SVM Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award

SVM Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award

This award is intended to publicly acknowledge the tremendous effort on behalf of our faculty in teaching professional DVM students, graduate professional MPVM students, graduate academic students and/or residents. We wish to recognize those individuals who distinguish themselves as outstanding teachers.


Photo: Kate HopperKate Hopper - 2019 SVM Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award Winner

Professor Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences

Dr. Kate Hopper is recognized for excellence in teaching critical care and emergency medicine to professional students and residents, and for her international reputation in continuing professional education.

A professor in the Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences and Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, Dr. Hopper received her veterinary degree (1991) and MVS in Emergency and Critical Care Medicine (1999) from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and a PhD in Comparative Pathology (2007) from UC Davis.

Recognized with teaching awards (2002; 2003) from DVM students and as an Outstanding Graduate Teacher (2004), Dr. Hopper has a sustained, stellar record of teaching effectiveness. As a co-block leader of VET 408 (Cardiorespiratory), Dr. Hopper invests substantially in fostering student learning through continual revision of content and, in particular for facilitating student understanding by individualizing explanations of difficult concepts. This gift and her dedication is also readily apparent in VET 431, the core surgical and anesthesia laboratories, where she works with students until awareness and, importantly, understanding are readily apparent. Her expertise is sought beyond the School including teaching clinical acid-base and electrolyte physiology to UCD School of Nursing students and at Cornell’s week-long cardiopulmonary ‘boot’ camp for critical care residents nationally.

Also dedicated to resident didactic training and board reviews, she is internationally recognized for her leadership in conference organization for AVECC and IVECC. Her co-edited/authored reference text Small Animal Critical Care Medicine, now in its 2nd edition, is internationally recognized and essential reading for residents in training and for specialists. Highly sought after for continuing education conferences, she is considered captivating, speaking to standing room only audiences with authority, clarity, and conviction. As a colleague noted: Kate is "The Teachers' Teacher". Others in her specialty attend her lectures to pick up not only professional gems of clinical and scientific information, but also because she is recognized as an exemplar of ways in which to teach.

  • Past Recipients
  • 2016    Bill Vernau
    2015    Julie Dechant
    2014    Joie Watson
    2013    Munashe Chigerwe
    2012    Christine Kreuder Johnson
    2011    Steven Hollingsworth
    2010    Alan Conley
    2009    Phil Cass
    2008    Bob BonDurant
    2007    David Hird
    2006    Kent Pinkerton
    2005    Irwin Liu
    2004    Rance LeFebvre
    2003    Robert Higgins
    2002    Gerald Ling
    2001    Jim Jones
    2000    Joe Zinkl
    1999    Philip Koblik
    1998    Ian Gardner
    1997    Thomas Farver
    1996    Niels Pedersen
    1995    Peter Ihrke
    1992    George Stabenfeldt