AVMA President Presents Prestigious Award To VMBS

During the 2023 Convention of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), outgoing AVMA president Dr. Lori Teller gave the following speech to present the 2023 President’s Award to the Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.

I would like to recognize the Texas A&M University School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences with my third AVMA President’s Award.

I am a proud Aggie and recognize that I received an amazing education at A&M. I also had the tremendous honor of having two AVMA presidents as professors when I was a student — Dr. Leon Russell and Dr. Bonnie Beaver. Talk about standing on the shoulders of giants!

A few years ago, A&M’s Dean at the time, Dr. Eleanor Green, invited me to join the faculty, and I have since been so incredibly fortunate to have the support and friendship of our current Dean, Dr. John August. It is no easy feat to educate our future colleagues, conduct research to advance both human and animal health, and give back to our profession, and Dean August does a tremendous job supporting our faculty and staff in our endeavors.

I must also give a special shout out to my colleagues in the Primary Care Service who have gone above and beyond to cover for me while I serve as AVMA President. 

This award is presented to the Texas A&M University School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences in recognition of and gratitude for their hard work and dedication to the education of our future colleagues.

It is no easy task to teach students everything they need to know to be ready for practice after graduation. The compassion, intelligence, patience, and grace of the faculty and staff at the Texas A&M University School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences continues to inspire me, and much of what they do deserves a brighter spotlight of recognition in the veterinary profession.

Their support of my endeavors is most definitely appreciated. Because of the work that they do, the future of veterinary medicine is indeed very bright.

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