Students Honored During College’s Clinical Awards Ceremony

The College of Veterinary Medicine recently honored fourth-year veterinary students with Clinical Awards, recognizing students for their performance during clinical rotations to signify excellence in academics, student government, service and clinical medicine.

Thirty-eight awards were distributed to 32 veterinary student recipients at the completion of the student’s year of clinical education, which provides student hands-on animal healthcare education under the supervision of faculty across the college.

“The 122 students in the class of 2019 are at an exciting stage of their professional development. As they embark on their eight-week preceptorship prior to graduating, all are deserving of commendation,” said Dr. Dan Givens, associate dean for Academic Affairs.

“Our students have diligently labored and learned, practiced and prepared to enter this entrusted profession. Many have excelled in various areas. We are pleased to be entrusted with the resources to recognize some of our outstanding students.”

The student, hometown and awards are:

  • Jessica Ball, Williamsburg, Ky., the ACVS (Surgeons) Proficiency Award (Small Animal);
  • Evan Becker, Frederick, Md., the Dr. G.J. Cottier Scholarship Award;
  • Katie Bello, Hartselle, Ala., the Bayer Dermatology Award;
  • Mike Breuning, Lambertville, N.J., the Volk Optical Small Animal Ophthalmology Award;
  • Kristen Brewer, Winchester, Ky., the President’s Award;
  • Mandy Burke, Birmingham, Ala., the ZuPreem Award of Excellence for Exotic Animal Care;
  • Wes Clendinen, Tallahassee, Fla., the Student Government Association Outstanding Student Award and the AAHA Award for Proficiency in Primary Care;
  • Sarah Escaro, Montgomery, Ala., the ACVS (Surgeons) Proficiency Award (Large Animal);
  • Austin Fetner, Roanoke, Ala., the Excellence in Equine Theriogenology Award;
  • Katie Goebel, Louisville, Ky., the  ACVIM Award of Excellence (Small Animal);
  • Courtney Hawthorne, Rapides Parish, La., the Dr. J.E. Bartels Radiology Award and the Boehringer Ingelheim Cardiology Proficiency Award;
  • Carly Hubbard, Louisville, Ky., the SAVMA Outstanding Senior Award;
  • Isaac Jones, Centre, Ala., the Dr. Don Walker Food Animal Excellence Award;
  • T.J. Langlois, Leeds, Ala., the Dr. Dougie MacIntire Memorial Scholarship Award and the VECCS Award;
  • Anna Locklair, Summerville, S.C., the Dr. Robert Beaty, Jr. Scholarship Award;
  • Katie Loughman, East Longmeadow, Mass., the AAFP Outstanding Senior Award;
  • Matt Miller, Bowling Green, Ky., the  ACVP (Pathology) Award;
  • Tracy McConnaughey, Huntsville, Ala., the Dr. Charles Knecht Neurology Award;
  • Rachel Pfeifle, Seminole, Fla., the Dean’s Award, ACVR (Radiology) Award and the Avary Equine Award;
  • Ryan Reams, Beattyville, Ky., the Dr. Allen M. Heath Award;
  • Julia Remaks, LaGrange, Ky., the Small Animal Medicine Proficiency Award;
  • Jordan Shim, Orlando, Fla., the Bayer Excellence in Communication Award;
  • Brittany Shumack, Monroeville, Ala., the Society for Theriogenology Award;
  • Kimberly Smart, Somerset, Ky., the AAVD Excellence in Clinical Dermatology Award;
  • Kileigh Speed, Dothan, Ala., the ACVIM Award of Excellence (Small Animal) and the Gentle Doctor Award;
  • Christian Stocks, Hoover, Ala., the Veterinary Cancer Society Award;
  • Travis Sulfridge, Williamsburg, Ky., the Woody Bartlett Clinical Proficiency Award (Bovine Palpation)
  • Meghan Thomas, Jacksonville, Fla., the ACVIM Award of Excellence (Large Animal);
  • Randi Todd, Greenville, Fla., the Deborah Harrington Memorial Award;
  • Kelly Whippo, Longwood, Fla., the Volk Optical Large Animal Ophthalmology Award;
  • Nichole Murdock Whitfill, Breckinridge, Ky., the Purina Excellence in Nutrition Award;
  • Natalie Wilson, Chatham, Va., the ACVO (Ophthalmology) Award and the Walter J. Gibbons Memorial Award;
  • Amelia White, DVM, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology, received the Clinician of the Year Award.