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AAVMC Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award, Presented by Zoetis


Nomination Period Opens: September 14, 2015
Nomination Deadline: October 16, 2015


Eligibility

Eligibility for this national award is limited to the 2015 recipients of the Zoetis Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award at a college or school in the U.S. or the Caribbean.

Who may nominate

Institutional representatives must submit the materials identified below for their college's recipient to be considered.

Award

The awardee will be notified in December 2015. The awardee is expected to attend the AAVMC Annual Conference in March 2016 to receive the award and make a presentation on teaching in veterinary medical education. Awardee's reasonable costs (registration, travel, housing, meals) for attending the Annual Conference will be covered by AAVMC. The awardee is encouraged to submit their presentation to the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education for publication.

What to submit
  1. A maximum of two letters of nomination from the dean, associate dean, department chair, or other individuals who can evaluate the nominee's teaching ability. The letters should address the sustained quality of teaching and the impact on student learning.  Additional letters will not be considered by the selection committee.
  2. A maximum of two letters of nomination from students. Letters could be submitted by a student organization (such as SCAVMA) or committee, and could include input from interns and residents, if appropriate. Additional letters will not be considered by the selection committee. 
  3. A personal statement from the nominee describing his or her teaching philosophy and the impact they have had on veterinary medical education, including a brief description of major teaching accomplishments, innovations, and/or contributions.  The personal statement and impact summary must not exceed two pages in total.
  4. The nominee's current C.V. Pertinent information includes:
    • Courses taught (title, credits/hours, number of students, years taught)
    • Summary of student and peer teaching evaluations
    • Book chapters and books
    • Publications related to teaching
    • Web sites or other materials developed for teaching
    • Grant support for teaching projects
    • Honors and awards for teaching
Where to submit materials

Materials should be submitted by email to awards@aavmc.org.

Award criteria
  1. The sustained quality of teaching and impact on student learning.
  2. Major teaching accomplishments, innovations, and/or contributions.
  3. Teaching load.
  4. Research and service activities where relevant to teaching activities.
  5. Student and peer teaching evaluations.
  6. Publishing activity, especially publications related to teaching.
  7. Type, number, and innovation in materials developed for teaching.
  8. Grant support for teaching projects.
  9. Other honors and awards received for teaching.
Award committee

The selection committee is composed of up to five members of the AAVMC Academic Affairs Committee.

Background and past recipients

The AAVMC Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award, Presented by Zoetis, is awarded annually to a faculty member who was selected by a committee of their AAVMC peers. It is the most prestigious teaching award in veterinary medicine. The award was originally named in honor of Carl J. Norden, founder of Norden Laboratories. Since 1963, the award has been sponsored by Zoetis (formerly Pfizer Animal Health). Each individual college selects a recipient for the local Zoetis Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award in the spring. Colleges may then nominate their recipient for the United States/Caribbean  award

Past recipients of the AAVMC Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award, Presented by Zoetis (1992–present)

          2014    Dr. Jon Patterson
          2013    Dr. Matthew Mellema
          2012    Dr. Mary Anna Thrall
          2011    Dr. Anton Hoffman
          2010    Dr. Richard Meadows
          2009    Dr. Larry Adams
          2008    Dr. Bonnie Smith
          2007    Dr. S. Kathleen Salisbury
          2006    Dr. L. Ray Whalen
          2005    Dr. Peter MacWilliams
          2004    Dr. Holly Bender
          2003    Dr. S. Dru Forrester
          2002    Dr. Scott Brown
          2001    Dr. Steven Kincaid
          2000    Dr. Bradley Klein
          1999    Dr. Sharon Patton
          1998    Dr. Steven Parish
          1997    Dr. Mary Christopher
          1996    Dr. Stephen Hines
          1995    Dr. Kent Ames
          1994    Dr. Michael Willard
          1993    Dr. Roger Panciera
          1992    Dr. Raymond Sweeney
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