Outstanding Alumni & Rising Star Awards

About the Awards

The School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (VMBS) has been training veterinary and biomedical sciences leaders for more than 100 years—leaders who make a difference in their profession, communities, and respective fields. Their commitment to excellence and the principles they live and practice by is a credit to the educational standards of the school.

Each year, the VMBS honors exemplary graduates with Outstanding Alumni Awards. This award is the highest honor bestowed by the school recognizing those who have reached a level of success in their professional careers that brings credit to both the individual and the VMBS. Honorees may be graduates of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) professional program, graduate academic programs (M.S., Ph.D.), or Biomedical Sciences (BIMS) undergraduate program.

Established in 2013, the Rising Star Award seeks to recognize graduates of the VMBS who have completed their education within the last 10 years. These outstanding former students have made significant professional accomplishments early in their careers including public service and volunteer activities that serve to positively reflect upon the school and Texas A&M.


Nominations will be accepted Friday, July 1, through Wednesday, August 31, 2022. The awards will be presented at the annual Outstanding Alumni & Rising Star Awards, which will be held in the spring of 2023.

Thank you for your participation in the recognition of our former students.


VMBS Outstanding Alumni

  1. Veterinarians who received their DVM degree from the VMBS at Texas A&M University.
  2. Individuals who earned an M.S. or Ph.D. from the VMBS graduate programs, such as Veterinary Pathobiology, Toxicology, or BIMS.
  3. Texas A&M graduates who received their undergraduate degree from the VMBS.
  4. Nominees may be from any veterinary, medical, or one health professional career field.
  5. Previous recipients of an Outstanding Alumni Award are not eligible.
  6. Current faculty and staff at the VMBS at Texas A&M University are not eligible.

VMBS Rising Star

  1. VMBS graduates who have completed their most recent degree within the past ten years.
  2. Previous recipients of a Rising Star or Outstanding Alumni Award are not eligible.
  3. Current faculty and staff at the VMBS at Texas A&M University are not eligible.
  4. Nominees may be from any veterinary, medical, or one health professional career field.


Nominations are accepted from any former student, a friend of the VMBS, and/or any faculty or staff member. Nominations will be solicited through the college magazine, the VMBS website, in the annual announcement of the current recipients that appears in Texas Aggie magazine, and Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) publications.

Nomination packets should include the following:

  1. A completed nomination form and letter of nomination from the nominator.
  2. A resume or biography listing educational affiliations, degrees received (including honorary degrees), career accomplishments, public service, and professional awards, as well as noteworthy research and publications.
  3. A minimum of two additional letters of support.
  4. A brief summary describing the nominee’s accomplishments as they relate to their chosen profession.
  5. Nominees will not be considered unless the completed nomination packet has been submitted to the VMBS by the deadline established and published by the college for the year of consideration. A nomination form and required documentation must be submitted online or postmarked no later than Wednesday, August 31, 2022. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

Nominations packets may be completed and submitted by email to alumni@cvm.tamu.edu, or mailed to:

Outstanding Alumni & Rising Star Awards Selection Committee
Office of the Dean, c/o Stephanie Hollis
Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
4461 TAMU | College Station, TX 77843-4461

Questions may be directed to Stephanie Hollis at shollis@cvm.tamu.edu or 979.845.4736.


All completed nominations will be reviewed by a special committee appointed by the Dean of Veterinary Medicine. The Outstanding Alumni & Rising Star Selection Committee will recommend up to five recipients for the annual Outstanding Alumni Awards and one nominee for the Rising Star Award to the Dean. Honorees will be announced in early spring once the selection process is complete.


The selected recipients will be recognized at the Outstanding Alumni & Rising Star Awards in the spring of the recognition year. In addition, the recipients will be announced in the school magazine and Texas Aggie magazine.