Texas A&M CVM's Fajt Recognized With Bovine Practitioner Excellence Award
Posted October 12, 2018
Virginia Fajt, a clinical professor
in the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine &
Biomedical Sciences’ (CVM) Department of Veterinary Physiology
& Pharmacology (VTPP), has been honored for her sustained
excellence in education, research, and service to the field of
bovine medicine with the 2018 American Association of Bovine
Practitioners (AABP) Award of Excellence.
Fajt was presented the award, which includes a commemorative
plaque and a ring, during the 51st annual AABP conference, Sept.
14-16 in Phoenix.
“It's nice to have someone acknowledge my work and how much I
put into it,” Fajt said. “The really nice part was that the people
who presented the award to me, Sarah Wagner and Terry Lehenbauer,
are good friends of mine.
“Also sitting next to me was the president, now past president,
Mike Apley, who was my major adviser in my Ph.D. program. He
received the same award when I was in grad school, and his major
adviser (Dan Upson) received the award previous to that,” she
The AABP Award of Excellence is given annually to a member whose
professional activities have a consistent and direct influence on
daily activities of bovine veterinarians through contributing to
continuing education; actively participating in organized
veterinary medicine; maintaining relationships with and
contributing to the industry; publishing research in the past two
years that has had a significant industry impact; and enhancing the
practice through participation in regulatory or legislative
Fajt, a clinical pharmacologist, has a record of achievement in
all of those areas.
A “disciplinary expert” on a number of projects, including
several at the CVM, Fajt has authored or co-authored more than 50
publications in academic journals, industry or extension
publications, and books.
Her collaborations have included research on antibiotic use,
resistance, and stewardship, which has the potential to directly
affect cattle practice and industries; a project to determine drug
elimination times following the treatment of livestock with
non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which will be critical
information for show livestock competitions; and a publication
about the effect of heat on truck “boxes” used to store drugs and
equipment, which had drug potency implications for practitioners
who store drugs in warm weather.
As an educator, Fajt teaches pharmacology in the CVM and has
been involved in the Food Animal Production Tour in West Texas; has
published research findings on instructional topics that include
the best methods for teaching evidence-based approaches and the
development of cultural competency in veterinary students; has
worked with 4-H and FFA youth and animal science undergraduate and
graduate students; and her leadership of the Antimicrobial
Resistance Core Competencies Working Group also has had a direct
impact on how antimicrobial drug resistance topics are taught in
U.S. veterinary colleges.
Additionally, as an active participant in organized veterinary
medicine, Fajt has been an AABP member since she was in graduate
school and has participated in several committees and tasks forces
within the organization related to drug use and animals, including
chairing the Committee on Pharmaceutical and Biological Issues and
the AABP Foundation Board.
Currently, she also is the president of the American Academy of
Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, serves on the board of
directors of the Veterinary Pharmacology Research Foundation; and
is involved in the American College of Veterinary Clinical
Pharmacology, for which she has led several committees since
becoming a diplomate.
She works with the Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute to
develop guidelines to assist practitioners in interpreting the
results of susceptibility testing; she serves as the president of
the Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine Association and chairs key
committees of the American Veterinary Medical Association,
including the Committee on Antimicrobials, which developed and
implemented a strategy to allow veterinary professionals to
effectively share policy recommendations with legislators,
regulators, the marketplace, and other stakeholders.
Earlier this year, Fajt attended the AVMA Veterinary Leadership
Conference and House of Delegates meeting to gain support and
approval of the profession's first “Definition of Antimicrobial
Stewardship and Core Principles of Antimicrobial Stewardship in
“I am grateful to the support I receive from Dean (Eleanor)
Green and the department heads here who really understand the
different ways that everybody contributes to veterinary medicine.
Some people in the college do the basic research; some do the
clinical service, like our colleagues in the teaching hospital; and
some people do things like I do,” she said. “We all have our part
to play and it's all acknowledged and rewarded.”
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