Dr. Bright is a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and completed a Master's degree at Colorado State University. His residency training in small animal surgery, completed at the University of Missouri, was followed by an appointment as Assistant Professor in small animal surgery at Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. After five years at Purdue, he accepted an appointment at the University of Florida as an Associate Professor and Head of Small Animal Surgery at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee. He was appointed a Distinguished Professor his final five years at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Bright joined Veterinary Specialists of Northern Colorado in December of 1999.
Dr. Bright received twelve teaching awards during his faculty appointments with various universities. Two of these were the prestigious Norden Distinguished Teaching Award. In 1993, he was honored by his alma mater, the Ohio State University, with a Distinguished Alumnus Award. That same year, he received a Fulbright Scholarship that supported a year-long sabbatical at the veterinary school at Cambridge University in England.
Dr. Bright became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) in 1980. He subsequently became a member of the Board of Regents of the College and, in 2002, completed a 3-year appointment as President and chair of the ACVS. Dr. Bright helped with the establishment of the credentialing and testing protocol for our sister organization in Europe, the European College of Veterinary Surgeons. He was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the North American Veterinary Conference.
Dr. Bright has published over 150 articles in the veterinary literature and over 27 chapters in 10 veterinary textbooks. He is the editor of one book and as associate editor of the 4th edition of Morgan's Handbook of Small Animal Practice that was published in 2002.
Dr. Bright has given over 150 invited lectures both nationally and internationally to include Western and Eastern Europe, the Caribbean, Canada, South America and his native USA. He was also a visiting professor at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatchewan, Canada.
Dr. Bright's clinical and research interests have focused primarily on gastroenterology, reconstructive surgery, surgical oncology, and respiratory disorders. He has also worked extensively with congenital liver disorders in dogs and cats that are amenable to surgical correction.