Dr. Diane Hendrix Wins the B. Ray Thompson Outstanding Faculty Performance Award

 

Dr. Diane Hendrix

Dr. Diane Hendrix, Veterinary Ophthalmologist and Professor of Comparative Ophthalmology at the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, is the winner of the B. Ray Thompson Outstanding Faculty Performance Award. ​Also pictured are UTIA Chancellor Tim Cross (left) and Jim Thompson, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. Photo courtesy UTIA.​


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture recently presented several awards to top faculty, staff, researchers and extension experts. More than two dozen people were recognized at UTIA’s annual Awards and Promotions luncheon held on the UTIA campus in Knoxville July 28, 2017. Many of the awards are gifts made possible by past faculty, alumni and friends of the Institute.

Dr. Diane Hendrix, Veterinary Ophthalmologist and Professor of Comparative Ophthalmology at the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, is the winner of the B. Ray Thompson Outstanding Faculty Performance Award. The award is named for B. Ray Thompson, a Knoxville businessman who made significant contributions to UT and the Institute of Agriculture. The honor is made possible by earnings from the Thompson Endowment, and is presented annually to UTIA faculty who have distinguished themselves by their exceptional performance.

“I am honored to have been selected to receive the B. Ray Thompson Award,” Hendrix says. “I really enjoy teaching at so many different levels at the University of Tennessee. So many of my former students are now veterinarians who call me for consultation or attend continuing education seminars.  I have also trained residents who are now veterinary ophthalmologists throughout the country. It is wonderful to have formed so many bonds that will last for years.”  
There are only a few hundred people on the planet who do what Dr. Hendrix does. She’s a veterinary ophthalmologist and professor of comparative Ophthalmology in Small Animal Clinical Sciences at UTCVM. Dr. Hendrix is dedicated to helping our animal world have healthy vision, and teaching future vets how to care for animal sight.

Hendrix teaches students in clinical rotation in ophthalmology, including eye surgical techniques, and coordinates internal medicine labs. She likes to tell her students that a good day is when they see more than four species. Her work includes dogs, cats, horses, birds and reptiles. In fact, she treats all species, with the exception of humans. 

Hendrix is also well-respected nationally – recently serving for eight years as Chair of the Residency Committee of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. She is also editing a textbook which will be published in 2019 with her section specifically on vision for dogs and cats.

UTIA Chancellor Dr. Tim Cross hosted the award winners, and praised them for their work. “The people at the UT Institute of Agriculture word hard every day to deliver real life solutions to our many stakeholders,” Cross says. “Recognition of the outstanding work by our award winners inspires all of us to strive for excellence and make a difference in the lives of Tennesseans.”

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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Contact: 

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