Outstanding Recent Alumni Award

About the award

The college recognizes a deserving individual who graduated from the DVM program within the last 10 years. The award consists of a plaque from the Virginia Tech Alumni Association.


  • Nominees must have earned a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine within the last 10 years.
  • Nominees should embody the goals outlined in the Veterinarian’s Oath: use of their knowledge and skills to benefit society; protect animal health and welfare; prevent and relieve animal suffering; conserve animal resources, promote public health and advance medical knowledge.
  • Nominees should have high veterinary medical ethics and exemplify the Virginia Tech motto, Ut Prosim (“that I may serve”) through deeds and actions that have enhanced their local communities, the commonwealth, and beyond.


  • Nominees should have distinguished him or herself professionally in his/her career or in rendering service to the university since graduating.
  • The chief criterion is demonstrable positive impact.
  • Service to the college may be considered, but exemplary service alone is not sufficient for this award. Nor is it required.

Nomination procedures

Send the following nomination materials to Lynn Blevins, director of alumni relations, at lynnblevins@vt.edu:

  • Nomination letter of no more than two pages
  • CV and/or brief biography highlighting the nominee’s accomplishments


  • A nomination committee—the Director of Alumni Relations, two Alumni Society Board officers, and an alumni faculty member—select the top five nominees.
  • The college Scholarship and Awards Committee evaluates the top five nominations and makes a final recommendation to the Dean.
  • The award is presented at the college's spring commencement ceremony.