Zoetis Distinguished Teacher Award

Zoetis Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award

The Zoetis Distinguished Teaching Award is given to educators in recognition of their character and leadership qualities as well as their outstanding teaching abilities. Winners of the Distinguished Teacher Award are then evaluated annually to select the National Award winner.

Kevin Woolard

Kevin Woolard - 2020 Zoetis Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award

Dr. Kevin Woolard is recognized for excellence in teaching pathology in the classroom and clinic. 

An Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, Woolard received his DVM (2003) and PhD (2011) from North Carolina State University. He completed an anatomic pathology residency at NCSU, and then research fellowships at the National Cancer Institute Neuro-Oncology Branch and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Woolard became ACVP board certified in 2012 and joined our faculty in February 2013. 

Recipient of the 2020 Student AVMA Teaching Excellence Award, Woolard serves as faculty adviser for the Veterinary Pathology Student Club, is a co-block leader for Foundations (VET 410) and Cardiorespiratory (VET 408), and teaches in several other blocks in the DVM curriculum. His enthusiasm for teaching 4th year DVM students on the anatomic pathology rotation is widely recognized and his topic rounds, especially those focused on poultry and swine diseases in preparation for the NAVLE, are highly regarded. He is also regarded as an exceptional mentor and teacher in the Integrative Pathobiology graduate group. 

Woolard receives exceptional teaching evaluations with clear appreciation of his organization, ability to distill complex concepts, accessibility and his passion, enthusiasm, and sense of humor, which many students note engages them fully in his sessions. As a faculty colleague noted: ‘Honestly you could throw a dart at any of his student feedback, for years running, and you will find that he always receives the highest possible evaluations, with gratitude for his time and clarity.’ 

A student noted: ‘Dr. Woolard is not only an incredible lecturer, but he also makes students feel intelligent, capable, and heard. He is highly approachable and is able to break down difficult concepts with ease and humor.’ 

His contributions to resident teaching are equally superb, exemplified in this comment: ‘He consistently and unfailingly sets aside extra hours to answer questions, review cases, and provide any and all support. The best part about meeting with him is that you are guaranteed to laugh almost the entire time –his ability to put us at ease and make us feel free to challenge, question, or debate is a remarkable gift.’

  • Past Recipients
  • (Formerly Carl J Norden; Smith-Kline Beecham; Pfizer Animal Health Distinguished Teacher Award)

    2019  Lance Visser
    2018  Stephen McSorley
    2017  Claire Yellowley
    2016  Jim Clark
    2015  Brian Murphy
    2014  Geraldine Hunt
    2013  Matthew Mellema
    2012  Fern Tablin
    2011  Linda Barter
    2010  Richard Nelson
    2009  Birgit Puschner
    2008  Janine Kasper
    2007  David Maggs
    2006  Walter Boyce
    2005  Eric Herrgesell
    2004  Lisle George
    2003  Barry Ball
    2002  Gary Carlson
    2001  Robert Hansen
    2000  Rick LeCouteur
    1999  Pat Conrad
    1998  Jan Ilkiw
    1997  Mary Christopher
    1996  Sue Stover
    1995  Charlie Plopper
    1994  Tony Stannard
    1993  Jim MacLachlan
    1992  Dwight Hirsh
      Roy Bellhorn
      Ed Feldman
      David Wilson
      Michael Bruss
      Lisle George
      Brad Smith
      Steve Haskin
    1984  Robert Bondurant
    1983  Roy Pool
    1982  George Cardinet
    1981  Peter Suter
    1980  Dwight Hirsh
    1979  John Hughes
    1978  Ralph Kitchell