Kayla Banks, DVM, an ophthalmology resident in the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, was awarded the best veterinary ophthalmology review manuscript at the recent American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists Conference. The ACVO held its 50th anniversary conference in Maui, Hawaii, Nov. 6-9, 2019. Banks’ peer-reviewed paper is entitled, “Veterinary ocular microbiome: Lessons learned beyond the culture.”
CVM Faculty, Staff and Student Accolades
The MU College of Veterinary Medicine salutes our faculty, staff and students for their many achievements. We take pride in sharing their accomplishments.
The Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine recently honored Tamara Hancock with its Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Hancock, DVM, MS, DACVP, PhD, is the coordinator of curriculum and student outcomes and an assistant teaching professor at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine.
The award was established this year to recognize alumni who have excelled in the veterinary profession and provided service to their community 10 years or less after earning their doctor of veterinary medicine degree. Hancock earned a DVM at Iowa State in 2011. She went on to complete a master’s of science degree and complete a residency in clinical pathology in 2014, and a PhD in 2018 at Mizzou.
MU College of Veterinary Medicine Professor Emeritus James Tomlinson, DVM, MVSc, DACVS, received the 2019 American College of Veterinary Surgeons Founders Award for Career Achievement. Tomlinson is a small animal orthopedic surgeon in the MU Veterinary Health Center.
This is only the 14th time this award has been given out in the history of American College of Veterinary Surgeons. This college awarded Tomlinson the honor to recognize him as “a world-renowned veterinary orthopedic surgeon and one of the leading international authorities on fracture repair, minimally invasive techniques, and angular limb deformity.” The college further recognized him for 38 years of training small animal surgery residents.
The Theriogenology Foundation honored Robert S. Youngquist, DVM, DACT, with the Career Excellence in Theriogenology Award for his contributions to the field of reproductive veterinary medicine. Youngquist, who retired from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011, is a professor emeritus in the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery. He served the college as a professor and section head for theriogenology, chairman of the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, and associate dean for the Office of Academic Affairs.
He was recognized for “major and significant contributions to the field of theriogenology in research, teaching and service activities during his career at the University of Missouri.” He was the editor of Current Therapy in Large Animal Theriogenology published in 1997 by W.B. Saunders, and has also served on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Veterinary Research and Theriogenology. Youngquist was the founding editor and editor for the past 10 years of the Clinical Theriogenology Journal.
He received his DVM in 1971 from Iowa State University and earned the status of Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists in 1976. Since earning his Diplomate status, he has been heavily involved with the American College of Theriogenologist, serving on the examination committee, and as secretary from 1980-1983 and president from 1984-1985. He received the award for Theriogenologist of the Year in 2001. In addition, Youngquist has been active in the Society for Theriogenology and was recognized in 2001 as the recipient of the Dr. David E. Bartlett Award.
His interests include all domestic species, but his research has focused on normal and abnormal ovarian function in cattle. Youngquist had a keen interest in working with students and served as chairman and on the committee for numerous master’s students. He has twice received the “Norden Award for Distinguished Teaching in Veterinary Medicine” and in 1996 received the “Dean’s Impact Award.”
He continues to be active with the CVM Mule Team.
Aida Vientos-Plotts, DVM, DACVIM, a postdoctoral fellow in the CVM’s Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, received the Joan O’Brien Research Award for her oral abstract entitled “Respiratory dysbiosis in cats with spontaneous asthma,” at the 37th annual Veterinary Comparative Respiratory Society symposium in Caen, France, in September 2019.
Joan O’Brien was a 1963 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed an internship in 1964 stayed on the faculty at Pennsylvania until her retirement in 1989. The Joan A. O’Brien Research Award is named in recognition of O’Brien’s many accomplishments and contributions, both clinical and research, to veterinary respiratory medicine. It is given at the annual Symposium of the Veterinary Comparative Respiratory Society for the best research abstract presentation made by a resident, professional or graduate student.