Dr. Robert Bruce Hollett earned his DVM degree from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1972, followed by a master’s degree in physiology and pharmacology from Purdue University in 1975. He completed a residency in theriogenology at the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine, later becoming board-certified by the American College of Theriogenology. Dr. Hollett joined the faculty at Louisiana State University, later entering private equine practice in Lexington, Kentucky.
In 1989 he became an equine veterinarian for the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service, and then joined the College of Veterinary Medicine as a faculty member in theriogenology (animal reproduction) in 1991. Dr. Hollett taught theriogenology of all species in both the classroom and clinic, and was greatly appreciated by his students for his concern for their education and the respect with which he treated them. He developed a very loyal cadre of clients through the UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital and on farms in the region, many of whom became personal friends. He was much admired by his colleagues for his willingness to serve and his collegiality.
Dr. Hollett served as the Director of Continuing Education for the College of Veterinary Medicine for 22 years, always ready with a cheerful greeting at the conference door. Dr. Hollett was a leader within the College of Veterinary Medicine, serving as Chief of Staff for Field Services and Associate Dean for Public Service and Outreach. He was active in national organizations including his service as the secretary of the American College of Theriogenologists for three years. Dr. Hollett was admired and respected locally and nationally for his expertise in veterinary medicine. A true gentleman in every sense of the word, his positive outlook, compassionate nature, and friendly demeanor were enjoyed by all who knew him.
Dr. Hollett died on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. We will miss our dear friend and colleague. We invite those who would like to express their memories and thoughts about Dr. Hollett to convey them to Bruce’s family directly, or to:
College of Veterinary Medicine
The University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
We will compile the memories you share and convey them to Dr. Hollett’s family.
Fellowship in Dr. Hollett’s Memory
With the generous support from those who knew him, the College is establishing a fellowship in honor of Dr. Hollett. The Hollett Fellowship Fund will provide support for either a student seeking a doctorate of veterinary medicine (DVM), and/or a theriogenology resident, and/or a graduate student in the College of Veterinary Medicine.
DVM student recipients must have an emphasis in large animal or mixed animal medicine with an interest in animal reproduction. Recipients will be selected by a committee and must demonstrate compassion, not only for animals, but also for their fellow man.
An anonymous donor has pledged to match your donations, up to a total of $50,000. Click here to make a secure, online donation to the Hollett Fellowship Fund, or contact the Office of External Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 706.542.1807.