David F. Dean, D.V.M., Ph.D.


Department of Biology

Spring Hill College




Biographical Information


I was born in Washington D.C. on the 30th of May, 1952. My father was an officer in the United States Air Force, therefore, my mother and father and I were relocated several times before I reached the age of seven. We even spent some time stationed in New Foundland.



Abalone Cove

Point Vicente

In the summer of 1960 we were transferred to southern California, and it was there in 1964 that my father retired from the Air Force. Our home until 1980 was on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, southeast of Los Angeles. Though it rapidly grew in population during the time that we lived there, it remains one of the most beautiful portions of the California coastline.

I graduated from Rolling Hills High School in 1970 and attended Arizona State University until 1973, leaving one semester short of earning a bachelors degree in Wildlife Biology. After leaving ASU, I worked at a variety of jobs including being self-employed for a couple of years, before returning to college. In 1979 I earned an Associate in Science degree in Animal Health Technology from Los Angeles Pierce College.

After graduation from Pierce College, I accepted a position on the staff of the Department of Rural Practice, at the College of Veterinary Medicine, of the University of Tennessee (UTCVM) in Knoxville. Though initially I had no intention of applying to veterinary school, eventually I took the prerequisite courses for admission and was accepted. I received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Tennessee in 1987.

Following two years as an associate in a companion animal practice in Greenville, South Carolina, I returned to UTCVM to begin residency training in Anatomic Pathology and to pursue a PhD in the Department of Pathobiology. The chair of the department and my major professor was Dr. David O. Slauson. In the spring of 1994 I completed my residency training and received a PhD in Comparative and Experimental Medicine.

During residency training, I was required to teach a portion of the course in General Pathology taken by sophomore veterinary students. This was the first time that I had engaged in formal classroom instruction – and I loved it! In fact, I decided that upon completion of my degree, I would seek a position that emphasized teaching, rather than research or service.

When I graduated in the spring of 1994, two such positions were available to me, and I chose to accept the offer made by Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama.