’87 PhD Graduate Receives National Teaching Excellence Award

Jan 9, 2015 / Alumni News

[Dr. Jon Patterson] teaching excellence

Dr. Jon Patterson, a professor at Michigan State University, is the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Teacher Award, presented by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges and Zoetis.

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) has named Dr. Jon Patterson, who earned a doctorate in pathobiology from the University of Illinois in 1987, as the recipient of the 2015 AAVMC Distinguished Teacher Award, presented by Zoetis. The honor is considered the most prestigious national teaching award in veterinary medicine.

Dr. Patterson is a professor in the Department of Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University. He will receive the award during the AAVMC’s 2015 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, March 14.

The AAVMC Distinguished Teacher Award recognizes excellence in professional veterinary medical education and is presented to an educator whose sustained record of teaching excellence and ability, dedication, character and leadership has contributed significantly to the advancement of the profession.

Dr. Patterson teaches general pathology, neuropathology, and diagnostic pathology to veterinary students and trains residents in veterinary anatomic pathology. He has a particular interest in neuropathology, which is the focus of his current research on spinal cord disease or dysfunction associated with hind limb ataxia and weakness in pug dogs.

Dr. Patterson is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. He earned his bachelor’s and veterinary degrees from Cornell University.