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The University of Georgia's College of Veterinary Medicine recognized 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. Auburn Professor David Pugh was recognized as a Distinguished Alumni in Academia and Industry for 2017. 

Dr. Pugh is 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. He previously was an assistant and associate professor at Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine, and was the project veterinarian and director of farm operations for the Auburn University Equine Source Plasmapheresis Project at Auburn University.

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.