Pfizer Animal Health Commits $80,000 to Recognize Teaching Innovation at AVC

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Representatives of Pfizer Animal Health were in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island today to announce a $80,000 commitment to the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) at UPEI to recognize innovation in teaching.

The Pfizer Innovative Teaching Methodology Fund will provide $20,000 a year for the next four years for AVC faculty in support of developing and utilizing innovative teaching and/or assessment methodologies in either the College's doctor of veterinary medicine or graduate studies programs. The fund will be competitive and adjudicated by AVC's Dean's Council.

"AVC is very excited by Pfizer Animal Health's leadership in recognizing the value of innovation and excellence in teaching," said Dr. Tim Ogilvie, Dean, Atlantic Veterinary College, UPEI. "AVC is proud to further its partnership with Pfizer in a way that enables our world class faculty to deliver an ever increasing high quality education to our veterinary medicine and graduate students."

Pfizer is a long time supporter of the AVC through the sponsorship of several high level annual awards for faculty and students. These awards include: The Pfizer Award for Research Excellence, The Pfizer Graduate Student Award, The Pfizer Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teacher Award, The Pfizer Award in Pharmacology, and the recently established Pfizer Award for Excellence in Food Animal Medicine.

"Pfizer Animal Health enjoys a strong partnership with AVC," said Mr. Don Sauder, Division Director for Pfizer Animal Health in Canada. "This commitment reinforces our mutual goal of leveraging innovation to the long-term benefit of veterinary medicine."

Funded by the four Atlantic provinces, the Atlantic Veterinary College at UPEI is committed to excellence and innovation in education, research and veterinary service. Over the past 20 years, the College has graduated approximately 1,000 doctors of veterinary medicine, has become known around the world for its research capabilities, and is the Atlantic region's only full service veterinary referral hospital.

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Charlotte McCardle
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