Virginia Tech has named Lindsay Turnbull, of Bedford, Pa., as the Outstanding Graduating Student in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine for the 2008-09 academic year.

Turnbull is expected to receive her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in May of this year. During her time at Virginia Tech, Turnbull has participated in a variety of extracurricular activities and held a wide range of leadership positions.

Turnbull has excelled academically with recognition as a member of both Phi Sigma, a biological honor society, and Phi Zeta, a veterinary honor society. Among her honors and awards are the Dr. G Daniel Boon Memorial Award for Excellence in Clinical Pathology and the Novartis Animal Health Award for Parasitology.

Turnbull is also involved in several extracurricular university organizations. She is a member of the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Society and the Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. She is also the fundraising chair for Omega Tau Sigma, a veterinary service fraternity.

The Outstanding Senior Awards are presented at the Student Honors Day Banquet each spring. These awards are co-sponsored by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association and the senior class.

The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding student performance in each college of the university. Students are selected on the basis of their grade point average (3.4 or higher on a 4.0 scale) and outstanding performance in several or all of the following areas: academic achievement, extracurricular activities, leadership positions, and contributions of service to the university and/or community.

The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine is a two-state, three-campus professional school operated by the land-grant universities of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg and the University of Maryland at College Park. Its flagship facilities, based at Virginia Tech, include the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, which treats more than 40,000 animals annually. Other campuses include the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Va., and the Avrum Gudelsky Veterinary Center at College Park, home of the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine. The college annually enrolls approximately 500 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and graduate students, is a leading biomedical and clinical research center, and provides professional continuing education services for veterinarians practicing throughout the two states. Virginia Tech, the most comprehensive university in Virginia, is dedicated to quality, innovation, and results to the commonwealth, the nation, and the world.

Written by Krystyne Hayes. Hayes, of Front Royal, Va., is a junior majoring in communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

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