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Senior Veterinary Technician Named
MU Service Champion

Stephanie Gilliam (center) receives her Service Champion Award from Drs. Daniela Mauler, Dennis O’Brien and Joan Coates, as well as a Staff Advisory Council representative.

Stephanie Gilliam, RVT, BS, CCRP, VTS (Neurology), a senior veterinary technician in neurology/neurosurgery and small animal physical rehabilitation, has been named the February MU Service Champion by the MU Staff Advisory Council. The monthly campuswide award honors staff members who possess an exceptional work ethic and attitude and embody MU’s four core values, respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Gilliam has worked at the MU Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital for seven years. She performs a wide variety of duties, including client communication, scheduling appointments for the neurology service and physical rehabilitation on neurologic and orthopedic patients.

In addition to her clinical duties, she has several teaching responsibilities, such as assisting third- and fourth-year students with the daily care of in-house patients and helping teach them how to perform a neurological examination. She also teaches Clinical Neurology to preveterinary and veterinary technician students as part of an online biomedicine program at the College of Veterinary Medicine and is in the process of developing an online small animal physical rehabilitation course.

Of all her responsibilities, Gilliam said her favorite part of her job is working with veterinary students in a teaching environment.

“It constantly challenges me to be the best that I can be,” she said. “I learn something new every day.”

In her nomination of Gilliam for the award, veterinary neurologist Joan Coates, DVM, MS, praised Gilliam’s dependability, kindness and initiative. She said Gilliam was instrumental in developing the VMTH’s Physical Rehabilitation Service and also has represented MU well at the lectures Gilliam has presented at national meetings for veterinary practitioners and technicians.

“We as a service are very proud of her accomplishments, which are pivotal to providing exceptional service and care to our companion animal patients,” Coates wrote. “She quietly leads by example and is an excellent influence on those around her.  I sincerely respect her composure, attitude and work ethic.”

Gilliam said she was honored just to have been nominated for the award.

“I love my job and the people I work with,” she said. “It is easy to do a good job when you are happy in your work and when you are appreciated.”

The Staff Advisory Council consists of 16 members elected by MU staff. Its mission is to advise the chancellor on matters of mutual interest to MU staff, provide an appropriate and effective channel for bringing staff concerns and interests to campus administration, act as liaison for staff and administration on matters initiated by staff or by the council, and strive to heighten awareness of contributions made by staff members.

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Last Update: February 29, 2012