Gary Pattison Keeps Watch Over the Animals

Posted by Monica Hoel
Gary would never sleep on the job…except that one time.

Gary Pattison (’98) is energetic, competitive, and ambitious – not at all one to fall asleep on the job. And yet, he fell asleep during his first scientific job interview after graduating from E&H.

Gary had been working at a swanky horse farm in Lexington, Kentucky, and because it was foaling season he had been working 22-hour shifts – allowed to go home just long enough to check on his dogs and change his clothes. But he had seen a job at the University of Kentucky that looked great – working with research animals. So at the end of a long shift, he showed up on campus for his interview and fell asleep while talking to his future supervisor. When we woke up, he was offered the job. It seems the veterinarian he interviewed with had done that sort of work and he knew how rigorous the schedule could be.

Gary is now Veterinary Services Tech III Research – which means he and his team are the animal department for the university’s research enterprise – including the neurosciences, the surgery department and more. He has been with UK for 21 years.

He did leave UK for a while because he and his team of researchers were invited to relocate to UVA and continue building upon a decade and a half of work at UK. For four years his skills and experiences with animals were put to use re-establishing their lab studying macular degeneration. For all four years he drove home every weekend from Charlottesville – piling 250,000 miles on his car, but enabling a weekly Friday dinner in Rural Retreat with his parents.

He’s back at UK now and plans to stay there for the duration of his career, and is about to complete an additional professional certification which will make him even more indispensable. He has been asked to consult remotely with the folks at UVA, but thanks to Zoom, this will rack up far fewer miles on his car. Now he can trade hours on the road for more time on the water.

Gary is an avid kayaker, and never misses a chance to be on the water! Gary is an avid kayaker, and never misses a chance to be on the water!

  • Gary Pattison
    Emory & Henry Class of 1998

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  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1739-richard-graves-says-art-makes-our-communities"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2573,2756/9671_Richard_Graves_bio_pic_biz.rev.1617831932.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2573,2756/9671_Richard_Graves_bio_pic_biz.rev.1617831932.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2573,2756/9671_Richard_Graves_bio_pic_biz.rev.1617831932.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2573,2756/9671_Richard_Graves_bio_pic_biz.rev.1617831932.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2573,2756/9671_Richard_Graves_bio_pic_biz.rev.1617831932.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2573,2756/9671_Richard_Graves_bio_pic_biz.rev.1617831932.jpg" alt="Richard Graves Emory & Henry Class of 2008." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2573,2756/9671_Richard_Graves_bio_pic_biz.rev.1617831932.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2573,2756/9671_Richard_Graves_bio_pic_biz.rev.1617831932.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2573" data-max-h="2756" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1739-richard-graves-says-art-makes-our-communities">Richard Graves Says Art Makes Our Communities Stronger</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> If you think Richard Graves is dreaming that his art will end up in a glitzy New York gallery, think again. <a href="/live/news/1739-richard-graves-says-art-makes-our-communities" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1669-eamph-alumni-partners-with-community-organizations"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/png" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/140,0,646,505/9387_binoculars_2.rev.1613007201.png 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/140,0,646,505/9387_binoculars_2.rev.1613007201.png" alt="Woman with binoculars" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="506" data-max-h="505" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1669-eamph-alumni-partners-with-community-organizations">E&H Alumni Partners with Community Organizations for the Sake of Science</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> E&H teamed up with the Holston Rivers Chapter of Virginia Master Naturalist and the Smyth County Public Libraries to do an online educational event that challenged us to step away from our computer screens. <a href="/live/news/1669-eamph-alumni-partners-with-community-organizations" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1203-tempting-god"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,500,499/8025_george_stuart.rev.1586791776.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,500,499/8025_george_stuart.rev.1586791776.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,500,499/8025_george_stuart.rev.1586791776.jpg" alt="Rev. George R. Stuart, E&H Class of 1882" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="500" data-max-h="499" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1203-tempting-god">“Tempting God”</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Rev. David St. Clair shares an interesting bit of insight from a former E&H alumnus that he ran across in <em>The Christian Century.</em><a href="/live/news/1203-tempting-god" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>