Elaine Flory of Dublin, Va., has received Virginia Tech’s 2014 Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine Outstanding Graduate Award.

Sponsored by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association and the senior class, the Outstanding Graduate Award recognizes exceptional academic achievement and leadership by a graduating student from each of the university’s eight colleges. Recipients have a minimum grade point average of 3.75 on a 4.0 scale and are selected by faculty and students within the respective colleges.

Flory has excelled academically and was the recipient of the Dr. Jocelyn Leighty Rodgers Memorial Scholarship and the Andrea Walnes Memorial Scholarship. She was honored with induction into Chi Chapter of Phi Zeta, the national veterinary honor society. 

She is a student member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, serving as vice president and fundraising chair; a member of the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology; and a member of the student chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

After graduation, Flory will start an internship at an equine practice north of Burlington, Vt. Following the internship, she will either pursue a surgery residency or enter private practice.

Flory, who grew up on a dairy farm, received her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Virginia in 2007 and completed additional biology coursework at Radford University.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.