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 2017

Jenifer Gold

Dr. Jenifer Gold

Associate Professor - Equine Internal Medicine, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

Dr. Jen Gold is one of many exceptional teachers and committed faculty at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, but her eagerness to share her knowledge, not only of equine medicine but also of the veterinary profession, truly sets her apart. Outside the doors of classrooms and clinics, Dr. Gold invites students to take part in her research and practice more technical skills; her work on exercise induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH) in barrel racing horses allowed students to assist in anesthesia, use state-of-the-art endoscopy, and perform advanced diagnostic sampling techniques otherwise out of reach until after graduation.

However Dr. Gold’s most storied passion is certainly for mentorship. Like any specialty hospital, the VTH can be hectic and overwhelming for both clinicians and students, especially as senior students attempt to pass national exams, attain licenses, and find their first posts as budding veterinarians between clinical rotations. Amid this excitement and uncertainty, Dr. Gold remains genuinely interested in each student’s goals, personally ensuring they have the resources and support they need to achieve them. She invariably makes time in her busy schedule to discuss coursework, work-life balance, personal interests, and career paths, even helping students review employment contracts so they can accept their first jobs as doctors with confidence.

Dr. Gold is an accomplished teacher and a skilled veterinarian, but it is this irrepressible commitment to care for her students in addition to her patients that makes her an extraordinary person. – contributed by members of the WSU DVM Class of 2017

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