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Green and Klemm Recognized as Auburn Distinguished Alumni

Posted May 23, 2011

Green and Klemm Recognized as Auburn Distinguished Alumni

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS - On May 11, two notable members of the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) family, Dr. Eleanor M. Green, Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine, and Dr. William Klemm, professor of neuroscience and veterinary integrative biosciences, were honored with the Wilford S. Bailey Distinguished Alumni award from Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine. Each year Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine identifies three former graduates as Wilford S. Bailey Distinguished Alumni in honor of their contributions to animal welfare, to the veterinary profession, and to their communities.  

As the first female dean in the CVM's history, Green has been a trailblazer in various facets within the veterinary profession. She was the first woman named as head of the large animal department at both the University of Tennessee and the University of Florida. She was also the first woman president of several organizations, including the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians, and the American Association of Equine Practitioners.  

"It is a special honor to be recognized by my alma mater," said Green. "While I don't know for sure if I am a distinguished alumnus, I do know that Auburn is a distinguished college of veterinary medicine.  At Auburn, ethics, professionalism, and the honor code were instilled in students.  I am forever indebted to the faculty, my peers, and the many friends and mentors along the way."  

Prior to joining the CVM, Green was a professor and chair of the University of Florida Large Animal Clinical Sciences department, professor and head of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, and director of the Large Animal Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at the University of Tennessee. She also served on the faculties of the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine and the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Aside from her teaching and administrative duties, Green's clinical practice is evident as she was a partnership owner in a private veterinary practice. She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.   

Klemm, a DVM graduate of Auburn and a PhD graduate of Notre Dame, has taught veterinarians and scientists for almost fifty years. His teaching also reaches a wider audience through his 16 books that cover several different topics, including: Blame Game. How to Win It, Core Ideas on Neurosciences,and Thank You Brain For All You Remember, What You Forgot Was My Fault, and his latest book, the capstone of his career, entitled Atoms of Mind, to be released by Springer International at the end of May. Throughout Klemm's tenure, he has made several unique discoveries and has shared those insights in his scholarly publications.  

"I have spent my career helping communities and developing minds that will help shape future generations through science," says Klemm. "I love what I do, and I am so grateful for Auburn, which gave me the foundation to do what I am passionate about. This recognition is accepted with much gratitude and I am truly honored." 

Aside from teaching and research, Klemm is a retired colonel in the United States Air Force Reserves and is president and co-founder of Forum Enterprises, Inc. He is also project director for educational outreach grants through the college to aid in teaching science concepts to middle school students, students in community colleges, and he provides professional development training for science teachers.

Picture Above: Dean Green and Dr. Klemm pose with Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Timothy Boosinger after the commencement exercises.

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