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November 11, 2014

Dr. Michelle Hawkins named 2014 Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award Winner

Murdock, NE, November 5, 2014 -- Oxbow Animal Health has announced Dr. Michelle Hawkins as the winner of the 2014 Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award.  Established in 2009, the Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award is presented annually to an animal health professional who advances the field of exotic mammal medicine and care.  Dr. Michelle Hawkins, who serves as Associate Professor of Companion Avian and Exotic Pet Medicine & Surgery and Director of the California Raptor Center at the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, was presented with the award at the 2014 AEMV/ARAV/AAZV Conference in Orlando, Florida on October 20, followed by a reception in her honor.

“We are delighted to recognize Dr. Michelle Hawkins with the 2014 Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award,” said John Miller, President and CEO of Oxbow Animal Health.  “Through her ongoing commitment to exotic mammal medicine, Dr. Hawkins personifies all of the qualities that the award stands for: leadership, education, research, innovation, and advocacy.  To recognize Dr. Hawkins and her legacy with this year’s Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award is a great honor.”

“I am tremendously honored, extremely humbled, and very thankful to Oxbow Animal Health for even considering me for this award,” said Dr. Hawkins.  “There are so many great veterinarians that have made significant contributions to exotic mammal medicine over the last two decades, and many have mentored me along the way.  I am profoundly proud of the amazing advances in the healthcare and welfare of these animals that we as exotic mammal veterinarians have made in recent years, and I am very excited and honored to be a member of this community.”

Dr. Michelle Hawkins received her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997.  She completed a residency and fellowship in Companion Avian and Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of California: Davis in 2001.  After two years in private exotic animal practice, she joined the faculty of the University of California: Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.  She is currently Associate Professor of Companion Avian and Exotic Pet Medicine and Surgery and the Director of the California Raptor Center.  Her teaching focus is in small mammal medicine and surgery, and her main research focus is in anesthesia, analgesia, and critical patient care for exotic small mammals, birds, and reptiles.

The Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award is based on excellence in one or more of the following areas: exhibiting leadership in the field of exotic mammal health, advancing the understanding of clinical diseases and treatments in exotic mammal pets, promoting the field of exotic mammal medicine, promoting the field of exotic mammal nutrition, providing innovation to the field of exotic mammal medicine.  Nominations are made by submitting a CV and letter of recommendation describing the individual and how they exemplify the above qualities.  For more information, visit www.oxbowanimalhealth.com/oemha.