Where Are They Now: Demond Spiller
November 12 – Prairie View A&M’s College of Agriculture and Human Sciences provides its students multiple paths to success on a daily basis. Demond Spiller’s CAHS experience has put him on a path to leading others into the world of agriculture.
Spiller spent the majority of his life raising and showing cattle, and he wanted to use his talents to pursue a career as a veterinarian. When he first arrived at Prairie View A&M University, Spiller majored in Agricultural Science and spent his time outside of class with the college’s Rodeo Team and Show Team where he showcased his dairy goats. He was able to combine his classroom instruction, and with the hands-on student positions he held at area veterinary clinics and expand his knowledge about the importance of animal care. “A lot of the [class] work we did went hand in hand with the program, especially working with Dr. Poindexter. I had a chance to learn a lot about large animal medicine with him while also learning small animal medicine with my job.” When reflecting on his experience at CAHS, Spiller appreciates the hands-on experience he gained from professors like Dr. Poindexter.
After PVAMU, Spiller went on to be an agriculture teacher in some Houston area school districts. He has since relocated to North Texas where he is a Veterinary Science teacher in Irving Independent School District and oversees the student-run dog care business at Nimitz High School. He is teaching his students the same values he was taught as a PVAMU student and hopes they’re able to carry on those same principles. “An important piece I took from Prairie View that’s irreplaceable is the relationship building. You were able to talk to your professors, and they displayed interest in you and that you know it was important. Now I’m able to show that to my students.”
Spiller’s initial desire to be a veterinarian grew into a career where he’s able to do so much more for his community and in turn create future veterinarians. By using the knowledge he gained at CAHS, he is inspiring a new generation.