All College Day Awards
Each fall, MSU CVM hosts All College Day to recognize key alums, friends of the College, and members of the faculty and staff for outstanding contributions to the College and/or the field of veterinary medicine. The event is traditionally celebrated in October, and following the awards ceremony, all members of the CVM family are treated to a delicious barbecue meal served by representatives of the Mississippi Veterinary Medical Board and volunteers.
All College Day Awards were presented in the following categories to the following individuals in 2019:
President’s Pegasus Award
Each year the President’s Pegasus Award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding achievements in teaching, research, and/or service on behalf of the University and veterinary medicine. The 2019 President's Pegasus Award was presented to Dr. H. Dwight Mercer.
Vice President’s Pegasus Award
The Vice President’s Award is given to a person who has made significant contributions to veterinary medicine in the state of Mississippi. The 2019 Vice President's Pegasus Award recipient was Mrs. Rona Johnson-Belser.
Dean’s Pegasus Award
The Dean’s Pegasus Award is presented to a person who has demonstrated outstanding achievements in teaching, research, and/or service on behalf of Mississippi State University and the College of Veterinary Medicine. This person can be a member of the CVM faculty or staff or can be someone from the great group of friends of the College. Dr. Ron McLaughlin was the 2019 recipient of this award.
Pegasus Faculty Award for Teaching
The 2019 Dean’s Pegasus Award for Teaching was presented to Dr. Michaela Beasley, who earned her DVM from MSU in 2008 and her MS from Auburn in 2011 before completing her neurology residency between MSU and Auburn. Dr. Beasley joined the CVM faculty in 2012 and currently serves as associate clinical professor.
Pegasus Faculty Award for Research
A tenured professor with a wealth of experience, an impressive list of post-graduate awards and accomplishments, and an extensive research portfolio, Dr. Amelia Woolums is the recipient of the 2019 Dean’s Pegasus Award for Research/Creative Achievement.
Pegasus Faculty Award for Service
Dr. Heath King, associate clinical professor, is the recipient of the 2019 Dean’s Pegasus Award for Service. He was nominated in recognition of his unselfish devotion to his clients, patients, and colleagues at MSU CVM.
Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence
The Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence is presented annually to a member of the MSU CVM faculty who demonstrates outstanding achievement and dedication in the area of research in the field of veterinary medicine. Dr. John Thomason, who came to MSU CVM as a small animal rotating intern in 2006 and has since completed his master’s and been promoted to the rank of tenured associate professor, is the recipient of the 2019 Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence.
Recent Faculty Honors & Recognition