Dr. Robert M. Cobb, Jr. was born and raised in Moultrie, Georgia, graduating from Moultrie High School in 1972. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Valdosta State College in 1976 followed by a year working as an Animal Health Technician with the joint USDA-State Accelerated Brucellosis Program. Dr. Cobb earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Georgia College in 1981.
Dr. Cobb began his professional career at Ogeechee Veterinary Associates in Millen, Georgia, with an emphasis in dairy theriogenology and herd health management across a regional area. In 1983 he purchased a mixed practice, Dublin Veterinary Service in Dublin/Laurens County, Georgia, which he owned and operated for three years as a solo practitioner. From 1987 through 2008, Dr. Cobb was a partner in Dublin Animal Hospital, serving as the managing partner from 1987 through 2002. Following the sale of his financial interest in the veterinary hospital in December 2008, Dr. Cobb continued to practice there through 2010.
Recognizing the need for qualified and trained veterinary assistants, Dr. Cobb worked with the leadership at the Heart of Georgia Technical College in Dublin in 1995 to create a Veterinary Assistants program. Students in the one-year certificate program also benefited from hands-on experience with Dr. Cobb at Dublin Animal Hospital. He resigned in 2002 due to the demands of private practice.
While in private practice in Dublin, Dr. Cobb was active in his community and church. He was instrumental in re-chartering Boy Scout Troup 560 in 1990. Under his leadership as Scoutmaster, Troup 560 began with seven scouts and one assistant but quickly expanded to more than 50 boy scouts and a support team of 20+ assistants and leaders. Over his 20 years of active service in scouting, Dr. Cobb received numerous awards and accolades, but none greater than honoring the initial seven scouts as EAGLE Scouts in 1997. Dr. Cobb, a Rotarian for nearly 30 years, is a member of Pine Forest United Methodist Church in Dublin where he has shared his musical gifts over the years as a member of the Chancel Choir, Youth Choir and Praise Band.
In January 2010, Dr. Cobb joined the Georgia Department of Agriculture as Assistant State Veterinarian. He was appointed Division Director of Animal Industry and State Veterinarian in 2011.
Dr. Cobb and his wife Nancy have three children, Jonathan, Katherine and Allison and 5 grandchildren: Rylee, Polli Renn, Aaron, Polli Katherine and Avery. In his spare time, Dr. Cobb enjoys spending time with his grandchildren and on his boat at Shellman Bluff.