- March 2021
Senior Histology Technologist
College of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Histology Diagnostic Lab
Years in position: 17
Years at MSU: 27
Stephany Mays developed a special interest in biology—specifically, the study of cells—early in her life, and she uses her skills and education to help pathologists diagnose animal diseases. In a process called histology, she studies the tissues that come from necropsies.
Her favorite part of the job is being able to solve problems for her clients and watching pathologists diagnose diseases based on her hard work.
“Since I began here almost 20 years ago, I have had the opportunity to watch the development of new technology,” she said. “I love that I am in a position to gain new knowledge and information.”
Stephany remembered how she used to do all her work manually, so she finds it really interesting to adjust to the new and more helpful techniques.
She loves the opportunities of this career because of how many different things she could do in her position.
“When I first got out of college, I worked in a cafeteria at the hospital in Greenwood,” she said. “When I found out about this job, I thought all of this research was so interesting, and I like being able to help the pathologists diagnose.”
Stephany comes from a family of 15 siblings. She has one son of her own and two grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her family whenever she can.