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

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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.


Casares, Justin
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.

Luckett, William
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

Thompson, Lauren
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.


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.



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.

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CVM Students Win Awards at ACVP Annual Meeting

The Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) was well represented at the American College of Veterinary Pathologists annual meeting in New Orleans on Dec. 3–7, 2016. A number of DVM students, residents, and graduate students attended and presented posters.

Several students from the CVM attended the ACVP annual meeting

Candice Chu won the first place Young Investigator award in the natural disease category for a poster titled “RNA-SEQ of Serial Kidney Biopsies Obtained During Progression of Chronic Kidney Disease from Dogs with X-Linked Hereditary Nephropathy.” Jeann Leal de Araujo won the second place Young Investigator award in the experimental disease category for a poster titled “From Nerves To Brain: A Time-Based Study of Psittaciform 1 Bornavirus (PaBV) Pathogenesis In Cockatiels (Nymphicus hollandicus).” Quinci Plumleewon the third place Young Investigator award in the diagnostic pathology category for a poster titled “Chaetomiaceae Fungi, Novel Pathogens of Equine Neurotrophic Phaeohyphomycosis.”

Chloe Goodwin won the third place in the student clinical case report/studies category for a poster titled “Streptococcus Equi Subsp. Zooepidemicus Outbreak in Dogs in a North Texas Animal Shelter.” Additionally, Josué Díaz Delgado was the CVM recipient of the C.L. Davis Foundation Scholarship award, which is given to an outstanding resident in each residency program.

Texas A&M’s Dr. Jim Heird Inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame

Dr. Jim Heird, executive professor and coordinator of the Equine Initiative at Texas A&M University, is a 2017 inductee into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame—the highest honor bestowed on individuals who have shown excellence in competition, business, and support of rodeo and the western lifestyle in Texas.Dr Heird 8x10

Currently, Heird is the second vice president of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and a former AQHA director for Texas and Colorado. He has also served as chairman of the judges committee, shows committee, international committee, show council, and the animal welfare commission. Heird is also an honorary vice president of the Uruguayan Quarter Horse Association.

“Dr. Jim Heird is one of the finest men I know,” said Charles W. Graham, DVM and owner of the Southwest Stallion Station in Elgin, TX. “He deserves to be in the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. Texas is a better place because of Dr. Heird, and I am so grateful to know him and see what he has done and continues to do for the Western life style, our great state, and our future through the students he teaches.”

Heird is the former extension horse specialist at North Carolina State University, a former instructor/professor at Texas Tech University, and has held various dean/director positions at Colorado State University in the colleges of agricultural sciences, and business and equine sciences program. Dr. Heird holds the Dr. Glenn Blodgett Equine Chair at Texas A&M University.

“Jim is a most deserving recipient of this award. He spent his entire professional career educating and mentoring students and horsemen. Jim has been and continues to be devoted to the well-being of the horse as well as the Western lifestyle,” said Glenn Blodgett, DVM and chief veterinarian at Four Sixes Ranch in Texas.

An AQHA judge from 1977 to 2015, Heird has judged AQHA World Championship shows, multiple international championships, and National Reining Horse Association futurities. He was on the executive committee of the National Western Stock Show and is an ex-officio director of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.

He graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.S. and an M.S. and has a Ph.D. from Texas Tech University. He and his wife, Dr. Eleanor M. Green, the Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University, live in College Station.

Heird was inducted at a ceremony, which is one of the premier events prior to the Fort Worth Stock Show, held at the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame Museum, on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017.

Three Faculty Members Recognized with University-Level Distinguished Achievement Awards

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.

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.

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.



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.