Three Texas A&M Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Faculty Recognized with University-Level Distinguished Achievement Awards
Posted March 29, 2016
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M Association of Former
Students (AFS) honored three members of the Texas A&M College
of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) faculty with
University-Level Distinguished Achievement Awards, one of the
highest honors presented by the AFS. Dr. Wesley Bissett, associate
professor in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences
(VLCS) and director of the Veterinary Emergency Team (VET); Dr.
Jeffery M.B. Musser, clinical professor in the Department of
Veterinary Pathobiology (VTPB); and Dr. Ashley Saunders, associate
professor in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences
(VSCS) were announced as this year’s honorees from the CVM.
Recipients are recognized for their efforts in one of several
categories: teaching; research; staff; student relations;
administration; extension, outreach, continuing education, and
professional development; and graduate mentoring.
Bissett earned the award in recognition of his excellence in the
extension, outreach, continuing education, and professional
development category. Musser and Saunders were awarded based on
excellence in the teaching category.
“The CVM is fortunate to have such dedicated faculty whose work
plays a critical role in the success of our college,” said Dr.
Eleanor M. Green, the Carl B. King dean of veterinary medicine.
“This is an exciting honor for Drs. Bissett, Musser, and Saunders.
These three leaders contribute to the CVM in a unique and
meaningful way and help facilitate a welcoming and productive
Dr. Wesley Bissett
Bissett earned his DVM in 1997 and his Ph.D. in veterinary
microbiology in 2007, both from Texas A&M University. His
primary interests are in veterinary emergency response,
environmental health, epidemiology, and public health. As director
of the VET, he oversees and leads the VET’s rescue efforts.
“I have never seen anyone more passionate about his work than
Wesley Bissett is about the VET,” said Dr. Allen Roussel,
department head of VLCS. “Dr. Bissett took the VET from an idea
spawned in the wake of Hurricane Rita to the largest, best
equipped, and most successful veterinary emergency response team in
the USA. Through selfless dedication and endless hours of work, he
and his team have assembled an unparalleled emergency response unit
that touches the lives of animals and human beings every day. While
they have performed incredible service on deployments to areas in
need, their greatest contribution to the state and the country is
working with county officials to develop local emergency response
plans and training future veterinary leaders, who will bring
emergency preparedness wherever they go. Witnessing the passion and
dedication of Wesley Bissett and the successful outcome of his
efforts has been one of the highlights of my career as a department
Dr. Jeffery Musser
Musser joined the CVM faculty in 2000 and has won several awards
at the CVM, including the 2003 Montague Teaching Excellence Award,
the 2005 Texas Veterinary Medical Association Research Award, and
the 2007 Texas A&M University International Excellence Award.
He has also been nominated twice by the CVM for the Bush Excellence
Award for Faculty in International Teaching. With an interest in
global veterinary medicine and emerging infectious diseases, Musser
has worked diligently to provide opportunities for Texas A&M
students to intern overseas in Zambia, Malawi, Norway, Australia,
Ghana, and Ecuador. In addition, he has taught several study abroad
“In veterinary medicine, we are lucky to have so many
caring, passionate, and outstanding teachers, making it difficult
to single out a few for special recognition,” said Dr.
Roger Smith, interim head of VTPB. “Musser’s passion for students
is obvious to all who see him in a classroom, laboratory, or any
student gathering. His love of students, combined with his creative
teaching, makes him truly deserving of this recognition.”
Dr. Ashley Saunders
Saunders has been with the CVM since 2005 as a clinical
assistant professor, where she focuses on cardiac issues in small
animals, including congenital heart disease and heart failure
management. In the Small Animal Cardiology Service, Saunders works
closely with veterinary students in the hospital to prepare them
for difficult and complex cases. She is also a diplomate of the
American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (subspecialty
cardiology) and has been widely recognized for her teaching, having
won several other awards. Her teaching awards include the Bridges
Teaching and Service Award in 2011 and the Richard H. Davis
Teaching Award in 2010; she was also named a Montague Center for
Teaching Excellence Scholar in 2009. Additionally, she is the
assistant department head for teaching in VSCS.
"Ashley Saunders is a superstar. She is an outstanding
clinician-scientist, who is a truly gifted educator,” said Dr.
Jonathan Levine, department head of VSCS. “By fusing her
passion for teaching, novel technologies, and scholarship, she
is defining veterinary education in the 21st century."
Each honoree will receive a framed certificate from the AFS
along with a $4,000 monetary award in a ceremony scheduled for
Monday, April 25 at 1:30 pm in Rudder Theater. The awards, begun in
1955, recognize outstanding members of Texas A&M’s faculty and
staff for their commitment, performance, and positive impact on
Aggie students, Texas citizens, and the world around them.
Contact Information: Megan Palsa,
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