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Wednesday, 11 January, 2017

AAVMC Names Recipient of the Most Prestigious U.S. Teaching Award in Academic Veterinary Medicine


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Washington, D.C., January 11, 2017  – The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) has named Dr. Steven L. Stockham from the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine (KSU-CVM) as the recipient of the 2016 AAVMC Distinguished Teacher Award, presented by Zoetis.

The award, which is considered the most prestigious national teaching award in 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.

"Recognizing the outstanding educators who continually raise the bar in academic veterinary medicine is a highlight of the year for the AAVMC," said AAVMC Chief Executive Officer Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe. "These dedicated professionals are devoted to preparing the next generation of veterinarians and advancing the frontiers of science and medicine. Thanks to them—and those they inspire through their excellence—the future of veterinary medicine is bright.”

Dr. Stockham, who retired in 2016, is professor emeritus of the K-State CVM Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology. He received consistently high student reviews and more than 30 teaching awards throughout a 36-year teaching career. His teaching philosophy involves engaging and motivating students through “real life” clinical situations, allowing them to acquire clinical reasoning skills that lead to rewarding, lifelong professional careers.

He is the author or co-author of three books, seven book chapters and numerous other publications and presentations, on topics that include veterinary clinical pathology and how to use student feedback to improve teaching and learning. He participated in faculty development activities including being a staff member in the Wakonse Conference on College Teaching for many years.

Dr. Stockham’s former mentee, Dr. Mandy Meindel, now a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP), noted how “(Stockham) receives rave reviews on his instructor evaluations, with numerous student comments claiming ‘he is their favorite professor,’ ‘best professor of their education career, hands down,’ and ‘other professors should take lessons from Dr. Stockham’.”

He earned his bachelor’s and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degrees from KSU and a master’s degree (pathology) from Michigan State University. He is a Diplomate of the ACVP, an honorary member of the European College of Veterinary Clinical Pathology, a 2013 inductee into the Hall of Fame of the European Society of Veterinary Clinical Pathology, and a recipient of the 2015 Educator Award of the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology.

Dr. Stockham’s award will officially be presented at the AAVMC's 2017 Annual Conference and Iverson Bell Symposium, March 10-12, 2017, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., where he 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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