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Box T-0070
Stephenville, TX 76402


Joe W Autry Agriculture Building

Joe W Autry Agriculture Building, Rooms 117 and 305A


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Meet the Faculty

Dr. John V. Zisk

Dr. John V. Zisk

Director, Veterinary Technology

As Director of the Veterinary Technology Program at Tarleton State University, I want to welcome you to the Bachelor of Applied Science degree program in Veterinary Technology.  My background in higher education includes a Bachelor of Science (Biology) from the University of Hartford, my DVM from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, and a Master of Education from Northeastern University in Higher Education Administration Specialization. 

Professionally, I have practiced equine medicine and surgery at Florida and Maryland race tracks and for private ownership facilities for 23 years.  As a regulatory veterinarian, I served as State Veterinarian at Tampa Bay Downs (Florida) and National Executive Director of the Horse Protection Act administered through the USDA in Washington. 

My wife Catherine originates from Miami and we still maintain our primary residence in Tarpon Springs, Florida.   We are avid owners of Airedale Terriers and support their rescue and rehabilitation.  “Chewie” is our current Airedale.  High energy; his personality and zaniness makes for a new day-every day and never without adventure.

Michelle Cockrell

Michelle Cockrell

Instructor and Coordinator, Veterinary Technology

I received an AA and AAS from Midland College, a BSA from the University of Georgia Athens, and an MS in Agriculture from Tarleton State University.  I have just recently finished my Master’s degree here at Tarleton and I am so excited to be working for the University.  I love educating others and I couldn’t think of a better way to do it than by combining it with my love of animals to teach future graduates of the BAS-VT here at Tarleton.  As an older student, college degrees have been a long, hard battle and I couldn’t have done it without my family.  My husband (Kip) and I met over a game of pool and have spent over 20 years together.  He is my support structure.  We have two very active boys who keep us running to sporting events every semester.  The furry children also keep us very occupied.  Currently they include: 3 Border Collies (Katie, Tessie, Zoey), 1 cat (Jumma), 1 lizard (Rango), 4 horses (Cutter, Cassie, Kahlua, Callie) and 1 very large Brahman lap steer named Charlie.  There is never a dull moment at our house!

Dr. Barry Lambert

Dr. Barry Lambert

Associate Dean, College of Graduate Studies

My Specialty is Ruminant Nutrition/Dairy Science.  BS and MS from Tarleton State University, PhD from Kansas State University.  I teach a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of Animal Science and Ruminant Nutrition. In addition to my teaching and administrative responsibilities, I also hold a research appointment at Texas A&M AgriLife Research in Stephenville, TX where I conduct research in the area of nutrient management and ruminant nutrition.  Additionally, I serve as the faculty advisor for several student organizations on the Tarleton campus.

Mary Mould

Mary Mould

Adjunct Instructor, Veterinary Technology

I received my B.S. in Veterinary Technology from St. Petersburg College and a M.Ed. from the University of Phoenix.  I’m an active member of NAVTA and AVTE.  I have been and am now an Instructor for several veterinary technology programs and CE programs.  My husband (Ralph) and I have shared 30 wonderful years together and I’m looking forward to the next 30.  We have two children, a son and daughter.  Our daughter is currently pursuing an advanced degree as a Physician Assistant.  I also have three grandchildren who bring so much joy to us.  Our non-human children include a Shepherd mix and a Cavalier King Charles/Cocker Spaniel mix.  My favorite quote is “Nothing changes if nothing changes”.