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Dr. Fern Tablin honored with 2012 Pfizer Distinguished Teacher Award

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Dr. Fern Tablin

Dr. Fern Tablin received the 2012 Pfizer Distinguished Teacher Award on October 2nd in recognition of her exceptional, sustained, and significant accomplishments in teaching DVM students.  This award honors faculty whose ability, dedication, character, and leadership contribute significantly to instruction in the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine’s professional curricula.

As a professor of cell biology and chair of the Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Cell Biology, Tablin is regarded as an “excellent, effective, and innovative teacher” dedicated to curricular improvement. For 12 years, Tablin has provided leadership and mentorship to DVM/PhD students in the Veterinary Scientist Training Program—a program she directs and developed that reflects her passion and commitment to training veterinary scientists.

The goal of the VSTP is to train veterinary scientists who are especially well prepared to help meet evolving scientific, social, ethical, political and humanitarian challenges facing animal and public health care. Meeting these challenges requires advanced PhD training in a chosen scientific area in addition to the traditional training received during completion of the DVM degree.

While Tablin is known for having exacting expectations of her students, she also has a keen drive to help them learn critical material and does so by incorporating new teaching strategies, including “chalk talks” at the end of each section.

Tablin provided much of the leadership, mentorship, and counseling for the “Basic Foundations” block designed to provide the framework in anatomy, cell biology, physiology, physiologic chemistry and pharmacology. In addition to teaching, Tablin maintains strong interactions with clinicians and residents at the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. She has opened her research laboratory and provided supervision and mentorship for clinicians and residents on a number of important clinical projects undertaken in the field of platelets and clotting.

Tablin received her VMD and PhD degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, joining our faculty in 1985.

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