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Michelle Hawkins Takes Home The 2014 Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award

The suspense ended last month when veterinarian Michelle Hawkins was named the recipient of this year’s award.

Marylou Zarbock
Posted: November 11, 2014, 4 p.m. EST

Micah Kohles and Michelle Hawkins
© Courtesy Oxbow Animal Health
Dr. Michelle Hawkins (right) receives the 2014 Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award from Dr. Micah Kohles, director of veterinary science and outreach at Oxbow Animal Health.

Doing good work is its own reward, especially when the work promotes animal health. But it is nice to get recognition for work well done. Oxbow Animal Health, a manufacturer of many products for exotic mammals, created an award in 2009 to honor veterinarians who advance exotic mammal medicine and care.

Veterinarian and Professor Michelle Hawkins at the University of California Davis, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and the California Raptor Center is the recipient of the 2014 Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award. She is the sixth veterinarian to earn this annual honor. The award was presented to her at an annual conference held in Orlando, Florida, last month that included concurrent meetings among members of three veterinary organizations — the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians, the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians and the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians.

Past Winners
2013: Dr. Angela Lennox
2012: Dr. Karen Rosenthal
2011: Dr. Gregory Rich
2010: Dr. Vittorio Capello
2009: Dr. Cathy Johnson-Delaney

Hawkins said she was honored, humbled and thankful to even be considered for the award. "There so many great veterinarians that have made significant contributions to exotic mammal medicine over the last two decades, and many have mentored me along the way,” she said. "I am profoundly proud of the amazing advances in the healthcare and welfare of these animals that we as exotic mammal veterinarians have made in recent years, and I am very excited and honored to be a member of this community.”

John Miller, president and CEO of Oxbow Animal Health, said that Oxbow was delighted to recognize Dr. Hawkins. "Through her ongoing commitment to exotic mammal medicine, Dr. Hawkins personifies all of the qualities that the award stands for — leadership, education, research, innovation, and advocacy,” he said. "To recognize Dr. Hawkins and her legacy with this year’s Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award is a great honor.”

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.

Hawkins is currently associate professor of companion avian and exotic pet medicine and surgery and the director of the California Raptor Center. Her teaching focus is in small mammal medicine and surgery and her main research focus is in anesthesia, analgesia and critical patient care for exotic small mammals, birds and reptiles.

Nominations for the 2015 Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award are now being accepted through June 1, 2015; submissions require a curriculum vitae and letter of recommendation describing an individual’s contributions.

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Posted: November 11, 2014, 4 p.m. EST

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