Five Outstanding Grads Named Veterinary Distinguished Alumni
April 28, 2006
Five outstanding alumni of the College of Veterinary Medicine
& Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University have been
honored at campus ceremonies for their professional achievements.
The 2006 award recipients are Jock R. Collins of Houston, Thomas B.
Hairgrove of Haskell, Billy B. Hancock of Fort Dodge, IA, D. Reid
Patterson of Bonita Springs, FL and Horace A. "Bud" Smith of
The college annually recognizes former students who have
contributed to society through the veterinary profession in a way
that has brought recognition to themselves and, thereby, to the
college and the university.
"Each of these alumni has represented the College of Veterinary
Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and the veterinary medical
profession with great distinction," said H. Richard Adams, dean of
the college. "We are proud to recognize their outstanding
Collins, Class of 1957, practiced medicine for almost 40 years
after a short career as a federal regulatory veterinarian both in
Animal Inspection and Quarantine and as a USDA meat inspector.
Collins was named the 1988 Outstanding Companion Animal
Practitioner of the Year by the Texas Veterinary Medical
Association (TVMA). Since his retirement from clinical practice,
Collins has devoted much of his time to environmental concerns and
the impending world energy shortage. His love of science, research
and development has led to numerous patents for materials and
energy savings devices and delivery systems, colleagues note.
Hairgrove, Class of 1974, is an active promoter of cooperative
efforts between the veterinary medical profession and the beef
industry. He was one of the first practitioners to embrace the
Texas Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program. Hairgrove received the
2002 Veterinary Diagnostician of the Year Award by the Texas
Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory and the 2004 Merial
Preventative Medicine Award. He is a member of numerous veterinary
associations and serves on several state and national committees
that focus on animal disease and prevention.
Soon after graduation, Hancock, Class of 1951, joined Fort Dodge
Laboratories where he assisted in the testing of the hog cholera
vaccine and in developing important animal health drugs including
Nolvasan. He obtained his MS in 1957 and PhD in 1960 while at Ohio
State University and advanced to assistant professor. Throughout
his career, Hancock has been involved with production and
regulatory responsibilities related to the animal health industry
as Director of Production for American Scientific Laboratories and
then as vice president of production at Fort Dodge. Hancock has
also served as an evaluator of national policies and procedures
related to drugs for animal health.
Patterson, Class of 1969, has served in numerous high-ranking
positions within global healthcare companies, managing as many as
400 professional and technical pharmaceutical specialists.
Patterson has broad international experience, including worldwide
regulatory, scientific and managerial responsibilities for
preclinical and metabolic issues. He received his PhD in 1976 in
Comparative Pathology and is a board certified diplomate in three
different specialties including laboratory animal medicine (DACLAM,
1976), veterinary pathology (DACVP, 1978) and general toxicology
(DABT, 1981). He now operates his own consulting business as a
resource for companies that conduct pharmaceutical safety
Smith, Class of 1966, has had multiple leadership roles in a
wide variety of veterinary organizations and public interest
entities. He joined the Brenham Veterinary Hospital in 1966 and
practiced there until 1995. Smith was named the1994 Texas
Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) Equine Practitioner of the
Year and remains an active member of the American Veterinary
Medical Association (AVMA), TVMA and the American Association of
Equine Practitioners (AAEP). He is involved with youth in his
community and often gives to talks to local 4-H and FFA groups.
Smith was instrumental in formulating the strategic plan the
college's Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. He also serves on
the college's development council and on the Rural Veterinary
Student Scholarship Fund committee.
Angela G. Clendenin
Director, Communications & Public Relations
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Cell - (979) 739-5718
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