It seems strange to start a post titled “Fall Beauty at Oxbow” by praising cell phones, but that’s what I’m forced to do. You see, without cell phones we wouldn’t have this beautiful photo which was taken a few mornings back by our Marketing Operations Manager, Melissa. I just love the contrast between the changing leaves and the dark, rain-filled sky. Thanks to her handy cell phone, Melissa was able to capture a perfect image of fall at Oxbow, just moments (that’s what it felt like, at least) before the leaves disappeared. Soon, the landscape around Oxbow will undoubtedly be blanketed in snow and fall’s beauty will seem like a distant memory. When that happens, I’ll be thankful for this photo (and cell phones).
We recently had some very special guests at Oxbow. The President and Chief Officer from our Japanese distributing partner made the very long journey to spend several days with us. In addition to spending time at Oxbow, our guests were able to take in the local culture in the form of a country music concert at the brand new Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, as well as a Husker football game on Saturday. Before the game, we spent some time at a tailgate at the Governor’s Mansion as a part of the Nebraska Passport Weekend – an event aimed to celebrate the partnership between Nebraska diplomats and businesses.
At Oxbow, we cherish and value our relationships with all of our business partners – domestic and international. We take great pride in working with talented, dedicated individuals to help distribute our products all over the globe. Without the assistance and commitment of these partners, we would never be able to make our presence a world away. Our international customers and their pets rely on our partners to make our products available. We are extremely thankful for their commitment to Oxbow.
This very special cake was commissioned for a fundraiser near and dear to Pat’s and my hearts. The St. Gianna’s Home for Women assists women and their families in need in Lincoln, Nebraska. Pat serves on the Advisory Board for St. Gianna’s, and we both feel very blessed to support their important works.
You might say we pulled an “inside job” at the fundraiser. After donating the cake, we had no choice but to buy it back to enjoy and share with the Oxbow family. I’m happy to report that the cake was a big hit and disappeared very quickly in the break room. As you can see, the cake was a beautiful depiction of the “oxbow” that hangs in our lobby, complete with a frosting Oxbow logo. This oxbow may not be as sturdy as the original, but it sure was tasty…and enjoyed in the name of a great cause.
Dr. Angela Lennox!
Yesterday, we had the honor of recognizing Dr. Lennox as the 2013 Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award recipient. Following a formal announcement during yesterday’s AEMV Conference, we held a reception last night in Dr. Lennox’s honor. The event was a wonderful tribute to Dr. Lennox and her many ongoing contributions to the field of exotic medicine and surgery. Many of Dr. Lennox’s friends, colleagues, and co-workers took the opportunity to congratulate her and celebrate the accomplishment.
Dr. Lennox is an exceptional exotics veterinarian whose colleagues will tell you is one of the most talented, generous, and influential individuals in the field. In addition to her Indianapolis exotics-only practice (the first of its kind in the area), Dr. Lennox is an adjunct professor at Purdue University where she teaches various exotic animal medicine topics to both veterinary and veterinary technician students. She is generous with both her time and knowledge, lecturing and publishing often and serving on many boards and committees industry (and world) wide. We could not have been more honored to recognize her with the award.
Congratulations, Dr. Lennox!
Today, I’m hitting the road for Indianapolis where I will spend the next several days at the annual AEMV Conference. The Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV) was established in 2000 by veterinarians interested in advancing the veterinary care of exotic companion mammals. The annual conference offers a multitude of learning opportunities for exotics vets, including: a wet lab, advanced scientific program, roundtable discussions, and Master Classes. The conference is really a “can’t miss” for exotics vets.
As a part of the conference festivities, we will be announcing and honoring the 2013 Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award recipient. Established in 2009, the Oxbow Award honors the extraordinary achievements of one outstanding veterinary professional annually. As a company, we feel very honored to do our small part to recognize those who have given so much on behalf of exotic animals. Past winners of the award include Drs. Vittorio Capello, Cathy Johnson-Delaney, Gregory Rich, and Karen Rosenthal. We are lucky enough to partner with the AEMV for the award, which makes the festivities at the conference especially meaningful.
I can’t disclose this year’s recipient just yet, but I’ll be sure to post an announcement just as soon as it’s formally made. I’ll be sure to include a picture or two from the conference as well. In the meantime, I’ve got a flight to catch!