Students name leaders in teaching, community outreach

Published on April 29, 2015
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The Student AVMA House of Delegates presented awards during its annual session March 19-21 at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Corrie Brown (Guelph ’81), professor of anatomic pathology at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, received the Teaching Excellence Award. 

​Dr. Corrie Brown Elizabeth Strand, PhD

Dr. Brown, known for her enthusiasm and sense of humor, links theoretical concepts to actual clinical cases and incorporates current events and the arts into lectures to make the learning experience more meaningful. Dr. Brown is also a former professor and coordinator of international activities.  

She completed a combined residency and doctorate in comparative pathology at the University of California-Davis in 1986 and is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists.

Dr. Brown served as an assistant professor of pathology at Louisiana State University briefly before joining the Department of Agriculture’s Plum Island Animal Disease Center, where she focused on the diagnosis and pathogenesis of transboundary animal diseases. In 1996, she joined UGA. Dr. Brown also has served on many national and international expert panels about animal health. In 2002, she received the Student AVMA Teaching Excellence Award in Basic Sciences.

The Community Outreach Excellence Award went to Elizabeth Strand, PhD, an associate clinical professor and founding director of the Veterinary Social Work program at the University of Tennessee, a partnership between the colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Social Work. Dr. Strand, through the program, helps educate veterinarians, social workers, and the community at large about four areas of veterinary social work: the link between human and animal violence, grief and bereavement over animals, compassion fatigue support, and animal-assisted interventions.

As part of the education for social workers, Dr. Strand created a certification program in veterinary social work. She herself is a licensed clinical social worker.

Dr. Strand also helped launch the Suicide Awareness in Veterinary Education program, a vision of the late Dr. N. Paul Nolen (Tennessee ’10), one of her former students. More recently, Dr. Strand helped to create some changes in the veterinary curriculum at UT that incorporate aspects of wellness, communication, and practice management.

She also offers a mindfulness-based stress reduction class to the community as well as works closely with the local district attorney’s office to provide counseling to individuals who have been found guilty of animal abuse or neglect, specifically regarding hoarding.