The California - International Llama Association has recognized Julie Dechant, DVM, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, for contributions made to the llama community at large.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Equine Surgical Emergency and Critical care at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, Dechant was recognized for her dedication to the veterinary students, the school's llamas and the llama community. Dr. Rob Pollard presented Dechant with a commemorative plaque at the association's annual meeting March 6.
The association noted that she has reenergized the students, improved the level of care received by the school's herd and supported llama owners who have come seeking medical advice and attention.
"We wholeheartedly applaud her ability to successfully balance these diverse groups with grace, compassion and a keen sense of focus," Pollard stated.
Find out more about llama/alpaca veterinary services at the School of Veterinary Medicine, http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/vmth/large_animal/llama/default.cfm