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Approximately 200 staff employees work at and support the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.
Each month, a deserving staff member is recognized for their exemplary job performance. As part of the honor, the selected employee receives eight hours of annual leave, a personalized front-row parking spot at the college for the month, and a certificate of recognition from Dean Cyril Clarke.
Individuals are peer-nominated and may only receive the recognition once per academic year. Faculty, staff and students can nominate a staff member by sending a completed nomination form to Rebekah Woodyard.
Melissa Corley not only loves her job in small animal ICU, but she is a model ICU technician, according to her nominator. She takes online courses to continue to improve her emergency/critical care knowledge base and puts what she’s learned into practice. She frequently stays late when help is needed whether it is dealing with an emergent case, organizing medications, helping students, or tidying up.
Melissa is known as a team player and always has a positive attitude and smile on her face. Because of her engagement and interest in learning more, her supervisor has found that she can trust her assessments of in-hospital patients. "She’s always eager to hear why I might have assessed a patient differently and what she can do to improve," her nominator wrote. "Melissa has a great skill set upon which she is always building, and she works well with everyone."