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Dean Presents Honors for Positive
Impact on College

CVM Dean Neil C. Olson presents the Dean’s Impact Award for faculty to Professor James Tomlinson.

Kate Anderson was the recipient of the Dean’s Impact Award presented to a staff member.

Dean Olson also honored the Howard County Veterinary Services Clinic and its veterinarians Kenneth Vroman and Richard Taylor.

MU College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Neil C. Olson selected two individuals from within the college and two veterinarians and their clinic as recipients of the 2015 Dean’s Impact Awards. The awards, established in 1993, recognize individuals who have had an outstanding and sustained positive impact on the College of Veterinary Medicine.

The honorees received an engraved crystal plaque presented during a reception that also recognized staff members who achieved milestones in their years of service to the University of Missouri. This year’s Impact Award winners were Kate Anderson, James Tomlinson, DVM, MVSc, and Richard F. Taylor, DVM, and Kenneth M. Vroman, DVM, and their Howard County Veterinary Services Clinic located in Fayette, Missouri.

Anderson is the head librarian in the Zalk Veterinary Medical Library. In announcing the recipient, Olson noted the assistance Anderson provides to faculty and students performing searches for teaching and research purposes in which she provides comprehensive and timely results. She continually teaches faculty, students and residents how to navigate information resources and to optimize reference software. Her assistance is also crucial in supporting the promotion and tenure process and in assembling bibliographies for faculty.

Tomlinson is a professor of veterinary orthopedic surgery whose career at MU spans 34 years. He has mentored 42 residents, 10 interns and 30 graduate students. Olson noted that Tomlinson’s clinical acumen, national reputation and expertise as an orthopedic and neurologic surgeon are among the most exemplary in the country, if not the world. He pioneered minimally invasive surgical techniques and spine surgery in small animals, as well as total hip replacement surgery and the use of arthroscopy in dogs. “It is not an exaggeration to say that he has served as a pillar on which the University of Missouri’s Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital has rested for nearly 35 years,” Olson said.

CVM alumni Taylor, CVM ’62, and Vroman, CVM ’69, were honored for championing the college for the past 50 years. In the early 1980s, when the college was faced with accreditation problems and a lack of funding, the honorees pressed organized veterinary medical groups to offer their support. At their own expense, they generated hundreds of letters to the Missouri Legislature, the MU administration and agriculture commodity groups, such as the Farm Bureau, urging support of the college. They also testified at Missouri Senate and House agriculture appropriations committees hearings. They have helped through the years by serving on CVM committees and by helping the Gentle Doctor Benefit. They have mentored more than 300 DVM students while teaching them the value of organized veterinary medicine and to advocate for their alma mater.

The following staff members were also recognized for their years of service to the college:
Dean’s Office:
Raymond Vaught, 5 years
Karla Driskill, 10 years
Janice Seagraves, 10 years
Kim Bussard, 15 years
Stephanie Bossaller, 20 years
Teresa Seidel, 25 years
Chris Shaw, 25 years
Greg Kelly, 30 years
Biomedical Sciences:
Bobby Colley 30 years
Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory:
Abel Vega, 10 years
Irene Ganjam, 25 years
Geri Hegsted, 25 years
Jeffrey Peters, 25 years
Rankin Martin, 30 years
Veterinary Medicine and Surgery:
Justin Atkisson, 5 years
Teresa Egbert, 5 years
Krista Huscher, 5 years
Sara Kohl, 5 years
Bryan McGinty, 5 years
Jodelle Rhodes, 5 years
Adrienne Siddens, 5 years
Jennifer Terrock, 5 years
Margaret Ashbaugh, 10 years
Lori Freie, 10 years
Kacey Lundy, 10 years
Jay McCallie, 10 years
Donna Tindal, 10 years
Robert Rankin, 15 years
Karen Siegler, 20 years
Jennifer Polkow-Haight, 25 years
Deborah Tate, 25 years
Priscilla Foster, 30 years
Veterinary Pathobiology:
Eli Marchbanks, 5 years
Michelle McDowell, 5 years
Jan Nicholson, 35 years


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