Summer 2024

Champions of Care

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As a former veterinary technician in the Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center, Rachael Rail knows the level of care and compassion the clinicians, staff, and students provide in the Hixson-Lied Small Animal Hospital and the Large Animal Hospital. “Champions of Care” celebrates and rewards excellence in veterinary care in the hospitals. “We wanted to recognize the extraordinary skill, compassion and care shown by the dedicated employees of the Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center,” said Rail, now a development officer for the College of Veterinary Medicine. “The nominations have uplifted the people in the hospital. I’m so happy to see their reactions when they get recognized. It confirms you are making a difference in someone’s lives.”

Spectrum of Care

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The level of care Murray, a nine-year-old King Charles Cavalier Spaniel received at the Hixson-Lied Small Animal Hospital exceeded even Trent Wellman’s expectations. Wellman is Murray’s owner and a fundraiser for the College of Veterinary Medicine and he is knowledgeable about the hospital and its outstanding staff. But the consideration given to him and Murray stood out. When Dr. Stokes (attending veterinarian) was talking through the procedure, you could see that she was explaining it in a way I could understand,” Wellman said. “She also laid out all of the options for Murray’s care.”