Dear Faculty, Staff, Students and Friends,
It’s hard to believe we’re already six months into 2016, the year of our 40thAnniversary. Below are some of our college’s recent accomplishments as well as individual achievements of our faculty, staff and students. This round-up of honors and awards takes a while to compile, as the list keeps growing! Thanks to all of you for everything you do for the college. When you see or communicate with the individuals listed below, please congratulate them if you haven’t already.
- Brittany Martabano, who recently received her D.V.M. along with other members of the Class of 2016, was the national winner of this year’s Bayer Excellence in Communication Award. The award is given to identify and reward veterinary students who are mastering effective communication skills. Brittany was selected from entries representing 27 veterinary schools.
- Dr. Mandy Wallace, a small animal surgery resident, received the 2016 Resident Award from the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians. This award, given for achievements in the clinical, educational and scholarly arenas, is presented annually to two residents selected from all the veterinary residents in North America.
- Dr. Natalie Isaza, the Grevior Shelter Medicine Community Outreach Clinical Associate Professor in the department of small animal clinical sciences, was named a Top-Five finalist in the American Humane Association’s “Hero Vet” contest. Voting takes place online and lasts until July. The AHA and Zoetis sponsor this award to recognize the achievements of both veterinarians and veterinary medical technicians.
- Dr. Chris Vulpe, a professor in the department of physiological sciences who joined our faculty last year through UF’s pre-eminence initiative, is a national semi-finalist in the “Toxicology Testing Challenge” sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institutes of Health. The challenge is aimed at incentivizing scientists to improve testing used to evaluate chemicals for potential health risks.
- Dr. Amanda House, a clinical associate professor in the department of large animal clinical sciences and interim director of student affairs, received the North American Veterinary Conference’s 2016 Speaker of the Year Award in the equine category.
- Dr. Louis Archbald, a professor emeritus in the department of large animal clinical sciences at the college, was named the recipient of the inaugural Zoetis Champion of Diversity Award during the 5th Biennial Southeast Regional DiVersity Matters Symposium, hosted by the UFCVM April 22-24.
- This spring, the college’s Alumni Council named Dr. Julia Conway, a clinical assistant professor in the department of infectious diseases and pathology, as its Special Service Award recipient.
- Dr. Dan Lewis, a professor in the department of small animal clinical sciences, was named a 2016 UF Research Foundation Professor.
- Dr. Heather Walden, an assistant professor in the department of infectious diseases and pathology, was the recipient of the 2016 Zoetis Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award.
- Dr. J. Ignacio Aguirre, an assistant professor in the department of physiological sciences, received a 2016 UF Excellence Award for Assistant Professors or Assistant Curators.
- Ten employees of the UFCVM were honored with Superior Accomplishment Awards in various categories this spring.
- The UF College of Veterinary Medicine was granted full accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Council on Education in April.
- The UF Pet Emergency Treatment Services practice in Ocala received accreditation from the American Animal Hospital Association in May.
All of you work hard every day to make our college great. I appreciate the role every one of you plays and it’s a privilege to work with such committed, talented and passionate colleagues.
James W. Lloyd
Professor and Dean
UF College of Veterinary Medicine