Scott Hexum, lab supervisor/anatomy preparator, has worked at the College of Veterinary Medicine for close to 12 years.
Using 10 words or less, describe what your role at the college is.
Teach anatomy and keep the anatomy lab operating somewhat smoothly.
Have you held other titles or responsibilities at the college?
I’m responsible for the AEDs at the college and keeping people trained to operate them and trained in CPR. (AEDs are automated external defibrillators—the machines CPR-trained individuals use to try to “shock” a heart back into a proper rhythm when a person is having some form of a heart attack.)
What is your favorite part of your job?
Working with the students in the anatomy lab, taking the time to explain a concept, then seeing them understand the structure or concept and getting it correct on the test.
Complete this sentence: My most memorable day at work was….
My most memorable day at work was the last day of finals for the class of 2019 because that was the first class with me as the lab supervisor, and I remember feeling very proud that they were finishing their first year of vet school, and how quiet the lab suddenly gets when a class walks out of the lab as they finish for the year.
What would your coworkers be surprised to learn about your life outside of work?
I love photography, and have a lot of ABBA, Fleetwood Mac, and Prince on my iPod (in opposition to expected bands like Immolation, Godflesh, Incantation, Satyricon, and Brown Jenkins). It’s unlikely that much of anything else about my life outside of work would surprise anyone. I’m also an engineer/firefighter/EMT-B with the Savoy Fire Department, and EMT-B with PRO ambulance, an assistant field staff instructor at the Illinois Fire Service Institute, and am completing work on a master’s degree in anthropology focusing on comparative anatomy.
Do you have any pets?
I lost my own dog, Harley, in December, but we also have a 12-year-old boxer mix named Maggie, who was my wife’s when she lived in Idaho and moved out here with her.