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​The Career Impact Award was created to recognize a faculty member who has positively impacted a CVM graduate’s career since graduation. The faculty member should be one that alumni would have called upon for advice, sent referrals, or have influenced their life in some way professionally or personally. The impact of the faculty member may have been initiated during the time the graduate was a student or during their career. Recipients may be living or deceased or be current or past faculty members.​

Career Impact Award Recipients


UTCVM Alumni voted Dr. Bob DeNovo the 2023 Career Impact Award winner. Dr. DeNovo has dedicated forty years of teaching, researching, mentoring, and developing for the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. He has made significant and impactful contributions to the development of veterinarians in training 30 internal medicine residents, 27 of whom are now Board-Certified in Small Animal Internal Medicine. His contributions to the College cannot be summed up in words, awards, or numbers. His influence on the college will stand the test of time.


UTCVM Alumni voted Dr. Becky Gompf the recipient of the 2022 Career Impact Award. Among the first female faculty hired at the college in 1978, Dr. Gompf taught cardiology to every student to ever graduate from the veterinary college until her retirement in 2020. She also attended every hooding and graduation at UTCVM and helps the faculty with their hoods to ensure we look good. Dr. Gompf received the Lee & Ingle Pyle Service Award in 2020. The award is presented annually to an American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) Diplomate in recognition of outstanding and dedicated service to the ACVIM for ten or more years. Dr. Gompf personifies volunteerism and has set high service standards in our college, community, and profession.


No award was presented.​


RecipientRecognized b​y the Class of:
Dr. Al Lengendre1980
Dr. Al Dorn2000
Dr. James Brace2010


RecipientRecognized by the Class of:
Dr. DJ Krahwinkel1979
Dr. Dianne Mawby1999
Dr. Michael Sims2009