Press Release

Dr. Ruby Perry Recipient of Iverson Bell Award

Dr. Perry is the recipient of the 2021 Iverson Bell Award by the AAVMC

Dr. Ruby Perry DVM, MS, PhD, Diplomate ACVR

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) announced the recipients of five awards recognizing professional excellence, achievement and service in academic veterinary medicine.  One of the awards, the Iverson Bell Award, is being given to Dr. Ruby Perry, dean of the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine, and ACVR Diplomate.

Dr. Perry is dean and professor of veterinary radiology at TUCVM, which is the most diverse veterinary medical school in the United States. She is TUCVM’s first female dean, the first African American female board-certified veterinary radiologist, and the first veterinary alumna to serve as Tuskegee University’s acting president. Her contributions to diversity include forming TUCVM’s first Diversity and Inclusion College Committee and signing historic Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) with Auburn University and the University of North Carolina Pembroke to further veterinary medical training and increase racial diversity in the veterinary workforce. She also serves as secretary on the AAVMC’s Board of Directors and was recently honored with the 2020 Zoetis Champion of Diversity Award.

The Iverson Bell Award recognizes outstanding leadership and contributions in promoting opportunities for under-represented minorities in veterinary medical education.

Read more about the 2021 Professional Excellence and Service Awards and Honorees.  Thank you Dr. Perry for all that you do for veterinary medicine!


Dr. Ruby Perry