Posted: October 8, 2013, 8:50 p.m. EDT
© Courtesy Oxbow Animal Health
Dr. Angela Lennox received the Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award during the recent joint conference of AEMV and ARAV.
On September 18, 2013, Angela Lennox, DVM, DABVP (avian, exotic companion mammal), was awarded the Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award by Oxbow Animal Health. The award has been presented annually since 2009 to an animal health professional who advances the field of exotic mammal medicine and care. Presentation of the award took place at this year’s conference for Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians and Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians.
John Miller, president and CEO of Oxbow Animal Health said that Oxbow was pleased to recognize Lennox with the award. "Dr. Lennox works tirelessly, yet exudes endless energy for the profession,” Miller said. "She is a rare talent, a gifted teacher and an adored and deeply respected colleague to veterinary professionals all over the world. To recognize her and her legacy with this year’s Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award is a great honor.”
When asked about her thoughts on winning the award, Lennox said, "This was a special award, as candidates were nominated by their peers. Since the ceremony was in Indianapolis, my hometown, it was easy for my entire family to attend. We had a lot of fun, and the food was great!”
The list of accomplishments by Lennox is long. She owns and operates the Avian and Exotic Animal Clinic of Indianapolis. She graduated from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine and has practiced exotic animal medicine exclusively for more than 20 years. She earned American Board of Veterinary Practitioner (ABVP) diplomate status in Avian Medicine in 2003 and Exotic Companion Mammal Practice in 2013.
In addition to her work at the Avian and Exotic Animal Clinic of Indianapolis, Lennox is an adjunct professor at Purdue University Department of Clinical Sciences and teaches various exotic animal medicine topics to both veterinary and veterinary technician students. She has published and lectured extensively throughout the United States and internationally. Her work as an educator is important to Lennox.
"It has been wonderful to be part of the education of many, many students and visitors over the years,” Lennox said. "It's great to see former students presenting at conferences, and publishing great articles in our journals.”
And what are her hopes for the future of exotic mammal medicine?
"We hope medicine and surgery of exotics will catch up to the same level as in other more traditional pet species like dogs and cats,” Lennox said. "Eventually we would like to see similar surgical survival rates, and more success with treatments, such as chemotherapy for cancers.”
Lennox’s past awards include being named Exotic DVM of the Year at the International Conference on Exotics in 2005; being voted Exotic Speaker of the Year 2007 and 2010 at the North American Veterinary Conference; and being named the Annual Conference Speaker of the Year by the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV) in 2011 and receiving the organization’s Outstanding Service Award in 2012.
Additionally, Lennox is past president of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians, editor of the Handbook of Rabbit and Rodent Dentistry, and co-author of Clinical Radiology of Exotic Companion Mammals.
The Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award is based on excellence in one or more of the following areas: exhibiting leadership in the field of exotic mammal health, advancing the understanding of clinical diseases and treatments in exotic mammal pets, promoting the field of exotic mammal medicine, promoting the field of exotic mammal nutrition or providing innovation to the field of exotic mammal medicine. Nominations are made by submitting a CV and letter of recommendation describing the individual and how they exemplify the above qualities. For more information, contact Dr. Micah Kohles at Oxbow Animal Health at 29012 Mill Rd. Murdock, NE 68407; phone: 402-867-2400.