Tech company recognizes
hospital with key award


University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine has received the “New Learning Space Award” for its new small animal hospital from AMX, a technology company and hospital vendor, as part of the group’s new Innovation Awards program.

The program is a partnership with the University Business Leadership Institute, which presented the awards during its annual higher education technology conference, known as EduComm, June 13-15 in Orlando.

Given for the most innovative new learning space implementations in higher education, the award consists of a prize of $50,000 in technology and equipment. The college was one of three winning institutions selected from more than 500 nominations around the globe. Entries were reviewed by a judging panel consisting of audiovisual experts and media, along with a group of higher education technology leaders.

“The University of Florida created an interactive teaching facility that represented a quantum leap in the way veterinary medical instruction is conducted,” according to an AMX press release. “The unique facility is attracting and retaining top faculty, students, research projects and grants.”

The company has provided software and hardware in the conferencing and audiovisual system of the new hospital as well as in the new auditorium currently under construction.

“We will likely use the award to upgrade our classrooms,” said John Haven, director of medical/health administration at the college. Haven nominated the college for the award, which he said would help advance the veterinary medical campus to be “one of the most highly integrated anywhere, with the ability to do live and asynchronous teaching and conferencing across our complex, and with other people off-site.”

“Students can watch surgeries in their rounds rooms, faculty can round with residents off-site, and referring veterinarians can potentially conference in on cases,” Haven said.

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