Washington, D.C., February 18, 2014 – The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) announced today that Dr. L. Garry Adams, a professor from the Texas A&M University (TAMU) College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, is the recipient of the 2015 Senator John Melcher, DVM Leadership in Public Policy Award.
| Dr. L Garry Adams
The award, established in 2007, is presented to current or former faculty, staff, or students at an AAVMC member institution to recognize leadership in public policy that advances veterinary medical education and success in advocating for veterinary medical education on a national or international scale.
He will receive the award during the AAVMC’s 2015 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., on Friday, March 13, before more than 200 conference attendees, including veterinary college deans, faculty and associated dignitaries from throughout the United States and the world.
Dr. Adams has provided leadership on many boards and scientific committees, including the American Veterinary Medical Association and the National Academy of Sciences. He has testified before many congressional hearings that helped shape national policy, including presenting invited testimony for the U.S. Congressional House Select Committee's "Bioshield: Countering the Bioterrorist Threat" panel.
Dr. Adams served as chair of the brucellosis and the tuberculosis scientific advisory committees of the United States Animal Health Association, providing guidance on the scientific basis for implementing rules impacting international trade policies with Mexico and Canada. He also served as the scientific leader of biologic systems research for the Department of Homeland Security and the National Center of Excellence for Foreign and Zoonotic Disease Defense, developing countermeasures against exotic diseases that could erode the nation's food security.
In nominating Adams for the award, Dr. Linda Logan, professor and head of TAMU’s Veterinary Pathobiology Department, wrote that Dr. Adams is “iconic in his discipline. He is well respected for his professional competence. His standards have always been high, and his integrity and ethics are unquestionable.” She also described him as well-liked, approachable, engaging, and “a great role-model and advocate for veterinary medical education on both a national and international scale.”
In addition, his long-standing commitment to his students and post-docs, which includes mentoring 69 post-graduate students from 13 countries, “is a daily example of quality science, the value of veterinary education, and the need for veterinarians to be engaged in research and public policy,” she said.
Dr. Adams earned his bachelor’s degree in Animal Science, his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M) and his doctorate in veterinary pathology, all from TAMU.
The AAVMC is a nonprofit membership organization working to protect and improve the health and welfare of animals, people and the environment by advancing academic veterinary medicine. Its members include 35 veterinary medical colleges in the United States and Canada, nine departments of veterinary science, eight departments of comparative medicine, thirteen international colleges of veterinary medicine, and six affiliate colleges of veterinary medicine: www.aavmc.org
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