AAVMC names 2021 Billy E. Hooper Award winner

February 18, 2021
dvm360 Staff

This annual award is given to an individual whose leadership and vision have had an invaluable effect on veterinary academics and the profession as a whole.

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) has named Corrie Brown, DVM, PhD, DACVP, as the recipient of the 2021 Billy E. Hooper Award for Distinguished Service. This honor is given annually to an individual who has been recognized for making a notable impact on veterinary academia and the profession through their singular leadership and vision.

“The AAVMC’s annual series of professional awards recognize outstanding veterinary medical educators who excel in various areas of academic veterinary medicine,” says Andrew T. Maccabe, DVM, AAVMC chief executive officer, in an association release. “Their dedication, achievements and contributions serve as a model of excellence for their colleagues and inspire new generations of veterinarians.”

Brown, the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor (anatomic pathology) at the University of Georgia (UGA) College of Veterinary Medicine, developed a unique international veterinary medicine elective in which she mentors students interested in global animal health. During her 25 years at the university, her research, instruction, and outreach have molded global initiatives and advanced animal health and food security. Outside UGA, Brown has offered courses, workshops, and seminars across the globe, often in resource-challenged areas.

Brown has won various education awards and authored or coauthored more than 200 book chapters and publications. Her educational research program in transboundary disease also received funding from the US Department of Agriculture and the National Institutes of Health.

“Dr. Brown is a true leader in veterinary education,” says Jesse M. Hostetter, DVM, PhD, professor of pathology at UGA. “She has dedicated much of her career to working with students, not only at UGA but throughout the world. Her commitment to advancing our profession through outreach and education is clear.”

Brown will receive her award during the AAVMC’s 2021 Annual Conference and Iverson Bell Symposium, being held virtually March 3-5.