The Texas A&M Association of Former Students recently honored Audrey Cook, BVM&S, Dipl. ABVP (feline), Dipl. ACVIM, Dipl. ECVIM, and Ashley Saunders, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM (cardiology) for their excellence in teaching and devotion to their students.
Drs. Cook and Saunders are associate professors in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.
“This [Association of Former Students College-Level Teaching Award] recognizes the important contribution Dr. Cook and Dr. Saunders make to the lives of so many here at Texas A&M University,” said Kathryn Greenwade ’88, vice president for communications and human resources at The Association of Former Students. “Texas A&M is fortunate to have many outstanding classroom teachers across our campus, and The Association is proud to recognize the best of the best annually with this meaningful award.”
Every year, faculty and students select the honorees of The Association’s College-Level Teaching Award, and they are presented with a plaque and a stipend. The awards begun in 1955 and recognize outstanding members of Texas A&M’s faculty and staff for their commitment, performance and positive impact on Aggie students, Texas citizens and the world around them, the university noted.
“Dr. Cook is an exceptional clinician and teacher,” said Eleanor M. Green, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, Dipl. ABVP, the Carl B. King dean of veterinary medicine. “The enthusiasm she brings to work each day makes her a delight to work with, and the care she shows her patients and students is outstanding. She provides students with unique educational experiences, and we are proud that she is being recognized with this prestigious award.”
Of Saunders, Dr. Green said, “[Her] passion for patient care and complete devotion to her students make her so worthy of this award.” Green said. “We congratulate Dr. Saunders on this well-deserved honor that recognizes her exceptional contributions to the education of veterinary students that begin in the clinic and make long-lasting impacts on the profession.”