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Three Recognized for
Impact on the CVM

Dr. Jimi Cook
Dr. Jimi Cook received the Dean’s Impact Award for 2009 presented to a faculty member.

The University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine held a reception on May 20th to recognize staff members for their years of service to the college and university and to present the 2009 Dean’s Impact Awards. Dr. Neil Olson, CVM dean, presented three awards to individuals for their sustained service and contributions to the college.

Dr. Jimi Cook received the Dean’s Impact Award presented to a faculty member. Cook is the William C. Allen Endowed Professor for Orthopaedic Research and is a faculty member in both the CVM and the MU School of Medicine. Olson commended Cook for his outstanding service to his orthopaedic clients, which led to the Morris Animal Foundation choosing him as “America’s Best Veterinarian” in 2007, as well as his devotion to teaching and mentoring his students. Cook, who founded the Comparative Orthopaedic Laboratory at the MU CVM, is also a leader in the One Medicine concept.



Dr. Burton Schauf and Dean Olson
Dr. Neil Olson congratulates Dr. Burton Schauf, recipient of a 2009 Dean’s Impact Award.

Dr. Burton Schauf, who is a partner in the Pet Center Veterinary Clinic in Columbia, received the second Dean’s Impact Award. Schauf, a graduate of Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine, has supported the MU CVM as a mentor to students and as a board member for the Gentle Doctor Benefit. Olson noted that Schauf’s nominator for the Dean’s Impact Award said he has never refused a request from the CVM to serve.





Donna Stearns and Dean Olson
Dr. Neil Olson and Donna Stearns with her Dean’s Impact Award.

Olson presented his final Dean’s Impact Award to Donna Stearns. Stearns serves as the grants and contracts administrator for the CVM Office of Research. Olson noted that Stearns’ extensive knowledge of the grant procedures and regulations have proven a great asset to the faculty seeking finding. He also paid tribute to her commitment to the college as well as her helpful and friendly disposition.

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