Contact: Dawn Noufer,
Texas Veterinary Medical Association
8104 Exchange Drive
Austin, Texas 78754
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AUSTIN—Lamesa veterinary technician Natalia Conde won the Veterinary Technician of the Year Award at the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) Annual Conference on February 28. The award is given to the veterinary technician who has displayed outstanding professional performance, as nominated by TVMA members and selected by the TVMA Awards Committee.
A 2013 graduate of Vista College in Lubbock, Conde began her career as a veterinary technician at a clinic in Lubbock but moved back to her hometown of Lamesa when her father was diagnosed with stage-four colon cancer. At that time, she began working at Brock Veterinary Clinic, which specializes on equine medicine. Initially, this presented challenges for Conde, whose education mostly focused on small animal care. Her first day of working in the large animal realm was particularly memorable for her. “I felt like I was going to pass out,” Conde recalled. “Every day after that, I have become more comfortable with horses, foals, mules, goats and even zebras. It has become a lot of fun working with these amazing animals.”
Conde’s daily schedule is clear evidence of her industrious nature. As the only veterinary technician to administer anesthesia to the clinic’s patients, she is on call 24 hours a day for emergency cases. “Natalie goes above and beyond the requirements of her job, regularly staying after hours to make sure that all the treatments are complete and basic cleaning tasks are finished,” said Marianne Mullen, a first-year veterinary student at Texas A&M University who nominated Conde for the award. Conde also serves as a translator for the clinic’s veterinarians when they are treating the horses of Spanish-speaking clients. In addition to her veterinary technician role, Conde works a second job and also coaches a softball team and a basketball team.
“She has become an integral part of our practice and has been responsible for saving the lives of countless horses that would not have lived if her expertise had not been available,” said Bo Brock, DVM, DABVP, a TVMA member and owner of Brock Veterinary Clinic. “There is no limit to what the future holds for this young lady as she continues to grow and progress as a veterinary tech.”
Each year, the members of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association gather at the Annual Conference to participate in veterinary continuing education and to recognize those in the veterinary field who have excelled throughout the year. These awards, for categories such as Equine Practitioner of the Year and Distinguished Career Achievement Award, recognize and encourage outstanding practice and exemplary service in the field of veterinary medicine.
About The Texas Veterinary Medical Association
Founded in 1903, the Texas Veterinary Medical Association is a professional association composed of more than 3,700 veterinarians committed to protecting public health, promoting high educational, ethical and moral standards within the veterinary profession and educating the public about animal health and its relationship to human health. For more information, call 512/452-4224 or visit www.tvma.org.