VMTH Veterinary Technician Receives State-Wide Award From TVMA

Story by Margaret Preigh

Hollye Felps
Hollye Felps

Hollye Felps, a veterinary radiology technician at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences’ (CVM) Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH), has been recognized with the 2020 Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) Licensed Veterinary Technician Award.

The award, granted at a state level, celebrates a veterinary technician whose service to the profession has made significant contributions to the veterinary field. Award winners are honored at the TVMA Annual Conference and are profiled in the Texas Veterinarian magazine.

“As a support service, sometimes our efforts get slightly overlooked, so I am incredibly grateful to be recognized,” Felps said. “Thank you to my radiology team for their support in my efforts to establish the veterinary technician specialty in diagnostic imaging that was just founded last year. This award is a prestigious recognition and I am very appreciative and gracious to be the recipient.”

Felps has more than 15 years of experience as a veterinary radiology technician and holds credentials as a Licensed Veterinary Technician of Texas and a Registered Technician in Magnetic Resonance. She also is a founding committee member of the most recently recognized technician specialty in diagnostic imaging (VTSDI) under the North American Veterinary Technician Association (NAVTA)

Her involvement with the creation of the NAVTA-VTSDI specialty required four years of work with nine other committee members shaping the requirements to officially establish the specialty. Her work has forged a path for future generations of veterinary technicians to receive the proper training and meet national regulations to become specialists in diagnostic imaging.

Felps is an active member of multiple veterinary associations, including the North American Veterinary Technician Association (NAVTA), the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA), and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.

Closer to home, Felps volunteers her time with the Texas A&M Partnership for Environmental Education and Rural Health (PEER) program, through which she shares scientific knowledge with middle and high school students through free online resources and classroom visits. With PEER, Felps also has presented material to an online conference of more than 500 participants, in addition to presentations at other meetings.

Felps has made outstanding contributions to the veterinary field academically, as a published author on multiple manuscripts; a contributor of articles to trade magazines in the field of veterinary radiology; and the recipient of numerous acknowledgements in publications for her CT assistance.

“Hollye Felps has been a dominate leader of the imaging department for over a decade,” said Wade Friedeck, an assistant hospital administrator at the VMTH. “She has helped the VMTH launch the addition of the Diagnostic Imaging and Cancer Treatment Center by learning state-of-the-art imaging equipment. Her expertise in imaging is unparallel in the veterinary technician community.”

Felps’ dedication to her work at the VMTH, while also donating her time and effort to external causes, shows the strength of character associated with the Aggie spirit. Her commitment to animal wellness and improvement of the veterinary medicine field is well-acknowledged through this award.

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