On behalf of the Board of Regents, I am pleased to present a KUDOS
award to Dr. Tami R. Wells, Clinical Veterinarian at the University
of Nebraska Medical Center. As a Clinical Veterinarian, Tami’s
normal duties involve monitoring and providing veterinary care for
research animals on the UNMC Campus.
Pictured: Dr. Noel Johnson, supervisor; Dr. Jim Turpen; Chancellor Maurer; Dr. Tami Wells; Jay Wells, husband; Dr. Steve Dixon; Regent Klutman
Her nominator, and Director of Comparative Medicine, Steve Dixon,
writes, “Dr. Wells provides sensitive and knowledgeable care based
on the unique requirements and biology of these diverse species.”
He further notes that Tami routinely devotes extra time to both the
investigators and to the animals. Nominator and executive chair of
the UNMC/UNO Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Jim
Turpen, notes that in one particular case, Tami was responsible for
the veterinary care and procedures of non‐human primates which
occurred on the weekends and after hours. Tami participated in all
aspects of the pre‐ and post procedural care and accompanied the
investigator’s staff at all times.
According to her supervisor, Noel Johnson, Tami has made valuable
contributions to the research enterprise at UNMC far beyond her
clinical duties such as revising and implementing a comprehensive
enhanced Behavioral Management Plan and Environment
Enrichment Procedures for the non‐human primates used in
research at UNMC.
Today, Tami has brought her husband, Jay Wells, her nominators,
Dr. Steve Dixon and Dr. Jim Turpen and her supervisor, Dr. Noel
Johnson. Please join me in thanking Dr. Tami Wells for her
contributions to the University of Nebraska Medical Center.