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Dr. Julie Dechant Honored with 2015 SVM Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award


October 26, 2015

Dr. Julie Dechant

Dr. Julie Dechant

Dr. Julie Dechant is recognized for excellence in teaching of professional students and residents, sustained contributions in large animal curriculum development, and highly effective outreach and continuing education, especially to South American camelid owners and veterinarians.

An Associate Professor of Clinical Equine Surgical Emergency and Critical Care, Dr. Dechant received her DVM (1996) from the University of Saskatchewan, and completed an MS degree and surgical residency (2000) at Colorado State University. After faculty appointments at Saskatchewan and Oklahoma State University, Dr. Dechant joined our faculty in 2004. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.

Beyond substantial clinical teaching responsibilities, she has assumed increased lecture and laboratory teaching of professional students across many disciplines. Actively engaged in planning and implementation of the new professional curriculum, especially the large animal and equine streams, she also serves on the Clinical Education committee, and is Faculty Advisor to the Camelid Medicine and Equine Medicine Clubs. In 2011, she received the Dr. Murray Fowler Award from CAL-ILA for educational and service contributions to South American camelids, and in 2014 was elected a Fellow in the Teaching Academy of the Consortium of West Region Colleges of Veterinary Medicine.

Residents endorse her dedication to their mentorship and formal training, including coordination of the Equine Surgery Journal Club focused on developing life-long critical evaluation skills. In collaboration with Dr. Kate Hopper, she has fostered interspecies and inter-disciplinary exchanges between faculty, residents, students, and staff through the Combined Large and Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Grand Rounds.

Faculty peers commented that ‘her dedication, effort and commitment to the new curriculum have been Herculean’ with one colleague noting that ‘Julie is a powerhouse when it comes to teaching’. She does it in ‘a humble yet effective way that the students relate to’ – ‘she is authoritative without being intimidating, a balance that is hard to achieve.’