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Interests in Teaching and Learning

Paul AveryPaul Avery, VMD,

Faculty, Pathology
Colorado State University
  • Teaching and assessing clinical reasoning
  • Self-guided, electronic teaching/assessment tools
  • Team-based learning
Ana AlcarazAna Alcaraz, DVM, PhD
Associate Professor, Anatomic Pathology
Western University of Health Sciences
  • Active and effective learning
  • Facilitator training in Problem Based Learning
  • Student engagement and well-being
Gillian AnglissGillian Angliss, DVM
Clinical Assistant Professor, Small Animal Medicine
Western University of Health Sciences
  • Wellbeing and mental health of veterinary students, faculty, and staff
  • Integration of basic sciences and clinical sciences throughout curriculum
  • Innovation and improvement of pedagogy

Peggy Barr, DVM, PhD
Professor of Virology and Immunology
Western University of Health Sciences
  • Evaluating the scholarly activity of PBL case authors
  • Integrating immunology/microbiology content into a PBL curriculum
  • Evaluation of critical thinking skills in pre-clinical veterinary students
Linda Barter Linda Barter, BVSc, MVSc, PhD, DACVAA

Associate Professor of Clinical
Surgical & Radiological Sciences
University of California - Davis
  • Teaching basic science with clinical relevance
  • Simulators/ simulation training
  • Training student assessment (classroom and clinical setting)
Holly Bender Holly Bender, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVP

Interim Associate Dean of Academic Programs, Professor
University of Arizona
  • Faculty development using evidence-based active learning strategies such as Team-Based Learning and Peer Instruction
  • Development and educational research on computer tools that enhance student engagement and build expertise such as ThinkSpace and Allele
  • Building faculty learning communities through sharing of Open Educational Resources (OER)
Karen Boudreaux
Karen Boudreaux MEd, MBA, EdD, PhD

Educational Specialist, SVM

University of California - Davis
  • Student and Faculty Wellness
  • Personal Preferences for Learning
  • Faculty Action Research
  • Student Educational Leadership Development
Beth Boynton, DVM
Professor, Wellness
Western University of Health Sciences
  • Teaching skills for medical communication
  • Best practices for giving feedback in clinical teaching
  • Professional skills development
Barbara Byrne Barbara Byrne, BA, DVM , PhD
Professor of Clinical Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology
University of California, Davis
  • Active learning in the large classroom setting
  • Student and faculty well-being
  • Integrating basic science with clinical/paraclinical teaching
  • Student assessment in large classes
Julie Cary, DVM, MS, DACVS

Clinical Assistant Professor of Equine Surgery and Co-Director of Clinical Communication
Washington State University
  • Teaching and learning clinical skills
  • Developing appropriate work and education culture for success
  • Integration of professional life skills, clinical skills, and knowledge
Patrick Chappell, PhD
Assistant Professor
of Physiology
Oregon State University
  • Teaching to multiple learning styles
  • Collaborating to develop online educational resources
  • Teaching basic sciences to professional students
Munashe Chigerwe, BVSc, MPH, PhD, DACVIM
Professor of Livestock Medicine and Surgery
University of California, Davis
  • Mental health and wellness among veterinary students and house officers
  • Approaches to learning by veterinary students
  • Communication in veterinary medical education
Po-Yet Chou, BVM, MS, DACVS-SA

Assistant Professor of Clinical
Surgical & Radiological Sciences
University of California, Davis
  • Promote diversity
  • and inclusiveness in teaching interaction
  • Clinical reasoning and surgical skills education
  • Student and House officer wellness

Julie E Dechant Julie Dechant, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVEC

Associate Professor of Clinical
Surgical & Radiological Sciences
University of California - Davis
  • Effective teaching of clinical problem solving and critical thinking
    earning of clinical skills
  • Optimizing learning of clinical skills
  • Developing skills of self-assessment and reflection
Kristy Dowers, DVM
Associate Professor, Small Animal Medicine
Colorado State University
  • How to effectively teach clinical reasoning
  • Innovative teaching techniques
  • Low- and high-fidelity simulation
Chrissy Eckstrand Chrissy Eckstrand, DVM, PhD, DACVP

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of VMP
Washington State University
  • Diversity
  • Equity and inclusion in veterinary medicine
  • Quality vs quantity of content in a DVM curriculum
  • Student Assessment
Maria Fahie Maria Fahie, DVM, MS, DACVS
Professor, Small Animal Surgery
Western University of Health Sciences
  • Engaged active learning
  • Online learning
  • Teaching and evaluating clinical competencies
  • Self-assessment and peer observation

Raelynn Farnsworth Raelynn Farnsworth, DVM

Clinical Associate Professor, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Community Practice/Interim Hospital Director
Washington State University
  • Clinical teaching
  • Assessment, especially using CBVE scales
  • Faculty Development
Laurie Fonken, PhD, LPC
Professional Counselor/Instructor
Colorado State University
  • Continuing education and support for faculty
  • Identification and sharing of resources and ideas to enhance curricular offerings and experiences for the students
  • Collaborative research on professional skills and personal wellness
Briedi Gillespie Briedi Gillespie, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor
Washington State University
Samantha Gizerian, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor & Associate Director for Undergraduate
Studies, WSU Program in Neurosciences
Washington State University
  • Active learning methods
  • Faculty development
  • Teaching/evaluating critical thinking and problem solving
Paul Gordon-Ross, DVM, MS
Director of Clinical Relations and Assistant Professor

Western University of Health Sciences
  • Needs assessment for clinical preceptor development
  • Success of training interventions for clinical preceptors
  • Measurement of clinical competencies in veterinary students
Elena Gorman, DVM, MS
Associate Professor
Clinical Pathology

Oregon State University
  • Integration of basic science knowledge and clinical application.
  • Increasing and supporting diversity in veterinary medicine.
  • Multi-modal learning opportunities: flipped classes, polling, digital slide scans, etc.
Sarah Guess Sarah C. Guess, DVM, MS, DACVIM (SAIM)
Clinical Assistant Professor

Washington State University
  • Research and scholarship surrounding graduate and clinic-based learning
  • Gamification and the learning environment
  • Assessment and statistical methods for education
Jillian Haines Jillian Haines, DVM
Associate Professor


Washington State University
  • Clinical teaching
  • Assessment
  • Integrating classroom and clinical teaching
Kelly Hall Kelly Hall, DVM, MS, DACVECC
Associate Professor, Critical Care Services; Chair, ACVECC VetCOT

Colorado State University
  • Design and implementation of formative and summative assessments to enhance student engagement
  • Competency-based learning and instruction
  • Team-based learning

Spring Halland, DVM, CVA, DACVIM

Assistant Professor of Large Animal Internal Medicine
Western University of Health Sciences
  • Teaching and learning clinical skills
  • Bridging the gap/jump between pre-clinical and clinical years of education
  • Diversity and Inclusivity in Veterinary Education
  • Online learning/teaching

Ilana Halperin Ilana Halperin, DVM

Assistant Clinical Professor, Dept of Medicine and Epidemiology
University of California, Davis
  • Clinical teaching
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion in veterinary medicine
  • Student engagement and well-being
Diana Hassel, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVECC
Associate Professor,
Equine Emergency Surgery & Critical Care
Colorado State University
  • Teaching/assessing clinical reasoning and clinical problem solving
  • Active learning methods
  • Peer review of teaching
Dean Hendrickson, DVM, MS, DACVS
Professor Equine Surgery

Colorado State University
  • Simulation training
  • Clinical training
  • Video based learning
Steve Hines Steve Hines, DVM, PhD, DACVP
Director of the WSU Teaching Academy; Professor of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology
Washington State University
  • Changing institutional paradigms to make teaching a valued and viable career track
  • Active learning methods that result in long term learning
  • Measuring teaching effectiveness beyond student evaluations
Lane JohnsonLane W. Johnson DVM
Staff Veterinarian, Gourley Clinical Teaching Center
University of California, Davis
  • Developing optimum learning environments for today’s students, virtually and in person.
  • Use of models and virtual scenarios to teach clinical skills and judgment.
  • Creating learning materials that provide focus towards learning outcomes.
Matthew S. Johnston Matthew S. Johnston, VMD, DABVP - Avian
Associate Professor of Avian, Exotic, and Zoological Medicine
Colorado State University
  • Team-based learning pedagogy
  • Application of comparative medicine to teach foundational principles (critical thinking, clinical reasoning
  • Clinical instruction
  • Metacognition (Reflection) as a means for retention
  • Metacognition as a tool to replace traditional course evaluations

Malika Kachani Malika Kachani, PhD, DVM
Professor of Parasitology and Global Health
Western University of Health Sciences
  • Peer Observation and coaching in PBL
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Facilitator Training
Gagandeep Kaur Gagandeep Kaur, DVM, PhD
Associate Professor
Western University of Health Sciences
  • Assessments of learning/assessment tools for students
  • Integration of basic and clinical sciences in teaching
  • Meaningful feedback for course improvement

David Kersey, PhD
Assistant Professor, Physiology
Western University of Health Sciences
Joseph Klopfenstein Joseph Klopfenstein,

Assistant Professor, Rural Veterinary Practice
Oregon State University
  • Teaching evidence based decision making
  • Teaching application of knowledge and skill in field situations
  • Personal well-being and work/life balance
Suzie Kovacs, MS
Assistant Professor
of Epidemiology
Western University of Health Sciences
  • Diversity in veterinary medicine
  • Teaching and evaluating empathy in veterinary students
  • Developing a curriculum addressing contemporary issues facing the veterinary profession
Racheal Kreisler Rachael Kreisler, VMD, MSCE, DACVPM (Epidemiology)
Associate Professor of Shelter Medicine and Epidemiology
Midwestern University
  • Scholarship of teaching and learning
  • Measuring teaching effectiveness
  • Student Assessment
Steve Lampa, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor
Washington State University
  • Active Learning Methods
  • Faculty Development
  • Encouraging Student Metacognition
Mary Lassaline Mary Lassaline,

Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences
University of California, Davis
Ohad Levi, DVM

Associate Professor, Surgery
Western University of Health Sciences
Christiane LohrChristinae Lohr, MedVet, Dr. med. vet., PhD, DACVP
Associate Professor - Anatomic Pathology
Oregon State University
  • Hybrid and remote instruction
  • Creation of instructional materials
  • Education Research
Christianne MageeChristianne Magee,

Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences
Colorado State University
  • Scholarship of teaching and learning
  • Development of enduring teaching materials
  • Active learning in large lecture courses
Thomas Marino Thomas (Tony) Marino, M.S., Ed.D.
Assistant Professor of Anatomy

Western University of Health Sciences
  • Competency-based preclinical anatomy instruction
  • Mixed-methods methodology in educational research
  • Student mental health (specifically around the Stress, Anxiety, and Depression continuum)
Susan Matthew, PhD, BVSc (Hons), BSc(Vet), GradCertEdStud (Higher Ed)

Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Veterinary Medical Education
Washington State University
Diane McClure, DVM, PhD, DACLAM

Associate Professor, Laboratory Animal Medicine
Western University of Health Sciences
Bret Roberts McNabb, DVM, MPVM

Assistant Professor of Clinical
Population Health & Reproduction
University of California, Davis
  • effective clinical teaching (individual instruction and rounds-based)
  • small-medium effective class instruction
Phil Mixter Phil Mixter, PhD
Clinical Associate Professor
of Immunology / STEM undergrad
Washington State University
  • Active learning methods
  • Peer Review of Teaching – Teaching, Teaching Material, Teaching Evaluation, etc.
  • Development of an open source/online vet teaching journal for the consortium
Stuart Meyer Stuart Meyers, DVM, MS, PhD, DACT
Anatomy, Physiology & Cell Biology
University of California, Davis
  • Developing novel case-based learning exercises for basic and clinical Theriogenology
  • Developing meaningful peer observation of faculty teaching
Elizabeth Montgomery Elizabeth Montgomery, DVM
Faculty, Small Animal Community Surgery Service
University of California, Davis
Teresa Morishita Teresa Morishita, DVM,

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor of Poultry Medicine & Food Safety

Western University of Health Sciences
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Extension and Public Education
  • Faculty/Student Development

Brian Murphy, DVM, PhD, DACVP
Assistant Professor
of Pathology
University of California, Davis
  • The student-teacher relationship
Tandi Ngwenyama Tandi Ngwenyama, DVM,
Assistant Professor (Clinical)
Oregon State University
  • Incorporating social justice pedagogy (critical pedagogy + inclusive pedagogy)
  • Neuropedagogy (brain-targeted teaching)
  • Clinical reasoning and incorporating basic sciences into clinics
  • Social emotional learning
Erika Offerdahl Erika G. Offerdahl, PhD
Associate Professor

Washington State University
  • Assessment
  • Active learning in undergraduate STEM contexts
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in STEM
  • Social emotional learning
Christine Olver Christine Olver, DVM, PhD,

Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology

Colorado State University
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Case-based electronic learning tools
  • Student and faculty wellness
  • Social emotional learning
Duncan Russel Duncan Russell, BVMS (Hons), DACVP
Assistant Professor, Clinical
Oregon State University
  • Clinical teaching
  • Educational research – role of errors in learning
  • Resident training
Heloisa Rutigliano Heloisa Rutigliano, DVM,

Assistant Professor
Washington State University
  • Course development
  • Faculty development
  • Educational research

Daniel Smeak, DVM, DACVS
of Small Animal Surgery
Colorado State University
  • Web-based interactive surgical training modules
  • Surgical skill instructions
  • Skills Assessment
Martin Smith, MS, EdD

Specialist in Cooperative Extension
University of California - Davis
  • Web-based interactive surgical training modules
  • Surgical skill instructions
  • Skills Assessment
Leslie Sprunger, DVM, PhD

Associate Professor and Associate Chair for Vet
Medicine Education
Washington State University
  • Constructivist-Based Teaching and Learning
  • Curriculum Development
  • Educator Professional Development
Ericka Suchman, PhD

Professor of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology
Colorado State University
  • Using technology to augment learning
  • Active learning in large lecture courses
  • Mechanisms for teaching and evaluating critical thinking
Suzana Tkalcic, DVM, PhD

Associate Professor, Pathology
Western University of Health Sciences
Bill Vernau William Vernau, BSc, BVMS, DVS, PhD
Associate Professor
of Clinical pathology
University of California, Davis
  • Curricular revision
  • Use of more active and effective teaching methods such as TBL
  • Peer observation and coaching of teaching
Johanna (Joie) Watson, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (LAIM)

Associate Dean of Professional Education

University of California, Davis
  • Student assessment methods; programmatic assessment design and implementation
  • Competency based veterinary education
  • Teaching with technology; leveraging advances to support and enhance learning
Andrew West Andrew West, PhD

Education Development Manager
Colorado State University
  • Supporting colleges in embracing excellence in teaching and learning
  • Faculty professional development in teaching
  • Technology in teaching
William Whitler William Whitler,

Assistant Professor - Theriogenology
Oregon State University
  • Teaching clinical Theriogenology
  • Models for teaching clinical skills
  • Distance teaching