A large animal surgery resident and doctoral candidate at the University of Florida (UF) College of Veterinary Medicine was recently honored by a national professional association for his achievements in the clinical, educational, and scholarly arenas.

Andrew Smith, DVM, received a Residents’ Award from the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians, an organization of veterinary clinicians engaged in teaching and research at the professional, graduate, and postgraduate level. The award is given annually to two residents selected from all the veterinary residents in North America.

Smith completed his veterinary degree at North Carolina State University in 2009. He then completed consecutive internships in large animal surgery at North Carolina State University and at New England Equine Practice in Patterson, New York.

His research interests include equine diagnostic imaging, orthopedic and upper airway surgery, lameness, and podiatry.

In the UF veterinary college, Smith is the only current resident-in-training who is simultaneously pursuing a doctorate. A recipient of the university’s Graduate School Fellowship, his thesis work focuses on the use of a magnetic resonance imaging scoring system to map the progression of osteoarthritis following a traumatic joint injury. This work was part of a larger project funded by the National Institutes of Health that uses horses as the model to study osteoarthritis in both humans and horses.