AAVMC Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award, Presented by Zoetis
Nomination Period Opens: October 2, 2023
Nomination Deadline: November 17, 2023
Eligibility for this national award is limited to the 2023 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.
The awardee will be notified in December 2023. The award includes a $2500 honorarium. The awardee will be featured in a 3-minute tribute video during the Annual Conference in April 2024. The awardee’s registration costs will be covered by AAVMC.
What to submit
- 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.
- 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.
- A personal statement from the nominee describing their 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.
- 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 material developed for teaching
Grant support for teaching projects
Honors and awards for teaching
Where to submit materials
Submit materials here.
- The sustained quality of teaching and impact on student learning.
- Major teaching accomplishments, innovations, and/or contributions.
- Teaching load.
- Research and service activities where relevant to teaching activities.
- Student and peer teaching evaluations.
- Publishing activity, especially publications related to teaching.
- Type, number, and innovation in materials developed for teaching.
- Grant support for teaching projects.
- Other honors and awards received for teaching.
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 awardPast recipients of the AAVMC Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award, Presented by Zoetis (1992–present)
2022 Dr. Elizabeth Alvarez
2021 Dr. Erin Malone
2020 Dr. Stephen Hines
2019 Dr. Jerome Masty
2018 Dr. Gayle Brown
2017 Dr. Jennifer Hodgson
2016 Dr. Steven Stockham
2015 Dr. Pete Bill
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. Harold N. Engel, Jr.
1992 Dr. Raymond Sweeney