Lander Veterinary Clinic of Turlock has received the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Norm La Faunce, president, accepted the award on behalf of the clinic Sunday, September 18, 2005 during the school's Fall Symposium on Recent Advances in Clinical Veterinary Medicine.
The award honors individuals or organizations whose exemplary service as volunteers, professionals or advocates has enriched School of Veterinary Medicine programs and enhanced its teaching, research or service missions.
More than a dozen Lander veterinarians have for many years hosted up to two senior veterinary students each month, providing specialized hands-on training in their practice, which includes veterinary services, breeding services and a dairy.
Since 2001, Drs. Ron Terra, Larry Lanzon and fellow Lander vets have also introduced less experienced veterinary students to dairy practice through the Early Veterinary Student Bovine Experience Program. Students spend five weeks accompanying veterinarians on their calls and in all aspects of dairy medicine: animal health management, reproduction, common diseases and disorders, well-being, productivity, nutrition and food safety.
Lander Veterinary Clinic has also referred many clinical cases to the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital so that veterinary students may learn essential practical skills with animal patients as well as serving on the teaching hospital's external advisory board.
Teacher Mary Silan Seawright and volunteer Eve Lloyd Thompson, both long-time friends of the school, received Distinguished Service Awards in May 2005. (See related story)