Texas A&M Veterinarian Varner Honored With David E. Bartlett Lifetime Achievement Award
Posted February 16, 2016
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Dr. Dickson Varner, professor and Pin
Oak Stud Chair of Stallion Reproductive Studies in the Department
of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at the College of Veterinary
Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) at Texas A&M
University, has been named the recipient of the David E. Bartlett
Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Theriogenology
(SFT) and the American College of Theriogenologists (ACT).
Established in 1971 and named after the ACT’s first president,
the award honors excellence in theriogenology, or animal
reproduction, and is presented to one person annually. Varner will
receive the award at the SFT/ACT annual conference this July in
Asheville, North Carolina.
The award honors Varner’s work in equine theriogenology, which
includes assisted reproduction, stallion fertility, and in-vitro
preservation of stallion sperm. He played a pivotal role in
starting the stallion reproductive studies program at the CVM, and
his innovative research has helped position the CVM as one of the
top research and clinical facilities for stallion reproduction in
Varner was instrumental in developing the use of procedures and
technologies used worldwide in the equine industry, including new
methods for examining and preserving sperm.
“I feel very honored,” Varner said. “It's no different than when
a football player gets an award. He never accepts it himself. It's
a team effort. It's the same in academia. It's based on a team
effort. The recognition is for our group, as opposed to me as an
individual. It's definitely an honor—a humbling experience—to get a
lifetime achievement award.”
As an avid horseman, Varner values working closely with those in
the equine industry and considers it integral aspect of his
research. “We’ve had a lot of contacts with people in the industry,
and that's one area that you have to really focus on to be
successful. You have to know the industry. You have to immerse
yourself in the industry,“ he said.
“Dickson has been a friend and colleague for over 30 years,”
said Dr. Katrin Hinrichs, Regents Professor and Patsy Link Chair of
Mare Reproductive Studies at the CVM. “Throughout that time I have
marveled at his ability to juggle the demands of clinical practice,
academic leadership, and his varied personal interests, while still
maintaining his enthusiasm and productivity in innovative
research. He is so deserving of this recognition!”
“Dr. Varner’s pioneering work in theriogenology makes him
particularly worthy of the David E. Bartlett Lifetime Achievement
Award,” said Dr. Eleanor M. Green, Carl B. King dean of veterinary
medicine. “The passion and dedication Dr. Varner shows for his
research is inspiring. We are proud of this outstanding
Varner received his bachelor’s degree in agriculture at the
University of Missouri in 1976. He then went on to earn his DVM
from the University of Missouri in 1978 and a master’s from Texas
A&M University in 1990. Varner is a diplomate of the ACT, an
honor he earned in 1984.
“I thank the Society of Theriogenology immensely for bestowing
upon me such an admired and respected award,” Varner said. “My most
enduring friendships emanate from my interactions with the Society
of Theriogenology and the American College of Theriogenologists.
While I have many outside interests and affiliations, the
discipline of theriogenology is my professional lifeblood, and the
pulse of the society and college beats within me each and every
Varner has been a faculty member at the CVM for over 30 years.
He said his research and clinical group is like family.
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