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Pfizer Award Recipient Showed Early Promise as Outstanding Teacher

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Linda Barter

October 28, 2011

Faculty members are pleased to announce the selection of Linda Barter, BSc, MVSc, PhD, DACVA, as the recipient  of the 2011 Pfizer Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award.

The award, given to a faculty member at each of the nation’s 28 veterinary schools, recognizes continued, distinguished teaching performance. It honors teachers who, through their ability, dedication, character and leadership, contribute significantly to professional DVM, MPVM, graduate academic, and graduate clinical instruction.

While the term "distinguished" may conjure an image of someone graying at the temples, Barter,
an assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Surgical and Radiological Sciences and a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists, is still a junior faculty member. However, she showed such early promise as a teacher that she has already earned a reputation as a talented classroom and clinical instructor.

At the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, she teaches the techniques and management of anesthesia and analgesia to all levels of DVM students and provides advanced training to veterinarians in the anesthesiology residency. She leads a core academic course in respiratory physiology that she completely restructured to emphasize the clinical relevance of this field. Her instruction encompasses large groups, small lab sessions and individual mentoring.

Barter began her veterinary career in Australia and New Zealand, completing a residency and a PhD at UC Davis before joining the faculty in 2007.

Associate Dean Jan Ilkiw comments, “Barter’s prowess as a teacher started very early in her career when she received the Lagniappe Smith Memorial Award for Clinical Proficiency and Teaching from the School of Veterinary Medicine as a resident in 2004, and the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award in 2007.” She held a Veterinary Graduate Academic Program scholarship to participate in the teaching of the core cardiovascular and respiratory physiology course for several years and excelled in this role. She led the design of a curriculum “block” for cardiorespiratory systems, which resulted in her restructuring course material and developing appropriate teaching methods for the curriculum. She has also developed a set of detailed practical guidelines for anesthesia residents.

Students describe Barter as “incredibly dedicated both to students and animals,” and they report a deep appreciation for “her kindness and generosity and guidance.”

Barter received her award at the Fall Faculty Reception October 27. With this award, Barter and fellow recipients at the other veterinary colleges enter into consideration for the national Pfizer Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award, the highest teaching honor in veterinary education.