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Craig Cornell, RVT, VTS, Receives Leadership Award at No. American Veterinary Conference

February 7, 2011

Craig Cornell, Registered Veterinary Technician and Veterinary Technician Specialist, received special recognition as the 2011 Jack L. Mara Memorial Lecturer at the 28th Annual North American Veterinary Conference held January 15, 2011.

The award is presented to a leader among veterinary technicians who exemplifies the same qualities for which Dr. Mara was known: respect in the veterinary community, strong scientific credentials, love of teaching and continued growth and leadership in the profession. 

Hill’s Pet Nutrition sponsors the award, selecting the year's honoree from among the technicians scheduled to make scientific presentations and announcing the award at the opening ceremonies. The awardee becomes a featured lecturer during the conference.

Cornell is a senior small animal anesthesia technician at the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. He has worked at the teaching hospital for 27 years. His experience is applied to patients, primarily small animals, and he demonstrates specialized skills to support the education of veterinary students as they learn essential clinical skills.

The opening ceremony honored the memory of Dr. Jack L. Mara and recognized Craig Cornell as the seventh speaker for the Jack Mara Memorial Lecture. On January 16, 2011, Cornell presented the Mara Memorial Lecture as part of the conference's Advanced Technician Program. He spoke about the monitoring of anesthesia in small animals, especially during emergencies.

About Dr. Jack L. Mara

Dr. Jack Mara was director of Veterinary Affairs for Hill’s Pet Nutrition for more than twenty years. At the time of his death in 2003, he was widely known as the veterinary profession’s most visible ambassador and the person who actually transformed the profession in immeasurable ways.

One of Mara’s passions was the veterinary technician community, and he was a great friend to veterinary technicians. He had the vision to recognize that these highly trained staff members play a huge role in quality patient care. It was Mara's support and influence that helped to propel veterinary technology forward as a profession.

About Craig Cornell

Cornell has demonstrated leadership in his profession by being one of the first individuals to earn certification as a Veterinary Technician Specialist, a credential recognized by veterinarians and other veterinary technicians. Specialty certification requires a combination of academic and hands-on training, specific experience and successful completion of a certifying examination. Cornell is certified in two specialties: Emergency/Critical Care and Anesthesia.

Cornell is co-founder of the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians, a national organization. He is also an organizing committee member for the Academy of Veterinary Technician Anesthetists. At the state level, he serves on the California Registered Veterinary Technician Committee, a sub-committee of the California Veterinary Medical Board.

Cornell has published academic articles and book chapters, and he has given educational lectures internationally on topics in veterinary anesthesia.

Cornell is one of two teaching hospital staff members who have received this prestigious recognition; the other is Harold Davis, RVT, VTS (ECC and Anesthesia), who presented the inaugural Jack L. Mara Lecture seven years ago in 2004.