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SAVMA Student Teaching Awards 2024

Date: May 1, 2024
Vet Dean and Jenni Punt Holding an award
Left: Dean Andrew Hoffman Right: Dr. Jenni Punt winner of Zoetis Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award

On Friday, April 19, the Penn Vet community gathered to honor students, faculty, and hospital staff during the annual SAVMA Student Teaching Awards. Recipients are selected by the student body in a variety of categories.

The results are as follows:

Zoetis Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award: Dr. Jenni Punt

William B. Boucher Award for Outstanding Teaching at New Bolton Center: Dr. Sarah Colmer

V'27 Awards:

  • Student Spirit: Steven Strauss
  • Best Lecturer: Dr. Stephen Cole
  • Best Lab Instructor: Dr. Elizabeth Woodward

V'26 Awards:

  • Student Spirit: Holly Yost
  • Best Lecturer: Dr. Susan Bender
  • Best Lab Instructor: Dr. Deborah Gillette

V'25 Awards:

  • Student Spirit: Nina Kalkus
  • Best Lecturer: Dr. Patricia Sertich
  • Best Lab Instructor: Heather Rudolph

V'24 Awards:

  • Student Spirit: Leanne Riso
  • Best Ryan Instructor: Dr. Lillian Aronson
  • Best NBC Instructor: Dr. Maia Aitken

Senior Veterinary Student Outstanding Patient Care Awards:

  • Ryan: Beatrice DeMarco, Casey Lorge, Megan Reilly
  • NBC: Daria Mrugala, Ruby Monn, Shelby Haryslak

Residents, Interns, & Nurses Awards:

  • Best Ryan Resident: Dr. Jessica Box
  • Best Ryan Intern: Dr. Elizabeth Riley
  • Best Ryan Nurse: Saffiera Esquilin
  • Best NBC Resident: Dr. Meredith Rudnick
  • Best NBC Intern: Dr. Caitlyn Tukdarian
  • Best NBC Nurse: Jamie Guiberson & Liz Bowden

SAVMA Club Awards:

  • Distinguished Community Service: Shelter Medicine Club (MLK Day of Service)
  • Most Educational SAVMA Event: One Health Club (One Health Week, Comparative Anatomy Exchange)

SAVMA Appreciation: Jessica Marcus

About Penn Vet

Ranked among the top ten veterinary schools worldwide, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) is a global leader in veterinary education, research, and clinical care. Founded in 1884, Penn Vet is the first veterinary school developed in association with a medical school. The school is a proud member of the One Health initiative, linking human, animal, and environmental health.

Penn Vet serves a diverse population of animals at its two campuses, which include extensive diagnostic and research laboratories. Ryan Hospital in Philadelphia provides care for dogs, cats, and other domestic/companion animals, handling more than 34,600 patient visits a year. New Bolton Center, Penn Vet’s large-animal hospital on nearly 700 acres in rural Kennett Square, PA, cares for horses and livestock/farm animals. The hospital handles more than 6,200 patient visits a year, while our Field Services have gone out on more than 5,500 farm service calls, treating some 18,700 patients at local farms. In addition, New Bolton Center’s campus includes a swine center, working dairy, and poultry unit that provide valuable research for the agriculture industry.