Uneeda Bryant, DVM, a veterinary pathologist from the University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (UK VDL), spends a lot of time teaching school children about the lab’s role in safeguarding animal health in Kentucky and about career options in veterinary medicine and other science-related fields. For her efforts, Senator Reginald Thomas recently recognized her on the Kentucky Senate floor.

The citation stated Bryant is “recognized for her many outstanding achievements in the field of veterinary science and for her continued efforts to utilize her substantial talents to encourage young people, particularly young women, to enter into science-related fields.”

“Dr. Bryant is a most accomplished scholar in the field of veterinary science,” Thomas said. “She has published numerous articles in that field. But what’s most attractive to me about her and why I really want to honor her is that she gives back. She’s mentored and encouraged a lot of young people to enter science-related fields. We all know how important it is to get young people to go into science. I really respect her and admire her for doing that.”

Bryant was surprised when Thomas invited her to the Kentucky Senate.

“I am humbled by this recognition,” she said. “I see my role as an outreach opportunity to teach youth about a nontraditional career path in veterinary medicine, as well as educating the community about the plethora of services offered at the UK VDL.”

Craig Carter, DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACVPM, UK VDL director, added, “I am extremely delighted to see Dr. Bryant’s veterinary outreach to our Kentucky youth be recognized by the Kentucky Senate. She has generously donated so much of her personal time for many years to develop and deliver educational programs in veterinary medicine and pathology for young Kentuckians.”

A part of the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, the UK VDL has a mission to develop and apply state-of-the-art diagnostic methodology to improve animal health and marketability, to protect the public health and to assist in the preservation of the human-animal bond through the principles of One Health.

Aimee Nielson is an agriculture communication specialist in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

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