David is a third generation Montanan who grew up Billings, MT where he completed his first two years of college. His love of animals and years of working on ranches and feedlots during his youth lead him into his first career in Veterinary Medicine. He received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University in 1966. David’s interest in the study of disease mechanisms during veterinary school led him into his second career as a research pathologist. He received his MS and PhD degrees in Comparative Pathology from The Ohio State University in 1967 and 1970, respectively. After graduate school, David was employed as a research pathologist at the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, in Bethesda, MD from 1970-77.
In 1977, David joined the faculty at Montana State University (MSU), Bozeman, Montana, initially as a department head and later as an administrator overseeing biomedical and health-related programs and institutional review committees. During his tenure at Montana State University, David has changed positions every 7 – 10 years………..thus, it is not surprising that he was recently diagnosed with VADD – Vocational Attention Deficit Disorder. After serving eight years as a department head, David directed several grant-funded programs for American Indian students working with Montana’s seven tribal colleges and reservation high schools. From 1995-2005, David served as Director of the Montana Office of Rural Health. In 2005, David was appointed Community Resource Specialist with the MSU Extension Service and Research Professor with the College of Nursing. David’s passion is mobilizing resources that promote healthy, safe, thriving Montana communities and improve the health and well-being of underserved, vulnerable, disenfranchised, hard-to-reach populations. He is one of the leaders of the CHC CoP and chairs the Professional Training Subcommittee of the USDA-NIFA Nutrition and Health Committee for Program Planning and Guidance.
The majority of David’s tenure at MSU has involved writing grants, conducting grant writing workshops and overseeing health-related and biomedical research grants. He conducts grant writing workshops for Extension and various community-based organizations and agencies across Montana.
In his non-job life, David serves as a volunteer chaplain for local law enforcement and is actively involved in jail and prison ministry. David is a member of several national organizations, including: the American Correctional Chaplains Association, the American Correctional Association, the American Jail Association, the International Conference of Police Chaplains, and, the Rural Chaplains Association.
David M. Young, DVM, MS, PhD, CRC
Professor & Community Resource Specialist
MSU Extension & College of Nursing
Culbertson Hall, Room 235B
Bozeman, MT 59717-2230