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Dr. J. Claudio Gutierrez Honored with SAVMA Teaching Excellence Award


February 16, 2016


Dr. J. Claudio Gutierrez, Assistant Professor of Clinical Anatomy has been recognized by the Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) for his excellence in teaching. He will receive the SAVMA Teaching Excellence Award (TEA) at the upcoming 2016 SAVMA Student Symposium at Iowa State in Ames, Iowa.

Nominations were submitted by students from veterinary schools across the country. This award recognizes the impact on the student educational experience by outstanding teachers in the veterinary profession. The nomination packet for Gutierrez was evaluated based on a series of essays on his ability to encourage problem solving skills, to engage, motivate, and encourage students, and his efforts to maximize student learning.  

The award includes an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2016 SAVMA for the recipient.  Gutierrez will address the SAVMA House of Delegates and receive his award at the Symposium’s Gala.

Gutierrez obtained his DVM from the University of Concepcion, Chile (1997) and PhD from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA (2009).  He joins the school’s faculty in 2014 from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, where he served as Faculty Instructor of Anatomy.  Gutierrez is particularly interested in studying diabetes, pregnancy and prevention of birth defects, as well as differing modalities of anatomy teaching and student learning.

“We’re very proud of Dr. Gutierrez and his contributions to the professional learning environment here at the school,” said Jan Ilkiw, Associate Dean for Academic Programs. “Instilling his passion and excitement for new knowledge in our students is highly valued, critical to the overall success of our curriculum and student achievement.”