Recognition Awards

Zoetis (formerly Carl Norden) Distinguished Teacher Award



This award is sponsored by Zoetis and recognizes outstanding teachers who have contributed significantly to the advancement of the profession through their teaching abilities. The recipient of this award is selected by the fourth year class.

How the award works:

Each spring, the graduating 4th year students are tasked as follows:

The Zoetis Distinguished Teaching Award goes to a teacher who you feel, through his or her ability, dedication, character and leadership, has contributed significantly to the veterinary profession, as well as to the education of you and your classmates.

Who made the biggest and most important impact on you and the Class of 2016?

It’s very important that you consider ALL of your teachers – think back to first, second, and third year as well as your clinical experience when casting your vote.

The recipient will receive an engraved plaque and a $1,000 check from Zoetis. Each college winner is then eligible to be nominated by the college for the national award.

  • Eligibility:  Nominees must be full-time members of the faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine and engaged primarily in teaching. Eligibility includes both tenure track and clinical/educator track faculty, but only faculty with the titles of assistant professor, associate professor, or professor. Staff and faculty with the titles of Instructor or Lecturer are not eligible.
  • Previous recipients do not become eligible for consideration again until the fourth year after receiving the award.

Faculty from all WIMU campuses (Pullman, Logan, and Bozeman) are eligible.

Selection: There are at least 2 rounds of voting. At least 50% of the graduating class MUST vote in each round. The first round of voting is nominations.

  • ROUND #1: You can nominate 1-3 faculty for further consideration and voting by using your smart phone, tablet, or any computer to enter the names of your nominee(s).

    To help you remember, we’ve posted a list of the many faculty who taught your class. It’s a long list, so please be sure to review all names. Then enter those names in your survey. The whole process should take less than 5 minutes.

  • In ROUND #2: The college will circulate a ballot with the names of the TOP 3-5 nominees, based on numbers of nominations. The winner will be recognized at the 2016 Spring Awards ceremony and become eligible for the NATIONAL Zoetis Distinguished Teacher Award.

Zoetis Distinguished Teacher Award 2017

Jenifer Gold

Dr. Jenifer Gold

Associate Professor - Equine Internal Medicine, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

Dr. Jen Gold is one of many exceptional teachers and committed faculty at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, but her eagerness to share her knowledge, not only of equine medicine but also of the veterinary profession, truly sets her apart. Outside the doors of classrooms and clinics, Dr. Gold invites students to take part in her research and practice more technical skills; her work on exercise induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH) in barrel racing horses allowed students to assist in anesthesia, use state-of-the-art endoscopy, and perform advanced diagnostic sampling techniques otherwise out of reach until after graduation.

However Dr. Gold’s most storied passion is certainly for mentorship. Like any specialty hospital, the VTH can be hectic and overwhelming for both clinicians and students, especially as senior students attempt to pass national exams, attain licenses, and find their first posts as budding veterinarians between clinical rotations. Amid this excitement and uncertainty, Dr. Gold remains genuinely interested in each student’s goals, personally ensuring they have the resources and support they need to achieve them. She invariably makes time in her busy schedule to discuss coursework, work-life balance, personal interests, and career paths, even helping students review employment contracts so they can accept their first jobs as doctors with confidence.

Dr. Gold is an accomplished teacher and a skilled veterinarian, but it is this irrepressible commitment to care for her students in addition to her patients that makes her an extraordinary person. – contributed by members of the WSU DVM Class of 2017

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