Washington, D.C. – Richard Meadows, DVM, of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary
Medicine has been chosen by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) to
receive the 2010 national Pfizer Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award, the most prestigious teaching
award in veterinary medicine in the United States. The award will be presented at the AAVMC annual
meeting in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, March 12, 2011.
Dr. Meadows received his DVM from Texas A&M University in 1981. For 20 years he was a private
practitioner, followed by three years (1991-1994) as a clinical instructor at the University of Wisconsin-
Madison. He was an National Institutes of Health post-doctoral fellow in inflammatory pathology, and
in 1999 joined the faculty at the University of Missouri. Students bestowed on him the Golden
Aesculapius Teaching Award in 2003 and 2010, he won the national Leo K. Bustad Companion Animal
Practitioner of the Year in 2006, and he was made a member of the Committee on Teaching
Improvement. In 2005, Meadows received the university-wide William T. Kemper Excellence in
Teaching Fellowship Award, one of the most prestigious awards offered by the university. Three years
later, the Governor of Missouri honored him as one of the few faculty at the University of Missouri at
Columbia to receive the Governor's Teaching Excellence Award. Meadows won the University of
Missouri Norden-Pfizer Teaching Award in 2002 and again in 2010.
Dr. Meadows' teaching philosophy is designed to be inspiring. Although he spends most of his time
teaching skills and facts, quizzing students about what they have learned, and challenging them to
exercise their skills and knowledge, he also spends much time "philosophizing" with them – getting
them to focus on what they can achieve, their veterinary responsibilities to society, and the value of
belonging to an organized profession. He tries to use catchphrases, stories, factoids, and humor to make
learning as fun as possible. Most importantly, he makes students aware that he cares about them, their
education, and their future. "My greatest accomplishment," Meadows says, "is the practicing
veterinarians I have influenced while they were students."
Dr. Meadows is a true national leader in distinguished teaching and optimizing the learning experience,
and AAVMC, in collaboration with Pfizer, is most pleased to honor Dr. Meadows with this award.
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The national Pfizer Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award (formerly the Carl J. Norden-Pfizer
Distinguished Teacher Award) is presented annually to a faculty member at a college or school of veterinary
medicine in the United States. It is the most prestigious teaching award in veterinary medicine. Since 1963, the
award has been sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health. The company contributes over $15 million each year to
supporting the veterinary profession, in the form of scholarships to students at veterinary colleges, research
grants, philanthropy and products as part of its commitment to the future of veterinary profession and educational
mission of veterinary colleges. Award nominees are selected by their individual colleges, while a selection
committee at the AAVMC chooses the national honoree.
The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) is a non-profit membership organization