Dr. Stuart Meyers receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Congratulations to Dr. Stuart Meyers for receiving the prestigious David E. Bartlett Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Theriogenology. Awarded annually by the Society for Theriogenology and the American College of Theriogenologists, the Bartlett Award serves to “recognize an outstanding individual who has made significant contributions to the discipline of Theriogenology.”
The award was established in 1971 to cement the efforts of the Society and College toward common goals in animal reproduction, reward and inspire excellence, and to improve the visibility of theriogenology.
“The Bartlett Award was a complete surprise to me,” Meyers said. “I am humbled that my specialty saw fit to honor me with a career award that highlights my contributions, but above it all this is about the professional and personal relationships in my field that I cherish and respect.”
In honor of the award, the journal Clinical Theriogenology published the text of his Bartlett Award address – “The Journey of a Theriogenologist.”
Meyers has also been honored with the UC Davis Campus Distinguished Teaching Award and the SVM Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award this year, both of which acknowledge his excellence in teaching, training, and mentorship, as well as his dedication to students and faculty. Meyers has provided exceptional teaching in the SVM professional curriculum for decades and has constantly demonstrated his willingness to step up and take the job by taking on a substantial load exceeding Department and School averages. Students consistently praise his teaching, especially noting his enthusiasm and passion, effective clinical emphasis, dose of entertainment, and patience.
He has demonstrated effective leadership in teaching especially through his position of block leader in VET 410 (the Endocrine/Reproduction block), through which he developed a format of interactive physical stations for 3 CBLs (case-based learning) for students to apply course concepts and material from lecture and lab. He was highly rated in peer review of his block leadership, with comments noting strong planning, communication, and support of peer faculty.
Further, Meyers has been a highly effective ambassador for the SVM, serving as Chair of the Designated Emphasis in Reproductive Biology until July 2002. It was through this role that he developed the Group Study in Reproductive Biology for graduate students, cultivating a collaborative environment for students and faculty with interests in reproduction, genetics, meiosis, and developmental biology.
He has also provided invaluable mentorship to many, including supervision for graduate students pursuing research. He participates in SVM theriogenology resident training rounds which prepare new cohorts for board certification and served on the SVM Peer Observation and Coaching of Teaching Special Committee which provides junior faculty with feedback to improve their teaching methods.
In a nomination letter for the SVM Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award, Dr. Clare Yellowley called Meyers the consummate mentor.
“He has supervised numerous graduate students in the art of research, imparting his love for his subject and excitement for the scientific method,” she said. “Stuart has certainly impacted the career trajectories of myriad students be they budding scientists, veterinarians, or specialized equine theriogenologists.”