Honest and ethical are essential characteristics in undertaking research work. But if you’re STEPHEN GULLEY, you’re also pleasant, patient, easygoing, and unselfish. Not to mention, extraordinarily able to fix equipment and kind enough to keep the treat jar filled with candy and chocolates. A research assistant, Gulley has been with the College of Veterinary Medicine for six years.
“He will spend late hours in the lab to finish experiments and comes in on weekends,” said Dr. Frits van Ginkel. “His dedication to do a good job combined with work ethics makes him an essential member.”
“Steve is a research assistant for Dr. van Ginkel, but he also cooperates with other members of the avian disease research group, including myself,” said Dr. Vicky Van Santen. “He enthusiastically helps his colleagues in sample collection and necropsy for experiments in chickens, as well as processing and analyzing samples for others and providing technical advice.”
“He displays a collaborative spirit that is vital to the success of the avian disease program,” Dr. Stuart Price said. Stephen takes a personal interest in all the experiments conducted in the Avian Disease Research Program, not just the ones which originate from his laboratory. This interest in what others are doing, coupled with his positive outlook in general, has helped to create an almost ‘wall-less’ mega-lab among the avian disease group, with the lines of communication fully open all of the time.”
For several years, Gulley has led the college in soliciting nonperishable food items during the Beat Bama Food Drive benefitting the Food Bank of East Alabama.
- Liz Hodson, Clinical Sciences / Orthopedic Service
LIZ HODSON is a technician with the orthopedic service in the Small Animal Teaching Hospital. Hodson, who is pursuing a veterinary technology license, is known for her outstanding customer service skills.
“Good customer service is a combination of well-trained employees and an efficient system,” said Client Advocate Nancy Wagner. “Clients want to encounter knowledgeable and professional customer service representatives to resolve their issues, questions, and concerns. This goes a long way toward helping retain clients.”
“Liz is a valued colleague and trusted friend who brings the Auburn ‘human touch’ to our patients and their owners,” said Dr. Ron Montgomery, Bruce Pratt Distinguished Professor of Orthopedics.
“Liz is very knowledgeable and a professional,” Wagner said. “Feedback from clients is always positive. She possesses good communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, and a positive attitude.”
Hodson’s skills, knowledge, and attitude are what make her an asset to the orthopedic service and to Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
- Robert Logan, Clinical Sciences / Large Animal
Our clients interact with the clinicians and veterinary technicians, but rarely do they see the behind-the-scenes staff members who provide the caretaking and custodial support. ROBERT LOGAN has served as an animal care orderly for over 20 years.
As an animal care taker at the Large Animal Teaching Hospital he is responsible for cleaning and organizing animal quarters such as pens and stables, and yards and equipment. He assists with the transportation of animals and with their care and observation.
Logan, who is described as a tireless worker, holds down an additional job at a local supermarket. “I’ve never heard Robert complain about anything even though he performs duties that don’t appear to be much fun,” said Dr. John Schumacher. “He is always eager to help anytime he sees a problem. Robert seems to enjoy working at the large animal clinic.”
The goal of the staff recognition awards program is to create awareness of outstanding performance and accomplishment. For 26 years Logan has been an integral part of veterinary medicine. For this reason he deserves, as stated by Dr. Schumacher, the “Unsung Hero Award.”
- Erin Robbins, Clinical Sciences / Equine Medicine
ERIN ROBBINS is the individual primarily responsible for the day-to-day management of the equine isolation unit. Robbins manages every detail of the facility while being available when needed for technical assistance in the Large Animal Teaching Hospital.
“Erin is a cheerful member of our team who works relentlessly for the betterment of the hospital and the equine group,” said Dr. Erin Groover. “I have worked closely with her on the equine medicine service and through our roles as stewards of the infectious disease control measures in the equine hospital. She is an outstanding technician who has expanded her role by overseeing the technical aspects of the equine isolation unit.”
“Erin is always efficient and has everything ready and waiting for procedures and student laboratories,” Dr. Anne Wooldridge said. “She is an excellent horse handler and I always feel that we are safe when she is handling an animal for a procedure.
“Our service had a very difficult neurological case in isolation recently and Erin volunteered to work on a Saturday to help support our service and that horse. Our service is so fortunate to have a technician like Erin who cares so much about our patients.”
- Missy Streicher, Clinical Sciences / Dermatology Service
Veterinary technician MISSY STREICHER is the primary contact person for the dermatology service. “Missy always puts her patients and clients before herself,” said Natalie Royer. “She works through lunch to make sure patient diagnostics and cases are finished.”
“Missy is probably the best technician in feline venipuncture and she is frequently paged to assist with difficult patients,” said Dr. Robert Kennis.
During rotations Missy instructs the house officers in techniques such as intradermal allergy testing, biopsy collection, ear cleaning, and anesthesia monitoring. “Missy is responsible for using and maintaining the video otoscope and she is very adept at preparing and assessing cytologic samples for teaching and diagnostic purposes,” Dr. Kennis said. “Her clinical skills are outstanding, but she is equally gifted in teaching these skills.”
During each rotation Missy, who has become very knowledgeable in the field of veterinary dermatology, leads a discussion on shampoo and topical therapy and presents flea rounds to the community practice service.
“While performing her regular duties as a dermatology technician, Missy also manages the dermatology stock supplies, maintains a clean and neat environment, and cares for our elderly ward cat Little Mac,” said fellow veterinary technician Rachel Arnold of neurology. “She represents a model technician, as well as a model human being. All of us should aspire to the high standard she sets in the workplace every day.”