2011 ASVCP Education Award


The American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology (ASVCP) proudly announces its selection of Dr. Jennifer S. Thomas for the 2011 ASVCP Education Award.

Dr. Thomas received her DVM from Michigan State University in 1981. She practiced small animal medicine for three years before returning to Michigan State to complete her residency and PhD. In 1991, she joined the faculty at Texas A&M, where she worked tirelessly to improve the residency program and the professional curriculum. In 1998, she accepted an offer to serve as Director of the Clinical Pathology Laboratory at Texas A&M. In 2002, Jenny returned to Michigan State University as an Associate Professor and Section Chief of Clinical Pathology. From 2006-2009 she also had the distinction of serving as Acting Chairperson for the Department of Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation. To date, she remains the Section Chief and has taken on the added responsibility of Graduate Training Program Coordinator.

In spite of her many administrative responsibilities, Dr. Thomas has always found a way to dedicate a tremendous amount of her time to teaching veterinary students and residents in clinical pathology. Since 1992 she has lectured extensively in over 15 courses in the professional veterinary, graduate and undergraduate curricula. To enhance the effectiveness of her teaching, she has created class websites, constructed computer modules and developed techniques for enhancing veterinary integrative problem solving. The following quote says it all when it comes to Dr. Thomas' devotion to teaching.

"Jenny, why are you staying up here so late, just to make sure that images for the veterinary students are perfect for inclusion on the class website for second year veterinary students?" Here response was simple but insightful. "I want to make sure that each student has the opportunity to view each image at its highest quality and show the exact detail that I would demand of my professor."

Unless you have been a clinical pathology resident with Dr. Thomas as your mentor, it is hard to fully appreciate how truly amazing and inspiring she is in this role. Many residents are now accomplished professionals and leaders in the field of clinical pathology because they were lucky enough to have Jenny as mentor. The quotes below help to capture the essence of Dr. Thomas' teaching and mentorship.

"She patiently reviewed and corrected resident reports while always stressing the need to develop a writing style that was complete and meaningful to the practitioner but also prepared you for the ACVP Board Exam. She was always available to her residents and treated them with great respect and collegiality."

"She is more than willing to take time in her busy schedule to help and mentor those who need her attention. Dr. Thomas has a fantastic teaching style and is infinitely patient."

"Without her devotion to education and mentorship, there is a distinct possibility that many others and I would not be where we are today.

"Jenny's incredible intellect, tireless efforts and diverse activities have had a wide impact on the veterinary profession and the specialty of clinical pathology."

Without question, Dr. Jennifer S. Thomas is extremely deserving of this award. The Education Committee and the Executive Board of the ASCVP wish to thank and recognize her for outstanding service to our professional community.