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Dr. Julie Dechant Honored with Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award


March 24, 2016


Dr. Julie Dechant was recognized by her faculty peers for excellence in teaching of professional students and residents.

Dechant has nearly two decades of teaching experience at four academic institutions and has been recognized as a consistently outstanding instructor since her arrival at UC Davis in 2004. In addition to her 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.

Her faculty colleagues, residents and students regard her as an exceptional instructor with a creative and effective teaching style. She is especially recognized for her teaching philosophy which includes establishing clear goals, maintaining high expectations, holding students responsible for their performance, and maintaining a consistently positive and nonthreatening learning environment. Adjectives used by vet students to describe her teaching include “dedicated,” “amazing,” “enthusiastic,” “well organized,” “approachable” and “empowering.”

Residents in the veterinary school appreciate her genuine contributions to their professional development and growth through her mentoring, humble demeanor, sense of humor and exceptional intellect. Her faculty peers value her leadership in redesigning curricular content and her special skills as both a didactic and clinical instructor.

Dechant received her DVM (1996) from the University of Saskatchewan, and completed an M.S. degree in surgical residency (2000) at Colorado State University. After faculty appointments at Saskatchewan and Oklahoma State University, 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. In 2014, she was elected a Fellow in the Teaching Academy of the Consortium of West Region Colleges of Veterinary Medicine.