Angie McDaniel is a product of one of the most revolutionary eras in history.
For starters, she grew up on a farm in Irwin County in South Georgia and learned from her grandfather how to care for farm animals. Industrialization and technology have so thoroughly shifted the balance of population and power from country to city that a farm background is now the exception rather than the rule.
And then there’s her occupation: Dr. Angie McDaniel, DVM, MS, is a veterinarian specializing in food animal (large animal) medicine.
According to research by Louisiana State University, there were just 21 female veterinarian graduates in the United States in 1938. Ten more women joined their ranks in 1939. Approximately 5,000 male veterinarians belonged to the American Veterinary Medical Association in 1939.
In 2009 the AVMA reported that female veterinarians outnumbered their male counterparts for the first time.
McDaniel joined the faculty of the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine in November of 2021, serving as a Clinical Associate Professor at the Tifton Diagnostic and Investigational Laboratory. She worked for 24 years in a mixed animal practice in Tifton and applied at UGA when that practice shifted focus to specialize in small animals exclusively.
Like the nation, South Georgia is seeing a decline in large animal specialists. When her practice stopped taking large animals, McDaniel started splitting her time between the clinic four days per week and her own large animal service one day per week.
“The problem is that cattle and goats and sheep don’t look at a calendar and a lot of times they wouldn’t get sick on that one day I worked so I ended up working for the clinic until six every night and I would go on one or two farm calls at night and do a good bit on weekends just to keep up with it. I knew I needed to change, and this position came open and I applied, and I got really lucky and got it so now I can focus strictly on large animals.”