ANTIOCH -- It's 1989, and Dr. Dean Brown is visiting a kindergarten class at Turner Elementary School. He's there to talk to the classmates of his son about veterinary medicine.
"When I had Danny model a surgery mask and gloves for the class, I had a fleeting thought that it would be neat if he chose to be a vet, too, but I knew the chances of that were very remote," Brown said.
Flash forward to 2014, and that scene is about to become reality.
Daniel Brown, a Texas A&M Veterinary Medicine student, recently won a national award. The younger Brown was selected from 30 national and international candidates.
The Simmons Educational Fund National Business Aptitude Award comes with a $15,000 prize and an all-expense-paid trip to a conference in Orlando.
In a news release, Daniel Brown said: "I am honored that my project was selected ... The (competition) gave me a great opportunity to work through a real-life scenario and put together a plan for marketing a practice."
Those skills will be put into action when he joins his father this summer at East Hills Veterinary Hospital after graduation. His interests include surgery, practice management and veterinary consulting.
Said the elder Brown: "It's exciting now that it really has happened. I'm proud of him for earning this award and his veterinary degree."
Dean Brown started at East Hills in 1986, and now owns the Antioch business on Buchanan Road.
"I am excited to work with Danny. We get along well together, and I think we can both learn from each other," said the proud father.
"I can share my experience with him, and he can share some of the most current things he has learned."
Daniel earned his MBA from Texas A&M in 2012 and will graduate from vet school this May.
He is a 2002 graduate of Antioch High School.
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