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Wednesday, 17 January, 2018

AAVMC Names Recipient of Prestigious Veterinary Teaching Award

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Washington, D.C., January 16, 2018
– The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) has named Dr. Jennifer Hodgson from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine (VMCVM) as the recipient of the 2017 AAVMC Distinguished Teacher Award, presented by Zoetis.

The award, which is considered one of the most prestigious teaching awards in international academic veterinary medicine, recognizes excellence in professional veterinary medical education and is presented to an educator whose sustained record of teaching excellence and ability, dedication, character and leadership has contributed significantly to the advancement of the profession.

Dr.Hodgson is associate dean for professional programs, where she is responsible for all academic and student affairs relating to Virginia-Maryland’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program. She is also a professor of population health sciences who teaches bacteriology and mycology in the DVM curriculum.

"Dr. Hodgson represents the very best of what thousands of outstanding educators and researchers bring to their work every day in our member institutions,” said AAVMC Chief Executive Officer Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe. “We’re pleased to be able to recognize her outstanding achievements and contributions through our awards program and look forward to honoring her publicly during our 2018 annual conference.”

Dr. Hodgson’s competency-based approach to teaching involves using proven techniques that equip students to learn for themselves by finding, analyzing and interpreting information in the context of real-life clinical cases. Colleagues and students praise her an effective and caring teacher who can put theory into practice and cultivate students’ critical thinking skills.

As an outgrowth of her leadership in academic program development and assessment, she co-authored the recently published “Veterinary Medical Education – A Practical Guide,” a comprehensive teaching guide featuring an international community of veterinary medical educators.

She also actively promotes the role of veterinarians as guardians of public health.

In nominating her for the award, recent VMCVM Dean Dr. Cyril Clarke, wrote that, “Dr. Hodgson’s demonstrated success in bridging theory and practice, her adaptation of theory in support of developing new ways to advance educational programs and her commitment to communicate these experiences with peers nationally and internationally distinguish her from most of her peers.”

Dr. Hodgson is active in the North American Veterinary Educational Consortium and on AAVMC committees, including leadership of the Academic Affairs Committee and the working group for competency-based education.

She earned her bachelor of veterinary science degree from the University of Sydney in Australia and a doctorate from Washington State University. She is a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiology (Bacteriology/Immunology).

Dr. Hodgson’s award will be officially presented during the AAVMC's 2018 Annual Conference and Assembly, March 2-4, 2018 at the Grand Hyatt Washington, where she will also address attendees.

The AAVMC is a nonprofit membership organization working to protect and improve the health and welfare of animals, people and the environment around the world by advancing academic veterinary medicine. Members include 49 accredited veterinary medical colleges in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean Basin, Europe, Australia and Mexico.

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