Recently retired Aviagen veterinarian Carolyn Miller DVM, MAM, DACPV was welcomed into the prestigious Hall of Fame of the Tennessee Poultry Association (TPA) during the TPA’s annual meeting on Aug. 3 in Nashville, Tenn., US. The TPA uses the award to recognize those who have dedicated their careers to making significant contributions to the Tennessee poultry industry.

The TPA also took the opportunity to name Daniel Long, quality assurance manager of Aviagen pedigree and great grandparent (GGP) broiler breeding stock, and Nathaniel Collett, breeder manager for Aviagen North America, as emerging leaders in the Tennessee poultry industry.

Dr. Miller became a member of the TPA upon moving to Tennessee in 1994 as a way to build and strengthen her connection to the industry. Since then she has been an active contributor to the success and growth of the TPA in its mission to promote and protect the industry, and be a “collective voice for the Tennessee commercial poultry sector in support of promoting education, policy and public relations for the sustainment of our industry.”

Lifetime of commitment to poultry industry

During the meeting, Dr. Miller was interviewed by TPA Executive Director Bart Smith, as together they looked back on her long and productive career in the poultry industry.

She joined Aviagen in 1994 as breeding program veterinarian and laboratory manager in Crossville, Tenn., where she managed the health programs of Aviagen’s pedigree breeding programs. Before moving to Tennessee, she worked as a poultry veterinarian for the Missouri Department of Agriculture, and also a lab technician for Sterwin Laboratories in Springdale, Ark.

Her extensive educational background includes a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Missouri, a Master of Avian Medicine from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Arkansas.


After her retirement in May, Dr. Miller continues to serve the poultry industry as a consultant.

“I’m both humbled and honored to be received into the TPA’s Hall of Fame. During my 24 years of membership, I’ve seen the organization grow and succeed, and I feel great about the progress it has made toward the development of the poultry sector in Tennessee,” said Dr. Miller.

She went on to speak about her more than two decades of service to Aviagen and how she has reached her professional ambitions.

“Throughout my career, I’ve aspired to work toward goals that make a difference. My time with Aviagen has enabled me to contribute in the areas of poultry biosecurity, health and welfare, which are essential to providing the world with a reliable source of protein, and I look forward to years of continued service to the industry.”

“I’m proud of Carolyn for being awarded by the TPA, and know that she is very deserving of this recognition. She has been a true friend to the industry, dedicating her life to improvements that have made a positive impact on the health of our birds,” explained Dr. Kate Hayes, Production Program veterinarian for Aviagen North America. “I also congratulate Daniel and Nathaniel for being identified as up-and-coming leaders. They’ve both proven to be strong managers who have benefited the company with their knowledge and expertise, as well as their integrity and positive, “can-do” attitudes.”