AUBURN – The Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine has named three of its graduates as the 2007 Wilford S. Bailey Distinguished Alumni for their contributions to animal welfare, the profession and their communities. The recipients, honored May 8 during the college’s commencement ceremony, are Annelda Baetz of San Antonio, Texas, Clyde Taylor of Starkville, Miss., and Wayne Roberts of Enterprise, Ala.
“They have been inspirations to colleagues, students and clients alike,” said Dean Timothy Boosinger. “It is fitting that we honor them during our graduation exercise in front of new graduates, who look to our distinguished alumni as role models.”
Baetz earned her veterinary degree in 1947 from Alabama Polytechnic Institute, now Auburn University. She was the only woman in her class of 27 and was only the third woman to graduate with a veterinary degree from API. She practiced from 1948 to 1986 in San Antonio and is a charter member of three animal control associations, including the National Animal Control Association. In 1978 she was a consultant on dog control to the United Nations and the World Health Organization.
Roberts, a 1967 AU veterinary graduate, opened Westgate Veterinary Hospital in Enterprise in 1969 and treated horses, livestock and pets until 1984, when he began concentrating on pets. In 2003 he sold the practice to two younger colleagues, but he continues to work part-time. He has served as president of the Southeast Alabama Veterinary Medical Association and the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association, which named Roberts the Alabama Veterinarian of the Year in 1995.
Taylor, a 1960 AU veterinary graduate, was one of the 17 founding faculty in 1976 for Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He earned a Master of Public Health Degree in 1964 from Tulane University and then worked with the United States Department of Agriculture. After time in private practice and as a poultry consultant, he joined the Mississippi State University faculty. He retired from Mississippi State University and the Mississippi Cooperative Extension Service in 1996. He also served 20 years in the Air National Guard, retiring as a lieutenant colonel.
The AU award is named in honor of veterinary parasitologist Wilford Bailey who died in 2000. He held a 50-year appointment at Auburn after receiving his veterinary degree in 1942, serving in positions from instructor to university president.
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