The Alabama Veterinary Medical Association recently honored Dr. Julie Gard with a Service Award during its annual conference at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.
This award is presented each year to a member who has contributed generously of his or her time and energy to the Association for the advancement of the profession.
“Dr. Gard’s commitment to the ALVMA’s public awareness initiatives has been key to the success of these programs. Working with Tuskegee and Auburn veterinary schools, she was instrumental in bringing these events to both communities,” says ALVMA Executive Assistant Dr. Brad Fields.
Gard, an associate professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, has demonstrated her tireless effort and dedicated service to the ALVMA recently through two separate “Our Oath in Action” events, which were coordinated and successfully executed with her guidance. Gard collaborated with Auburn and Tuskegee University students, faculty, and staff to plan and facilitate budget development, resource needs and ultimately success.
The ALVMA has greatly benefited from her involvement in the “Our Oath in Action” project, and Gard served as a role model to the veterinary students at both universities. The Auburn University “Our Oath in Action” event was a coordinated tailgate, and was visited by nearly 5,000 individuals in the Auburn community.
The goal of the event was to raise awareness of disaster preparedness and the importance of veterinarians in that planning process. She coordinated Auburn undergraduate and Auburn and Tuskegee veterinary student support for the event.
The Tuskegee University “Our Oath in Action” event was a companion animal health fair, which provided complimentary physical examinations and education to their community. Gard facilitated getting AVMF supplies, Auburn student support, pet sheltering equipment to this event, and participated in the event alongside her Tuskegee veterinary medical counterparts.
Her involvement and dedication have made a lasting impact on the preparedness of Alabama and the people involved in the “Our Oath in Action” project.
Founded in 1907, The Alabama Veterinary Medical Association is comprised of approximately 725 veterinarians from around the state, all committed to protecting “People, Pets and Livestock – Yesterday, Today and Always”.
ALVMA Past President Dr. Bill Allen presents Dr. Julie Gard with the ALVMA Service Award.