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Approximately 200 staff employees work at and support the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.
Each month, a deserving staff member is recognized for their exemplary job performance. As part of the honor, the selected employee receives eight hours of annual leave, a personalized front-row parking spot at the college for the month, and a certificate of recognition from Dean Cyril Clarke.
Individuals are peer-nominated and may only receive the recognition once per academic year. Faculty, staff and students can nominate a staff member by sending a completed nomination form to Rebekah Woodyard.
Although he has only been at the college since August 2012, Matthew Boehret has made himself indispensable to the Office of Academic Affairs where, on a daily basis, he is the face of the college to students. His nominator wrote, “He stresses excellent customer service when it comes to our students and always tries to help them problem solve when there is an issue. Matthew has excellent professional skills and has high expectations for himself. He goes above and beyond.”
Matthew has been the key employee on several large projects initiated by the Office of Academic Affairs this year. The first was the implementation of One45, new software designed to schedule all DVM students and track their clerkship/course evaluations. “Matthew had to learn how to use the program, adapt it for our use, and train everyone in the office,” his nominator explained. “Secondly, he assisted with organizing the Class of 2018 interviews and organized the interviewers, no small task as they were from all over the country. These were huge projects and required good work ethic, determination, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. He is well deserving of this recognition.”
Ashley Snider has worked at the veterinary college since 2011. As a receptionist in the Large Animal Hospital, she answers all incoming calls, forwards them to different services, answers client questions, and schedules appointments. “She also is responsible for handling business office affairs and medical records for the Equine Field Service, Large Animal Medicine and Surgery, and Production Management Medicine,” wrote her nominator. “Ashley consistently goes above and beyond to make sure clients' needs are met. She always makes the clients and visitors feel welcome and assists them in any way possible.”
Another nominator shared, “Ashley is compassionate, organized, and her positive attitude resonates throughout the teaching hospital. She greets each day with a good attitude and always has a smile. Ashley has been an invaluable asset to the Large Animal Team.”
Stephanie Riggins is an integral part of the hospital’s busy ophthalmology service/clerkship. An employee of the college since 2008, she was recognized as an “extremely hard working, very upbeat, positive individual with a ‘can do’ attitude that is infectious.”
Her nominator wrote, “Stephanie is excellent with clients, patients, and students. She wears many hats: capable technician, operating room nurse, communicator with clients and referring veterinarians, equipment problem troubleshooter, and order placer of materials and equipment for the service. She is totally adept working in both the small animal and large animal clinics and works well with all house officers and technical staff. In addition, she educates students on proper equipment use and patient restraint. Without her hard work and expertise, our service/clerkship could not run as smoothly and efficiently. We are very happy and very lucky to have Stephanie as a member of our team!”