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Distinguished Alumni Award

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2019 Distinguished Alumni Winners


Dr. Cara A. Clouse

Clara Clouse

Cara Clouse (Arts & Sciences ’07, UTCVM ’11) is the recipient of the UTCVM Distinguished Alumna – First Decade Achievement Award. She is a researcher at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Veterinary Medical Officer at-large in the United States Department of Agriculture, and a privately-employed veterinary consultant

She has made her mark in veterinary medicine in the first decade of her career. She is a researcher at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM).


Dr. Jennifer Scruggs

Jennifer Scruggs

Jennifer Scruggs (UTCVM ’06) has been named the non-private practice distinguished alumna. She was commissioned as a Captain in the US Army Veterinary Corps after graduation. Her military awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal (for service), and the Army Commendation Medal.

She is currently assigned to the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, Maryland. She will be awarded the non-private practice Distinguished Alumni Award.


Dr. Jack Upchurch

Jack Upchurch

Jack Upchurch (UTCVM ’82) is recognized for his work in private practice. A recipient of the PCA (Farm Credit) Scholarship, Upchurch was in only the fourth class to graduate from UTCVM. His career began Corbin, Kentucky, before opening his own private practice in Jamestown, Tennessee, just twenty minutes from his hometown.

He will be recognized for his work in private practice where he has served the Fentress County community since 1983. He has worked in agriculture and veterinary medicine in a variety of ways since graduating from UTCVM in 1982.