CVM outstanding alumni and rising star honored
Posted April 10, 2014
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M College of Veterinary
Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) honored seven of its
alumni for their contributions to the veterinary medical profession
at a dinner held on April 4th as part of Homecoming activities at
the CVM. The recipients of the 2014 Rising Star Award and the 2014
Outstanding Alumni Awards were nominated by fellow alumni, in
recognition of their leadership and service.
“We take great pride in recognizing our former students and the
impacts of their contributions on our college, our state, our
nation, and the world,” said Dr. Eleanor M. Green, the Carl B. King
Dean of Veterinary Medicine. “Through their ongoing commitments to
service, leadership, and education, these incredible veterinarians
are outstanding ambassadors not only for the CVM, but also for our
2014 Rising Star Award Recipient
Dr. Aaron C. Rainer ’06 graduated from Texas
A&M University with degrees in both veterinary medicine and
public health. He started in private practice in 2006, and since
2009, he has been an associate veterinarian at Rose-Rich Veterinary
Clinic. Since 2012, he has also been a partner at the Animal
Emergency Center of Temple-Belton.
Rainer has been an active member of the Texas
Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) since 2002. He is a past
member of the North Central Texas Veterinary Medical Association
and a current member of both the Harris County Veterinary Medical
Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
Rainer served as a member of the Community Services Advisory Board
for the City of Temple and has also served as the marketing
chairman and a member of the board of directors for the Tem-Bel
Division of the American Heart Association. He continues to support
the CVM as a mentor to the classes of 2011, 2015, and 2018.
2014 Outstanding Alumni Award Recipients
Dr. Charles “Doc” Anderson graduated from Texas
A&M University with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in
1981. He had the distinct honor of serving as class president for
all three years of veterinary school and has since served as a
small animal veterinarian in Waco, Texas.
After over 20 years of advocacy for small business through
service on statewide committees with the Texas Association of
Business and the National Federation of Independent Business, as
well as an appointment by Governor Rick Perry to the Texas Small
Business Advisory Council, Anderson was elected in 2004 to
represent District 56 (which includes Waco & McLennan County)
in the Texas State Legislature. He has been re-elected four times.
Anderson is also consistently ranked in the top tier by
organizations dedicated to reviewing "pocketbook" issues for Texas
taxpayers, including Texas Conservative Coalition, Americans for
Prosperity, the Texas Association of Business, and Young
Conservatives of Texas.
Dr. Jimmie Don Aycock ’70 served as a captain
in the United States Army until 1972 and was awarded the Army
Commendation Medal. He owned and operated veterinary clinics in
Killeen, Copperas Cove, and Harker Heights through 1998. During
that time, he offered opportunities and encouragement to many young
people with an interest in veterinary medicine and because of his
mentorship, many went on to become practicing veterinarians.
Aycock was elected to the Texas Legislature in 2006. He
represents House District 54, which includes the western portion of
Bell County and Lampasas County. He is currently the chairman of
the Public Education Committee and a member of the Culture,
Recreation, and Tourism Committee. In addition, he served as an
appointed member of the Appropriations subcommittee on Education.
Throughout his tenure as a representative, he has worked on a
number of issues important to veterinary medicine.
Dr. Charles L. Hall ’64 is a member of the Phi
Zeta veterinary honor society. Hall served as a Lieutenant in the
US Army from 1955-1957. He then worked as an assistant co-agent for
the Texas Agricultural Extension Service prior to completing his
DVM degree. Afterwards, he entered private veterinary practice in
Palestine, Texas, before joining the CVM faculty in 1967.
As a respected veterinary neurologist and clinician, he gave
over 50 professional presentations and authored or co-authored 14
scientific publications. He served as the co-principal investigator
of a three-year study researching the comparison of combination
anticonvulsant therapies in the treatment of refractory epilepsy.
His teaching responsibilities included courses in both the
departments of Large and Small Animal Clinical Sciences, and those
designated as Veterinary Medicine Interdisciplinary courses.
Dr. Dale S. Lonsford ’72 served as a Captain in
the US Army Veterinary Corp from 1972-1975. In 1978, Lonsford
established the Center Animal Hospital, which he later merged with
the Animal Hospital of Deer Park. The practice has been known as
the Deer Park Animal Hospital since 1985. He earned accredited
hospital status from the American Animal Hospital Association in
1986. In 1997, he became a charter member of Texas Group One, a
group of veterinarians who scrutinize each other’s clinics, staff,
and records to maximize each member’s quality of practice. He was
also the charter owner and operator of the Banfield Pet Hospital in
Pasadena from 2002-2012.
From 1989-1995, he was the district director for the Texas
Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) for Harris County and
Chairman of the Board from 1995-1996. Lonsford served on the
Executive Board of the TVMA from 1995-2001, was its president in
2000, and has participated as a member and/or chairman of a
multitude of TVMA committees.
Dr. Daniel E. Scott ’54 was commissioned as a
first lieutenant in the US Air Force after getting his DVM degree.
He served in its Vet Corps for two years and was promoted to
captain. In 1957, Scott began practicing veterinary medicine in
Tyler, Texas. In the fall of that year, he entered the University
of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. While studying
human medicine, he continued to practice veterinary medicine during
the summers and on holidays. He graduated in the top 5% of his
class in 1961.
After completing a two-year internship in Salt Lake City, Utah,
Scott returned to Dallas where he completed a residency in
Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as a fellowship in maternal fetal
medicine at Parkland Hospital. He joined the University of Texas
Southwestern Medical School faculty as an assistant professor in
1966, and was appointed chair of the OB/GYN department and director
of residents at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas in 1978. He was
elected president of the Texas Perinatal Society in 1982. The
trustees of Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas honored Scott with a
distinguished professorship in OB/GYN in 1998.
Dr. Ed Smallwood ’69 also holds bachelors and
masters degrees from Texas A&M. After receiving his DVM, he
taught anatomy and radiology at the CVM until 1981, when he moved
to NC State University’s new College of Veterinary Medicine as
Professor of Anatomy. From 2003-2013, he served as the Director of
CVM Alumni Relations. Since 2002, he has been a part-time professor
at St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine in
Grenada, West Indies. In 2013, he retired from NC State and was
named Professor Emeritus.
Smallwood has received numerous recognitions and teaching
awards, including election to the NC State Academy of Outstanding
Teachers and Chairman of the NC State Faculty Senate. He has also
served on the board of directors of the North Carolina Physicians’
Health Program, and as a member of the North Carolina Veterinary
Health Program. In 2013, the North Carolina Veterinary Medical
Foundation established and endowed “The Dr. James Edgar Smallwood
Endowed Scholarship for Student Excellence.”
The College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
annually recognizes graduates from the DVM professional program who
have made significant contributions to society through veterinary
medicine and who have not only brought honor and recognition to
themselves, but also to the college.
Graduates of the CVM may be nominated for the Outstanding Alumni
and Rising Star Awards. A resume, or curriculum vitae, that
summarizes major career accomplishments and two letters of support
are required to nominate an alumnus or alumna. Additional
information or letters may also be helpful to the selection
To receive a nomination form and eligibility criteria, please
call 979.845.9043 or email Noell Vance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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