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Meadows Selected for Prestigious
Curators’ Teaching Professorship

MU College of Veterinary Medicine Professor Richard Meadows was recently named as a Curators’ Teaching Professor. The prestigious appointment is for a period of five years, which can be renewed at the discretion of the Chancellor. Meadows is the first College of Veterinary Medicine faculty member to receive the honor; M. Harold Laughlin, professor and chairman of the Department of Biomedical Sciences has been a Curators’ Professor since 2006.

The chancellor recommends faculty members for the honor based upon a nomination from faculty colleagues, departments, schools/colleges, or recognized campus organizations. Only outstanding scholars with established reputations are considered.

Meadows has been a member of the CVM faculty and the director of the Community Practice Section within the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital since 1999 when he was hired as a clinical assistant professor. He has also served as the director of the Pet-Safe Program at the CVM since 1999. He was promoted to clinical associate professor in 2004. In 2007 he became a teaching associate professor before being promoted to teaching professor in 2009. Since 2000, Meadows has also been an adjunct faculty member for the MU Sinclair School of Nursing.

In addition to instructing veterinary students in the classroom and clinics, he has served as the director of the HOPE (Helping Overpopulation through Education) Project since 2005. In that position, he takes veterinary students to metropolitan Kansas City and other underserved areas once per month to assist in low-cost spay and neuter clinics aimed at decreasing the numbers of neglected animals in shelters. Under Meadow’s tutelage, the students develop surgical skills while alleviating animal suffering.

Meadows’ students, peers and professional colleagues have honored him on numerous occasions. He was chosen as the recipient of the 2010 National Pfizer Teaching Award, the most prestigious veterinary teaching award given in the United States. He was also the recipient of the 2010 Pfizer Teaching Award that is presented at the college level. He is the previous winner of the 2002 Carl J. Norden Award for Distinguished Teaching at the CVM, the 2003 Golden Chalk Award, the 2003 and 2010 Golden Aesculapius Award, the 2005 William T. Kemper Excellence in Teaching Fellowship Award, the 2006 Bustad Companion Animal Practitioner Award, and the 2008 Missouri Governor’s Teaching Excellence Award at MU.

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Last Update: February 24, 2012