CVM Alumni Recognized for Contributions to Fields, Communities
Posted April 27, 2018
The Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical
Sciences (CVM) recognized five alumni for their commitment,
service, and leadership in the veterinary and biomedical sciences
fields, as well as to their communities.
The annual Outstanding Alumni reception and dinner, held on
April 27 at Bryan’s Miramont Country Club, honored 2018 Outstanding
Alumni Award winners Dr. L. Garry Adams, Dr. Claire Buchanan
Andreasen, Dr. Scott Echols, and Dr. Robert Clay Stubbs, as well as
Rising Star Award winner Dr. Mary Anne Wegenhoft White.
“These alumni are ambassadors for the CVM, and we are proud of
their commitment to service, education, and leadership,” said Dr.
Eleanor M. Green, the Carl B. King dean of veterinary medicine. “We
are honored and privileged to recognize our former students and the
impact of their work on our college, our state, our nation, and the
Dr. L. Garry Adams ’64
Dr. Garry Adams’ career
has centered around Texas A&M, but the implications of his work
have been felt around the world.
A senior professor in the Texas A&M College of Veterinary
Medicine & Biomedical Sciences’ Department of Veterinary
Pathobiology (VTPB) and a faculty fellow at Texas AgriLife
Research, Adams earned his bachelor’s and DVM degrees at Texas
A&M before completing a National Institutes of Health
post-doctoral fellowship at the CVM while he obtained his Ph.D. in
Joining the Texas A&M faculty in 1968, Adams has devoted his
career to researching animal diseases from the molecular and
genetic perspective, with an emphasis on diagnostics and the
immunological response. His work has led to more than 260 authored
or co-authored original scientific publications in refereed
journals on infectious diseases such as salmonellosis, brucellosis,
Johne’s Disease, Rift Valley Fever, and African Swine Fever.
His research also has led him to Colombia, where he directed
Rockefeller Foundation- and United States Agency for International
Development-sponsored teams in working to develop diagnostic assays
and vaccines for anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and trypanosomiasis.
His research teams’ results have been implemented to improve the
scientific basis of the two largest U.S. animal health regulatory
problems—brucellosis and tuberculosis—and he has been very active
in leading the development and implementation of biodefense and
emerging disease research initiatives.
“Garry is a kind-hearted, easy-going, unpretentious gentleman
whose unassuming demeanor belies his 60-plus page curriculum vitae.
He has done research in Mexico, South America, Canada, Germany, and
the United Kingdom, but managed to find his way home to College
Station and TAMU,” one nominator said.
“He epitomizes what is best about the veterinary profession,”
the nominator continued. “His efforts in the research laboratory
allow those of us in practice to better prevent and treat disease
when those preventative measures were not used. This is no small
A devoted servant-leader to his family, church, community, and
the veterinary profession, Adams’ passion for research has led him
to offer his expertise on national research committees and
councils, as well as in training students, serving as a committee
advisor for more than 130 Texas A&M graduate and Ph.D.
“Dr. Adams’ positive and unselfish personal attributes continue
to have a lasting impact on all who have had the privilege to know
and work with him,” another nominator said. “Garry is a wonderful
example of what a veterinarian should be and what makes veterinary
medicine such a noble profession.”
A Diplomate of the American College Veterinary Pathologists
(Anatomic), Adams has been recognized with a variety accolades from
Texas A&M, the NIH, the USDA, the Academia Veterinaria
Mexicana, and the United Kingdom’s Royal College of Veterinary
Surgeons. He was recently honored with the American Veterinary
Medical Association’s Lifetime Excellence in Research Award and its
AVMA award, the highest bestowed upon a member.
Adams and his wife, Gerry Jane, have been married since 1965;
they have two children, Alison Paige, an Aggie veterinarian, and
Thaddeus Hunter, who earned his Ph.D. in nutrition from Texas
Dr. Claire Buchanan Andreasen ’82
Throughout Dr. Claire Buchanan Andreasen’s meteoric
career in academia, she has made a tremendous impact on the
A Texas A&M graduate with two bachelor’s degrees and a DVM,
Andreasen practiced veterinary medicine for three years before
returning to school, this time at the University of Georgia, to
complete her pathology residency and Ph.D. In 1994, she became
board certified as a Diplomate of the American College of
Andreasen’s journey to her current position as a professor and
director of One Health at the Iowa State University (ISU) College
of Veterinary Medicine started at Oregon State University, where
she was a faculty member. In 1996, she joined ISU, and over the
course of 20 years, she served in positions advocating for faculty
advancement and diversity, as a department chair, and as associate
dean for academic and student affairs.
During her time as an administrator, Andreasen continued to
focus on research, publishing numerous articles, abstracts, and
book chapters on comparative cell function in infectious disease
and emerging and zoonotic disease education.
“In her current role, she serves and supports ISU’s One Health
program as they work to achieve optimal health for humans, animals,
and the environment across multiple disciplines,” a nominator said.
“Dr. Andreasen’s unique background in food security and public
health, along with her expertise in pathology, make her the ideal
director for this important program, as we, as a global community,
work to combat zoonotic and infectious diseases, as well as safe
animal-sourced food products.”
Her work also has allowed her to improve the intersections of
animal and human health through collaborations with the ISU CVM’s
Center for Food Security and Public Health, the Kansas State Center
of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases, and the
Texas A&M Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases, with
funding from the Department of Homeland Security and the USDA in
the areas of emerging and transboundary animal disease education,
pathology, and secure food continuity during disease outbreaks.
“Dr. Andreasen is making a tremendous impact in the critical
areas of disease prevention and the maintenance of secure and safe
animal food products,” another nominator said. “She has impressed
upon her colleagues the importance of animal health and the
important role of veterinarians to the international animal
community through her leadership roles in veterinary medicine,
research, and development.”
A former president of the American College of Veterinary
Pathologists and the American Society for Veterinary Clinical
Pathology, Andreasen has been recognized with the SmithKline
Beecham (Pfizer) Award for Research Excellence, the Student Chapter
of the American Medical Association’s Clinical Science Teaching
Award, and ISU’s Foundation Outstanding Achievement Award in
“Dr. Andreasen is inspirational, inclusive, nationally
recognized, and a leader in pathology and education within the
profession,” a nominator said. “She is a wonderful mentor, role
model, and colleague.”
Dr. Scott Echols ’95
Dr. Scott Echols’
innovative approach to imaging has professionals in both veterinary
and human medicine taking a second look at what is known about the
A 1993 and 1995 Texas A&M graduate, Echols’ passion for
avian medicine took flight as an associate at a private practice in
Oakley, California, where he completed a residency and was
certified as a diplomate in avian practice.
The evolution of that passion has led Echols to open a number of
businesses, including an avian mobile service that provides phone
and email consultation and traveling surgical services in the U.S.
and abroad, and Avian Studios, which provides video production
services to create educational media in Salt Lake City, Utah.
But it is his latest venture—the product he developed as
founder, CEO, and president of Scarlet Imaging—that is
revolutionizing thoughts on imaging in both human and veterinary
medicine, as well as in the anatomy of all species.
That product, BriteVu®, is an easy-to-use, high radiodensity
intravascular contrast agent that penetrates to the capillary
level. Better still, BriteVu® is non-toxic and environmentally
Echols also is working on several other projects, including one
that is pressing the veterinary profession to better understand and
utilize advanced imaging like CT and MRI; another includes
developing new techniques for nerve staining that will allow for a
better understanding of nerve and brain injuries; and yet another
to develop a means to measure bone density through a radiograph,
which is critically needed in human and animal medicine.
To be forward-thinking isn’t enough for Echols; over the years,
he has developed a strong desire to share his passion for the
veterinary profession via collaboration and volunteering his
services, all to improve the care of veterinary patients.
An internationally known speaker, he has been invited to
Australia, Europe, South America and Asia to speak on avian
medicine and imaging technology, and Echols is currently
collaborating with numerous universities and entities
across the globe, including NASA and the U.S. military, to share
his expertise, products, and services.
His latest research is the Grey Parrot Anatomy Project, a
collaboration between the University of Utah’s departments of
bioengineering, biology, and its Scientific Computing and Imaging
Institute, along with more than 20 other institutions around the
“A singular, distinguishing feature of Dr. Echols’ career, and
contributions to our profession and the scientific world as a
whole, has been his selflessness, honesty, and openness to
collaboration,” a nominator said. “These characteristics are
special, unique, and embody the goodness of what I hope we all can
aspire to as professionals, scientists, and health care
Among his accolades, Echols has been honored with the TJ Lafeber
Avian Practitioner of the Year Award, the Texas Veterinary Medical
Association’s 2007 Non-Traditional
Species Practitioner of the Year award,
and last year, he was a finalist for the prestigious
international Wellcome Images Award 2017, which recognizes images
that communicate significant aspects of healthcare and biomedical
When he’s not working, his interests include playing guitar,
artwork, and just about any outdoor activity.
Dr. Robert Clay Stubbs ’65 (Posthumous)
It is said that necessity
is the mother of invention.
It was both necessity and a determination to improve equine
dentistry that led Dr. Robert Clay Stubbs to create tools and
techniques that would revolutionize his field.
Stubbs attended Tarleton State University before transferring to
After graduating in 1965, Stubbs served for four years in the
United States Air Force and then began what would become a lifelong
career as a veterinarian. He worked in Austin and Coleman, Texas,
before building his first private practice in Burnet and, later,
practices in Blanco and Johnson City, where he and his family
At age 50, Stubbs followed his dream to establish a mobile
equine practice; to do so, he had to tackle the obstacle of taking
a one-man operation on the road. His first invention—a stock
trailer that would allow him to travel to his patients—was followed
by many others, including six U.S. patents for equine dental tools
that are now used by veterinarians across the country.
“Years ago, when equine dentistry was the stepchild of
veterinary medicine, Dr. Stubbs was looking for a ‘better way’ to
bring dentistry from the back of the barn, where a strong back and
a weak mind were considered the equine dental professional
trademark,” one nominator said. “Clay, through trial and error,
patience, and common sense invented a dental system that today is
considered to be unmatched in the industry.”
In addition to pioneering modern equine dental procedures and
selling more than 65 of the mobile and stationary equine stocks he
created, Stubbs’ contribution to the equine medical field includes
creating a protocol for the safe sedation and reversal of an equine
patient, performing USDA-approved clinical vaccine studies for six
years, and giving many educational presentations and live
demonstrations to both horse trainers and owners.
Highlighting his dedication to the profession, Stubbs also
taught his theory and the use of dental equipment and techniques to
veterinarians across the country and was well-respected by his
clients all over the state.
His expertise led him to testify before the Texas Legislature on
equine dentistry issues, and in 2010, he was named Equine
Practitioner of the Year by the Texas Veterinary Medical
“What he has done for equine dentistry is truly remarkable. He
really changed equine dentistry with the instruments and the
methodology he has created,” said another nominator. “He certainly
has made the lives of horses better through his own work and the
work of many who have followed his methods.”
Stubbs passed away on Nov. 25, 2016, at the age of 74. He is
survived by his wife Linette; his daughter, Jacqueline Dana Lewis;
his son, Evan; and five grandchildren.
Outside of his veterinary work, he loved spending time with his
family and friends, being outdoors, creating bronze sculptures of
western art, dancing, writing poetry, building things in his shop,
and he always enjoyed a good laugh or a funny story.
Rising Star Award
Dr. Mary Anne Wegenhoft White ’09
When Dr. Mary Anne
Wegenhoft White joined the Texas Veterinary Medical Association as
the class of 2009’s representative during her first year as a
veterinary student, it was the beginning of what would become a
more than 10-year commitment to service that would span beyond the
TVMA and into her community.
White’s remarkable service to the TVMA during her student years,
including two additional terms as a student delegate, led her to
develop a stellar reputation within the organization for her
ability to handle the complexities of TVMA governance, her passion
for assisting staff with events, and her ability to handle issues
facing the TVMA.
Following her graduation in 2009, White accepted a position at
private practice in San Angelo, where she now serves as the
managing veterinarian. She also serves as a rotating emergency
medicine veterinarian with the Concho Valley Veterinary Emergency
“It didn’t take long for Dr. White’s reputation to grow as an
excellent practitioner and community leader,” a nominator said.
“Dr. White has a great passion and compassion for the care of her
feline patients. She is currently on the quest to establish her
clinic as an American Association of Feline
Practitioners-recognized Cat Friendly Practice. This is not an easy
task, to train all technicians and veterinarians in cat-friendly
restraint techniques. It takes a very determined individual to
accomplish this feat.”
Her professional endeavors, however, have not slowed her
commitment to service, both within the TVMA—where she has played an
integral role in the organization’s Strategic Planning Committee,
on the board of directors as a Permian Basin District
representative, and on its membership committee, which she chaired
for three years—and in her community—where she has served as
secretary for the Sierra Vista United Methodist Church Board of
Trustees and as a member of the church’s 2017 Visioning Team, as
well as chairing two subcommittees as a member of the City of San
Angelo’s Animal Shelter Advisory Committee.
“Dr. White has only been a practitioner for eight and a half
years and her level of service has been extraordinary for a young
practitioner,” the nominator said. “While out of veterinary school
for less than five years, TVMA was comfortable handing her one of
its biggest challenges—and Dr. White has been more than up for the
test. Her career accomplishments will serve as a beckon for younger
practitioners and guide them on their path toward leadership.”
Her selflessness, humility, and thoughtfulness have earned her
many accolades, including the Buck Weirus Spirit Award, presented
by Texas A&M’s Association of Former Students; the Gamma Sigma
Delta Outstanding Graduating Senior Award for Animal Science; and
the Memorial Student Center Harold W. Gaines Award for
“She is also one of the brightest individuals that I know,”
another nominator said. “To me, Dr. White is more a constant star,
giving guidance quietly but consistently. Dr. White is not a star
that will rise, burnout, and fade. Because of her deep personal
convictions, strength of character, and desire to constantly
improve and grow, she is someone who will continue to build up
those around her and lead our profession and her community.”
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