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Dr. Danny Walker receives Elsevier Award for Teaching Excellence

08-08-2017


Contact 1: Erin Chesnut




MARTIN, Tenn. — Dr. Danny Walker, associate professor of animal science at the University of Tennessee at Martin, recently received the Elsevier Award for Teaching Excellence from the Association of Veterinary Technician Educators.

The Elsevier Award for Teaching Excellence is intended to honor those educators who are recognized by their students and colleagues as exceptional instructors. Nominations are taken from across the country, and one educator is selected every two years. The award was presented during the AVTE national symposium Aug. 4 in Albuquerque, N.M.

“Dr. Walker certainly deserves this award, and it is a great recognition for UT Martin and our veterinary technology program,” said Dr. Jason Roberts, associate professor of animal science and director of UT Martin’s Veterinary Health Technology Program.

Several of Walker’s students and colleagues submitted nomination materials on his behalf, and the letters show the vital role he has played in the lives of many.

“This man has been probably the biggest foundation of my career. Not only did he teach me in undergrad, but he set me up for my career and helped me find my passion in life,” wrote Kelly Kennedy, a former student now a licensed veterinary medical technician at Memphis Veterinary Specialists.

“Dr. Walker has a way of teaching material that makes learning fun and exciting. He makes you want to learn this material instead of ‘having to’ learn the material. He makes it his personal goal to make sure everyone succeeds,” wrote Renee Stubblefield, a former student who is now an instructor in the program Walker helped establish.

UT Martin is one of fewer than 30 institutions in the country to offer four-year academic instruction in veterinary health technology. Students who graduate from the UT Martin program also complete six weeks of on-site, hands-on internship experience at a regional veterinary hospital, clinic or laboratory.

For more information on program requirements, contact Roberts at jroberts@utm.edu.

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PHOTO ID: Pictured at the Association of Veterinary Technician Educators symposium are (l-r) Renee Stubblefield, UT Martin veterinary health technology instructor; Susie Walker, wife of Dr. Danny Walker; Dr. Danny Walker, assistant professor of animal science and award winner; Dr. Jason Roberts, associate professor of animal science; and Erica Carroll and Amanda Waldon, veterinary health technology instructors.

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