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Recognized at Honors Banquet


CVM Dean Dr. Neil C. Olson presents the Dadd Award to Dr. Venkataseshu Ganjam’s widow, Irene Ganjam, and his daughter, Ricarda Ganjam. Also pictured is Dr. Joanne Kramer, the 2012 recipient of the award.


Dr. Neil C. Olson congratulates Dr. Charles Brown as the recipient of the Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence. Dr. Carol Reinero, last year’s winner, helped present this year’s honor.


The Class of 2013 chose Dr. Dusty Nagy as this year’s Zoetis Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award. Presenting the award are Dr. Neil C. Olson and last year’s winner, Dr. Tim Evans.

Attendees at the 2013 Honors Banquet for the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine saw $306,419 in scholarships and other awards presented to some of the College’s most accomplished students. The annual event, held this year at the Courtyard by Marriott in Columbia on May 14, celebrates students’ scholastic achievements and clinical proficiency. Awards were also given for community service, leadership, and in memory of former students and beloved pets.

Veterinary students shared the evening’s spotlight with faculty members, technicians, interns and residents, and also presented awards to peers and mentors whose support, teaching and guidance have helped them succeed as they pursue their goal of earning a DVM.

Students in each academic class selected an outstanding teacher to receive 2013 Golden Aesculapius Awards. Winners were Dr. Eileen Hasser, honored by the Class of 2016; Dr. Deborah Fine, honored by the Class of 2015; Dr. Tim Evans, recognized by the Class of 2014; and Dr. Dawna Voelkl, whom the graduating class selected as its honoree.

Other faculty members also received recognition. Dr. Venkataseshu Ganjam, was posthumously given the Dadd Award. Dr. Ganjam was a professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the MU College of Veterinary Medicine. The award honors excellence in veterinary medicine teaching and its recipients are selected by their faculty peers. The Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence was presented to Dr. Charles Brown, a professor in the CVM Department of Veterinary Pathobiology. The final award of the evening was the Zoetis Distinguished Teacher Award. The award is supported by Zoetis and chosen by members of the graduating class, who select as the recipient an outstanding teacher, who through ability, dedication, character and leadership, contributes to the advancement of the profession. The 2013 honoree was Dr. Dusty Nagy, an assistant teaching professor of large animal medicine in the CVM’s Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery.

For a complete list of 2013 award winners, click here.


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