Dr. Becky Gompf is the winner of the Webster Pendergrass Outstanding Service Award​


Dr. Becky Gompf, UTIA

Dr. Becky Gompf, a cardiologist in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, was honored with the Institute’s Webster Pendergrass Outstanding Service Award.​ Shown with Dr. Gompf are Dr. Jim Thompson, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine (left), and Dr. Larry Arrington, UTIA Chancellor.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture recently presented several awards to top faculty, staff, researchers and outreach experts. Thirty-two people were recognized at UTIA’s annual Awards and Promotions Luncheon held in early August. Many of the awards are gifts made possible by past faculty, alumni and friends of the Institute.

Dr. Becky Gompf, a cardiologist in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, was honored with the Institute’s Webster Pendergrass Outstanding Service Award.

Gompf has been the veterinary college’s only board-certified cardiologist for most the college’s history, and has trained every veterinary student in cardiology the past 38 years. She has served as a past president of the Academy of Veterinary Cardiology, and also provided leadership for DART – Knox County’s Disaster Animal Response Team. This work included helping sick and abandoned animals displaced by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Gompf also has organized vaccination clinics, and coordinated behavior evaluations for pets trying to qualify as volunteers for HABIT – Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee, an animal-assisted therapy program.

“I am so honored to receive this award as there are so many members of UTIA who volunteer throughout the Knoxville community, and all of them deserve to be honored also,” says Gompf.

“We are so proud of the many talented and dedicated people working for the UT Institute of Agriculture across the state,” says UTIA Chancellor Larry Arrington. “It was an honor to recognize all these award winners for their hard work.”

This award is presented in memory of former Vice President of Agriculture Dr. Webster Pendergrass and recognizes a teaching, research or Extension faculty member who has contributed most to the fulfillment of the Institute’s goals and objectives.

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. ag.tennessee.edu

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Contacts:

Charles Denney, 865-382-8058 (mobile), cmdenney@utk.edu

Dr. Becky Gompf, 865-974-8387, rgompf@utk.edu