UT College of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Technician Wins Professional/Academic Award


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.

Steve Tinkel, Veterinary Technician and Operating Room Supervisor for Small Animal Clinical Sciences at the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, is the winner of the Institute’s Professional/Academic Award for Outstanding Service.

“I am honored to receive this award,” Tinkel says. “I enjoy working with everyone within the Veterinary Medical Center. We strive to improve the health of all our patients. It is most satisfying to be a part of the advancement of veterinary medicine. I hope to continue to be a part of this team for years to come.”

Tinkel has already put in a few years – 35 to be exact. He started his professional career with UTCVM in 1982 as a Senior Health Technician, and became a Veterinary Technician and operating room supervisor a few years later. He oversees operating room prep and assignment of surgical suites, and is also involved in patient preparation, sterilization, anesthesia and post-surgery care.
He’s praised by colleagues for his ability to organize and coordinate many tasks, including handling equipment needs.

“The sharing of each other’s knowledge and experience makes this a wonderful place indeed. It’s refreshing to work someplace where I can ask a favor and it will be done,” Tinkel says.

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.



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