Zoetis Distinguished Teacher Award

Zoetis Distinguished 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.


Dr. Lance VisserLance Visser - 2019 Zoetis Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award

Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine and Epidemiology

Dr. Lance Visser is recognized for excellence in teaching cardiac physiology and clinical cardiology in the classroom and the clinic.

An Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine and Epidemiology and Chief of Cardiology Service, Dr. Visser received his DVM and MS (2010) from MSU, completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at North Carolina State University and a Residency in Cardiology with a second MS degree at the Ohio State University (2014).  He joined the faculty at UCD in September 2014.

Teaching in VET408 and VET433C, Dr. Visser provides students with a solid working knowledge of cardiac physiology while making the content relevant and interesting. He developed a series of ECG unknowns for the second year students, designed to assist learners with basic skills needed to analyze an ECG tracing.  Dr. Visser receives exceptional teaching evaluations from veterinary students and it is clear they appreciate his efforts to make a complicated topic more manageable.  Many students mention his effective use of humor and historic references to engage their learning. Students consistently comment on his organization, approachability and accessibility, including availability for office hours.

Dr. Visser is also recognized as an exceptional clinical teacher. He has designed image-based presentations to augment the one-on-one teaching he does throughout the clinic day. Strongly reflected in cardiology rotation comments is Dr. Visser’s compassion for both student learning and well-being. Students describe, in glowing terms, the positive learning environment he fosters.  Dr. Visser has been named the favorite small animal clinician three consecutive years.  He is an effective and thoughtful teacher whose talents have made a positive impact on students, residents and peers at the School of Veterinary Medicine.

  • Past Recipients
  • (Formerly Pfizer Animal Health Award for Research Excellence and Smith-Kline Beecham Award)
    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