Durham Honored with Chancellor’s Award
Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital’s own H. Edward
Durham has been named a 2008 recipient of the Chancellor’s
Outstanding Staff Recognition Award. There are four awards
given on campus each year, one each in the categories of administration,
technical /paraprofessional, office /clerical, and crafts
and trades. Durham, a senior veterinary technician, won in
the technical services category.
The honor comes with a cash award of $2,000
and a plaque, which he will receive at the Staff Recognition
Award Ceremony on May 21.
Durham has been employed as a senior veterinary
technician at the VMTH since 1997. In nominating Durham, Dr.
Deborah Fine, his supervisor in the Cardiology Department,
noted that he not only rises to the challenge when facing
additional duties, but also thrives in an environment of increased
responsibility and continues to grow in expertise and knowledge.
Durham’s many duties include teaching
veterinary students, interns, and residents; performing cardiac
ultrasounds; supervising the cardiac catheterization laboratory;
communicating with clients; and assisting students and veterinarians
with diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. He frequently
leads the daily morning medicine rounds with students on the
cardiology rotation, a job for which he consistently receives
excellent reviews by the students. He is also a highly skilled
echosonographer and is integral to training cardiology residents
in that procedure. Durham routinely “scrubs-in”
on cardiac catheterization procedures to assist Fine and residents
in a highly complex and technically demanding procedure.
Durham’s contribution to the Veterinary
Medical Teaching Hospital extends beyond the Cardiology Department.
In 2005, the hospital switched to an electronic medical records
system, the Universal Veterinary Information System (UVIS).
Durham was a member of the UVIS implementation committee.
This involved many hours of effort over a year’s time
while the system was set up and integrated with the previous
medical records system. Since then he has served as a trainer,
teaching students how to operate UVIS, and as a facilitator
for other veterinary schools implementing UVIS in their own
hospitals. As a member of the clinical curriculum implementation
committee charged with revising the third- and fourth-year
students’ clinical curriculum, his unique perspective
as the only technician on the committee has been invaluable.
He is also involved in promoting the College
of Veterinary Medicine. In 2006, the college produced a promotional
DVD for prospective veterinary students. Durham served as
the photography coordinator for the entire hospital. This
involved scheduling all of the specialty areas within the
small and large animal hospitals for the photography shoots,
preparing locations, and maintaining the photography schedule
over an intensive two-day period, all the while adjusting
for the inevitable emergencies that arise in a teaching hospital.
Most recently, he has served as the hospital coordinator for
a PBS film crew shooting a documentary on specialty veterinary
In addition to his duties at the VMTH,
Durham is committed to the advancement of veterinary technicians.
He is a founding member of the Academy of Internal Medicine
for Veterinary Technicians. This group has created an academy
within the National Veterinary Technicians Associations for
technicians working in advanced specialty areas of internal
medicine. He is the director at large for cardiology technicians,
and is part of the committee that is writing and preparing
the initial certifying examination for technician candidates.
He has also been an invited speaker at a number of national
veterinary conferences, including the American Animal Hospital
Association National Conference in 2007 and the American College
of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum in 2006. In 2005, he
was awarded the Best Technician Case Presentation Award at
the Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum. Further, he has three
first author publications in the Veterinary Technician Journal,
and was featured on the cover of this journal in September
2006. Additionally, he has co-authored six journal articles,
and 11 poster presentations.
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