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Tara L. Woyton LVT, CVT, BS, MS

  • Tara began her career in veterinary medicine with Springville Veterinary Services as a large animal technician and taught large animal labs at Medaille College. She used her large animal experience to obtain a position with the United States Department of Agriculture in the Animal Plant Health Inspection Services, Veterinary Services division. Following along with their mission statement ‘Keeping America’s Livestock Healthy,' Tara has trained in Foreign Animal Disease with the University of Tennessee Knoxville, performed extensive work in zoonotic disease surveillance and specializes in necropsy. Along with her regular duties she served as the Veterinary Service Tribal Liaison, working with federally recognized Tribes in New York State to keep their livestock healthy. Tara also served as the chair of the Civil Rights Committee for her division and in 2009 received the Administrator’s Civil Rights award for her work. In 2010, Tara decided to return to teaching, and she obtained her M.S. in Deaf Education from Canisius College. Tara now teaches full time at Medaille and serves Saint Mary’s School for the Deaf when she can. She is also a supporter of Deaf Adult Services in Buffalo and is working on obtaining her interpreting certification in American Sign Language

Board Certification

  • Licensed Veterinary Technician-New York
  • Certified Veterinary Technician-Florida


Education

  • Masters of Science in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education, Canisius College, Buffalo New York
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology, Medaille College, Buffalo New York
  • Associate of Science in Veterinary Technology, Medaille College, Buffalo NY


Current Professional Activities

  • Winkleman Farm Conservation Corporation: Board of Trustees [2017-present]
  • Erie Bocces One: Advisory Board Animal Science Program [2016-Present]
  • Medaille College Veterinary Technology Advisory Board Buffalo and Rochester Campus, representing Large Animal and Regulatory Medicine [2002-Present]

Past Professional Activities

  • New York State Association of Veterinary Technicians, Western New York Chair [2005-2010]
  • Tribal Liaison Representing the Federal Government, APHIS Native American Working Group, USDA [2002-2011]
  • Chair of the Civil Rights/Equal Opportunity Employer Committee, USDA APHIS VS [2001-2011]

Awards

  • Recipient of the USDA’s Administrator’s Civil Rights Award 2009
  • Nominated for the USDA’s Administrator’s Civil Rights Award 2007 & 2008
  • Recipient of USDA’s Contribution Award for Tuberculosis Eradication 2008
  • Recipient of USDA’s Achievement Award ‘Working with Tribal Governments’ 2007, 2008
  • Recipient of Certificate of Merit for performing Enhanced BSE Surveillance 2004-2005
  • Nomination for ‘Professor of the Year’ by Student Government Association, Medaille College 2011-2014
  • Nomination for ‘Adjunct of the Year’ by Student Government Association, Medaille College 2014-2017
  • Nomination for ‘Outstanding Faculty’, Medaille TRIO program 2015
  • Nominated Mentor of the Year, Medaille Administration 2015

Memberships

  • Member of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians of America
  • Member of the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association
  • Member of the New York State Association of Veterinary Technicians
  • Member of the Florida Veterinary Technician Association

Special Interest

  • My interests include being an advocate for agriculture, working within the Buffalo Deaf Community and reading

Marital Status

  • Married

Pets

  • Two cats; Honus Wagner and Joe

Languages

  • English
  • American Sign Language

What I like Most About VSPN

  • I enjoy the opportunity to meet veterinary professionals from all over the Globe!


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