Jody A. Hewitt, of Spring City, Pa., is the recipient of Virginia Tech’s College of Veterinary Medicine’s Outstanding Senior Award for the 2003-2004 academic year. She is studying food animal medicine.

The Virginia Tech Alumni Association and the senior class annually sponsor the Outstanding Senior Awards, which recognize exceptional performance by a graduating senior from each college within the university. Students and faculty of each of the eight colleges select the recipients. GPA’s of the awardees range between 3.75 and 4.0.

Virginia Tech is announcing its Outstanding Senior Awards in conjunction with the university’s Founders Day, Friday, April 23. First taking place in 1972, Founders Day Convocation is Virginia Tech's annual celebration of the academic and professional achievements of the university and recognizing service to Virginia Tech.

“I am very honored to be chosen by the faculty of the veterinary school,” Hewitt said. “Attending school at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Vet Med and Virginia Tech has been a great experience.”

As a student, Hewitt is heavily involved with the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM), serving as the class president for all four years and the yearbook co-editor for two years. She also participated in various veterinary student organizations such as the Food Animal Practitioner's Club and the American Veterinary Medicine Association.

The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM) is a two-state, three-campus professional school operated by the land-grant universities of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg and the University of Maryland at College Park. Its flagship facilities, based at Virginia Tech, include the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, which treats more than 40,000 animals annually. Other campuses include the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Va., and the Avrum Gudelsky Veterinary Center at College Park, home of the Center for Government and Corporate Veterinary Medicine.

The VMRCVM annually enrolls approximately 500 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and graduate students, is a leading biomedical and clinical research center, and provides professional continuing education services for veterinarians practicing throughout the two states.

Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college, Virginia Tech has grown to become the largest university in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Today, Virginia Tech’s eight colleges are dedicated to putting knowledge to work through teaching, research, and outreach activities and to fulfilling its vision to be among the top 30 research universities in the nation. At its 2,600-acre main campus located in Blacksburg and other campus centers in Northern Virginia, Southwest Virginia, Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Roanoke, Virginia Tech enrolls more than 28,000 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries in 170 academic degree programs.