PVM Personalities Recognized at AAVMC 50th Anniversary Celebration

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) concluded a year-long celebration of its 50th Anniversary with a grand Gala Celebration in Washington, D.C. that featured special recognition of dignitaries with Purdue Veterinary Medicine ties.  Formed in 1966 by the deans of the then 18 U.S. and three Canadian veterinary colleges, the AAVMC today represents 49 accredited veterinary medical colleges in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia, seeking to protect and improve the health and welfare of animals, people and the environment around the world by advancing academic veterinary medicine.  The 50th Anniversary Celebration coincided with the organization’s annual conference in March.

Of particular note during the 50th Anniversary events was the announcement that the AAVMC Recognition Lecture is being renamed the Billy E. Hooper Lecture Award for Distinguished Service to Veterinary Medical Education, in honor of the former Purdue Veterinary Medicine faculty member and administrator. Dr. Hooper earned his master’s and PhD degrees in veterinary pathology at the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1963 and 1965, respectively, and later joined the PVM faculty and served as associate dean for academic affairs. His distinguished career also included faculty appointments at the University of Missouri, University of Georgia and Oklahoma State University. The renaming of the AAVMC Recognition Lecture honors Dr. Hooper for the founding role he played as the AAVMC’s first executive director and as a former editor of the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education.

Dr. Billy Hooper, former PVM associate dean for academic affairs, (right) with a fellow early AAVMC leader, Dr. John Welser, and AAVMC President Eleanor Green, dean of the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, at the AAVMC 50th Anniversary Gala Celebration.

Dr. Billy Hooper, former PVM associate dean for academic affairs, (right) with a fellow early AAVMC leader, Dr. John Welser, and AAVMC President Eleanor Green, dean of the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, at the AAVMC 50th Anniversary Gala Celebration. (Photo courtesy of AAVMC)

Another conference highlight was the presentation of the 2015 AAVMC Distinguished Teacher Award to Purdue Veterinary Medicine Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Teaching and Learning Pete Bill. The award, presented by Zoetis, is regarded as the most prestigious national teaching award in veterinary medicine and honors educators whose sustained record of teaching excellence and ability, dedication, character and leadership has contributed significantly to the advancement of the profession. Dr. Bill, professor of veterinary pharmacology in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences, has received numerous teaching honors and, for more than 25 years, has consistently been recognized by students for his outstanding teaching ability, infectious enthusiasm, and engaging teaching style.

AAVMC President Eleanor Green (left) with Dr. Pete Bill, PVM Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Teaching and Learning, who received the 2015 AAVMC Distinguished Teacher Award, presented by Dr. Christine Jenkins of Zoetis.

AAVMC President Eleanor Green (left) with Dr. Pete Bill, PVM assistant dean for academic affairs, teaching and learning, who received the 2015 AAVMC Distinguished Teacher Award, presented by Dr. Christine Jenkins of Zoetis. (Photo courtesy of AAVMC)

Dean Willie Reed and his wife, Dorothy, join in the AAVMC’s 50th Anniversary toast at the Gala Celebration.  (Photo courtesy AAVMC)

Dean Willie Reed and his wife, Dorothy, join in the AAVMC’s 50th Anniversary toast at the Gala Celebration. (Photo courtesy of AAVMC)

The AAVMC Annual Conference culminated with the 50th Anniversary Gala Celebration Saturday, March 5, that attracted more than 300 guests, including friends from the veterinary medical community, business and government. The milestone event began and ended with the introduction of two new AAVMC videos: “We are the AAVMC!”, which is a two-minute graphical piece that describes the organization’s direction and values; and “Let's Hear From a Few of our Friends,” which includes comments from PVM Dean Willie Reed and other past and present AAVMC leaders and friends who talk about the value of the organization, its achievements and future directions.  The videos can be viewed along with a full recap of the AAVMC 50th Anniversary on the AAVMC website.  Look for the icons for the videos at the bottom of the 50th Anniversary Celebration web page.

With the theme “Fifty and Forward,” the 2016 AAVMC Conference also included the public release of the book entitled “Pathways to Progress,” which chronicles the story of the AAVMC and academic veterinary medicine and includes chapters on each of the veterinary schools in the U.S., including Purdue Veterinary Medicine.  As a nonprofit membership organization, the AAVMC now represents more than 4,000 faculty, 5,000 staff, 10,000 veterinary students and 3,000 graduate students at its member institutions, which include all 30 U.S. veterinary medical colleges and all five Canadian colleges of veterinary medicine.


This story is part of the 2016 Annual PVM Report.

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