The Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) annually presents the Director’s Excellence Award to individuals who encompass selfless service to the agency. Each year, TVMDL employees nominate peers they believe exemplify TVMDL’s mission. The 2019 winner in the Technical Category for the Center laboratory is Matt Carter.nd
Carter has been a part of TVMDL for over 26 years. Since starting as student worker in 1993, Carter has been a valuable asset to the Center laboratory. Now serving at a technician, Carter performs the majority of the ELISA testing, running approximately 12,000 tests each month.
In his nomination packet, Carter’s attention to detail is credited for the Center laboratory’s low percentage of false positive ELISA tests. In addition to meticulously performing tests, Carter is also noted for his dependability and expertise.
Over the course of his tenure at the Center laboratory, he has been involved in the testing for several high-volume disease outbreaks. In each instance, Carter has been instrumental in quickly and accurately performing tests. During an avian influenza outbreak in March 2018, Carter verified the accuracy of the positive samples. Because of his diligence, the client was notified quickly and was able to quarantine the farm to prevent further spread of the disease.
“Matt has proven to be a very valuable employee and coworker,” Erin Permenter, technician and Carter’s nominator, said. “He has been dedicated to TVMDL for a long time and I believe he will continue to strive to reach the goals of our team for years to come.”
Please join TVMDL in congratulating Matt Carter and this year’s other Director’s Excellence Award recipients.