UC Davis Veterinary Hospital Recognizes Outstanding Staff

Jason Peters, RVT, RLAT, with the CT table he developed for use at the UC Davis veterinary hospital.
Jason Peters, RVT, RLAT, with the CT table he developed for use at the UC Davis veterinary hospital.
Jason Peters, RVT, RLAT, (center) with VMTH Hospital Administrator Joy Hoover and faculty member Dr. Bret McNabb.
Jason Peters, RVT, RLAT, (center) with VMTH Hospital Administrator Joy Hoover and faculty member Dr. Bret McNabb.

Staff members of the UC Davis veterinary hospital were recently recognized for their dedication to providing the best customer service and contribution to clinical care. Five awards were handed out during the annual hospital staff awards presentation.

The Rachel Smith Award goes to the hospital’s top outstanding staff employee. It is named for Rachel Smith, a lead staff member in the Clinical Pathology Laboratory for many years. She worked side-by-side with Dr. Oscar Schalm to develop the field of veterinary hematology. In 1985, on the occasion of Rachel Smith’s retirement, it was decided to establish an annual award in her name.

This year’s recipient of the Rachel Smith Award is Jason Peters, RVT, RLAT. Peters’ “can do” attitude sets an example for others to follow in the Diagnostic Imaging Service and throughout the hospital.

“If you see something that needs to be done, do it,” stated Peters upon accepting the award. “Lead! Set the example.”

When the hospital’s CT machine needed a new large animal table, Peters took the initiative to lead the project.

“We set out to acquire a new large animal table for CT,” said Peters, noting that the existing table has been in use at UC Davis for 30 years. “Due to our room configuration, however, we could not purchase a pre-existing table. So, we decided to build our own.”

Peters proceeded to work with the UC Davis College of Engineering and a carbon fiber manufacturer to create a state-of-the-art table that weighs only 100 pounds, but can handle up to 10,000 pounds in any given area.

The table has been in place at the hospital for more than a year, and is successfully utilized nearly every day.

Other VMTH award winners include:
UC Davis veterinary hospital awardLarge Animal Clinic Staff Award

“Sass” Catherine Miller

 

 

 

UC Davis veterinary hospital awardSmall Animal Clinic Staff Award

Sheri Pendergraft

 

 

 

UC Davis veterinary hospital awardClient Services/Administrative Staff Award

Joey Pacini

 

 

 

UC Davis veterinary hospital awardLab/Pharmacy/Central Services/Diagnostic Imaging Staff Award

Christina Steckley

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