Rachel Smith Award

Rachel Smith Award

Rachel Smith was the lead staff member in the VMTH Clinical Pathology Laboratory for many years.  She worked side-by-side with Dr. Oscar Schalm to develop the field of veterinary hematology.  In 1985, on the occasion of Rachel Smith's retirement, it was decided to establish an annual award in her name.

Drs. Bret McNabb and Jane Sykes present Stacy Zindel (center) with her award.
Drs. Bret McNabb and Jane Sykes present Stacy Zindel (center) with her award.

2017 Rachel Smith Award Recipient

Congratulations to Stacy Zindel, Companion Exotic Animal Medicine & Surgery Service, this year’s recipient of the Rachel Smith Award, the most prestigious staff award presented by the veterinary hospital in honor of long-time staff member Rachel Smith. Zindel, a 20-year employee of the veterinary hospital, is recognized for her “can do” attitude, professional demeanor, and having the “patience of a saint” while instructing students. She is described as having a heart of gold, earning the gratitude of her colleagues for her caring and nurturing ways. Zindel is extremely dedicated to her job, her CAPE teammates and her patients.

“Her interpersonal skills and superior technical skills have been invaluable for teaching future generations of veterinary veterinarians and support staff.”






  • Previous Recipients
  • 2016 - Janette Barrango
    2015 - Denise Berger and Matt Nichols
    2014 - Gigi Remark and Eileen Samitz
    2013 - Monica Kratochvil and Kristina Palmer
    2007 - Becky Griffey and Bill Perkins
    2006 - Delaina Matz and Cheryl Stafford
    2005 - Esther Finn and Greg Hanson
    2004 - Dave Carrion and Betty Thompson
    2003 - Eric Simonson
    2002 - Richard Morgan
    2001 - Jane Gunderson
    2000 - Doug West
    1999 - Craig Cornell
    1998 - Tom Baker
    1997 - Darlene Riel
    1996 - Mari-Ann Green
    1995 - Mike Reis
    1994 - Harold Davis
    1993 - Manuel Carillo
    1992 - Cindy Savely
    1991 - Valerie Johnson
    1990 - Fred Librach
    1989 - Moira Fitzgerald and Spencer Jang
    1988 - Gibson Reid
    1987 - John Neves
    1986 - Roberto Flores