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CVM’s Richard Meadows
Captures National Teaching Honors

University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine Professor Dr. Richard Meadows has been chosen as the recipient of the 2010 National Pfizer Teaching Award, the most prestigious veterinary teaching award given in the United States.

Dr. Meadows has been a member of the MU College of Veterinary Medicine 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.

“Through embodiment of the finest qualities of a veterinary educator, Dr. Meadows is the quintessential teacher,” said CVM Dean Dr. Neil C. Olson. “He is knowledgeable, passionate, enthusiastic, and compassionate with his students, while at the same time motivating students to excel.”

In addition to instructing professional veterinary students in the classroom and clinics, he has served as the director of the HOPE (Helping Overpopulation through Education) Project since 2005. As director, one Sunday per month he drives a vanload of veterinary students to metropolitan Kansas City and other underserved areas 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 their surgical skills while alleviating animal suffering.

In writing a letter of support for Dr. Meadows’ nomination, Abby Whiting, president of the CVM Class of 2011, said Meadows teaches by inspiring.

“He guides students to the epiphany that we can do more than we ever thought possible. He has a selfless love for the future of the profession,” she said.

Meadows has been honored on numerous occasions by his students, peers and professional colleagues. He is the previous recipient 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, the 2008 Missouri Governor’s Teaching Excellence Award at MU, and the 2010 Pfizer Teaching Award presented at the college level.

Meadows said he is moved by the actions of those who have paid tribute to him over the years.

“I was taught, as a child, that men don’t show their emotions. Despite that, just like the old Ray Stevens song, I get “Misty” every time I receive a teaching award. I care about our students and their learning. And the students know that but they have been amazingly (overly) generous in rewarding me for my efforts. I want to thank them all for that!” he said.

The National Pfizer Teaching Award is given by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) and sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health. Dr. Meadows will receive his award and deliver a presentation about his teaching philosophy March 12, 2011, during the AAVMC Annual Conference in Alexandria, Va.

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