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Past Winners of the Teacher of the Week

Michael Nappier


The Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research (CIDER) recognizes Michael Nappier, assistant professor of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, for his contributions in guiding students applying their classroom knowledge in a real world veterinary clinical setting. Dr. Nappier focuses on using his experience in private practice to help students see the clinical relevance of what they learned in the classroom and then successfully apply it in a general practice setting.

Dr. Nappier spends most of his time teaching 4th year veterinary students in the small animal Community Practice clinic. He focuses on having students "be the doctor" by having them take primary responsibility for their patients. He guides them through the identification of problems and development and implementation of their treatment plan instead of dictating a course of action. This helps the students pull individual facts learned in the classroom together into successful patient care. Dr. Nappier also teaches basic small animal techniques to 2nd year veterinary students where he emphasizes hands on experience and relevance in clinical practice.

Dr. Nappier's students appreciate his hands-on and practical approach to clinical practice. As one student remarked, "Dr. Nappier's love of teaching and real-world general practice experience is a valuable addition to this rotation. As a budding general practitioner, I appreciated his anecdotes and advice that made me consider how I would treat patients and clients in the "real world" in a few short months." Another student commented, "I appreciate you pushing me and holding me to a high standard. It was intimidating but it was more helpful than just saying I was doing a good job. Thank you!"


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