Texas A&M Professor Garry Adams Receives AVMA Award
Posted August 03, 2017
L. Garry Adams, a senior professor in the Texas A&M College of
Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences’ (CVM) Department of
Veterinary Pathobiology (VTPB), was honored with the American
Veterinary Medical Association’s AVMA Award during the annual
conference in Indianapolis.
Adams was recognized on July 22 for his contributions to
organized veterinary medicine via collaboration.
“It was an indescribable honor to receive the highest award
presented by the AVMA and to be supported by my peers, a pinnacle
for my career, although I am far from being finished with my
contributions to veterinary medicine and science,” Adams said. “As
the immediate past president of the Texas Veterinary Medical
Association, I am forever in the debt of Dr. Sam Miller and the
Texas Veterinary Medical Association for nominating me for the
American Veterinary Medical Association 2017 Award.”
This is not Adams’ first recognition by the AVMA; in 2012, he
received the AVMA Lifetime Excellence in Research Award.
“Dr. Garry Adams is an extraordinary veterinary scholar who is
most deserving of this prestigious AVMA Award," said Dr. Eleanor M.
Green, the Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine. "He has been
passionate about the veterinary profession and has been tireless in
his work over his entire, illustrious career. His impacts span the
research laboratory, the classroom, and organized veterinary
"Although he is ‘retired,’ his pace has not wavered at all,"
Green said. "I look forward to watching for all he will continue to
Growing up in a small town in the mountains, in a remote part of
Texas, Adams always had livestock and companion animals and worked
for two local practitioners who encouraged him to attend Texas
A&M to become a veterinarian.
At Texas A&M, he earned his veterinary degree in 1964 and
his doctorate in veterinary anatomic pathology in 1968, and then
joined the faculty.
Working with the Rockefeller Foundation and U.S. Agency for
International Development, Adams went to Colombia to develop
diagnostics and vaccines for anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and
trypanosomiasis. Along the way, he became a diplomate of the
American College of Veterinary Pathologists.
He returned to Texas A&M after five years to teach pathology
and continue studying infectious diseases.
Adams’ research has focused on diseases such as brucellosis,
tuberculosis, and salmonellosis. In the past decade, researchers
have begun to understand the interaction on more of a molecular
Adams has been active in the AVMA and other veterinary
organizations throughout his career. He has served as a member of
the AVMA Council on Research, Council on Education, and Committee
on International Veterinary Affairs; on the working group that
developed the concept for the AVMA Animal Health Studies Database
that launched last summer; and on the organizing committee for the
AVMA Global Food Security Summit that was held earlier this
He is engaged in the AVMA because of his commitment to the
Adams has been a member of the Texas Veterinary Medical
Association’s (TVMA) Research Committee for many years. Among other
activities in organized veterinary medicine, he served on the board
of directors of the American Association of Veterinary
“One of the most accomplished veterinary professionals in the
world, Dr. Adams is also one of the nicest, most unassuming
individuals I have had the pleasure of meeting during my career in
veterinary medicine,” wrote Dr. Sam G. Miller Jr. in nominating
Adams for the AVMA Award on behalf of the Texas VMA. “He is truly
one of those people who leads by example and whose quiet confidence
has helped build and strengthen the reputation of every
organization that has had the privilege of his service.”
Adams lives by a “team of teams” collaborative approach to
complex issues, saying that he relies on his personal, faith,
academic, and professional teams.
To share some of his thoughts on collaboration in research, he
published “Putting together a scientific team: collaborative
science” in the September 2014 issue of Trends in Microbiology.
Adams encourages his students to stay engaged in the veterinary
profession through local, state, and national associations.
“Through organized veterinary medicine, I have formed lifelong
networks and continue to find inspiration from interacting with my
colleagues,” Adams said.
Dr. Garry Adams: Acceptance Speech
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