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UGA alumnus and veterinarian to bulldog mascot passes away

Dr. Bruce Hollett (DVM '72), a veterinarian for our beloved mascot, Uga, passed away in late April following a battle with cancer. In addition to the superb care he provided to the University of Georgia’s bulldog mascots, Dr. Hollett was a beloved family member, mentor and colleague.

Uga’s owner, Sonny Seiler (BBA ’56, JD ‘57), began sending the line of Uga bulldogs to Hollett in the 1950s. Despite being a large-animal veterinarian, Hollett knew small animals and was extremely knowledgeable about the English bulldog. The late Uga VIII was even named “Big Bad Bruce” in honor of the veterinarian.

“They [the Ugas] would run to Dr. Hollett and jump on him. They wouldn’t do that for anybody else,” Seiler said. “He saw them through some rough times.”

In 1989, Hollett joined the UGA Cooperative Extension Service as an equine extension veterinarian. Three years later, he became the director of continuing education in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Hollett met his wife of 40 years, Libby, when she brought a family horse to see him when he was a veterinary medicine student at UGA. The veterinarian is survived by his two brothers, four children and 13 grandchildren.

On behalf of the UGA Alumni Association, I want to thank Dr. Hollett and his family for their dedicated service to the University of Georgia. We are sad to hear of his passing, but are proud of the legacy he leaves behind. Go Dawgs.

This blog post was sourced from an article in the Athens Banner-Herald.

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