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Large Animal Clinicians Win Awards


December 1, 2015

Dr. Julie Dechant, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVECC and Dr. Gary Magdesian, DVM, DACVIM, DACVECC, DACVCP

Dr. Julie Dechant, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVECC and Dr. Gary Magdesian, DVM, DACVIM, DACVECC, DACVCP

Two hospital clinicians were recently named winners of faculty awards presented by the School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Julie Dechant was honored with the 2015 SVM Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award, and Dr. Gary Magdesian was selected for the 2015 SVM Faculty Clinical Excellence Award.

Dr. Dechant was recognized for excellence in teaching of students and residents, sustained contributions in large animal curriculum development, and highly effective outreach and continuing education. Beyond substantial clinical teaching responsibilities, she has assumed increased lecture and laboratory teaching of students across many disciplines. Actively engaged in planning and implementation of the new professional curriculum, especially the large animal and equine streams, Dr. Dechant also serves on the Clinical Education Committee, and is faculty advisor to the Camelid Medicine and Equine Medicine Clubs. Every year, Dr. Dechant coordinates the hugely successful Camelid Symposium, a two-day event that draws hundreds of participants from throughout the western United States and beyond.

Dr. Gary Magdesian was recognized for his passion, dedication, and exceptional knowledge in equine internal medicine, pharmacology, and emergency and critical care which has made him a preeminent clinician in his field. Through cutting-edge research and clinical applications, Dr. Magdesian has redefined patient care in equine medicine. His compassion for patients and clients alike make him a great role model for students and residents. Dr. Magdesian is currently the section head of the Equine Medical Emergency, Critical Care and Neonatology Service, and also serves as the Large Animal Clinic biosecurity officer.

With their clinical, teaching, research, and publishing responsibilities, faculty clinicians can be some of the busiest members of the school. These are much deserved awards for two exceptional members of the faculty.