After retiring from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in August 2014, Floron “Buddy” Faries Jr., DVM, M.S., was awarded the honored distinction of Professor and Extension Specialist Emeritus status by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents at their November meeting. To earn the emeritus title, individuals must have made significant contributions to the A&M System through long and distinguished service in administration, teaching, research and/or service.
Faries’ 31 year-long career with AgriLife Extension spanned roles as an extension specialist, program leader and professor. His career also covered many facets of animal health, including experience as a veterinary practitioner in east Texas, professor at Texas A&M University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, along with his extensive work in beef cattle health through AgriLife Extension. His dedication to his career led to recognition by his colleagues as an authority on youth outreach programs and as a national leader in the veterinary sciences field.
“Dr. Faries had a profound impact on veterinary medicine through his long and meritorious career in working with stakeholders in animal health, as well as for his foresight in creating the highly popular Veterinary Science Certificate Program” said Travis Miller, Texas A&M AgriLife extension Interim Associate Director for state programs.
In 1995, Faries published “The Veterinary Assistant Handbook” and created what is now the Veterinary Science Certificate Program (VSCP). Faries joined the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD), a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Center of Excellence, in 2009 when the Institute approved a project using DHS Office of University Programs funding to support development and publication of a new edition of his book. Today the VSCP program is jointly coordinated through IIAD and AgriLife Extension.
“By funding the program and working with Dr. Faries, we have been able to create a significant investment in the next generation’s workforce,” said Tammy Beckham, DVM, Ph.D., IIAD director. “Dr. Faries had a tremendous career and impact upon youth education and Extension programming. There’s no doubt in my mind that he is incredibly deserving of this honor.”
Emeritus status is one of many ways that Faries’ dedication to veterinary sciences has been recognized. Prior to retirement, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and Texas 4-H both recognized him as a lifetime member. In 2013, Faries was twice awarded the Texas A&M AgriLife Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence, once for Extension Specialist of the Year and again for International Involvement. Faries also received the 2003 Outstanding Extension Specialist Award from the Texas County Agricultural Agents Association, along with the 2002 Superior Service Specialist Award and Superior Service Team Award from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.