowa State, he owned and operated Certified Embryo Transfer Company that provides embryo transfer services for beef and dairy clients throughout the Midwest. He is a former dairy owner/practitioner in Wisconsin and was head veterinarian and embryo transfer researcher for ABS Global, managing global operations for five artificial insemination centers in the United States, Canada, Denmark and Italy.

Dr. Phillips is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army, with deployments in support of Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He was a commander of veterinary assets with troops in eight countries and 11 duty sites. He served his country from 1974 through 2005.

A native of Nebraska, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in animal science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In 1985, he received his doctorate of veterinary medicine from Kansas State University. He completed the theriogenology residency program at the University of Missouri in 1989.

Dr. Phillips is the second holder of the professorship. Dr. James West, senior clinician in the department of veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine, was the inaugural holder of the professorship.

The Scott and Nancy Armbrust Professorship was established by the Armbrusts in 2006 to advance the field of bovine production medicine and/or bovine reproduction. After graduating from Iowa State's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1975, Dr. Armbrust was a dairy practitioner in Wisconsin for seven years. When he graduated, the technology of bovine embryo transfer was in its infancy. He was one of the first veterinarians in Wisconsin to practice embryo transfer exclusively. He is internationally recognized for his expertise in bovine genetics and embryo transfer. Since 1982, he has owned and operated Paradocs Embryo Transfer, Inc., located in Green Bay, Wisc.