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Higher ed veterinary medicine association elects Perry to board

April 15, 2019

Contact: Michael Tullier, APR, Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing

AAVMC officers (left to right) Johnson, Perry, Lairmore, and Markel.
AAVMC officers (left to right) Johnson, Perry, Lairmore, and Markel

Ruby L. Perry, DVM, DACVR, dean of Tuskegee University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, has been elected to serve as board secretary of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC).

Perry was elected during the organization’s annual meeting, held in March in Washington, D.C. A veterinary educator and radiologist for more than 30 years, Perry was appointed the college’s dean in 2015 after serving in an interim capacity for a year. Her service to the university since joining its faculty in 2007 has included associate dean for academic affairs; professor of veterinary radiology; and interim chief of staff.  She previously was the veterinary radiology section chief and an associate professor at the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

A Tuskegee University graduate, she completed her doctor in veterinary medicine (DVM) degree in 1977, earned a master’s degree in microbiology, and completed a radiology residency at Michigan State University. She also is the American College of Veterinary Radiology’s first African-American female board-certified veterinary radiologist.

Serving with her as fellow board officers will be Dr. Michael Lairmore, AAVMC president and dean of the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine; Dr. Mark Markel, AAVMC president-elect and dean of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine; and Dr. Mark Stetter, AAVMC treasurer and dean of the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Calvin Johnson, dean of the neighboring Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, transitioned into the role of AAVMC’s past-president.

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges is an association of higher education institutions that provides leadership for and promotes excellence in academic veterinary medicine. It helps to prepare the veterinary workforce with the scientific knowledge and skills required to meet societal needs through the protection of animal health, the relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge. Its international membership includes more than 75 colleges and schools of veterinary medicine, as well as affiliate members.

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