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Students and Faculty Honored During
Annual Honors Banquet

Dr. Rajiv Mohan (right) received the Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence from CVM Dean Dr. Neil Olson. Also pictured is Marnie Mellencamp, academic liaison for Zoetis.
Dr. Neil Olson, CVM dean (left), presented the 2014 Dadd Award to Dr. William Fales.
The CVM Class of 2014 selected Dr. Mirae Wood (second from left) as the recipient of the year’s Zoetis Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award. She is pictured with last year’s winner, Dr. Dusty Nagy (left), CVM Dean Dr. Neil Olson, and Dr. Marnie Mellencamp, academic liaison for Zoetis.

More than $289,000 was awarded May 13 during the annual Honors Banquet recognizing some of the most accomplished MU College of Veterinary Medicine students. The event featured the presentation of awards acknowledging scholastic achievement, clinical proficiency, community service and leadership. Several of the scholarships were offered in memory of former students and beloved pets.

While the recipients of most awards were MU veterinary students, they shared the spotlight and honors with faculty members, technicians, interns and residents. The students themselves gave several awards to peers and mentors whose teaching and leadership have helped guide them through the veterinary curriculum. Students in each academic class selected an outstanding teacher to receive 2014 Golden Aesculapius Teaching Awards. Winners were Dr. Christopher Baines, honored by the Class of 2017; Dr. Charles Wiedmeyer, honored by the Class of 2016; Dr. Dawna Voelkl, recognized by the Class of 2015; and Dr. Mirae Wood, who was the honoree chosen by the graduating Class of 2014.

Wood, who is an assistant teaching professor of small animal surgery in the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, went on to win yet another honor when she was named the recipient of this year’s Zoetis Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award. The award is supported by Zoetis, and the winner is chosen by members of the graduating class, who select an outstanding teacher who, through ability, dedication, character and leadership, contributes to the advancement of the profession.

Zoetis also sponsored the Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence, which this year was presented to Dr. Rajiv Mohan. Mohan, PhD, is the Ruth M. Kraeuchi Endowed Professor in Veterinary Ophthalmology at the CVM.

The recipient of this year’s Dadd Award was Dr. William Fales. The Dadd Award honors excellence in veterinary medicine teaching, and its recipients are selected by their faculty peers. Fales, PhD, is a professor within the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology. He teaches diagnostic veterinary bacteriology and mycology and pharmacology of antimicrobial agents.

The 2014 Honors Banquet took place at the Courtyard by Marriott in Columbia.

See the complete list of 2014 award winners.

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