CVMBS Professor Named 2021 Texas A&M Presidential Impact Fellow

Story by Megan Myers, CVMBS Communications

August, Creevy holding her selection letter, and levine
CVMBS dean Dr. John August, Dr. Kate Creevy, and VSCS department head Dr. Jon Levine

Dr. Kate Creevy, a professor in the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences’ (CVMBS) Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences (VSCS), is one of 20 faculty members from across Texas A&M University to be selected as a 2021 Presidential Impact Fellow.

The award, established in 2017, recognizes those who are leaders in their fields and who embody the university commitment to advancing knowledge through transformational learning, discovery, innovation, and impact for Texas and the world.

Creevy is recognized globally as a leader in the growing field of veterinary gerontology through her role as chief veterinary officer of the Dog Aging Project, a multi-institutional community science research project dedicated to understanding the biological and environmental determinants of canine aging, with an additional long-term goal of applying this knowledge to the study of human aging, as well.

“Research in veterinary medicine has changed over the last decade to include more opportunities to do work that directly impacts human health. Dr. Creevy is at the forefront of this movement and she is rapidly becoming recognized as an example of what is truly possible in an era of canine-focused human health research,” one nominator said. “She also has a true passion for our profession, the well-being of all species, and the future generation of veterinary clinician-scientists. She is truly deserving of this honor, not only because of her current accomplishments, but because of her outstanding future promise.”

Creevy earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and then completed a small animal internship at the University of Minnesota, cancer research fellowship at the National Cancer Institute, and small animal internal medicine residency at the University of Georgia.

She began her career in veterinary education at the University of Georgia before joining the CVMBS in 2016 as an associate professor and clinician in the Texas A&M Small Animal Teaching Hospital’s internal medicine service.

“Dr. Creevy’s pioneering efforts are leading the way in a new field of scientific discovery at the interface of biological aging and veterinary science,” another nominator said. “Her work has the potential to transform clinical practice as it applies to older animals, as well as provide key insights into human health and longevity. She consistently demonstrates a truly impressive level of highly rigorous research, outstanding mentorship of her trainees, and compassionate care for her patients.”

Creevy will receive an annual stipend of $25,000 for three years and retain her new title for life, as long as she remains a faculty member in good standing.

As part of the fifth class of Presidential Impact Fellows, she joins more than 75 colleagues in receiving one of the most prestigious scholarly impact awards presented to Texas A&M faculty.

She joins Drs. William Murphy, Michael Criscitiello, and Albert Mulenga in representing the CVMBS as Presidential Impact Fellows.

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Contact Information: Jennifer Gauntt, Director of CVMBS Communications, Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences; jgauntt@cvm.tamu.edu; 979-862-4216


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