Texas A&M senior Stephanie Appleton earns Director’s Excellence Award in student category

Woman holds award she received.

Stephanie Appleton (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 Appleton, a Texas A&M University senior who works at the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory’s College Station facility, received the 2012 TVMDL Director’s Excellence Award in the student category. TVMDL Director Tammy Beckham presented the award during the 2013 Texas A&M AgriLife Conference on Jan. 8 in College Station.

A highly valued member of the lab’s clinical pathology team, Appleton is skilled in all work areas within that section. She handles most of section’s weekend testing without supervision.  She is also cross-trained in testing methods for the histopathology section.

Majoring in wildlife and fisheries sciences, Appleton maintains a high grade-point average in her core subjects while fully subsidizing her education through a combination of academic scholarships and personal income.  Before joining TVMDL, she worked as an avian keeper for the Caldwell Zoo in Tyler, Texas

“In less than a year, Stephanie has become an integral part of our clinical pathology section in College Station,” Dr. Beckham said. “Her love of avian studies has made her our ‘go to’ person in that section for all issues related to birds.”

Appleton expects to graduate in May 2013 and plans to pursue a doctorate in veterinary medicine.