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Frederic J. Hoerr named interim dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine

Oct. 5, 2012

By Tara Lanier, 334-844-3698,

Frederic J. Hoerr, Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine Professor Emeritus and former director of the Thompson-Bishop-Sparks State Diagnostic Laboratory, has been named interim dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Hoerr will serve in the position until the search for a permanent dean is completed.

“We are very fortunate to have a person with Dr. Hoerr’s academic and managerial experience in the role of interim dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine,” said Provost Timothy R. Boosinger. “Dr. Hoerr continues to support the academic mission of the college in many important areas, such as poultry diseases, multispecies medicine, and diagnostic pathology.”

Hoerr first joined Auburn University in 1980 as affiliate faculty when he became a veterinary diagnostic specialist with the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, C.S. Roberts Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

In 1987 Hoerr was named director of the State Diagnostic Laboratory and professor of avian pathology in the Department of Pathobiology. Under his leadership, the Auburn diagnostic laboratory was built and received accreditation in 2011 by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians.

Hoerr retired in February 2012 with 31 years of service to the Department of Agriculture and Industries and Auburn University.

“Dr. Hoerr is internationally engaged and widely respected in his ongoing work in poultry diseases and laboratory diagnostics.  He was responsible for achieving the highest national standards for the State Diagnostic Laboratory, and will provide strong and stable leadership for the college during this important period of transition,” said Boosinger.

In 2010 the American Association of Avian Pathologists selected Hoerr for the Phibro Animal Health Excellence in Poultry Research Award which recognizes research in poultry disease and health over a period of 20 years or more.  Hoerr’s contributions to the understanding of avian diseases, specifically immunosuppressive diseases, spans over 30 years.

A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and the American College of Poultry Veterinarians, Hoerr served as president of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians and the American Association of Avian Pathologists.

Hoerr received his D.V.M. degree from Purdue University in 1976 completing a master’s degree in 1977.  He entered a pathology residency/graduate program working on mycotoxin diseases of poultry earning a Ph.D. from Purdue in 1981.  In 2011, Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine presented Hoerr its distinguished alumnus award.

The mission of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine is to prepare individuals for careers of excellence in veterinary medicine. The college provides programs of instruction, research, outreach, and service that are in the best interests of the citizens of the state of Alabama, the region, the nation, and the world.