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Awards / Honors

Suddreth named Lab Animal Technician of the Year

February 13, 2013

International Laboratory Animal Technician Week in January also featured an open house at Laboratory Animal Resources to highlight the essential contributions of techs to the research team.

Associate Vice President for Research Dr. Hank Gardner presented Jennifer Suddreth the 2013 Technician of the Year Award on Jan. 30.Jennifer Suddreth from the Equine Orthopedic Research Center was named 2013 Technician of the Year during International Laboratory Animal Technician Week, Jan. 27 through Feb. 2.

Each year the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science and the International Council for Laboratory Animal Science coordinate the week’s events “recognizing laboratory animal technicians around the world for their essential contributions as members of the research team.” The theme for this year’s activities was “Technicians:  The building blocks of research.”  Two key events were the fourth annual Technician of the Year Award breakfast and an open house at Laboratory Animal Resources.

The breakfast was held on Jan. 30 at the Lory Student Center. The award recognizes the critical role these individuals play in supporting and executing research projects at Colorado State University. Awardees have displayed characteristics such as a positive attitude, high level of performance and innovative approach towards improvement of animal care; promoting laboratory animal science through education and training of others; and assuming a leadership role in a group or acting as role models to name but a few.

This year three individuals were nominated for the award: Charla Lovelace and Anna Kendall from LAR, and Suddreth.

Suddreth was selected based on the very high regard given her by her peers at the EORC as an excellent technician, with a positive attitude and demeanor, attention to detail, ability to get things done, and as the go-to person in the center who seems to know just about everything related to the studies at the EORC.

LAR Open House

The other big event during this year’s International Laboratory Animal Technician Week was the LAR Open House on Feb. 2. This featured a tour of the animal facilities, hors d’oeuvres, PowerPoint presentations, identifying scats from different animals, and race to change mouse cages, all designed to acquaint visitors with the many facets of the technician’s job.

The breakfast and related activities were sponsored through donations made to the Vice President of Research Fund for Excellence. Ken Hines, Coordinator of LAR, organized the event in conjunction with Margaret Saldana, Coordinator, Organization Development and Learning Assessment in the VPR office, assisted by Denise Ostmeyer, Animal Program Coordinator.