Virginia-Maryland names two distinguished alumnae

Published on October 31, 2018
Dr. Deem
Dr. Sharon L. Deem
Dr. Harris
Dr. Bom Spina Harris

The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine announced Sept. 27 that it has recognized two alumnae with its 2018 distinguished alumni awards.

Dr. Sharon L. Deem (Virginia-Maryland '88) received the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Deem has served as director for the Institute for Conservation Medicine at the Saint Louis Zoo since 2011. Previously, she worked for the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoological Park. Her career has focused on diseases shared among domestic animals, wildlife, and people and on the impact of environmental change and human interactions on the health of wildlife populations.

Dr. Bom Spina Harris (Virginia-Maryland '08) received the 2018 Outstanding Recent Alumni Award. Since earning her veterinary degree, Dr. Harris has practiced in central and eastern Virginia. In 2016, she opened her solo practice, Old Dominion Veterinary Services in Ruther Glen, Virginia, serving cattle as well as sheep, goats, swine, and camelids. Dr. Harris participates in the Mentor Program for veterinary students through the Virginia-Maryland veterinary college and the Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia VMAs.