Together Again at Last for the 38th Annual Awards Banquet
For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the College of Veterinary Medicine community assembled to celebrate a tradition: its annual awards banquet at the Talley Student Union on the NC State main campus.
Many attendees said it felt good to be together again at the 38th annual event, where congratulatory hugs were joyfully reinstated, too.
The ceremony at the end of each academic year recognizes and celebrates outstanding achievements by students, staff and faculty.
Dean Kathryn Meurs welcomed attendees and special guests and congratulated members of the Class of 2022 on completing their rigorous training and preparing to enter their chosen profession.
Special note was given to the annual PetDesk Scholarship for Equity in Veterinary Medicine. PetDesk hopes to lower financial barriers for underrepresented students entering school, remove much of the financial stress during school and ultimately allow students the space after graduation to make the best decisions for their future. The company, which provides a workflow management and patient engagement platform, is passionate about promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in the veterinary industry.
The 2022 recipient of the $5,000 PetDesk scholarship was Kier Way.
Meurs then turned the program over to Jeff Huckel, master of ceremonies and director of student services. The event’s perennial emcee, Greg Lewbart, professor of aquatic animal medicine, was unexpectedly unable to attend.
Huckel, frequently Lewbart’s sidekick during past dinners, stepped in and deftly handled the job of overseeing a lengthy presentation of academic and educational awards to students and faculty. A complete list of awards and winners appears below.
The evening concluded with the presentation of the three highest awards given to faculty members.
Meurs presented the Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence to Santosh Misra, associate professor in the department of molecular biomedical sciences. Misra’s research investigates the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying chronic itch and possibly pain.
The Ruth L. & Ned E. Huffman Leadership Award recognizes staff and faculty members who demonstrate leadership, vision and achievement. Last year’s winner, Megan Jacob, presented the 2022 award to Lysa Posner, assistant dean of student development and professor of anesthesiology, and Site Director Ken Satterwhite.
The final presentation was of the Zoetis Distinguished Teaching Award. Last year’s winner, Associate Dean Laura Nelson, director of Academic Affairs, presented the 2022 award to Abi Taylor, assistant clinical professor, general practice.
All awards and recipients:
NCVMA Academic Achievement Award: Stephen Santangelo
Joseph L. Grimes Leadership Award: Abby Cox
Friends of NCVMA Foundation Scholarship: Carin Beene
Jim and Mollie Rasor Leadership Scholarship Endowment: Kayley Peters
Martin Litwack Award for Excellence: Claire Ludwig
ACVO Ophthalmology Senior Student Award: Jennifer Rush
ACVIM Clinical Excellence in Small Animal Internal Medicine: Ann Gaier, Colin Stone
Dechra Excellence in Small Animal Internal Medicine: Ann Gaier
DOCS Companion Animal Faculty Clinical Proficiency Awards: Colin Stone, Ann Gaier, Rachel Meyers, Lauren Nakonechny, Will Ostrom
ACVS Small Animal Surgery Award: Brynna Lee
Donald R. Howard Award for Surgical Excellence: Wes Beamon
MBS Excellence in Anesthesia Clinical Proficiency Award: Colin Stone, Shelby Scanlin
Merck Animal Health Award for Dermatology: Colin Stone
Dechra Excellence in Dermatology Award: Meghan Rutowski
R.C. Dillman Award for Excellence in Anatomical & Clinical Pathology: Tahj Boston, Whitney Chandler
Dr. Monica Menard Award for Excellence in Veterinary Pathobiological Research: Cecilia Schaaf
ACVR Excellence in Clinical Radiology Award: Kier Way
NCSU Excellence in Diagnostic Imaging Clinical Proficiency Award: Radiology – Alyssa Berman; Ultrasound – Cody Crenshaw
2022 AAHA Award for Proficiency in Primary Care: Rachel Meyers
Stanley Family Client Care Award: Stephanie Thi-Syth
Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health Cardiology Award: Rachel Meyers
Bob Rosenthal Oncology Senior Student Award: Claire Neinast
Your Chance Medical Oncology Resident Award: Rachael Camiener (third year); Alexandra Gareau (second year)
Jake McBee Oncology Resident Award: Alexandra Gareau
Association of Feline Practitioners Senior Student Award: Lauren Umberger
VECCS Award for Proficiency in Emergency & Critical Care: Ann Gaier
Dechra Excellence in Equine Sports Medicine Award: Griffin Hewett
Dr. Robert Agne Memorial Equine Award: Alex Grobman
Mat Gerard Award for Excellence in Equine Dentistry: Alex Grobman
Equine Health Program Special Focus Award – Emergency & Critical Care: Aya Omar
Whynter Colinson Brownie Equine Award: Erin Elder
ACVIM Certificate of Clinical Excellence in Large Animal Internal Medicine: Allyson Patterson
DOCS Large Animal Clinical Proficiency Awards: Carolyn Hynes, Megan Van Geffen, Colin Stone
ACVS Large Animal Surgery Award: Jennifer Rush
Theriogenology Clinical Proficiency Award: Riley Jones
Leroy Coggins Graduate Fellowship Endowment: Sara Erwin
Population Health & Pathobiology Small Ruminant Clinical Proficiency Award: Scott Wiseman
Population Health & Pathobiology Bovine Clinical Proficiency Award: Terry Stauffer
Boehringer Ingelheim Bovine Health Award in Preventative Medicine: Allyson Patterson
Whynter Colinson Brownie Food Animal Award: Cameron Ellington
Population Health & Pathobiology Faculty Poultry Proficiency Awards: Hannah Sather
Hanns-Dieter Alhusen Swine Proficiency Award: Sabra Bryant McCallister, Zoe Wolfe
Award for Excellence in Veterinary Behavior: Sarah Gross
ASLAP Foundation Veterinary Student Award: Brooke Bollinger
NCALAM Veterinary Student Travel Award: Bryanna Meredith, Alexis Roach
Proficiency in Zoological Medicine: Emily Schlake
Proficiency in Aquatic Animal Medicine: Hannah Reynolds
Proficiency in Aquaculture: Jacob Veilleux
Proficiency in Invertebrate Medicine: Andrew Lathan
Proficiency in Conservation Medicine: Caroline Balch
Proficiency in Reptile and Amphibian Medicine: Daniel Mejia
Proficiency in Avian Medicine: Hayley Stratton
Proficiency in Wildlife Medicine: Tala Woodward
The David Woodward Memorial Award for Excellence in Reptile Medicine and Conservation: Daniel Mejia
Joel Kirk Budd, Jr., Award for Companion Animal Diagnostics: Colin Stone
Student and House Officer Diversity & Inclusion Awards: Daiannette Lopez, Brittany Veerasammy, Rachel Park Caddiell; other nominees were Gabrielle Elders, Lakhia Fuller, Alexis Roach, Grayson Walker, Riley Aronson, Caitlin Hepps-Keeney
Linda Manning Memorial Award for Veterinary Technicians: Chelsea Fland Pineda, Anna McClour
Sarah Watson Brown Award: Ryker Minch
Class of 2025 CVM Faculty Award: Mat Gerard
Class of 2024 CVM Faculty Award: Devorah Marks Stowe
Class of 2023 CVM Faculty Award: Abi Taylor
Class of 2022 CVM Faculty Award: Abi Taylor
Phyllis Edwards Service Award: Kaitlyn Sherman
Best small animal service-focused technician: Kayle Warren-Love
Best small animal wards technician: Kat Kratzer
Best small animal intern: Leslie Reed-Jones
Best small animal resident: Tyler Spriggs
Best large animal technician: Adam Gamble
Best large animal intern: Cambrey Knapp
Best large animal resident: Blanca Camacho
Best large animal faculty member: Derek Foster
Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence: Santosh Mishra
The Ruth L. & Ned E. Huffman Leadership Award: Lysa Posner, Ken Satterwhite
Zoetis Distinguished Teaching Award: Abi Taylor