Bustling around during an emergency shift at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital one Saturday evening, Dr. Sarah Marvel received an unsuspecting phone call. The Small Animal Intern had just been bestowed the honor of Outstanding Small Animal Intern of the Year.
Each year the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association encourages the fourth-year veterinary students at the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital to nominate "residents and interns who play important, often unrecognized, roles in the education of the professional veterinary medicine students at Colorado State University."
Students vote for their peers based on any professional qualities they see as exceptional, including teaching abilities or mentorship. Marvel spends much of her time working hand-in-hand with the fourth-year veterinary students and although she is grateful they consider her to be such an excellent teacher, she feels that education is a two-way street: "I learn so much from the students as well."
Marvel looks forward to beginning her residency at the VTH in July and continuing to immerse herself in teaching opportunities. "An important part of being in academia is the teaching."
Marvel hails from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine and participated in a two-week externship in critical care during her fourth year.
The College wishes to congratulate the several other outstanding interns and residents who were recognized at the junior/senior awards banquet on April 24th, 2010:
- Outstanding Small Animal Intern: Dr. Sarah Marvel
- Outstanding Small Animal Resident: Dr. Jeanne Ficociello
- Outstanding Large Animal Intern: Dr. Clemence Chako
- Outstanding Large Animal Resident: Dr. Jennifer Sonis
- Outstanding Specialty Residents: Dr. Amanda Duffy, Dr. David Gall, Dr. Jon Congdon