WesternU College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) Assistant Professor Frank Bossong, DVM, was awarded the 2014 Zoetis Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award, and Assistant Professor David Kersey, PhD, was awarded the Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence during the CVM Honors Day ceremony April 26, 2014.

CVM students nominated Bossong for the Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award, which is presented by Zoetis to improve veterinary medicine education by recognizing outstanding instructors who, through their ability, dedication, character and leadership, contribute to the advancement of the profession, according to nomination criteria.

Bossong had been nominated for the award one other time.

Bossong said he believes he was honored because he teaches in the mobile Veterinary Ambulatory Community Service (VACS) units, “where I created a new fourth-year course in Shelter Medicine from a grant CVM received from PetSmart Charities,” he said.

CVM faculty nominated Kersey for the Veterinary Research Excellence award, which is presented by Zoetis to foster innovative research by recognizing outstanding research efforts and productivity, according to nomination criteria.

Kersey said he won for giant panda conservation, which included “research on reproduction and endocrinology in the species; the contribution I made to propagation, both through direct hands-on involvement and consultation in breeding and artificial insemination; and the capacity building I do in China to enable them to conduct endocrine assessment at giant panda breeding facilities.”

CVM Honors Day also celebrated students’ achievements. Click here to view the 2014 CVM Honors Day award winners and click here to view the 2013 National Dean’s List.