Every year, the Director’s Excellence Award is given to four Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) employees that exemplify selfless service to the agency. The TVMDL staff nominates peers they believe to be outstanding individuals, striving to support the laboratory through testing services, quality assurance and technological advances. Julie Piccione, DVM, MS, DACVP, is this year’s winner in the Professional Category.
Dr. Piccione is the Section Head of Clinical Pathology at the College Station laboratory. Outgoing, generous and spirited, Dr. Piccione has been a energizing force at TVMDL. She’s updated many test offering in Clinical Pathology and introduced new services, the most recent being digital cytology. She’s brought new energy to our marketing efforts, attending trade shows and writing educational materials for our varied audiences.
Piccione’s nomination packet stated, “her cytology reports are the best I have seen,” further illustrating Dr. Piccione’s commitment to our client. She ensures clients know they can reach out with both basic and complex questions and her service-minded approach has led to an increase in the Clinical Pathology caseload this year and a transformation of the staff into a cohesive, efficient, and well informed team.
One of her greatest attributes is her ability to teach and mentor those around her. It’s evident when she is giving a tour to students, visiting scientists, or providing a lunch and learn for staff, that she wants to share and encourage others to develop and improve their skills. She takes her job as section head seriously, working to lead and innovate Clinical Pathology while also providing diagnostic services to our clients. Her energy, enthusiasm and love for diagnostics is second to none.
TVMDL employs more than 150 professionals that work diligently to uphold the agency’s mission to protect animal and human health through diagnostics. We congratulate all of the 2016 Director’s Excellence Award winners.
For more information on the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, visit tvmdl.tamu.edu.