2017 Alumni Award Recipients

By Kat Gilmore

UGA College of Veterinary Medicine

Alumni Association Recognizes 4


Athens, Ga. — The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine recognized four alumni with awards for service to the College and to the veterinary profession.

The awards were presented by the Alumni Association of the College of Veterinary Medicine during the college’s 54th Annual Veterinary Conference and Alumni Weekend.

The association recognizes alumni contributions to animal and human health-related public service; involvement in the local community, state or nation, veterinary educational research and/or service to veterinary associations at various levels; contributions to the college’s alumni association; and professional service.

Young Achievers for 2017

Jarred M. Williams (DVM 2006), of Athens, Georgia, has amassed an impressive set of credentials and secured his foothold in veterinary academia, specifically in the budding area of large animal emergency and critical care medicine, during the 11 years since his graduation.

A Triple Dawg, Williams earned his bachelor’s (’00), master’s (’02) and DVM (’06) degrees at UGA.  He returned to Athens in 2013 as a clinical assistant professor of large animal emergency medicine and surgery.

During his time away, Dr. Williams honed his focus. He first undertook an internship in equine medicine and surgery at the Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center in Los Olivos, California. He then tackled two residencies and a PhD program—within a span of six years—at the Ohio State University. He is among a handful, but growing number, of faculty at the UGA CVM who are board-certified in two veterinary specialties. Dr. Williams is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, in Large Animal, and by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.

Still early in his career, Dr. Williams has already presented at more than 20 professional conferences, contributed more than a dozen peer-reviewed articles to veterinary journals, and has authored several chapters for large animal textbooks.

His selection to be a UGA Teaching Academy Fellow in 2014 is the most recent accolade atop an already long list. Other highlights include the Veterinary Orthopedic Society Mark S. Bloomberg Memorial Resident Research Award, bestowed to him twice, in 2010 and 2013; the Ohio State University Hospital Service Award, in 2010; and the Ohio State University Resident Representative Award, which he also won twice, in 2010 and 2013.

Jamie C. Brown (DVM 2007), of San Antonio, Texas, currently serves as chief of surgery at the Department of Defense LTC Daniel E. Holland Military Working Dog Hospital. He oversees surgical care of more than 800 dogs in training and a worldwide referral network for military and governmental agency working dogs.

Dr. Brown earned his bachelor’s degree from the UGA College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences in 2002, followed by his DVM in 2007; he graduated from the CVM cum laude. He returned to the CVM in 2013 for a small animal surgical residency and became board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in March 2017.

Dr. Brown entered the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps as a captain; in 2012, he was promoted to major—the only member of his cohort to be promoted early. He has deployed to Mali, Africa and Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, where he provided humanitarian support, coordinated evacuation plans for working dogs, and trained human emergency personnel for veterinary emergencies. He served five years supporting special operations forces including the 75th Ranger Regiment. As regimental veterinarian he designed and implemented canine trauma training for handlers and medics and ensured deployment readiness for working dogs. His professional military education includes the Army Command and General Staff College.

Dr. Brown has already garnered numerous awards and decorations. In 2009, he became the first veterinarian to complete the Army’s most demanding and prestigious leadership course—Ranger School—earning his Ranger Tab. Other awards include the Meritorious Service Medal; two Army Commendation Medals; a National Defense Service Medal; two Afghanistan Campaign Medals; a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; the Army Service Ribbon; the NATO Medal, and, the Parachutist Badge (or “jump wings”).

Distinguished Alumni for 2017

David G. Pugh (DVM ’81), of Waverly, Alabama, earned his bachelor’s in biological and animal science (’76), master’s degree in nutritional physiology (’78), and his DVM (’81) from the University of Georgia. He was a postdoc at Virginia Tech, a resident at Texas A & M University, and completed a second master’s degree in entomology and external parasites from Auburn University—after he turned 60. He is board certified in the disciplines of theriogenology, nutrition and parasitology.

Dr. Pugh is currently the director of the Alabama Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory System and a clinical professor in the Department of Pathobiology at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.

As an equine and small ruminant veterinarian, Dr. Pugh has contributed to 14 textbooks as author and editor, and has authored or co-authored more than 600 publications. He has also served on more than three dozen committees with outcomes directly impacting animal health at the state, regional and national levels. He has been an invited lecturer, on the topics of parasitology and clinical nutrition, at 34 universities across North America and Great Britain.

An extraordinarily decorated veterinarian, his awards stem from his time as a student, teacher and clinician. His accolades include Western Veterinary Conference Food Animal Continuing Educator of the Year, 2012, 2014 and 2016; the North American Veterinary Conference Food Animal Educator of the Year, 1999 and 2001; the A.M. Mills Award, from the Alpha Psi chapter at the University of Georgia, in 2006; the Norden Distinguished Teacher Award, in 1994; and Outstanding Teacher Award, College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, 1992 and 1996.

Karen M. Bradley (DVM ’96), of Middlesex, Vermont, is a small animal practitioner and owner of Onion River Animal Hospital in Middlesex, Vermont. She is active in leadership roles at the state and national levels, and encourages other women to become leaders, too.

Recently elected to a six-year term as the District I Director on the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Board of Directors, Dr. Bradley has been involved with the AVMA since 2008, when the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association elected her alternate delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates. Since then, she has served as Vermont’s lead delegate; also, three years on the House Advisory Committee, as both vice chair and chair. From 2013-2014, she chaired the Governance Engagement Team.

In 2013, Dr. Bradley helped found the not-for-profit Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative, which inspires and supports women in seeking leadership, policy and decision-making positions within all areas of veterinary medicine. As an advocate, Dr. Bradley has spoken at more than a dozen conferences nationwide over the last three years. Her work with WVLDI led her to be listed on the “14 Vets to Watch in 2014” list by Veterinary Practice News.

Her involvement with organized veterinary medicine started when she became active with the VVMA. She served on the VVMA executive board from 2002 to 2015, including time as co-chair of its Animal Welfare Committee and chair its Legislative Advisory/Governmental Relations Committee.

Dr. Bradley has also served the Central Vermont Humane Society as a visiting shelter veterinarian, and her practice provides support for most of the shelter’s events. She has also spread her enthusiasm for small animals, veterinary medicine and leadership by volunteering at events hosted by schools in her community.


The Alumni Association of the College of Veterinary Medicine presents awards annually to alumni who have contributed to animal and human health-related public service; contributions to the local community, state or nation; professional service; involvement in veterinary educational research and/or service; involvement in veterinary associations at the local, state, or national level; contributions to the college’s alumni association. The 2017 awards were presented at the college’s annual conference, on March 24.

The UGA College of Veterinary Medicine, founded in 1946, is dedicated to training future veterinarians, to conducting research related to animal and human diseases, and to providing veterinary services for animals and their owners.  Research efforts are aimed at enhancing the quality of life for animals and people, improving the productivity of poultry and livestock, and preserving a healthy interface between wildlife and people in the environment they share.  The College enrolls 114 students each fall out of more than 1,100 who apply. For more information, see www.vet.uga.edu.



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