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Thursday, March 1, 2018

AAVMC Names Recipient of 2018 Billy E. Hooper Award for Distinguished Service

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Washington, D.C., March 1, 2018
– The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) has named Dr. Norman B. Williamson, Professor Emeritus of Veterinary Medicine from Massey University in New Zealand, as the recipient of the 2018 Billy E. Hooper Award for Distinguished Service.

The award is given by the AAVMC to an individual whose leadership and vision has made a significant contribution to academic veterinary medicine and the veterinary profession. As the Billy E. Hooper Award winner, he will be a featured speaker during the AAVMC's 2018 Annual Conference and Assembly, March 2-4 at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, D.C.

"Award winners like Dr. Williamson 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 Officer Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe. “We’re pleased to be able to recognize Dr. Williamson for his outstanding achievements and contributions through our awards program and look forward to honoring him publicly during our 2018 annual conference.”

Dr. Williamson was a pioneer in the development and implementation of computationally-based herd health programs in dairy cattle and has made major contributions throughout his career in academic administration.

He has specialized in identifying the factors that limit health management in various environments and developing computer aided health management systems that are epidemiologically and economically sound.

He served for 11 years as Program Director in Veterinary Sciences of the College of Science at Massey University (senior leadership position). He has also served as chair of the Veterinary Schools’ Accreditation Advisory Committee of the Australasian Veterinary Boards’ Council since 2012, where he has made important contributions in the quality of accreditation programs, in both Australia and New Zealand as well as in developing nations such as Bangladesh.

He is also heralded as a mentor for many colleagues whose own careers have exerted a major influence on the quality of academic veterinary medicine around the world.

He has contributed to more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, books, monographs and reports.

Dr. Williamson is a Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists and a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists and more than 15 other professional societies.

He earned his Bachelor and Master of Veterinary Science degrees from the University of Melbourne in Australia.

The AAVMC is a nonprofit membership organization working to protect and improve the health and welfare of animals, people and the environment around the world by advancing academic veterinary medicine. Members include 49 accredited veterinary medical colleges in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean Basin, Europe, Australia and Mexico.

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