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. Ms. Jillian Athey is the 2016 recipient in the Student Category.
Jillian began working for TVMDL in March 2013 in the Bacteriology Section at College Station. Her primary responsibilities were working weekends to set up clinical samples and necropsy specimens for bacteriological and fungal culture. She mastered setting and reading Tritrichomonas foetus cultures so well that she worked independently on weekends as a student to perform these tests. Upon graduation with her BS degree, she took a full-time position in TVMDL’s Serology Section while she applied for veterinary school. In this laboratory, she mastered every testing methodology assigned to her, including the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and immunofluorescent antibody test procedures. She was accepted into Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2019, left TVMDL as a full-time employee, but continued working in a student worker capacity.
This summer, she became interested in working on the necropsy floor, as she is considering pathology as a career. The assistance she provided to the duty pathologist and responsibilities of serving as a diener were very fortuitous to the lab.
Jillian has proven to be a gifted employee with energy, enthusiasm, and a positive attitude that she brings to every endeavor. We are proud to honor her as the 2016 recipient of the Director’s Excellence Award.
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.