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ACVP Diplomate Dr. Heather L. Wamsley wins Student AVMA Teaching Excellence Award

Heather L. Wamsley, DVM, Ph.D., DACVP (Clinical), an alumni of University of Wisconsin-Madison, has received the American Veterinary Medical Association's (AVMA) 2012 Student AVMA Teaching Excellence Award.

The AVMA today honored some of the nation’s top veterinarians during an awards ceremony at the association's Annual Convention in San Diego, Calif.  Each recipient has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of both animals and people around the country and the globe. These individuals represent the very best in all areas of veterinary medicine, from education and public service to research and private practice.

The Student AVMA Teaching Excellence Award is a student nominated award presented to a professor that educates, inspires, and strongly impacts the students that they teach.

Dr. Wamsley is an assistant professor and the clinical pathology residency coordinator at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. She obtained a bachelor's degree with honors in bacteriology and a DVM with honors, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Ph.D. in molecular biology of infectious diseases from the University of Florida. Dr. Wamsley also completed a total of four years of specialty clinical training, including one year as a small animal medical and surgical intern at the Animal Medical Center in New York City and three years as a resident at the University of Florida, after which she was certified as an American College of Veterinary Pathologists diplomate, clinical pathology specialty.

Since 2004, Dr. Wamsley has been active in international continuing education at several annual conferences and via online distance education. She also performs outreach through volunteerism for the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine’s public radio show, Animal Airwaves–Live, for local public schools as a judge for numerous science fairs and as a classroom speaker for elementary and middle school students.

Four classes of DVM students have selected Dr. Wamsley as Class Teacher of the Year since she became a faculty member in 2009. She was also chosen Support Services Resident of the Year by two classes of DVM students and has been recognized for scholarly activities in veterinary pathology and research. Dr. Wamsley received three University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine college-wide teaching awards in 2011: SCAVMA Clinical Sciences Teacher of the Year, College Teacher of the Year, and Pfizer Distinguished Teacher of the Year.

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