The Colorado Veterinary Medical Association recently named a Windsor veterinary technician as the state’s outstanding veterinary technician of the year.
Michael Hernandez, technical services director for Windsor Veterinary Clinic and The Downing Center for Animal Pain Management, received the award at a CVMA annual convention Oct. 4-7 in Loveland.
His boss at the clinic, Dr. Robin Downing, nominated him for the award.
“Well I was actually quite shocked because I didn’t even realize Dr. Downing had put me up for the award, so it was kind of a surprise,” Hernandez said.
Hernandez has worked for the Windsor Veterinary Clinic for the past 15 years.
“Essentially I’m the lead technician,” Hernandez said. His works includes assisting on procedures and setting schedules for other veterinary technicians at the clinic.
Hernandez served six years in the U.S. Marine Corps before earning his Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology from Colorado State University.
In addition to his full-time work at the clinic, Hernandez is also a clinical educator for first- and second-year veterinary students in the Foundations of Veterinary Medicine program at CSU.
“The last couple semesters I’ve taught small animal handling,” Hernandez said.
Hernandez said he hoped that some of the other veterinary technicians he works with at the clinic will have the chance to receive the award in the future.
“Really it was quite an honor,” Hernandez said. “It was very nice and surprising. It’s certainly something I’ll treasure.”