University of Georgia recognizes three alumni

Published on May 27, 2015
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Dr. Claude S. Kidd Jr. ​Dr. Samuel R. Adams Jr. Dr. Patricia W. Hill

The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine recognized three alumni in late March with awards for service to the veterinary profession.

Dr. Claude S. Kidd Jr. (Georgia ’64) served as an Army medic before earning his veterinary degree. He became a partner at Lawndale Veterinary Hospital in Greensboro, North Carolina. For more than 25 years, he oversaw care of animals at Greensboro Science Center. After leaving Lawndale in 1973, he launched Church Street Veterinary Hospital, which he owned for about 15 years. Afterward, he purchased Carolina Animal Hospital in Greensboro, which he owned until recently and where he still sees patients.

Dr. Samuel R. Adams Jr. (Georgia ’73) was an animal scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before earning his veterinary degree. He returned to the CDC, eventually becoming assistant director for veterinary programs. In 1992, he became director of the Division of Comparative Medicine for the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, retiring in 2014. He is a past president of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and the Association of Primate Veterinarians.

Dr. Patricia W. Hill (Georgia ’84) has served in every executive position of the South Carolina Association of Veterinarians. Under her leadership, the association has been working with the state legislature to pass a law to more clearly define the health-related services that nonprofits can provide to animals. For a decade, she served on the board of the Animal Emergency Clinic of Greenville in Greenville, South Carolina. For 23 years, she owned Hillcrest Animal Hospital in Simpsonville, South Carolina.