de la Concha-Bermejillo receives Regents Fellow Service Award

delaconcha andresTexas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) Veterinary Pathologist Andrés de la Concha-Bermejillo, DVM, M.S., Ph.D., has been recognized with the 2012-2013 Texas A&M University System Regents Fellow Service Award. Dr. de la Concha-Bermejillo has worked within The Texas A&M System for 22 years.

The Regents Fellow Service Award was established in 1998 by the Board of Regents to recognize employees who have made exemplary contributions to their university or agency and to the citizens of Texas. Dr. de la Concha-Bermejillo has held appointments with Texas A&M AgriLife Research, the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and has worked with TVMDL in College Station since 2004.

In 1978, Dr. de la Concha-Bermejillo graduated with honors from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México with a doctorate in veterinary medicine. At the University of California-Davis, he earned a Master of Science and a doctorate in philosophy in comparative pathology in 1981 and 1990, respectively. His post-doctoral work in virology and immunology was done at Colorado State University in 1991.

At TVMDL, Dr. de la Concha-Bermejillo’s duties include performing post-mortem examinations (necropsies) on animals that have died of a variety of disease conditions. He also performs microscopic examinations of tissues and surgical biopsies of specimens. Yearly, he completes nearly 150 necropsies and reviews and interprets between 3,000 and 4,500 surgical specimens. The high volume of cases often requires Dr. de la Concha-Bermejillo to work after hours and weekends; his dedication to TVMDL’s commitment to client service is exemplary.

“The greatest evidence of Dr. de la Concha-Bermejillo’s reputation and commitment to TVMDL is his work with the agency’s clients,” says Tammy R. Beckham, DVM, Ph.D., TVMDL Director. “Because of his extensive multidisciplinary training in not only anatomic pathology but also in virology, immunology, molecular biology and animal reproduction, Dr. de la Concha-Bermejillo plays an essential role in TVMDL’s mission.”

Dr. de la Concha-Bermejillo’s A&M System appointments have spanned teaching, research and service. During his tenure as research project leader at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in San Angelo, he also served as an adjunct professor in the department of animal science and the department of biology at Angelo State University. From 1999 to 2004, he served as adjunct professor in the department of veterinary pathobiology at the TAMU College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science (CVM). Between 2003 and 2011, and concurrently with his work at AgriLife Research and TVMDL, he worked with TEEX as a subject matter expert and instructor for the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center and the Public Safety and Security Division. This required Dr. de la Concha-Bermejillo to travel the continental United States and to Puerto Rico, distinguishing himself through lectures on vulnerability assessments of potential agroterrorism threats and real-life biological hazard scenarios.

Dr. de la Concha-Bermejillo is an ex-officio member of the CVM International Program Advisory Committee, has served on the TVMDL Employee Advisory Committee, on the Texas Voluntary Scrapie Flock Certification Program Board of Directors, as a editorial reviewer for eight scholarly journals, and as a member of the Texas Sheep and Goat Raiser’s Association Animal Health Advisory Committee, among other professional association appointments. Additionally, Dr. de la Concha-Bermejillo has authored or co-authored more than 40 peer-reviewed publications and made more than 150 presentations at scientific meetings.

In 2011, Dr. de la Concha-Bermejillo received the TVMDL Director’s Excellence Award, and in 2000 he was honored with the the National Institutes of Health Minority Investigator Award. He is currently a member of the American Society for Virology and the Brazos Valley Veterinary Medical Association.

“Receiving the Texas A&M University System Regents Fellow Service Award is the greatest honor I have received during my tenure in The Texas A&M System,” said Dr. de la Concha-Bermejillo. “I feel very proud to be part of this great institution. Much of the credit of this award goes to many other people that have help me in one way or another throughout my career including my teachers, students, post-doctoral trainees, collaborators, co-workers, clients, and to my wife Sonia and my children Andrés and Sandra for their support.”

Since the A&M System Regents Fellow Service Award was established in 1998, five TVMDL professionals have received recognition.

For more information on the Texas A&M Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, visit tvmdl.tamu.edu.

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