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Waddell Named TVMA Veterinary Technician of the Year
COLLEGE STATION, TX - Katy W. Waddell, RVT, VTS, a veterinary
technician at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine
& Biomedical Sciences (CVM), was named the Texas Veterinary
Medical Association (TVMA) 2013 Technician of the Year. Waddell, a
Feline and Canine Internal Medicine and Endoscopy Services Floater
Technician, also specializes in ECC and anesthesia.
Veterinary technicians are nominated for this award by members
of the TVMA. Dr. Johnathon "Bert" Dodd, Clinical Professor at
the CVM and TVMA member, nominated Waddell and described her as
"one of the most proficient techs with whom I have ever
"Her patience with students and her love for teaching is
absolutely amazing," Dodd continued. "Over and over she has been
awarded the 'Student Choice Award' at the College of Veterinary
"Katy is an outstanding member of our hospital staff," said Dr.
Eleanor Green, Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine. "Her
excellent clinical skills make her a valuable member of our
treatment teams in the Small Animal Hospital, and her ability to
share that knowledge with our students and actively engage them in
the learning process has made a tremendous impact in the education
of future veterinarians."
Waddell has always enjoyed teaching, she said, which is one of
the reasons she returned to the CVM in 2002 after 15 years in
private practice. She had previously worked at the CVM for seven
years in the 1980s.
"I just love to see the light bulb go on when students
understand something," Waddell said. "It's incredibly
Waddell said that one of the best ways she can help patients is
by teaching students, which she does above and beyond her job
requirements. In addition to speaking at regional and national
meetings, she teaches online courses that draw an international
audience. She even runs informal wet labs for student groups on
weekends. This work helps Waddell enhance her ability to be a
patient advocate while simultaneously fostering her profession, she
This work very much impressed the TVMA awards committee, said
Devorah Jakubowsky, the Associate Director of TVMA. One of the
selection criteria used by the committee was leadership in and
contributions to advancing the role and value of the veterinary
In addition to inspiring her students, Waddell remains committed
to challenging herself. She enjoys working at the CVM because she
gets to work on a wide variety of cases.
"It's learning opportunity for me every day," Waddell said. In
fact, she went into anesthesia because she wanted to look at the
whole patient, or "nose to toes," as she put it.
In her personal time, Waddell enjoys cooking and grows her own
herbs, including catnip for her six cats and the six others she is
fostering. Until recently, she had a dog as well, but when he
passed away she didn't feel like she immediately needed to get
"I don't need to search for them; animals find me," she said.
Perhaps they can sense her deep love of and commitment to them. One
of the best parts of her job, she says, is when she sees an injured
animal recover and get to go home.
It was this passion for veterinary medicine that the TVMA
recognized in honoring her with the Technician of the Year Award at
the TVMA Awards and Installation Banquet on March 2, 2013.
For more information about the Texas A&M College of
Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, please visit our
website at vetmed.tamu.edu or join us on Facebook
Angela G. Clendenin
Director, Communications & Public Relations
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Cell - (979) 739-5718
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