Zoetis Distinguished Teacher Award
The award recognizes outstanding teachers who contribute significantly to the advancement of the veterinary medical education through ability, dedication, character and leadership. Winners of the Distinguished Teacher Award are then evaluated annually to select the National Award winner.
2014 Zoetis Teaching Award Winner
Dr. Geraldine Hunt, Professor of Small Animal Surgery
Dr. Geraldine Hunt is recognized for her passion, enthusiasm, leadership and innovation in teaching DVM students as well as her leadership in rebuilding the Small Animal Surgical Service with an emphasis on working as part of a team and improving the learning environment for both students and residents.
Dr. Hunt, a Professor of Small Animal Surgery, joined the faculty in 2009. She earned her BVSc in 1983 and PhD in 1989 from the University of Sydney, Australia. She is a Diplomate of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists (Small Animal Surgery).
Dr. Hunt has been actively engaged in the planning, implementation, and teaching of the new professional curriculum, serving as a member of the Curriculum Development and Steering Committee II (2010-2011) and the Curriculum Committee (2010-2013). She is a co-leader for the Clinical Foundations and Comparative Medicine blocks.
Dr. Hunt views education as central to her position and believes that education is a team exercise, which works best when team members have a shared goal. She has been instrumental in ensuring that learning outcomes are clearly articulated for both DVM and resident teaching. Geraldine, along with Joie Watson, has explored and modeled a team-based approach to learning in the DVM curriculum within the Comparative Medicine Streams. The team-based-learning model offers an excellent opportunity to apply and evaluate a complex group of educational modalities and both Geraldine and Joie have been active in promoting it within the School. Dr. Hunt also recognizes that specific and timely assessment and feedback are integral to excellent education, and to maintaining a functional team.
As co-leader for the Clinical Foundations course, Geraldine has brought together a divergent team of anesthetists, surgeons, criticalists, radiologists and clinical pathologists. Students consider this one of the most organized and successful blocks in the curriculum and comment on the supportive and very effective learning environment, which brought together many of the concepts the students had learned in previous blocks and applied them in clinical scenarios.
In her short time at UC Davis, Geraldine is recognized and respected by her colleagues for her communication, problem-solving and conflict resolution skills. She is described as a role model for colleagues, residents and students in emulating professional behaviors, listening to all viewpoints on an issue, seeking out feedback, and bringing together people with varying viewpoints to effectively solve problems.