Terry earned his B.S. in Agriculture from the University of Missouri in 1978. From 1978 through 1981, he served in the Peace Corps in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo). Terry first served as a teacher at the Institut Professionnel Vétérinaire de Loda in northeastern Zaire and taught Zootechnie (Animal Husbandry) I and Zootechnie II in French. Topics taught included breeding and genetics, reproduction, nutrition, pasture and animal management, and live animal evaluation. Later, Dr. Gipson served as a Peace Corps Volunteer Leader in southeastern Zaire, and his responsibilities included supervision of volunteers in the field, visitation of prospective volunteer sites and interaction with Zairean authorities.