AAVMC to honor 4 for professional excellence

Virginia-Maryland’s Dr. Jennifer Hodgson will receive the Distinguished Teacher Award.

AAVMC to honor 4 for professional excellence

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges will pay tribute to four educators during the organization’s 2018 annual conference in Washington, D.C.

The awards, which recognize professional excellence, achievement and service in academic veterinary medicine, and the honorees are:

  • 2017 AAVMC Distinguished Teacher Award: Jennifer Hodgson, BVSc, Ph.D., DACVM, of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Hodgson is a professor of population health sciences, teaching veterinary bacteriology and mycology, and is associate dean for professional programs.
  • 2018 AAVMC Excellence in Research Award: Colin Parrish, Ph.D., the John M. Olin Professor of Virology at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Parrish is a virologist with expertise in virus-host interaction.
  • 2018 Sen. John Melcher, DVM, Leadership in Public Policy Award: James A. Roth, DVM, MS, Ph.D., DACVM, the Clarence Hartley Covault Distinguished Professor at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Roth directs the Institute for International Cooperation in Animal Biologics and developed the Veterinary Biologics Training Program.
  • Billy E. Hooper Award for Distinguished Service: Norman B. Williamson, MVSc, DACT, the former veterinary sciences program director at Massey University in New Zealand. He serves as a committee chairman with the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council.

“These individuals represent the very best of what thousands of outstanding educators and researchers bring to their work every day in our member institutions,” said AAVMC chief executive Andrew T. Maccabe, DVM, MPH, J.D.

More information about the conference, set for March 2 to 4, is available at