Dr. Theresa Fossum

Meet Dr. Theresa (Terry) W. Fossum, DVM, MS. Ph.D., Diplomate ACVS – a remarkable animal lover whose passion for animal care and innovative solutions has left an indelible mark on the veterinary world. As the CEO of both Phoenix Animal Wellness and Epic Veterinary Specialists, she's ensuring dogs and cats receive the highest level of care and compassion. And now, she's reviewing the articles on iHeartDogs to ensure we deliver content you can always trust.

With an academic veterinary medicine career spanning over 35 years, Dr. Fossum has cemented her reputation as a world-renowned board-certified veterinary surgeon while also wielding an extensive background in educating others in the field with teaching posts that include tenures at Texas A&M University and Ohio State University.

As a writer and professor with the need to share knowledge with others, Dr. Fossum's catalog of work includes 100 publications, five books, and numerous book chapters. Research has also proved an integral part of Dr. Fossum's life. As the recipient of millions of dollars in research funding from industry and the federal government, she's become a prominent figure in veterinary research. And holding four patents for medical practices and innovations in veterinary medicine, Dr. Fossum is always looking for groundbreaking ways to better the lives of the furry ones we love so much!.

As a world-class veterinary surgeon, influential academic, and trailblazing entrepreneur, Dr. Fossum is a valuable member of the iHeartDogs team. Every article, every word, Dr. Fossum reviews our content to ensure you're getting the best information on how to keep your dog their happiest and healthiest.


  • University of Idaho: BS, Agriculture
  • College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington University: DVM
  • Santa Cruz Veterinary Hospital:Internship, Medicine & Surgery
  • College of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University: Residency
  • The Ohio State University, Department of Veterinary Anatomy: MS, Veterinary Anatomy
  • American College Veterinary Surgeons: Diplomate
  • Texas A&M University, Microbiology Department of Veterinary Microbiology: Ph.D., Veterinary Microbiology

Notable Awards:

With excellence as her standard, Dr. Fossum boasts a string of awards, just a few of those accolades including:

  • Excellence in Canine Research Award from the American Veterinary Medical Foundation and American Kennel Club and the
  • Texas A&M University System Innovator of the Year Award
  • Served on the Board of Directors for the Viticus Group, formerly known as the Western Veterinary Conference
  • Board of Trustee member for the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

Title: DVM, MS. Ph.D.

Articles Reviewed by Dr. Theresa Fossum