Dr. Townsend is originally from New Mexico where he was raised on a cattle ranch and his family raised registered Brangus. He was a member of FFA and 4-H where he showed heifers, market pigs and sheep. He attended New Mexico State University before he was accepted into veterinary school at Colorado State University; He graduated in 1988. Dr. Townsend then moved to Kentucky where he practiced in private practice for the last 28 years. Dr. Townsend has been working with multiple dairies and beef herds with their nutrition, reproduction, milk quality and vaccination programs throughout Kentucky and Tennessee along with dairy herds in Illinois and Mexico. His primary emphasis was to help the farmers to become more profitable through reproduction and nutrition. He has worked with herd sizes that range from 20 to 2000.
Charles is married to Rhonda, who is a native of Barren County. They have two grown children; their daughter, Owen Margaret, is working on her masters in agricultural economics and their son, Oliver, is an officer in the U.S. Navy.
Dr. Townsend has been a deacon, Sunday school teacher and choir member of his Church, First Baptist Church of Russellville. He is also a member of American Association of Bovine Practitioners, National Mastitis Council, Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association and Kentucky Dairy Development Council. He is also appointed to the commission of Kentucky Livestock Care Standards.