By Stephanie Schupska
Because of her contributions to an international understanding of veterinary medicine, University of Georgia professor Corrie Brown recently received the XIIth International Veterinary Congress Prize from the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Brown, a professor of anatomic pathology in the College of Veterinary Medicine's department of pathology, has worked locally and internationally for more than 25 years building animal health infrastructure and diagnostics. She specifically studies emerging diseases, pathogenesis of disease in food-producing animals and diagnostic infrastructure in developing countries.
"I am so fortunate to have been able to work with veterinarians around the world," Brown said. "Although people generally think I do development work strictly to teach others better methods, the truth is that I learn much more than I teach. And my colleagues around the world have taught me a great deal about this big world we all live in. It has been a marvelous gift, and I am very grateful."
The XIIth International Veterinary Congress Prize, given annually, recognizes outstanding global service by a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, which, with more than 84,000 members, is one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world.
Brown joined the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. In 2004, she received UGA's highest teaching award, the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorship and, for 2009-2010, was named a UGA Senior Teaching Fellow.
Her work in more than 30 countries includes conducting workshops on basic field necropsy and diagnostic techniques. She also has served on national and international expert panels about animal health and has received numerous awards.
"Corrie's international work has made our department much more international, she brings some of the world to our doors and into our classrooms. In this era of the global marketplace, that is important," noted Keith Harris, head of the department of pathology.
Before coming to UGA, Brown was head of the pathology section with the U.S. Department of Agriculture at Plum Island, where she specialized in the diagnosis and pathogenesis of trans-boundary animal diseases. Prior to that appointment, she was an assistant professor of pathology at Louisiana State University.
Brown holds a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the University of Guelph. In 1986, she completed a combined residency and doctorate in comparative pathology at the University of California, Davis.