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Thursday, 16 February, 2017

AAVMC Names Recipient of 2017 Billy E. Hooper Award

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 Francisco J. Trigo Tavera
Washington, D.C., February 16, 2017 –
The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) has named Dr. Francisco J. Trigo Tavera as the recipient of the 2017 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 2017 Annual Conference and Iverson Bell Symposium, March 10-12, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Trigo is vice provost for international affairs at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. He founded the Mexican Society of Veterinary Pathologists and has been a leader in advancing and promoting a strong accreditation system in Mexico and Latin America.

"The AAVMC is pleased to recognize outstanding educators and researchers through our annual awards program," said AAVMC Chief Executive Officer Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe. "The people who earn these awards are true paragons of professional excellence in academic veterinary medicine. They make extraordinary contributions to the world around them, and they inspire others with their achievements.”

Dr. Trigo has published 102 scientific papers in national and international journals, including the first reports on six veterinary diseases in Mexico. He has published 14 book chapters and edited the textbooks “General Veterinary Pathology” and “Systemic Veterinary Pathology.”

He is the former president of the Mexican Veterinary Academy and was appointed by the Mexican Secretary of Agriculture as honorary president of the National Council on Animal Health (CONASA), which provides advice on animal health to the Mexican Department of Agriculture.

He earned his Doctor in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from the College of Veterinary Medicine at The National University of Mexico and obtained a diploma in tropical veterinary medicine from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Edinburgh. He also earned a Master in Veterinary Medicine degree in pathology from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Glasgow and a doctorate in pathology-microbiology from the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

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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