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Clinicians Win National Awards

April 29, 2015

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Drs. Joanne Paul-Murphy and Michelle Hawkins have both recently won national awards for excellence in avian and exotic animal care.

Faculty members from the Companion Exotic Animal Medicine & Surgery Service recently won prestigious national awards, distinguishing them as premiere clinicians in the care of exotic species. The Service treats birds, turtles, rabbits, snakes, fish, frogs and many other exotic companion animals.

Dr. Joanne Paul-Murphy, chief of the Service, received the T.J. Lafeber Avian Practitioner of the Year Award in recognition of her contributions as an outstanding practitioner who is advancing the quality of health care for companion birds. Award recipients are selected by an independent committee of members from the Association of Avian Veterinarians. Dr. Paul-Murphy is highly regarded in the avian and exotic animal medicine, and recently became the first veterinarian to be awarded, in one year, an annual research grant from the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians, the Association of Avian Veterinarians, and the Association of Exotic Small Mammal Veterinarians.

Dr. Michelle Hawkins received the Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award in recognition of her sustained excellence and innovation in the field of exotic mammal health. The award is presented by Oxbow Animal Health, in conjunction with Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians. As associate professor of avian and exotic pet medicine, Dr. Hawkins’ 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.

Congratulations, Drs. Paul-Murphy and Hawkins. These awards are a testament to the dedication our exotics team has to the advancement of companion avian and exotic animal health, and the excellent level of patient care and service the VMTH is able to provide to its clients.