Hello, I’m Dr. Terry Morris, a veterinarian with USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Veterinary Regulatory Support (VRS) staff, where I’m currently the acting Assistant Director. I’m responsible for managing VRS’ 17 Agriculture Quarantine Inspection Veterinary Medical Officers that are strategically located throughout the United States, including ensuring that they have all of the necessary knowledge, equipment, supplies, and regulatory support necessary to effectively safeguard the U.S. from foreign plant and animal diseases at the local level. I’ve been with USDA APHIS since 2001. I started out in USDA’s Veterinary Services National Center for Import and Export program and then came over to the VRS staff in 2007.
How did I choose to become a veterinarian? When I was in sixth grade, my dog died and my family was unable to afford any expenses associated with determining the cause of death. I wanted to know why my dog died. I took it upon myself to become a veterinarian, both to learn why and so that I could prevent other people’s pets from dying.