UF veterinary college names 2007 Distinguished Award winners Filed under Campus, Awards & Honors, Announcements on Monday, May 14, 2007. GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A small-animal practice owner, a livestock reproduction specialist and a North Florida dairyman have been honored in the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine alumni council’s 2007 Distinguished Awards program.
Three awards were designated: one for alumni achievement, one for distinguished service to the veterinary profession and one for special service.
This year’s Alumni Achievement Award recipient is Link Welborn, D.V.M., a 1982 graduate of the college. Welborn, co-owner of several small-animal practices in Tampa, is a past president of the American Animal Hospital Association. He has served on the college’s alumni council and advisory committee and helped establish the Jim Himes Alumni Scholarship in honor of an emeritus dean of students at the college. Welborn was named Veterinarian of the Year by the Florida Veterinary Medical Association in 2006.
“Dr. Welborn is a stellar example of one who models professionalism across all slices of life,” said Gail Kunkle, D.V.M., a professor of small-animal dermatology and associate chair for instruction at the college, in a letter supporting Welborn’s nomination. “He is an ambassador for veterinary medicine nationwide as well as serving as an ambassador for our college.”