Virginia Tech alumna and employee Barbara Wise of Blacksburg, Va. was presented with the “Research Staff Co-worker Award” during the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine’s recent 2006 Research Symposium.

Wise, a laboratory specialist in the Diagnostic Toxicology Laboratory, has been on the job for six years. Her primary job responsibilities include running clinical diagnostic tests for hospital patients to analyzing basic toxicology research samples for Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine researchers. She enjoys her work, and says the wide variety of tasks and equipment she gets to use are some of her favorite parts of the job.

The rationale for Wise’s honor is clear to those who work with her. “Barbara is extremely hardworking and dedicated. She is always ready and available to help others, even those outside of her area,” said her supervisor, Dr. Blair Meldrum, a professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology and coordinator of the Diagnostic Toxicology Laboratory.

Wise says she feels honored to be recognized with the award.

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. Virginia Tech, the most comprehensive university in Virginia, is dedicated to quality, innovation, and results to the commonwealth, the nation, and the world.