2013 ASVCP Education Award


The ASVCP Education Committee is pleased to announce that Dr. Bridget Garner is the recipient of the 2013 ASVCP Educator Award.  The award was presented to Dr. Garner at the ACVP/ASVCP annual meeting in Montreal.

Dr. Garner completed a combined residency and PhD program at the University of Missouri and became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 2009. 

Since 2010, she has held the position of assistant professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of Georgia where she is also the clinical pathology resident coordinator and clinical pathology service chief.  Dr. Garner has already established herself as an outstanding educator while balancing these many responsibilities.

Dr. Garner’s reputation as an educator has been formed through excellence in teaching and mentoring of veterinary students, clinical pathology residents, house officers, graduate students, and laboratory professionals.  Dr. Garner is responsible for the creation of a number of new courses covering topics such as advanced hematology and clinical biochemistry designed to improve training for residents and graduate students. In addition, she formalized weekly journal club and chemistry rounds in the residency training program.  She also led a reorganization of the clinical pathology course taught to second-year DVM students.  This included integration of group case evaluation assignments to promote the development of medical reasoning skills.   Dr. Garner also contributes to the education of laboratory professionals by organizing monthly meetings to discuss interesting or challenging topics. She is and has been a member of several graduate student committees providing insight and guidance for a variety of research projects; she is an advisor for the UGA Student Chapter of the ACVP and has served on the ACVP Residency Training Committee.  Her teaching receives excellent reviews from students and residents alike.  In addition to her excellence in teaching and instruction her residents also describe that she has been an “incredible mentor by supporting and encouraging us.”

Dr. Garner’s dedication to and interest in education is also evident in her selection as a Lilly Teaching Fellow.  This is a highly competitive university-wide teaching program at the University of Georgia for junior faculty.   Through this program, Dr. Garner has had the opportunity to explore adult learning styles and learn about course development and the use of technology in teaching.  

The ASVCP Education Committee would like to congratulate Dr. Garner and thank her for her outstanding contributions as an educator in our field!