Excellence in teaching at all levels of veterinary education from pre-veterinary to post-doctoral levels is a hallmark of the School of Veterinary Medicine. At the Winter Academic Senate Faculty Meeting held January 18, 2006, faculty members honored two of their peers for their leadership and contributions to teaching at the school.
Carl J. Norden-Pfizer Distinguished Teacher Award
Eric Herrgesell, DVM, is the recipient of the Carl J. Norden-Pfizer Distinguished Teacher Award. This award honors teachers whose ability, dedication, character and leadership contribute significantly to instruction in the professional Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, professional Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine, graduate academic and/or graduate clinical (residency) programs.
Dr. Herrgesell earned his veterinary degree from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1993 and completed a radiology residency at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in 1998.
From 1998 to the present, Dr. Herrgesell, a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology, has taught third- and fourth-year veterinary students the fundamentals of radiology and ultrasound while working with patients in the Small Animal Clinic. He has led both Small Animal and Large Animal Radiology courses, including advanced sections. Dr. Herrgesell contributes to radiology rounds, seminars and continuing education courses. His duties also include evaluation of alternative imaging approaches such as scintigraphy, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging.
Pfizer, Inc. sponsors this veterinary award. Each veterinary school in the United States selects a candidate for the Norden-Pfizer award within its college to acknowledge exceptional commitment to the dynamic and rigorous career of veterinary medical education.
School of Veterinary Medicine Faculty Teaching Award
Irwin K.M. Liu, DVM, PhD, a member of the veterinary faculty for more than 25 years, has been recognized by his colleagues as the recipient of the Faculty Teaching Award.
Dr. Liu earned his DVM degree from Kansas State University in 1963. He received his Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine degree at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1969 and completed a PhD in virology in 1975, also from UC Davis.
Dr. Liu is described as "an extraordinary teaching asset" in his field of equine reproduction. He works with veterinary students, residents, and graduate academic students seeking their master's or doctoral degrees. Students describe Liu as highly knowledgeable about fertility and subfertility in the mare. Residents remark on his clinical skills, experience, practical approach and personable working relationship.
Dr. Liu teaches equine reproduction courses and participates in several related veterinary courses. In the Equine Reproduction Service, he supervises resident veterinarians while handling breeding and fertility cases. He mentors graduate students in his research laboratory in the Department of Population Health and Reproduction. Dr. Liu has also pioneered a form of contraception used to manage wildlife species such as feral horses, elk and bears. (See related story in the Fall 2005 edition of The Horse Report http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/ceh/hreport.html
Academic veterinary medicine combines teaching, research and service. The school employs more than 300 veterinary faculty based in six departments. The balance of tasks varies with each faculty member's department and specialty. Faculty members may teach in classrooms, teaching laboratories, research laboratories, the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, the California Animal Health and Food Safety diagnostic laboratories located around the state, the Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center in Tulare, or the UC Veterinary Medical Center - San Diego.