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Two Veterinary Medicine Employees Honored by Auburn as Employees of the Year

By Janet McCoy, 334/844-3698,

Auburn, Alabama —

Dedicated. Enthusiastic. Professional. Those are just a few of the words used to describe Amy Bylsma and Sharron Barney, Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine employees who were selected to receive the university’s highest employee honor, Employees of the Year.

Along with Barney and Bylsma, Tara Jones of the Harbert College of Business and Harold Cummings, newly retired from Facilities Management, were honored as the 2014 Employees of the Year during the annual Employee Recognition Service hosted by Human Resources.

Each received a monetary award and the four were selected from Spirit of Excellence award winners during the previous 12 months.

Amy Bylsma

Amy began her career at Auburn University in 2002, with the Department of Clinical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine.  She served the department until 2008, when she joined the college’s administrative team. 

For the past six years, she has served as executive assistant to the dean.  In that role, Amy has provided critical and important contributions to the operational infrastructure of the college. Her work ethic, unwavering dedication and gentle nature ensure that the College of Veterinary Medicine is well represented to faculty, staff, students and the public.

She and her husband, Russell Bylsma, have one son, Mason, who is five.

Sharron Barney

Since 2005, Barney has been the lead veterinary technician in the Cardiopulmonary Research effort in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

She coordinates multi-disciplinary research efforts involving several investigators in the College of Veterinary Medicine as well as the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and University of Alabama Birmingham Medical School. 

She has coordinated animal care and diagnostic procedures for more than 18 different animal groups involving more than $3 million dollars in the cardiopulmonary research effort. And, she is responsible for technical support at the Wilford and Kate Bailey Small Animal Teaching Hospital for companion animals needing minimally invasive medical procedures.  

Sharron has actively raised Great Danes, and in 2010 her dog, Liza, won Best in Show at the Great Dane Nationals and two All-Breed Best at nation dog shows in Michigan and New Jersey.  


From left, Dean Calvin Johnson, Amy Bylsma, Sharron Barney and Dr. Ray Dillon.

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