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Veterinary Medicine

Award recognizes the highest quality of veterinary care

February 9, 2012

Lisa Mangin, winner of the Technician of the Year award, with Dr. James Owiny, University Veterinarian, and Kathi Delehoy, Senior Associate Vice President for Research.Seven days a week, 365 days out of the year, CSU animal care and research technicians provide care to some 10,000 mice, 600 guinea pigs, 200 rats, 75 rabbits, 40 cats, 20 dogs, 130 sheep, 2,000 fish, 150 toads, 60 birds, 40 horses, six goats and numerous cattle – just to name a few.

These workers ensure that research animals are provided with the highest quality of husbandry and veterinary care in support of the CSU research community. In addition to the 50 workers who care for the animals daily, hundreds of research technicians work with animals to support CSU’s research mission.

Employee recognition event

On Feb. 3, these animal care workers and research technicians took time out of their busy schedules to enjoy a hearty breakfast and a raffle at the 2012 Technician of the Year (TOY) Awards employee recognition event.

This is the third year that the award event has been held. It is a way to show appreciation and recognition to those individuals who give time and effort to support the animals used for teaching and who contribute strongly to the culture of responsible conduct of research at CSU.

In addition, one worker is selected and honored as Technician of the Year. Nominations are solicited in December and January of each year throughout the CSU research community. A selection committee reviews the nominations and selects one winner. The winner is awarded a plaque and a $100 cash prize.

This year’s winner was Lisa Mangin, Vet Technician II from the Anesthesia Unit at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Lisa is responsible for providing anesthesia services for multiple research projects and is highly regarded for her outstanding efficiency, positive attitude and knowledge in this area.

Additional nominees
  • Bo Bigler, Herdsman, Agricultural Research, Development and Education Center (ARDEC)
  • Anna Kendall: Animal Care, Lab Animal Resources (LAR)
  • Sean Masters: Animal Care, LAR
  • Sheila C. Pelkey: Vet Tech II, Small Ruminant Comparative Orthopedic Lab (SRCOL) at Veterinary Teaching Hospital
  • Crystal Shanley: Research Associate III, Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology (MIP)
  • Clayton Shonk: Livestock Coordinator, ARDEC

The Technician of the Year Award is funded through the Vice President for Research Organizational Excellence Fund. The fund supports employee recognition, professional development and learning opportunities.

More details about the fund and contribution information