AAVMC Names Eleanor Green Recipient of 2020 Billy E. Hooper Award

Washington, D.C., January 27, 2020  ­– The American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) has named Dr. Eleanor Green, the Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University (TAMU), as the recipient of the 2020 AAVMC Billy E. Hooper Award for Distinguished Service.

The award is presented by the AAVMC to an individual whose leadership and vision has made a significant contribution to academic veterinary medicine and the veterinary profession. The award will be presented during the AAVMC’s 2020 Annual Conference and Iverson Bell Symposium, March 6-8, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

“Every day, educators and researchers at our member institutions make outstanding contributions to academic veterinary medicine that inspire others, contribute to medical breakthroughs and work to educate upcoming generations of veterinarians,” said AAVMC Chief Executive Officer Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe. “We are pleased to honor these extraordinary individuals through our awards program and look forward to recognizing their achievements during our 2020 annual conference.”

Dr. Green has a special interest in the future of veterinary medicine and the innovations that will help ensure a thriving profession. She was recently named a senior advisor and consultant for the Animal Policy Group in Washington, D.C. and will complete her tenure as dean in June 2020.

“I can attest to the fact that Dean Green’s administrative record at TAMU is one of sustained leadership and service that is perhaps unmatched in the more than 100-year history of the CVM in terms of both inclusiveness and effectiveness,” said Dr. Kenita Rogers, TAMU’s executive associate dean and director for diversity and inclusion. “She has brought about positive, enduring change to our college, university, and profession.”

Dr. Green became dean at TAMU in 2009 and oversaw many ambitious projects at the college, including construction of the Veterinary & Biomedical Education Complex, establishment of the Center for Educational Technologies, Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Global One Health, and Equine Initiatives. She also developed inter-university partnerships designed to increase the number of DVM graduates and address issues facing food animal and rural practice veterinary medicine in Texas.

Her academic appointments have included: equine faculty member at University of Missouri; head of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences and director of the large animal hospital at the University of Tennessee; chair of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences and the Chief of Staff of the large animal hospital at the University of Florida.

She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM), Large Animal, and the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP), Certified in Equine Practice.

Dr. Green received her BS in Animal Science from the University of Florida and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Auburn University. She established a veterinary practice in Mississippi as partner/owner. She became a founding faculty member of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University.

She has served as president of four national organizations: the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP), the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians (AAVC), and the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC).

Her awards include: 2004 Award of Distinction from the University of Florida College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, 2011 Wilford S. Bailey Distinguished Alumni Award from Auburn University, 2012 Women‘s Progress Award for Administration, induction into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 2013, 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award for Administration at Texas A&M University, and 2020 Bridge Club Veterinary Industry ICON.


The member institutions of the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) promote and protect the health and wellbeing of people, animals and the environment by advancing the profession of veterinary medicine and preparing new generations of veterinarians to meet the evolving needs of a changing world. Founded in 1966, the AAVMC represents more than 40,000 faculty, staff and students across the global academic veterinary medical community. Our member institutions include 53 Council on Education (COE) accredited veterinary medical colleges and schools in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand; as well as 23 provisional and collaborating members, and departments of veterinary science and departments of comparative medicine in the U.S.

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