Ms. Sonia Lingsweiler, Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory bacteriology section head, was recently awarded the 2016 Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence in the Diagnostic Services category.
Sonia began working for TVMDL as a student worker in 1985. Thirty-one years later, she is the bacteriology section head for TVMDL and is recognized industry-wide, as a master of bench-level diagnostic bacteriology.
Her expertise is frequently sought out by veterinary pathologists and other scientists at TVMDL, because they know that if they have a case requiring the isolation and identification of an elusive organism, Sonia is the “go -to” person.
Sonia’s dedication to getting accurate, reliable and timely results to clients is second to none. She understands how our veterinary clients depend on the results that come out of the laboratory to make sound medical decisions for their animal patients.
TVMDL Associate Director and former Bacteriology Section Head Amy Swinford, DVM, MS, DACVM, had the opportunity to work alongside Sonia for over ten years.
“Sonia’s passion for her work is obvious to anyone that has had the opportunity to tour TVMDL. She represents the Bacteriology Section and the agency with such enthusiasm and pride that it is infectious. I’m still in awe of her knowledge of bench-level diagnostic bacteriology. The TVMDL College Station Bacteriology Section has often been recognized for its outstanding client service, dedication to the mission, and leadership role within the agency, in large part due to Sonia’s efforts.”
There is no better team-player at TVMDL than Sonia. She manages and supervises those reporting to her with honesty and compassion. She builds relationships and trust within her section and with the other functional units of TVMDL. She constantly strives to upgrade both her knowledge and leadership skills, and is never content to do things “the way we’ve always done them.”
The biggest beneficiaries of her skills and talents are TVMDL clients. Although not a veterinarian herself, she completely understands how much our veterinary clients depend on the results that come out of the laboratory to make sound medical decisions for their animal patients.
The Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence recognizes individuals for current and sustained productivity over time. It honors outstanding achievements by personnel of Texas A&M AgriLife, which includes TVMDL.
Please join TVMDL in congratulating Sonia Lingsweiler on receiving the 2016 Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence in the Diagnostic Services category.
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