Recognition Awards

Zoetis (formerly Carl Norden) Distinguished Teacher Award



This award is sponsored by Zoetis and recognizes outstanding teachers who have contributed significantly to the advancement of the profession through their teaching abilities. The recipient of this award is selected by the fourth year class.

How the award works:

Each spring, the graduating 4th year students are tasked as follows:

The Zoetis Distinguished Teaching Award goes to a teacher who you feel, through his or her ability, dedication, character and leadership, has contributed significantly to the veterinary profession, as well as to the education of you and your classmates.

Who made the biggest and most important impact on you and your Class?

It’s very important that you consider ALL of your teachers – think back to first, second, and third year as well as your clinical experience when casting your vote.

The recipient will receive an engraved plaque and a $1,000 check from Zoetis. Each college winner is then eligible to be nominated by the college for the national award.

  • Eligibility:  Nominees must be full-time members of the faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine and engaged primarily in teaching.
  • Previous recipients do not become eligible for consideration again until the fourth year after receiving the award.

Faculty from all WIMU campuses (Pullman, Logan, and Bozeman) are eligible.

At least 50% of the graduating class MUST vote for the award to be validated.

Zoetis Distinguished Teacher Award 2016


Dr. Rance Sellon

Dr. Sellon is considered an outstanding teacher who consistently motivates students to enhance their own personal and professional growth to the benefit of their careers and the veterinary community. He uses his focus area of small animal internal medicine and oncology as examples of the "bigger picture" of working toward excellence in skills and knowledge. … He emphasizes a problem-solving approach to his teaching which has both been well received and has resulted in students being able to take better advantage of their clinical learning and maximize their learning experiences in all classes and rotations …. Dr. Sellon strives to establish a ‘relationship’ with students that promotes respect, strives for accountability and instills a desire to learn. He does not simply present the ‘data’ to students seeking their memorization (and subsequent purging) of concepts. Rather he presents material in a manner that facilitates critical analysis of more complex problems allowing the students to drive toward a solution.

Washington State University