CVM Alumni Recognized for Contributions to Fields, Communities

The Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) recognized five alumni for their commitment, service, and leadership in the veterinary and biomedical sciences fields, as well as to their communities.

The annual Outstanding Alumni reception and dinner, held on April 27 at Bryan’s Miramont Country Club, honored 2018 Outstanding Alumni Award winners Dr. L. Garry Adams, Dr. Claire Buchanan Andreasen, Dr. Scott Echols, and Dr. Robert Clay Stubbs, as well as Rising Star Award winner Dr. Mary Anne Wegenhoft White.

“These alumni are ambassadors for the CVM, and we are proud of their commitment to service, education, and leadership,” said Dr. Eleanor M. Green, the Carl B. King dean of veterinary medicine. “We are honored and privileged to recognize our former students and the impact of their work on our college, our state, our nation, and the world.”

Outstanding Alumni

Dr. L. Garry Adams ’64

AdamsDr. Garry Adams’ career has centered around Texas A&M, but the implications of his work have been felt around the world.

A senior professor in the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences’ Department of Veterinary Pathobiology (VTPB) and a faculty fellow at Texas AgriLife Research, Adams earned his bachelor’s and DVM degrees at Texas A&M before completing a National Institutes of Health post-doctoral fellowship at the CVM while he obtained his Ph.D. in anatomic pathology.

Joining the Texas A&M faculty in 1968, Adams has devoted his career to researching animal diseases from the molecular and genetic perspective, with an emphasis on diagnostics and the immunological response. His work has led to more than 260 authored or co-authored original scientific publications in refereed journals on infectious diseases such as salmonellosis, brucellosis, Johne’s Disease, Rift Valley Fever, and African Swine Fever.

His research also has led him to Colombia, where he directed Rockefeller Foundation- and United States Agency for International Development-sponsored teams in working to develop diagnostic assays and vaccines for anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and trypanosomiasis.

His research teams’ results have been implemented to improve the scientific basis of the two largest U.S. animal health regulatory problems—brucellosis and tuberculosis—and he has been very active in leading the development and implementation of biodefense and emerging disease research initiatives.

“Garry is a kind-hearted, easy-going, unpretentious gentleman whose unassuming demeanor belies his 60-plus page curriculum vitae. He has done research in Mexico, South America, Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom, but managed to find his way home to College Station and TAMU,” one nominator said.

“He epitomizes what is best about the veterinary profession,” the nominator continued. “His efforts in the research laboratory allow those of us in practice to better prevent and treat disease when those preventative measures were not used. This is no small contribution.”

A devoted servant-leader to his family, church, community, and the veterinary profession, Adams’ passion for research has led him to offer his expertise on national research committees and councils, as well as in training students, serving as a committee advisor for more than 130 Texas A&M graduate and Ph.D. students.

“Dr. Adams’ positive and unselfish personal attributes continue to have a lasting impact on all who have had the privilege to know and work with him,” another nominator said. “Garry is a wonderful example of what a veterinarian should be and what makes veterinary medicine such a noble profession.”

A Diplomate of the American College Veterinary Pathologists (Anatomic), Adams has been recognized with a variety accolades from Texas A&M, the NIH, the USDA, the Academia Veterinaria Mexicana, and the United Kingdom’s Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. He was recently honored with the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Lifetime Excellence in Research Award and its AVMA award, the highest bestowed upon a member.

Adams and his wife, Gerry Jane, have been married since 1965; they have two children, Alison Paige, an Aggie veterinarian, and Thaddeus Hunter, who earned his Ph.D. in nutrition from Texas A&M.

Dr. Claire Buchanan Andreasen ’82

AndreasenThroughout Dr. Claire Buchanan Andreasen’s meteoric career in academia, she has made a tremendous impact on the veterinary profession.

A Texas A&M graduate with two bachelor’s degrees and a DVM, Andreasen practiced veterinary medicine for three years before returning to school, this time at the University of Georgia, to complete her pathology residency and Ph.D. In 1994, she became board certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists.

Andreasen’s journey to her current position as a professor and director of One Health at the Iowa State University (ISU) College of Veterinary Medicine started at Oregon State University, where she was a faculty member. In 1996, she joined ISU, and over the course of 20 years, she served in positions advocating for faculty advancement and diversity, as a department chair, and as associate dean for academic and student affairs.

During her time as an administrator, Andreasen continued to focus on research, publishing numerous articles, abstracts, and book chapters on comparative cell function in infectious disease and emerging and zoonotic disease education.

“In her current role, she serves and supports ISU’s One Health program as they work to achieve optimal health for humans, animals, and the environment across multiple disciplines,” a nominator said. “Dr. Andreasen’s unique background in food security and public health, along with her expertise in pathology, make her the ideal director for this important program, as we, as a global community, work to combat zoonotic and infectious diseases, as well as safe animal-sourced food products.”

Her work also has allowed her to improve the intersections of animal and human health through collaborations with the ISU CVM’s Center for Food Security and Public Health, the Kansas State Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases, and the Texas A&M Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases, with funding from the Department of Homeland Security and the USDA in the areas of emerging and transboundary animal disease education, pathology, and secure food continuity during disease outbreaks.

“Dr. Andreasen is making a tremendous impact in the critical areas of disease prevention and the maintenance of secure and safe animal food products,” another nominator said. “She has impressed upon her colleagues the importance of animal health and the important role of veterinarians to the international animal community through her leadership roles in veterinary medicine, research, and development.”

A former president of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology, Andreasen has been recognized with the SmithKline Beecham (Pfizer) Award for Research Excellence, the Student Chapter of the American Medical Association’s Clinical Science Teaching Award, and ISU’s Foundation Outstanding Achievement Award in Developmental Leadership.

“Dr. Andreasen is inspirational, inclusive, nationally recognized, and a leader in pathology and education within the profession,” a nominator said. “She is a wonderful mentor, role model, and colleague.”

Dr. Scott Echols ’95

EcholsDr. Scott Echols’ innovative approach to imaging has professionals in both veterinary and human medicine taking a second look at what is known about the body.

A 1993 and 1995 Texas A&M graduate, Echols’ passion for avian medicine took flight as an associate at a private practice in Oakley, California, where he completed a residency and was certified as a diplomate in avian practice.

The evolution of that passion has led Echols to open a number of businesses, including an avian mobile service that provides phone and email consultation and traveling surgical services in the U.S. and abroad, and Avian Studios, which provides video production services to create educational media in Salt Lake City, Utah.

But it is his latest venture—the product he developed as founder, CEO, and president of Scarlet Imaging—that is revolutionizing thoughts on imaging in both human and veterinary medicine, as well as in the anatomy of all species.

That product, BriteVu®, is an easy-to-use, high radiodensity intravascular contrast agent that penetrates to the capillary level. Better still, BriteVu® is non-toxic and environmentally friendly.

Echols also is working on several other projects, including one that is pressing the veterinary profession to better understand and utilize advanced imaging like CT and MRI; another includes developing new techniques for nerve staining that will allow for a better understanding of nerve and brain injuries; and yet another to develop a means to measure bone density through a radiograph, which is critically needed in human and animal medicine.

To be forward-thinking isn’t enough for Echols; over the years, he has developed a strong desire to share his passion for the veterinary profession via collaboration and volunteering his services, all to improve the care of veterinary patients.

An internationally known speaker, he has been invited to Australia, Europe, South America and Asia to speak on avian medicine and imaging technology, and Echols is currently collaborating with numerous universities and entities across the globe, including NASA and the U.S. military, to share his expertise, products, and services.

His latest research is the Grey Parrot Anatomy Project, a collaboration between the University of Utah’s departments of bioengineering, biology, and its Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute, along with more than 20 other institutions around the world.

“A singular, distinguishing feature of Dr. Echols’ career, and contributions to our profession and the scientific world as a whole, has been his selflessness, honesty, and openness to collaboration,” a nominator said. “These characteristics are special, unique, and embody the goodness of what I hope we all can aspire to as professionals, scientists, and health care professionals.”

Among his accolades, Echols has been honored with the TJ Lafeber Avian Practitioner of the Year Award, the Texas Veterinary Medical Association’s 2007 Non-Traditional Species Practitioner of the Year award, and last year, he was a finalist for the prestigious international Wellcome Images Award 2017, which recognizes images that communicate significant aspects of healthcare and biomedical science.

When he’s not working, his interests include playing guitar, artwork, and just about any outdoor activity.

Dr. Robert Clay Stubbs ’65 (Posthumous)

StubbsIt is said that necessity is the mother of invention.

It was both necessity and a determination to improve equine dentistry that led Dr. Robert Clay Stubbs to create tools and techniques that would revolutionize his field.

Stubbs attended Tarleton State University before transferring to Texas A&M.

After graduating in 1965, Stubbs served for four years in the United States Air Force and then began what would become a lifelong career as a veterinarian. He worked in Austin and Coleman, Texas, before building his first private practice in Burnet and, later, practices in Blanco and Johnson City, where he and his family settled.

At age 50, Stubbs followed his dream to establish a mobile equine practice; to do so, he had to tackle the obstacle of taking a one-man operation on the road. His first invention—a stock trailer that would allow him to travel to his patients—was followed by many others, including six U.S. patents for equine dental tools that are now used by veterinarians across the country.

“Years ago, when equine dentistry was the stepchild of veterinary medicine, Dr. Stubbs was looking for a ‘better way’ to bring dentistry from the back of the barn, where a strong back and a weak mind were considered the equine dental professional trademark,” one nominator said. “Clay, through trial and error, patience, and common sense invented a dental system that today is considered to be unmatched in the industry.”

In addition to pioneering modern equine dental procedures and selling more than 65 of the mobile and stationary equine stocks he created, Stubbs’ contribution to the equine medical field includes creating a protocol for the safe sedation and reversal of an equine patient, performing USDA-approved clinical vaccine studies for six years, and giving many educational presentations and live demonstrations to both horse trainers and owners.

Highlighting his dedication to the profession, Stubbs also taught his theory and the use of dental equipment and techniques to veterinarians across the country and was well-respected by his clients all over the state.

His expertise led him to testify before the Texas Legislature on equine dentistry issues, and in 2010, he was named Equine Practitioner of the Year by the Texas Veterinary Medical Association.

“What he has done for equine dentistry is truly remarkable. He really changed equine dentistry with the instruments and the methodology he has created,” said another nominator. “He certainly has made the lives of horses better through his own work and the work of many who have followed his methods.”

Stubbs passed away on Nov. 25, 2016, at the age of 74. He is survived by his wife Linette; his daughter, Jacqueline Dana Lewis; his son, Evan; and five grandchildren.

Outside of his veterinary work, he loved spending time with his family and friends, being outdoors, creating bronze sculptures of western art, dancing, writing poetry, building things in his shop, and he always enjoyed a good laugh or a funny story.

Rising Star Award

Dr. Mary Anne Wegenhoft White ’09

WhiteWhen Dr. Mary Anne Wegenhoft White joined the Texas Veterinary Medical Association as the class of 2009’s representative during her first year as a veterinary student, it was the beginning of what would become a more than 10-year commitment to service that would span beyond the TVMA and into her community.

White’s remarkable service to the TVMA during her student years, including two additional terms as a student delegate, led her to develop a stellar reputation within the organization for her ability to handle the complexities of TVMA governance, her passion for assisting staff with events, and her ability to handle issues facing the TVMA.

Following her graduation in 2009, White accepted a position at private practice in San Angelo, where she now serves as the managing veterinarian. She also serves as a rotating emergency medicine veterinarian with the Concho Valley Veterinary Emergency Association.

“It didn’t take long for Dr. White’s reputation to grow as an excellent practitioner and community leader,” a nominator said. “Dr. White has a great passion and compassion for the care of her feline patients. She is currently on the quest to establish her clinic as an American Association of Feline Practitioners-recognized Cat Friendly Practice. This is not an easy task, to train all technicians and veterinarians in cat-friendly restraint techniques. It takes a very determined individual to accomplish this feat.”

Her professional endeavors, however, have not slowed her commitment to service, both within the TVMA—where she has played an integral role in the organization’s Strategic Planning Committee, on the board of directors as a Permian Basin District representative, and on its membership committee, which she chaired for three years—and in her community—where she has served as secretary for the Sierra Vista United Methodist Church Board of Trustees and as a member of the church’s 2017 Visioning Team, as well as chairing two subcommittees as a member of the City of San Angelo’s Animal Shelter Advisory Committee.

“Dr. White has only been a practitioner for eight and a half years and her level of service has been extraordinary for a young practitioner,” the nominator said. “While out of veterinary school for less than five years, TVMA was comfortable handing her one of its biggest challenges—and Dr. White has been more than up for the test. Her career accomplishments will serve as a beckon for younger practitioners and guide them on their path toward leadership.”

Her selflessness, humility, and thoughtfulness have earned her many accolades, including the Buck Weirus Spirit Award, presented by Texas A&M’s Association of Former Students; the Gamma Sigma Delta Outstanding Graduating Senior Award for Animal Science; and the Memorial Student Center Harold W. Gaines Award for Distinguished Service.

“She is also one of the brightest individuals that I know,” another nominator said. “To me, Dr. White is more a constant star, giving guidance quietly but consistently. Dr. White is not a star that will rise, burnout, and fade. Because of her deep personal convictions, strength of character, and desire to constantly improve and grow, she is someone who will continue to build up those around her and lead our profession and her community.”

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TAMU CVM Recognized for Diversity with 2017 HEED Award

The Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) has been selected as one of 24 university colleges to receive a 2017 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

The HEED Award is the only national recognition honoring U.S. medical, dental, pharmacy, osteopathic, nursing, and allied health schools that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion on their campuses.

“This award for the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences is a true testament to the leadership, commitment, and accountability provided by administrators, faculty, staff, and students to make the college a welcoming, thriving, and inclusive place to all,” said Christine A. Stanley, professor of higher education, and former vice president and associate provost for diversity at Texas A&M University. “Awards such as these are not bestowed lightly, so when change is occurring, as well as evidenced, it communicates the values of an organization’s culture.”

The CVM is one of the only veterinary colleges in America to dedicate an associate dean to diversity for the college. The college also offers inclusive climate trainings for mediation certification, suicide prevention, dealing with difficult people, speaking out against injustice, and to become an Aggie Ally.

“We are honored to receive this award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine,” said Dr. Eleanor Green, the Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University. “Our faculty, staff, administrators, and students spend many hours discussing and affirming the importance of working and learning in inclusive environments. There is always work to be done, we know that, so everyday we are focused on our ambitious intentions to create welcoming environments for everyone. We are moving forward to create a culture of encouragement and trust.”

Recruitment and retention of outstanding undergraduate research minority (URM) students can be seen in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program and in undergraduate and graduate programs through the development of memorandum of agreements (MOAs) with colleges and universities across the state. These programs are designed to promote inclusion and core curricular content.

The CVM also has strong student and college organizations dedicated to supporting a welcoming learning environment. These include the Council on Diversity and Professionalism (CDP), a committee that includes undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff, as well as a group of elected representatives from each veterinary class that works to promote an inclusive, respectful, and welcoming environment in the college; VOICE (Veterinary Students One in Culture and Ethnicity), a student-run organization that addresses socio-cultural awareness among veterinary students, faculty, and staff; and Broad Spectrum, which works to connect, support, and empower LGBTQ+ veterinary students and allies.

As a recipient of the Health Professions HEED Award, the CVM will be featured in the December 2017 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine is the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

“The Health Professions HEED Award process consists of a comprehensive and rigorous application that includes questions relating to the recruitment and retention of students and employees-and best practices for both-continued leadership support for diversity, and other aspects of campus diversity and inclusion,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “We take a holistic approach to reviewing each application in deciding who will be named a HEED Award recipient. Our standards are high, and we look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being accomplished every day across their campus.”

Other 2017 Health Professions HEED Award recipients are:

  • A.T. Still University
  • Augusta University, Health Sciences Colleges
  • Cal State LA School of Nursing
  • Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
  • Florida State University College of Medicine
  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • MGH Institute of Health Professions
  • Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • The Medical University of South Carolina
  • The Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • The Ohio State University College of Nursing
  • The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • University of Cincinnati College of Nursing
  • University of Florida College of Dentistry
  • University of Houston School of Nursing
  • University of Memphis, Loewenberg College of Nursing
  • University of Minnesota School of Nursing
  • University of Rochester School of Nursing
  • University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy
  • University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • University of Washington School of Nursing

For more information about the 2017 Health Professions HEED Award, visit www.insightintodiversity.com.

Texas A&M CVM Alumnus Receives National Golden Spur Award

Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) alumnus Dr. Glenn Blodgett has joined 39 iconic industry leaders recognized for their notable accomplishments in ranching and livestock as the recipient of the 2017 National Golden Spur Award.

Dr. Glenn BlodgettThe National Golden Spur Award is the most prestigious honor given by the ranching and livestock industries, emphasizing the humanistic, scientific, and technological contributions of those industries to society.

It is conferred upon leaders whose unparalleled devotion to land and livestock has earned them notable respect and admiration from their peers. Only one award has been presented each year since its inception in 1978.

Blodgett has served as resident veterinarian and manager of the horse division for the 6666 Ranch, the largest individually owned ranch property in Texas, for 35 years.

During this time, Blodgett became known as an industry leader in equine embryo transfer and artificial insemination, and the ranch has become the all-time leading breeder of both racing and performance American Quarter Horses.

“Dr. Blodgett has devoted his life to the equine industry and veterinary profession,” said Eleanor M. Green, the Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University. “As manager of the horse division of the historic 6666 Ranch, he has taken ‘The Sixes’ to new heights in quarter horse racing, western performance, and ranch horses. The wins, awards, and recognitions earned by horses he has bred or raised are too numerous to list. In addition, he has implemented state-of-the-art equine reproduction practices on the ranch.”

“His impact is also found in the young people aspiring to be veterinarians and young veterinarians who have trained under his guidance,” Green said. “The regard in which he is held and the impacts he has had are reflected in the numerous leadership roles he had held in the equine industry and the veterinarian profession.”

Blodgett began representing Texas as an American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) director in 1991, a director-at-large in 2011, an AQHA Executive Committee member in 2012, and AQHA president in 2015. He was inducted into the Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2015 and serves on the American Horse Council Board of Trustees. The American Association of Equine Practitioners presented him a Distinguished Life Member award in 2016 for his leadership and exemplary service.

Blodgett was honored by industry leaders on Oct. 14 at Texas Tech University’s McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center during a dinner hosted by the National Ranching Heritage Center.

“When you talk about Dr. Blodgett, you have to talk about credibility,” said Johnny Trotter, AQHA past president. “The horse business is more of a reputation-based business than it is just a horse-trading business. He has a reputation and it’s not all about making a quick dollar on a horse.

“First and foremost, he’s a fine person with all the integrity and credibility that goes with it,” Trotter said. “Second of all, he is a good businessman, good horseman and a tremendously successful veterinarian.”

A native of Spearman, Texas, Blodgett received his bachelor’s degree in animal science from Oklahoma State University and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Texas A&M CVM. He has since been recognized as an outstanding alumnus of both universities.

The National Golden Spur Award is sponsored by the American Quarter Horse Association, National Cattlemen’s Foundation, Ranching Heritage Association, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Texas Cattle Feeders Association, and Texas Farm Bureau.

TAMU Students, Future Bovine Practitioners Earn Awards from Merck Animal Health

Three Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) students have been recognized by Merck Animal Health with an American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Bovine Veterinary Student Recognition Award.

 

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Justin Casares

Fourth-year veterinary students Justin Casares, Cade Luckett, and Lauren Thompson were among the 18 bovine veterinary students from across the country who received the award, which was accompanied by a $5,000 scholarship.

The awards were presented at the 50th annual conference of the AABP, held Sept. 14-16 in Omaha.

Casares, from Mission, Texas, earned his bachelor’s degree in animal science from Texas A&M and spent eight years working at Mission Veterinary Hospital. He also served as an extern at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for three years.

After he graduates, Casares intends to work at a rural mixed-animal or food-animal veterinary practice in Texas.

Luckett, from Matador, Texas, earned his bachelor’s degree in animal science from Texas Tech University, where, as an undergraduate, he gained experience working in veterinary clinics and his family’s operation.

 

 

He also spent a summer working as an intern for the U.S. House Agriculture Committee in Washington, D.C.

After he graduates, he plans to work as a bovine practitioner and, ultimately, own his own practice.

Thompson, from Grandview, Texas, earned her bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M and gained experience working as a bovine embryo transfer technician, as well as through externships at several veterinary hospitals.

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Cade Luckett

After she graduates, she plans to work as a food-animal veterinarian in a rural area.

“Justin, Cade, and Lauren are highly motivated individuals with a true passion for food-animal practice,” said Dr. Karen Cornell, CVM associate dean for professional programs. “Their enthusiasm is demonstrated by their choice to participate in our Food Animal Track during the final year of the veterinary curriculum. This track affords students additional learning opportunities focused in food-animal medicine.

“We believe that combining students with a passion for food-animal practice with these unique learning opportunities will provide exceptionally qualified practitioners to the bovine industry,” she said.

Second- and third-year veterinary students are eligible for the Bovine Veterinary Student Recognition Awards, sponsored by Merck Animal Health since 2004 as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to the practice of veterinary medicine.

 

 

“These recipients are capable of not only providing quality cattle care, but also of serving as the driving force behind important advancements in the field of veterinary medicine in the years to come,” said Dr. Rick Sibbel, executive director of food animal technical services for Merck Animal Health. “We are pleased to support such outstanding students who will, in time, make a

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Lauren Thompson

lasting impact on our industry.”

Recipients are selected based on academic achievement, career goals, work experience, and interest in veterinary medicine.

“Support of veterinary students who are interested in bovine practice is a critical part of the mission of AABP,” said Dr. Fred Gingrich, AABP executive vice president. “This year, as we celebrate our 50th annual conference, we recognize the exceptional quality of bovine veterinary students, which is reflected in these 18 award recipients.

“We thank Merck Animal Health for its generous support of this scholarship program that honors these outstanding future colleagues.”

Texas A&M Professor Garry Adams Receives AVMA Award

Dr. L. Garry Adams, a senior professor in the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences’ (CVM) Department of Veterinary Pathobiology (VTPB), was honored with the American Veterinary Medical Association’s AVMA Award during the annual conference in Indianapolis.

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Adams was recognized on July 22 for his contributions to organized veterinary medicine via collaboration.

“It was an indescribable honor to receive the highest award presented by the AVMA and to be supported by my peers, a pinnacle for my career, although I am far from being finished with my contributions to veterinary medicine and science,” Adams said. “As the immediate past president of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, I am forever in the debt of Dr. Sam Miller and the Texas Veterinary Medical Association for nominating me for the American Veterinary Medical Association 2017 Award.”

This is not Adams’ first recognition by the AVMA; in 2012, he received the AVMA Lifetime Excellence in Research Award.

“Dr. Garry Adams is an extraordinary veterinary scholar who is most deserving of this prestigious AVMA Award,” said Dr. Eleanor M. Green, the Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine. “He has been passionate about the veterinary profession and has been tireless in his work over his entire, illustrious career. His impacts span the research laboratory, the classroom, and organized veterinary medicine.

“Although he is ‘retired,’ his pace has not wavered at all,” Green said. “I look forward to watching for all he will continue to contribute.”

Growing up in a small town in the mountains, in a remote part of Texas, Adams always had livestock and companion animals and worked for two local practitioners who encouraged him to attend Texas A&M to become a veterinarian.

At Texas A&M, he earned his veterinary degree in 1964 and his doctorate in veterinary anatomic pathology in 1968, and then joined the faculty.

Working with the Rockefeller Foundation and U.S. Agency for International Development, Adams went to Colombia to develop diagnostics and vaccines for anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and trypanosomiasis. Along the way, he became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists.

He returned to Texas A&M after five years to teach pathology and continue studying infectious diseases.

Adams’ research has focused on diseases such as brucellosis, tuberculosis, and salmonellosis. In the past decade, researchers have begun to understand the interaction on more of a molecular level.

Adams has been active in the AVMA and other veterinary organizations throughout his career. He has served as a member of the AVMA Council on Research, Council on Education, and Committee on International Veterinary Affairs; on the working group that developed the concept for the AVMA Animal Health Studies Database that launched last summer; and on the organizing committee for the AVMA Global Food Security Summit that was held earlier this year.

He is engaged in the AVMA because of his commitment to the veterinary profession.

Adams has been a member of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association’s (TVMA) Research Committee for many years. Among other activities in organized veterinary medicine, he served on the board of directors of the American Association of Veterinary Immunologists.

“One of the most accomplished veterinary professionals in the world, Dr. Adams is also one of the nicest, most unassuming individuals I have had the pleasure of meeting during my career in veterinary medicine,” wrote Dr. Sam G. Miller Jr. in nominating Adams for the AVMA Award on behalf of the Texas VMA. “He is truly one of those people who leads by example and whose quiet confidence has helped build and strengthen the reputation of every organization that has had the privilege of his service.”

Adams lives by a “team of teams” collaborative approach to complex issues, saying that he relies on his personal, faith, academic, and professional teams.

To share some of his thoughts on collaboration in research, he published “Putting together a scientific team: collaborative science” in the September 2014 issue of Trends in Microbiology.

Adams encourages his students to stay engaged in the veterinary profession through local, state, and national associations.

“Through organized veterinary medicine, I have formed lifelong networks and continue to find inspiration from interacting with my colleagues,” Adams said.

Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame Honors West Texas A&M University’s Dr. Dee Griffin

Dr. Dee Griffin, DVM and director of the West Texas A&M University Texas Veterinary Medical Center (TVMC), was selected as this year’s honoree at the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame and as the recipient of this year’s Industry Leadership Award, presented to a veterinarian for decades of passionate service to the beef industry.

 

 

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Dr. Dee Griffin

“Dr. Griffin is the consummate professional in this business. He conducts himself with integrity, compassion, honor, and a giving spirit,” said Dr. Eleanor M. Green, the Carl B. King dean of veterinary medicine at Texas A&M University. “He is always giving his best to the livestock industries, veterinary medicine, and the State of Texas. We are honored to have him as a faculty member of the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) leading the partnership between West Texas A&M and the college.”

Griffin is widely credited with helping found the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program, through which he passionately educates veterinarians and producers on animal husbandry, antibiotic stewardship, health management, and other issues related to beef quality.

The BQA program began primarily in response to drug residues, which were a common problem in beef at the time. A concerted industry effort, with Griffin leading the charge, educated producers and veterinarians about antibiotic uses, dosages, extra-label use, and withdrawal times. Griffin also assumed a leadership role in educating veterinarians and producers on proper injection sites, methods, dosages, and other management decisions affecting beef quality. Griffin’s contribution to this and to the reduction in drug residues is applauded industry-wide.

“Dr. Griffin has dedicated his lifetime of service and expertise to the cattle feeding industry, and he truly is passionate about making a difference to the industry and the veterinary community that serves this vital component of agriculture and feeding the world,” said Dr. Dean Hawkins, dean of agriculture and natural sciences at West Texas A&M University (WTAMU). “He is a great ambassador for WTAMU and the CVM. His lifetime of dedication to the feedlot industry makes him more than deserving of this recognition. We are proud of Dr. Griffin and our partnership with the CVM, and this is a prime example of Serving Every Texan Every Day,”

“Even an old dog can catch a bone,” Griffin said. “Cattle and people have treated me and my family far better than I deserve. When they presented me with this award they said, ‘You have given so much.’ The truth is, I have given far less to agriculture and veterinary medicine than they have given me. I am so thankful for this opportunity to serve Texas.”

Raised on a cow-calf operation in western Oklahoma, Griffin took an early interest in beef production, which led him to complete his doctor of veterinary medicine degree (DVM) at Oklahoma State University in 1976 and his Master of Science degree in pathology and ruminant nutrition from Purdue University.

Following graduation, he practiced beef-cattle medicine, mostly in feedyard settings, until taking a faculty position at the University of Nebraska’s Great Plains Veterinary Education Center (GPVEC). After 25 years at the GPVEC, Griffin retired in 2016 and assumed a new role as clinical professor and director of the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Center (TVMC), located at West Texas A&M University in Canyon.

“Having a leader like Dr. Griffin at West Texas A&M University ensures the success of our partnership due to his commitment to the cattle industry, passion for veterinary medicine, and dedication to the teaching and service missions of both WT and the CVM,” said Dr. Kenita Rogers, executive associate dean at Texas A&M. “He is a vital part of our initiative to serve the veterinary needs of the Panhandle and be a great partner to the livestock industries in this region.”

Griffin credits some of his early mentors with helping foster what became the BQA philosophy. He worked for Hitch Enterprises in Oklahoma for several years and often quotes that company’s late-CEO Ladd Hitch, saying, “If it is not right, make it right.” He also cites long-time Texas Cattle Feeders Chairman Richard McDonald for developing the original six summary points for BQA, which all fit on a single note card.

“All six points were aimed at following the rules,” Griffin said. “A rule for feeding high-quality, clean, uncontaminated feed; a rule for following the labels for FDA-approved medications; a rule for following USDA-approved vaccines; a rule for following EPA-approved pesticides; a rule for keeping records of product use; and a rule for treating cattle as precious creatures from God. It doesn’t take a complicated book, just thoughtful, responsible cattle management.”

Since its inception in 2009, the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame (CFHOF) has celebrated the achievements of pioneering entrepreneurs who helped build the U.S. cattle-feeding sector. In addition to two cattle-feeder inductees, the program also features an annual Industry Leadership Award to honor individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and exemplary service and made significant contributions to the advancement of cattle feeding.

Founded in 2009, founding sponsors for the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame include Merck Animal Health, Osborn-Barr, and Drovers, a Farm Journal Media publication. Learn more at CattleFeeders.org.

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http://www.wtamu.edu/academics/agricultural-sciences-faculty.aspx

Three Faculty Members Recognized with University-Level Distinguished Achievement Awards

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Dr. Audrey K. Cook

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, which are among the highest honors presented by the AFS.

 

 

This year’s honorees from the CVM are Dr. Audrey K. Cook, associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Small Animal Clinical Sciences; Larry Johnson, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences; and Elizabeth Crouch ’91, Ph.D., assistant dean for undergraduate education in the biomedical sciences program.

The three faculty members were recognized for their commitment, performance, and positive impact on Aggie students, Texas citizens, and the world around them. Specifically, Cook and Johnson were recognized for their teaching skills, while Crouch was recognized for excellent student relations.

Cook was selected for her reputation as an outstanding educator within Texas A&M University. Her “flipped classroom” approach to teaching has earned her approval ratings from her students. In fact, Cook’s teaching excellence previously was recognized with an AFS Teaching Award in 2015.

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Dr. Larry Johnson

“Dr. Cook is truly an innovative educator who excels at teaching professional students, post-graduate trainees, and veterinarians in clinical practice,” said Dr. Jonathan Levine, department head, professor, and Helen McWhorter Chair in Small Animal Clinical Sciences.

 

 

Johnson also is recognized for his teaching skills by both students and the public. According to Evelyn Tiffany-Castiglioni, associate dean for undergraduate education, professor and department head of veterinary integrative biomedical sciences, Johnson is “a unique, tireless, and inspiring teacher,” but his teaching is not limited to the classroom. Johnson also teaches science outreach programs for middle school students, teachers, and the public.

Johnson was nominated by his students for his ability to truly make a positive impact in education.

“The students nominated him for this award, which underscores how much they value and appreciate his commitment to high quality teaching and student success,” Castiglioni said. “I believe Dr. Johnson’s excellence and effectiveness as a teacher spring from his abiding commitment to awakening and nurturing a love of science in young people.”

Nominated for her unflagging, selfless support of undergraduate students, Crouch makes each student feel important by ensuring every interaction she has with students is impactful. Crouch also was selected for her commitment to each student’s wellbeing and the personalized guidance she offers in meeting students’ goals.

 

 

Castiglioni said Crouch’s extensive store of knowledge, empathy, and interpersonal skills make her a great mentor for students.

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Dr. Elizabeth Crouch ’91

“Dr. Crouch gives students sustained, individualized, compassionate help-whether the student is seeking academic guidance or facing personal challenges,” Castiglioni said. “She is the best, and we are lucky to have her for our students.”

Dr. Eleanor Green, the Carl B. King dean of veterinary medicine, said it is an honor to work with such impactful CVM faculty.

“These honorees are not only making a positive difference for our students, they are impacting Texas communities and the world,” Dean Green said. “The CVM is proud to house such distinguished faculty who work hard every day to improve education and student relations within the field of veterinary medicine.”

Each honoree will receive a cash gift, an engraved watch, and a commemorative plaque for their achievements. The awards were presented on Monday, April 24, during ceremonies in Rudder Theatre on the A&M campus.

Dr. Bill Murphy Receives Presidential Impact Fellows Award

Dr. Bill Murphy, professor in the department of Veterinary Integrative Biomedical Sciences at the Texas A&M; College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), has been recognized as one of the university’s rising stars as a member of the first faculty class of Presidential Impact Fellows Award recipients.

 

 

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From Left: Texas A&M; University President Michael K. Young, Dr. Bill Murphy, and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Dr. Karan L. Watson

The inaugural award was announced this year by Texas A&M; University President Michael K. Young and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Karan L. Watson as one of the most prestigious awards given to Texas A&M; faculty.

The 2017 award was presented at a ceremony held on March 21 to 24 faculty members from the university’s 16 college and schools, two branch campuses, and comprehensive University Libraries.

“As a mid-career scientist, Dr. Murphy is contributing in an extraordinary capacity to mammalian comparative and biomedical genomics, phylogenetics, and evolution,” said Dr. Evelyn Castiglioni, CVM associate dean for undergraduate education and head of the Department of Veterinary Integrative Bio-sciences. “He is highly deserving of recognition by the university as a rising star Presidential Impact Fellow.

“He is, in addition, a kind and generous colleague and a fine teacher and mentor for students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty members,” she said.

Each recipient, identified by their dean and confirmed by academic leadership, is considered a candidate for continued or new national and international acclaim.

“I am grateful for this award and the college and university administration’s acknowledgement of my research impact,” Murphy said.

Murphy will utilize the award to advance his scholarship and seek new research partnerships. His research focuses on structural and functional aspects of mammalian genome evolution, mammalian phylogenetics and evolutionary genomics using cats as genetic models in both biomedical and evolutionary contexts.

“The award will certainly offer flexibility to expand my research and speaking opportunities both nationally and internationally,” he said.

In addition to his outstanding research, Murphy also has made an impact on his students. He noted that the new Veterinary & Biomedical Education Complex has given his students better opportunities for interaction, education and collegiality.

“As I pass through the new building, it is clear the students are enjoying their new academic home and the excellent learning environment that it offers,” Murphy said.

As part of the inaugural class of Presidential Impact Fellows, Murphy will receive a stipend of $25,000 for the next three fiscal years to accelerate his teaching, research and service efforts. He will also be given the title of Presidential Impact Fellow for life.

In addition, each recipient will receive a glass art memento reflecting the synergy of transformational learning, discovery, and impact achieved through Texas A&M;’s commitment to creating a better world.

Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Honors 2017 Rising Star and Outstanding Alumni Award Recipients

COLLEGE STATION, TX-The Texas A&M; College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) honored five of its alumni at a reception and dinner held on Friday, March 31, 2017, at the Miramont Country Club. The recipients of the 2017 Outstanding Alumni Awards and the Rising Star Award are all leaders in the veterinary medical and biomedical sciences fields, and the awards recognize their contributions and service to their communities.

“These alumni are ambassadors for the CVM, and we are proud of their commitment to service, education, and leadership,” said Dr. Eleanor M. Green, the Carl B. King dean of veterinary medicine. “We are honored and privileged to recognize our former students and the impact of their work on our college, our state, our nation, and the world.”

Rising Star Award

Crawford, Chase

 

Dr. Chase A. Crawford ’14

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Dr. Chase A. Crawford ’14

Although Dr. Chase A. Crawford graduated from Texas A&M; University with his DVM in 2014, his career had already become one devoted to advancing One Health concepts and improving animal, human, and environmental health. He received his MS in Biomedical Science in 2010, and a Bachelor of Science in Zoology, with a minor in Chemistry, in 2007, from Texas A&M; University.

Prior to graduating, Crawford completed an alternative curriculum track, which included internships with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) in Rome, Italy, in 2013, and with the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland in 2014.  During these opportunities he gained valuable experience in monitoring and helping to containing global zoonotic disease threats, such as avian influenza.

After receiving his DVM, Dr. Crawford served as a congressional fellow for the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS) and worked in the office of United States Senator Al Franken (D-MN), helping to advance the senator’s global health, agriculture, and energy initiatives. While working in the senator’s office, Dr. Crawford advocated for the essential roles of veterinarians and wildlife biologists in controlling and preventing zoonotic diseases, in particular the Ebola virus outbreak in western Africa. He went on to draft legislation for Senator Franken to establish a federal, interagency One Health program, and to promote a framework at the international level among intergovernmental organizations, such as WHO and the UN, which became S. 2634, “The One Health Act of 2016.”

In 2015, Dr. Crawford was named as the Director of the Antimicrobial Resistance Initiative, a joint program of the Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities (APLU) and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC). He oversaw the development and implementation of all aspects of this initiative that elevated the role of academic institutions in national efforts to address antibiotic resistance in agriculture settings, including cultivating relationships with key stakeholders in agriculture, healthcare, industry, and advocacy, as well as UN agencies.

Dr. Crawford joined the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Legislative Policy and Analysis (OPLA) as a program analyst in August 2016, overseeing a new Zika virus research initiative and providing information and guidance on Congressional actions affecting the NIH. The OPLA is a liaison with members of Congress and their staff and performs legislative analysis and policy development.

Currently, Dr. Crawford serves as a Program Health Analyst at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.  Dr. Crawford continues to champion the importance of One Health and the roles of veterinarians to the community, thereby fostering understanding and bringing global visibility to the One Health concept.

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Outstanding Alumni Awards

 

 

Dr. William R. Fenner ’73

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Dr. William R. Fenner ’73

William (Bill) R. Fenner, DVM, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) (Neurology), has the perspective of both an academic and private practice veterinary career.

He was raised in his father’s private, general practice, where he gained an early understanding of the importance of listening to each client. Thirty years in teaching and research development has showed him the importance of always looking to the future.

Dr. Fenner earned his DVM from Texas A&M; University in 1973. Following his graduation from veterinary school, he completed a yearlong internship in small animal medicine and surgery, as well as a two-year residency in small animal medicine and neurology, at The Animal Medical Center in New York. He was a member of the faculty and administration at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and was a guest faculty member at Michigan State University and Purdue University Colleges of Veterinary Medicine. He was awarded the Norden Distinguished Teaching Award, as well as The Animal Medical Center Distinguished Alumnus Award.

A leader in the field of veterinary neurology, Dr. Fenner is currently the neurology specialty leader at MedVet Columbus, where he has been part of the medical team since 2004. He is also the professional liaison for the ACVIM and serves as its representative on the American Board of Veterinary Specialties.

With research published in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Dr. Fenner maintains an interest in all aspects of small animal neurology with particular interest in the management of canine seizures. He has been the principal investigator of several clinical studies focused on the treatment of epilepsy and the response of the nervous system to inflammation (encephalitis). In addition, he is the principle editor and a contributor for all three editions of “Quick Reference to Veterinary Practice.” An active advocate of continued education for veterinary professionals, Dr. Fenner has lectured on small animal neurology topics both nationally and internationally.

Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Fenner’s interests include history, travel, food, and music. His season tickets to both the Lyric Opera in Chicago and the Metropolitan Opera in New York give him the opportunity enjoy both music and food. He regularly visits friends in Great Britain, where he has explored ancient Roman ruins-in particular, Hadrian’s Wall.

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Floren, Josh

 

Mr. Joshua A. Floren, ’97

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Mr. Joshua A. Floren ’97

Joshua Floren, FACHE, has developed a reputation for his commitment to advance-care delivery and working collaboratively with physicians and other caregivers. That reputation has allowed Floren to rise quickly through the ranks at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Plano, where he directs the acute care hospital in its continued leadership of the North Texas market in improving the health of the communities the hospital serves.

Floren earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M; in Biomedical Sciences in 1997 and went on to earn his Master’s in Health Administration from Washington University in St. Louis.

After a 2 year fellowship and 6 years in various administrative positions at Charleston Area Medical Center, he moved back to Texas to work at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. He spent 7 years there ultimately becoming their chief of hospital operations.

He was named president of Texas Health Plano in 2015, a promotion that came less than two years after joining the hospital as vice president of professional and support services, for which he oversaw ancillary and support services, including radiology, rehabilitation, pharmacy, orthopedic joint program, and nutrition services.

At Texas Health Plano, Floren has been instrumental in the opening of the Texas Health Ben Hogan Concussion Center and the Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine Center at Toyota Stadium in Frisco. Under his leadership, Texas Health Plano became the first hospital in North Texas to offer EOS, a low-dose, 3-D imaging technology that provides another advanced diagnostic option for patients.  His hospital has been recognized as a top performer in quality and patient satisfaction for many years and has continued to be recognized by the community as the “Best Place to Have a Baby”.

Floren is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and served for several years on their North Texas board of trustees ultimately becoming the president of the board.  The College went on to recognize him in 2016 with the ACHE North Texas Reagent’s Award.

He also is an active proponent in the community, serving as a member of Leadership Plano, Class 32, a program of the Plano Chamber of Commerce dedicated to educating, developing, and empowering current and future leaders. He is currently on the Children’s Advocacy board in Collin County, the Texas Hospital Association Policy Council and is a member of the Biomedical Sciences Advisory Council here at Texas A&M.;  In addition, Floren was on the advisory board for the American Diabetes Association and the American Cancer Society.

He and his wife of 12 years, Valerie, have three children: Jackson, Brooks, and Charlotte. His hobbies include hunting, skiing, cooking, and traveling, though most of his spare time is spent coaching kids’ baseball and attending his children’s sporting events.

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Lewis, Steve

 

Dr. Stephen D. Lewis, ’79

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Dr. Stephen D. Lewis ’79

Dr. Steve Lewis has found success in a number of arenas. A leader in feed yard/stocker cattle medicine, Dr. Lewis also has become known for both his dedication to the profession via research, as well as his business ventures.

Dr. Lewis graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. degree in veterinary science in 1977.  He earned his DVM degree Cum Laude in 1979, both from Texas A&M; University.  Following graduation, he began his career at a mixed animal practice in Muleshoe, Texas. There, he came to recognize the need for a large animal practice in the Panhandle and established his Hereford Veterinary Clinic, in Hereford, Texas, in 1982.

Today, Dr. Lewis serves as manager and senior partner at the clinic, which contributes to the practice of general medicine and surgery, with specializations in beef cattle consultation, equine and food animal research, embryo transfer, equine surgery, and orthopedic surgery. The clinic’s annual client cattle population is more than 1.75 million head.

In addition to being a prominent practicing-consultant veterinarian, Dr. Lewis is a successful businessman, as director of Hereford State Bank.

He combined his passion for veterinary medicine with his business acumen through two corporations. Hereford Vet Supply, Inc., of which Dr. Lewis is a majority stockholder and the chief executive officer, provides an assortment of products and feed for livestock and pets. Through its stockholder consultants, the company represents more than 3 million head of cattle annually.

Because of his extensive research and clinical trials experience, Dr. Lewis co-founded the Veterinary Research Associates, PLLC (VRA), a group of beef cattle veterinarians who provide feedlot clients cost-efficient methods to decrease disease, increase productivity for their cattle, and foster a centralized cooperative to conduct field trial research. The VRA partners have consulted for more than 75 feed yards, which represent more than 6 million head of cattle annually.

Throughout all of his achievements, Dr. Lewis has maintained a servant’s heart, giving his time to a number of professional organizations, including serving as president and director of the Academy of Veterinary Consultants (AVC), which recognized him as the AVC Consultant of the Year, and as a member and past board member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, which recognized him for Preventative Medicine Practitioner and the AABP Practitioner of the Year. Most recently, he was named the Food Animal Practitioner of the Year by the TVMA.

He also offers workshops on areas related to his expertise, serves on the endowment committee and for fundraisers at West Texas A&M; University, and is a member of First United Methodist Church in Canyon.

Currently, Steve is still very busy in his consulting practice. However, more thought is being given into slowing down and dedicating more time to his wife, grandkids and hobbies. Steve and his wife, Sally have three children, Dustin, Kody, and Augusta, and five grandkids.  He enjoys flying his airplane, fishing, and traveling with Sally. Pasturing calves and cattle feeding are also included in his hobbies, which qualifies, as they are fun, cost money to do, and recently do not make much money.

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Col Stevenson

 

COL Timothy H. Stevenson, ’88

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COL Timothy H. Stevenson ’88

As an officer in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps, COL Timothy H. Stevenson has devoted his career to ensuring the safety of his fellow soldiers, and the animals that support them.

After earning his Bachelor of Science degree and DVM from Texas A&M; in 1986 and 1988, respectively, COL Stevenson worked as a private practitioner before joining the Army Veterinary Corps in 1990. He returned to Texas A&M; to earn his Doctor of Philosophy degree in food microbiology in 1999.

COL Stevenson’s career took him across the United States and Europe, serving as deputy director for the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Food Analysis and Diagnostic Laboratory at Fort Sam Houston and as the commander of the Veterinary Laboratory Europe, during which time both labs achieved accreditation for the first time.

Today, he serves as chief of the Defense Health Agency Veterinary Service, where he leads the Veterinary Service Branch at the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) in Falls Church, Virginia, a position for which he was hand-picked.

Throughout his career, COL Stevenson has contributed significantly to the betterment of military veterinary medicine, both within the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) military community, via leadership of working groups and nine publications on water and food safety and beef production and safety.

He was the driving force behind the creation of the U.S. Army Medical Department’s Food Defense program; arranged a food defense summit; and coordinating the development of laboratory capacities to test and identify chemical, biological, and radiological agents that could be used by terrorists to contaminate subsistence items.

He helped draft a Memorandum of Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to train and authorize veterinary service personnel to use the direct rapid immunohistochemistry test for rabies, which was used by deployed veterinary units in Iraq and Afghanistan to protect soldiers.

During this time, COL Stevenson also was dedicated to the development of future Army veterinary leaders through teaching and mentoring, including organizing and teaching a course on auditing commercial laboratories for dairies, bottled water, and other food production facilities that has become the standard for all U.S. Army veterinary officers in Europe.

He has been recognized as a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiology and the American College of Preventative Medicine, Epidemiology Specialty, along with many other awards and recognitions.

COL Stevenson has been married to Harriet for 30 years.  She is a Biomedical Science graduate (Class of ’84). They are blessed to have two adult sons. His hobbies include home renovation projects, skiing, running, and serving in his church and community.

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Texas A&M Student Earns AAVMC Diversity Leader Scholarship

College Station, Texas – The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) has named Texas A&M; University veterinary student Erin Black, originally from McKinney, Texas, as the recipient of the 2017 Patricia M. Lowrie Diversity Leader Scholarship. The scholarship recognizes veterinary students who have demonstrated exemplary promise as future leaders and have made significant contributions to enhancing diversity and inclusion in academic veterinary medicine.

 

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From left: Dr. Eleanor M. Green, the Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine at the Texas A&M; College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and AAVMC Immediate Past President, Erin Black, Texas A&M; veterinary medical student and recipient of the AAVMC’s 2017 Patricia M. Lowrie Diversity Leader Scholarship, and Dr. Douglas A. Freeman, dean of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan and AAVMC President

She will receive the award during the AAVMC’s 2017 Annual Conference and Iverson Bell Symposium March 10-12, in Washington, D.C., before more than 260 conference attendees, including veterinary college deans, faculty and associated dignitaries from throughout the United States and the world.

“Through this scholarship, we’re proud to honor veterinary medical students who are working to advance diversity and inclusion within our colleges and schools,” said AAVMC Chief Executive Officer Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe. “Erin is a truly remarkable young woman who has already accomplished a great deal in just a few short years, and I’m sure we’re going to be hearing more about her in the future. The leadership and passion she brings to her work and her community makes her an outstanding honoree.”

Black’s manifold efforts to promote diversity at the Texas A&M; College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) include mentoring minority students and being selected as the liaison for the national Student American Veterinary Medical Association and the national organization of Veterinary Students as One in Culture and Ethnicity.  She also serves as the president of the student chapter of the Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative, and is a member of Project Diversity, which works to reach out to undergraduates at historically African American colleges and universities to encourage students to consider a career in veterinary medicine.

Black was also awarded the prestigious Western Veterinary Conference’s Dr. Jack Walther Leadership Award in recognition of her leadership and commitment to the veterinary profession and received a 2016 Zoetis Veterinary Student Scholarship.

In nominating her for the award, Dr. Eleanor Green, the Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine at the CVM, wrote that Black “has an unmatched work ethic and profound intelligence, while remaining humble about her multitude of accomplishments … I truly believe that all successful programs are driven by inspired and dedicated people who have a vision for excellence and the energy to fulfill that vision. Erin is one of those rare individuals who has all of those qualities, as well as a sincere passion for diversity programs and veterinary medicine.”

“I have known Erin since she joined the college as a first year DVM student,” said Dr. Kenita Rogers, executive associate dean in the CVM. “What I’ve learned is that she is fully engaged and will always say yes to helping with new and exciting initiatives, her passion for diversity and helping others is beyond compare, and she is an incredibly talented ambassador for our profession. I am truly proud of Erin, her accomplishments, and all of the ways that she makes us better. I cannot wait to see the difference that she makes in our collective future.”

Dr. Karen Cornell, associate dean of professional programs at the CVM added, “We could not be more proud of Erin, she has espoused our Aggie Core Values from the day she became a member of our CVM family. Her passion is contagious and she has demonstrated selfless service through not only her official leadership activities in our college but also her spontaneous acts of generosity.”

The scholarship is named in honor of Patricia M. Lowrie, a long-time champion of diversity and inclusion in the veterinary profession who formerly served as director of the Women’s Resource Center and assistant to the dean at Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

The AAVMC is a nonprofit membership organization working to protect and improve the health and welfare of animals, people and the environment around the world by advancing academic veterinary medicine. Members include 49 accredited veterinary medical colleges in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean Basin, Europe, Australia and Mexico.