Heather Lindell, the assistant manager of the pharmacy at the UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital, was recently honored by her alma mater, the UGA College of Pharmacy, with a Distinguished Alumna Award.
Lindell has been on staff at the VTH Pharmacy since 1994. She provides pharmaceutical services to clients and teaches continuing education courses to faculty, interns, residents and technicians. She teaches veterinary students about drug information resources, drug regulations and pharmaceutical math.
She also provides educational programming throughout the U.S.—in 2016, she’s spoken to veterinarians, veterinary technicians, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in six states. For students enrolled at the UGA COP, she developed an online elective in veterinary pharmacy and an online continuing education certificate class for pharmacists. She teaches other courses at the COP, and she founded the Harold B. “Doc” Hodgson Award to provide scholarship support to pharmacy students at the UGA COP.
“I do this because I think education is important and interprofessional education is important,” she said.
Lindell keeps current in her knowledge about medicines for people by working part-time at Northside Hospital Forsyth in Cumming, where she has worked since 1998. She also serves her profession as a Fellow of the Society of Veterinary Hospital Pharmacists, for which she is currently president-elect.
A life-long horse lover and accomplished rider who stays active in the equestrian community, Lindell founded the UGA NCAA Equestrian Booster Club and served as its first president. She also volunteers her time and contributes to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, March of Dimes, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and many other charitable organizations.
Lindell graduated from the UGA College of Pharmacy with a bachelor of science degree in August 1993; in March 1994, she graduated with her doctor of pharmacy degree. She is also a diplomate of the International College of Veterinary Pharmacy.