Celebration of Excellence 2018 Award Recipients

Beth Dunfield and Dana Palma both received the Olson & Severson Student Enrichment Samaritan Awards at the Celebration of Excellence banquet at Varsity Hall in Union South. (Pictured with Mr. Severson and Ms. Olson)

On Saturday, April 28, students, faculty, staff, and friends gathered in Varsity Hall at Union South to celebrate the end of the academic year and recognize the efforts of the exceptional people who work and learn at the UW School of Veterinary Medicine. The annual event is made possible through the generosity of numerous donors.

Here are this year’s award winners.

Faculty and Staff Awards

  • John Sowers Memorial Dental Resident Award: Dr. Amy Thomson
  • Professor Peter MacWilliams Pathology Resident Award: Dr. Cynthia Lucidi
  • Zoe and Lexi Wells Anesthesia Resident Award: Dr. Denise Radkey
  • Zoe and Lexi Wells Radiology Resident Award: Dr. Samantha Loeber
  • Zoe and Lexi Wells Small Animal Internal Medicine Resident Award: Dr. Caitlin Barry-Heffernan
  • Zoe and Lexi Wells Small Animal Surgery Resident Award: Dr. Ben Yarnall
  • Zoe and Lexi Wells Small Animal Internship Award: Dr. Kyle Bartholomew
  • Zoe and Lexi Wells Veterinary Medical Technician Award: Heather Ladwig
  • Small Animal Resident of the Year Award: Dr. Allison Leuin
  • Large Animal Resident of the Year Award: Dr. Jennifer Whyard
  • Distinguished Veterinary Technician Award: William Neal
  • School of Veterinary Medicine Instructor of the Year Award: Dr. Heidi Clark
  • Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence: Dr. Suresh
  • Zoetis Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award: Dr. Stephen Johnson

Specialty Awards

  • Dr. R.D. Schultz Pathobiological Sciences Award: Syna Johnson
  • American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) Certificate of Clinical Excellence Awards: Dana Palma and Jessica Rippe Martinez (small animal), Mandy Craven (large animal)
  • Gengler Veterinary Dental Award: Bailee Stahl
  • Equine Dentistry Award: Kim Allshouse
  • Dueland Orthopedic Award: Emily Binversie
  • American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR) Award: Miranda Torkelson
  • American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology (AAVD) Award: Steven Rapp
  • Kaytee Avian & Special Species Excellence Award: Miranda Torkelson
  • Applied Animal Behavior Award: Abbi Mleziva
  • School of Veterinary Medicine Oncology Award: Dr. Kelly Flynn and Meryl Schimek
  • Veterinary Cancer Society Bob Rosenthal Senior Student Award: Beth Dunfield
  • American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology (ACVO) Award: Sara Adelman
  • VECCS Award for Proficiency in Emergency & Critical Care: Lydia Ansen-Wilson
  • Simmons Educational Fund Business Aptitude Award: Rachel O’Leary
  • Eberhard Rosin General Surgery Award: Dr. Kelly Flynn
  • American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) Award for Excellence in Veterinary Pathology: Melanie Iverson
  • Comparative Biosciences (CBS) Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Student Research Award: Kore Chan
  • School of Veterinary Medicine Student Research Award: Alyssa Karklus
  • Zoetis Award for Research Excellence by a Graduate Student: Lauren Hillers
  • Zoetis Award for Research Excellence by a House Officer: Dr. Monica Chwala
  • Zoetis Award for Research Excellence by a Summer Scholar: Stephanie Kurth and Matt Van Hesteren
Dean Mark Markel gave the opening remarks at the 2018 Celebration of Excellence awards banquet.

Large and Small Animal Awards

  • American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Award for Proficiency in Primary Care: Meryl Schimek
  • Guernsey Grove, Peter Vail and Partners, and City Slickers Farm Awards in Bovine Practice: Alex Gander, Holly Hovanec, Jackie McIntyre, Lynzie Mlsna, Tawna Pogreba, and Emily Schendel
  • Voegeli Farms Bovine Award: Marisa Bailey
  • Thousand Hills ET Service Award in Bovine Reproduction: Eric Rohner
  • American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) Foundation Student Surgical Proficiency Awards: Kayla Perry (small animal), Samantha Anderson
  • Large Animal Practice Award: Kendra Wells
  • GenOvations Proficiency in Bovine Theriogenology Award: Ethan Andre
  • ABS Global, Inc. Award: Brian Schnell
  • American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP)Award: Mallory Bonstrom
  • Equine Podiatry Award: Dr. Kelly Flynn
  • Excellence in Equine Ambulatory Medicine Award: Mary Galle
  • Equitarian Award: Sarah Appleby
  • Hill’s Pet Nutrition Excellence in Clinical Nutrition Award: Eric Howlett
  • Nestlé Purina PetCare Nutrition Award: Miranda Braithwaite
  • The Padré Operation Wild Horse Sports Medicine Award: Mandy Craven
  • Irongate Equine Award: Samantha Anderson
  • Wisconsin Large Animal Emergency Response Award: Mandy Craven
  • John G. Evans Memorial Award: Emily Binversie
  • Rock Valley Veterinary Medical Association Award: Kayla Perry

Humanities Awards

  • Olson & Severson Student Enrichment Samaritan Awards: Beth Dunfield and Dana Palma
  • Memorial Pet Services Award: Jake Lauer
  • Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association – William J. O’Rourke Memorial Award: Holly Hovanec
  • The Cougar and Beethoven Compassion Award: Emily Severson
  • Peter Bunn Memorial Award: Shannon Gildersleeve
  • Carolee Cutting Schueller Memorial Award: Sam Emmerich
  • Cathie Rauwald & Timothy Regan Memorial Award: Jessy Albergo and Will Loucks
  • Merck Animal Health Veterinary Student Innovation Award: Shannon Gildersleeve
  • Josephine Walsh Compassion in Animal Care Award: Emily Duane

View 2018 Celebration of Excellence program and award descriptions

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