New Faculty Members Join VDPAM


Dr. Patrick Halbur, College of Veterinary Medicine, 515-294-6970 
Tracy Ann Raef, Veterinary Communications, 515-294-4602

January 6, 2015

“To address the continued growth of our caseload in the Field Services Unit and Food-Animal and Camelid Hospital and to address the increased interest of veterinary students in our clinical rotations, we have added two new faculty members to our department,” said Dr. Patrick Halbur, professor and chair of ISU's Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine.

Effective January 1, Dr. Kelly Still Brooks became the college’s newest addition as a Clinician in the Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine (VDPAM). Dr. Still Brooks earned a DVM degree from Cornell University in 2005, and Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Iowa in 2010. She is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, and has completed completed training as a Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostician at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center, New York.

Dr. Still Brooks previously served as a Major in the U.S. Army’s Veterinary Corps. During her 9-year active service, she worked with the Civil Affairs units in South America and West Africa, and gained expertise in emergency response and agriculture terrorism stateside and overseas. She is the recipient of the Army’s Expert Field Medical Badge, and the Humanitarian Service Medical and Achievement Medals. While in active service, she completed a two-year internship at ISU focusing on small ruminant medicine. She left active military service in the summer of 2014 to become a postdoctoral research associate in VDPAM. Dr. Still Brooks plans to remain active in the U.S. Army Reserves 350th Civil Affairs Command.

“Dr. Still Brooks has a unique background and broad clinical skills that will be highly valued by the clients of our hospital and field services units and the students who work with her while she serves our clients,” Dr. Halbur said.

Dr. Troy Brick will join VDPAM in June as an assistant professor. Dr. Brick is a 2002 graduate of Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He completed a residency in internal medicine and earned a master’s degree at The Ohio State University. His experience includes six years in a progressive, private practice in northwest Iowa, and academic and field services experience as an assistant professor at Saint George’s University in Grenada (2011-2013). He was recruited back to The Ohio State University in 2013 as an assistant professor in veterinary preventive medicine.

“Dr. Brick’s experiences in a progressive private practice and in academia leading the field services units at two other institutions will provide new perspectives and excellent leadership as we continue to expand the scope of primary care services offered through the ISU Veterinary Field Services units and the Food-Animal and Camelid Hospital.

"Drs. Still Brooks and Brick will make a solid team that will help us assure clients receive the very best medical and surgical services and the veterinary students get high quality clinical learning experiences” Dr. Halbur said.