The 2017 Mississippi Poultry Hall of Fame inductee, Dr. Yvonne Vizzier-Thaxton, is the first female member and completes the first husband and wife team in the Hall of Fame.
The Mississippi Poultry Hall of Fame was created in 1972 to recognize the contributions of those who built and expanded the poultry industry into Mississippi’s largest agricultural industry. Vizzier-Thaxton, former head of the Mississippi State University Poultry Science Department, retired recently from the Center for Animal Wellbeing at the University of Arkansas and returned to the Jackson, Miss. area.
She earned a B.S. and M.S. from Mississippi University for Women and her Ph.D. from Auburn University in poultry pathology. She was married to the late Dr. Paul Thaxton, an MSU professor and pioneer in vaccination technology. She is a member of the Southern and American Poultry Science Associations serving as president both, and she serves on the advisory board for the American Humane Association. She was the first female chair of the Mississippi Poultry Association board in 1992.