Director’s Excellence Award honors histopathology supervisor Stephanie Weaver in technical category

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Stephanie Weaver (center) accepts her award from Dr. Mark Hussey (left), vice chancellor and dean of agriculture and life science, and Dr. Tammy Beckham, TVMDL director.

Stephanie Weaver, diagnostic lab supervisor for the histopathology section of the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory’s College Station facility, has earned the 2012 TVMDL Director’s Excellence Award in the technical category. TVMDL Director Tammy Beckham presented the award during the 2013 Texas A&M AgriLife Conference held Jan. 7-9 in College Station.

Under Weaver’s supervision, the section tested more than 16,000 diagnostic samples for chronic wasting disease in 2012, making TVMDL one of the nation’s leaders in testing for that disease.

Weaver coordinates the efforts of a full-time technical staff, several student workers and seven pathologists. In addition to her supervisory duties, she works along side her staff in preparing specimens and reports. She also remains accessible to the technical and professional staffs to answer questions or address problems.

Certified as a histotechnician by the American Society for Clinical Pathology, Weaver provides training to all new technicians in the section and encourages her staff to pursue certification.

“Stephanie’s expertise, initiative, leadership and selfless service all contribute to her professional success,” Dr. Beckham said. “She takes great pride in advancing her education and in taking advantage of networking opportunities to ensure her laboratory remains on the cutting edge.”

Weaver earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Texas A&M University in 2004. She joined TVMDL’s College Station lab in 2004 as a technician and was promoted to supervisor in 2007.