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Dr. Purswell to receive David E. Bartlett Award

Wednesday, April 08, 2015   (2 Comments)
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Dr. Beverly J. Purswell DVM, PhD has been selected to receive the David E. Bartlett Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theriogenology

ACT and SFT member, Dr. Beverly Purswell will be presented the award at this year's Therio Conference in San Antonio on Thursday, August 6. Congratulations to Dr. Purswell.


Dr. Purswell completed her DVM degree in 1977 at the University of Georgia. After two years of private equine practice in Atlanta, GA, she returned to the University of Georgia where she completed a residency in Theriogenology (1979-1982) and obtained MS (1981) and PhD (1985) degrees in Immunology. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists in 1983. She was on the faculty of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine 1985-2012 teaching canine and equine theriogenology. She was awarded the title of Professor Emerita in 2012. She continues to teach canine and equine theriogenology at St. Matthews University on Grand Cayman as a Visiting Professor. She has served as President of the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association in 1998 after serving on the Board of Directors starting in 1991. She was the Delegate from Virginia to the AVMA, 2000-2006. In 2004, Dr. Purswell received the Veterinarian of the Year Award from the VVMA. She served on the Board for the Society for Theriogenology and served as President in 1993. She was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Georgia in 2007. She served as Interim Department Head for the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences Department (2004-2007). She served for 6 six year on the examination committee of the American College of Theriogenologist, 2004-2010. She has served as resident advisor for 4 residents. She lives on a dairy farm in Blacksburg, VA, with her husband, Mac Wall. She raises Doberman Pinschers and Rocky Mountain horses. She enjoys fox hunting, trail riding, dog shows and agility trials.


William B. Ley says...
Posted Tuesday, April 21, 2015
A much deserved accolade! It was a pleasure to be her colleague for 14 years at VMRCVM.
Augustine Peter says...
Posted Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Congratulations Dr. Purswell! - Augustine Peter

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