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People Power: Philip Bushby

Philip Bushby assists a junior veterinary student performing a spay operation. KATIE PRUITT AND KAYSEY BURNS
The Road Less Traveled:
Philip A. Bushby, D.V.M., is not your typical professor—but then again, he’s not your typical vet either. Though he teaches at the Mississippi State University (MSU) College of Veterinary Medicine, the man is rarely on campus. Instead, he is on the road three to six days a week, carrying out his life’s work and passion.

“My commitment is to changing the veterinary profession’s attitudes toward animal welfare,” he explains.

Though Bushby began his career conventionally—graduating from vet college, doing an internship, performing two residencies, opening a private practice, and finally becoming a board-certified vet surgeon—he became increasingly concerned about his peers’ approach to animal welfare beyond the business of medicine.

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