Steve DeHart, of Blacksburg, Va., buildings and grounds supervisor, was recently honored with the Outstanding Contributor Award during the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine’s 2006 Research Symposium.

DeHart was nominated for this award by Dr. Roger Avery, associate dean for research and graduate studies, in recognition of his organizational skills, attention to details, and overall hard work. “Since I have been at the Vet School, this man has completed 18 months work in nine months time,” said Avery.

DeHart began working with Virginia Tech in 1973 in the former Veterinary Science Department and moved to his current position when Phase III of the college was completed in 1987. DeHart’s responsibilities include managing the Facilities Support Unit (FSU) team, overseeing all requests that come into his department which can include everything from new carpet to coordinating office moves, and serving as a liaison with other departments on campus. One of his most recent duties included overseeing the relocation of 18 offices during a two month period.

During his time at the school, DeHart has seen many changes as veterinary medicine has grown from a department in the College of Agriculture and Life Science to a two-state, three-campus professional school.

Most notable to DeHart have been the people that have come and gone over the years as the college has continued to grow. DeHart lists meeting these people and working with them as his favorite parts of the job. He is especially grateful to the team of people that work with him and says he couldn’t do his job without them.

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.