About Dr. Terri Champney
Dr. Champney graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University. She practiced equine and small animal medicine in California and Michigan before moving to Virginia where she worked in small animal medicine full time for several years.
Dr. Champney is a retired professor and Program Head of Veterinary Technology at Northern Virginia Community College. While at the college she established the first program between a county animal shelter and a veterinary teaching program. The model program was recognized by the organization, Veterinarians for Animal Rights, as a unique effort to benefit both animals and students.
She initiated educational innovations in the veterinary technology classroom including the development and implementation of one of the first American Veterinary Medical Association accredited Veterinary Technology Online programs in the US. She received a student award as Faculty of the Year.
Terri volunteered with the P.A.L. (People Animals Love) program of Washington D.C. and taught animal care classes to prison inmates. The program goal was providing skills needed for employment after inmates left incarceration. She volunteered with Fairfax Pets on Wheels (FPOW) assisting with the administration of the programs, co-coordinating volunteers, pet visits to nursing homes and received the “Mary Latshaw” award for her work at FPOW.
Dr. Champney is a co-founder of Dominion Equine Welfare (formerly Virginia Equine Welfare Group), a 501c3 organization devoted to the humane care of horses. She authored a paper/presentation, “Turning the Table” for the 2013 International Equine Conference, Lexington, Kentucky.
When Dr. Champney was eight years old Tubby her first equine “mentor” taught her to ride among many other valuable lessons. Since then she has been involved with different breeds and activities.
Dr. Champney has used her teaching, curriculum development and online course development experience to create the Equine Experiential Learning Initiative.
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