Senior accounting major Laura Beer, a student worker at the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL), has received the 2011 TVMDL Director’s Excellence Award in the student category.

Beer has worked in the finance section at TVMDL’s College Station location since May 2010.

Laura Beer
Laura Beer

“Laura brings a tremendous work ethic to TVMDL as well as an outstanding knowledge of our billing operation,” said TVMDL Director Tammy Beckham. “Her willingness to assist with a multitude of tasks while keeping her cheerful disposition has greatly enhanced our finance office. She really has exceeded every expectation of her job and has become a vital part of TVMDL.”

Beer has worked in a veterinary clinic since age 16, giving her an appreciation for both the business side of a clinic and the role of diagnostic testing in serving clients.

She maintains a full-time academic schedule while handling advanced office duties during part-time hours. She works daily with accounts receivables and accounts payable. Her responsibilities include processing client payments, which can total as many as 300 checks each day.

Beer also is responsible for routing disbursement paperwork to the Texas AgriLife fiscal office and for keeping track of consumable inventory. In addition, she is instrumental in implementing new procedures, such as matching invoices to payments for clients at universities or agencies.

The award also recognizes Beer’s role in TVMDL’s recent switch to electronic delivery of client statements. Beer made hundreds of phone calls and exchanged hundreds of emails with TVMDL clients during this process.

“Laura’s attention to detail and high level of customer service are huge assets to TVMDL,” Beckham said.