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David Smith, DVM

Director of Veterinary Services

Dr. Smith kneels on brick while wearing scrubs and his white coat. He is smiling at the camera with his hands on a golden retriever in harness sitting next to himDavid Smith, DVM, is the director of veterinary services at Leader Dogs for the Blind, supervising the Leader Dog veterinary clinic and team. He is a member of the Leader Dog Breeding Committee and was coordinator of the Leader Dogs Breeders Forum, a former educational outreach program for the canine breeding community. He supervised the development of the Leader Dogs cryogenic laboratory to preserve semen of highly regarded male breeding dogs.

In 1986, Dr. Smith accepted the position of staff veterinarian at Leader Dog. During the next 15 years he also provided veterinary relief services to numerous small animal and emergency practices in southeast Michigan.

Dr. Smith is a member of the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, Southeast Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association and the Society for Theriogenology. He has been recognized as a member of SEMVMA Academy for educational excellence and was awarded SEMVMA Outstanding Contribution to the Community.

Dr. Smith graduated from the University of Rhode Island with highest distinction from the honors program in animal science in 1979. He received his DVM from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University in 1983 and worked in general practice in Rhode Island and Massachusetts for three years.

He enjoys continuing education and application of advances within veterinary medicine. He has been a member of the Rochester Lions Club since 1986.