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Dr. Michelle Hawkins Honored with 2014 Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award

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On left: Chris Griffin, DVM, DABVP (Avian), President of Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians and on the right is Micah Kohles, DVM, MPA, Secretary of Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians. Kohles is also the CVO of Oxbow Animal Health.

Oxbow Animal Health granted Dr. Michelle Hawkins the 2014 Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award in recognition for her ongoing commitment to exotic mammal medicine. As Associate Professor of Companion Avian and Exotic Pet Medicine & Surgery at UC Davis, her teaching focus is in small mammal medicine and surgery and her main research focus is in anesthesia, analgesia and critical patient care for exotic small mammals, birds and reptiles.

“I am tremendously honored, extremely humbled and very thankful to Oxbow Animal Health for even considering me for this award,” said Hawkins, also the Director of the California Raptor Center. “There so many great veterinarians that have made significant contributions to exotic mammal medicine over the last two decades, and many have mentored me along the way. I am profoundly proud of the amazing advances in the healthcare and welfare of these animals that we as exotic mammal veterinarians have made in recent years, and I am very excited and honored to be a member of this community.”

Hawkins received her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. She completed a residency and fellowship in Companion Avian and Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery at UC Davis in 2001. After two years in private exotic animal practice, she returned to Davis to join the faculty.

Established in 2009, the Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award is presented annually to an animal health professional who advances the field of exotic mammal medicine and care. 

“We are delighted to recognize Dr. Michelle Hawkins with the 2014 Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award,” said John Miller, President and CEO of Oxbow Animal Health. “Through her ongoing commitment to exotic mammal medicine, Dr. Hawkins personifies all of the qualities that the award stands for – leadership, education, research, innovation, and advocacy. To recognize Dr. Hawkins and her legacy with this year’s Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award is a great honor.”

The Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award is based on excellence in one or more of the following areas: exhibiting leadership in the field of exotic mammal health, advancing the understanding of clinical diseases and treatments in exotic mammal pets, promoting the field of exotic mammal medicine, promoting the field of exotic mammal nutrition or providing innovation to the field of exotic mammal medicine.