Two CVM Faculty Presented AFS Distinguished Achievement Awards
Posted December 13, 2017
Two Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine &
Biomedical Sciences (CVM) faculty members have been recognized by
the Texas A&M Association of Former Students (AFS) with
college-level Distinguished Achievement Awards in Teaching.
Dean Eleanor Green, interim VIBS department head Jane Welsh, and
AFS vice president for marketing and programs Marty Holmes
congratulate Louise Abbott.
Louise Abbott, a professor of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences
(VIBS), and Stacy Eckman, a clinical assistant professor in the
Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences (VSCS), were presented
the awards during the CVM Holiday Celebration on Dec. 12 at the
Veterinary & Biomedical Education Complex (VBEC).
“Our faculty do such an amazing job of making Texas Aggies,”
said Marty Holmes, AFS vice president for marketing and programs,
who came to the holiday celebration to present the awards. “We’re
so proud to have you as part of the Aggie network and what you do
for Texas A&M.”
Abbott was noted by her DVM student nominator for her empathetic
nature and ability to relate to and motivate students.
“Much of what makes a great teacher today in professional school
is the same as it has always been for me since elementary school.
It is a passion for a subject and an inherently caring attitude,”
the student said. “On compassion alone, she is not just great; Dr.
Abbott is outstanding. It is not at all hyperbole to say that I
have never had a teacher who cares as deeply about her students as
Dr. Abbott does.”
The student praised Abbott for going the extra mile in her
anatomy classes, staying late and offering to help her students
both outside of class and on the weekends, all of which contributes
to the success of her students.
“With the demands and rigors of veterinary school, what Dr.
Abbott does ensures that the odds of us fulfilling these demands
are in our favor,” the student said.
“Her actions set an example to us about the importance of having
a clear sense of responsibility about our work,” the student
continued. “Anatomy is a difficult subject to master, and Dr.
Abbott sets high standards, but she holds everyone accountable for
their success, including herself. Because of all the ways she
provides us help, I have never questioned if she could have done
more for us to understand the material.”
Eckman was recognized as a stellar educator and role model whose
work impacts the lives of the CVM’s professional students every
Dean Green, VSCS department chair Jonathan Levine, and Holmes
congratulate Stacy Eckman.
“Dr. Eckman is an outstanding educator, who focuses on teaching
veterinary students to be excellent day one practitioners,” said
Jonathan Levine, VSCS professor, Helen McWhorter Chair, and
department head, who nominated Eckman for the award. “Dr. Eckman is
practical, ‘real world,’ kind, patient, and enthusiastic in her
“More than that, she imbues in her students professional skills
and core values that go beyond the biomedical realm such as
communication, listening, compassion, leadership and integrity,” he
Eckman joined VSCS in 2009 as a lecturer in the area of primary
care; in 2014, she became a clinical assistant professor and was
appointed section chief of emergency critical care/primary care.
She currently teaches “Clinical Correlates,” “Clinics
I-Communication,” the “Small Animal Preventative Care and Wellness”
elective and also coordinates the “Small Animal Skills” course.
She also has a 75 percent time assignment to patient care and
clinical instruction, through the primary care and emergency
rotations, which allows her the opportunity to help shape the CVM’s
fourth-year veterinary students, as well as the hospital’s interns,
residents, and early career faculty in primary care.
Eckman previously has been honored with two awards for her
outstanding service from the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical
Teaching Hospital (VMTH) and for her achievement as a
clinician-educator with the Texas Veterinary Medical Association’s
(TVMA) Faculty Achievement Award.
As winners of the AFS college-level teaching awards, Abbott and
Eckman received $2,000 and a framed certificate.
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