Clinical pathologist honored by national student group


Dr. Heather Wamsley

Dr. Heather Wamsley, an assistant professor of clinical pathology at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, has received the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s National Teaching Excellence Award.

The college’s sophomore veterinary class nominated Wamsley for the award. She was selected from many other faculty nominees submitted by veterinary colleges all over the country.

A board-certified clinical pathologist, Wamsley received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1995 and her D.V.M. degree with honors from the same institution in 2000.

She performed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York, N.Y., from 2000 to 2001, followed by a residency in clinical pathology at UF’s College of Veterinary Medicine, which she completed in 2004. Wamsley continued her studies at UF post-residency and received her Ph.D. in the college’s department of infectious diseases and pathology in 2008.

Wamsley has received numerous Teacher of the Year awards from various classes of veterinary students, and last year was named Teacher of the Year for the entire college.

She was selected by the students as Support Services Resident of the Year in 2003 and 2004, and in 2010, as a new faculty member, received the prestigious C.E. Cornelius Young Investigator Award in recognition of her research contributions.

Her present research interests are veterinary education, in situ diagnostics and rickettsial disease research.

Wamsley will be presented with the award officially during the American Veterinary Medical Association’s annual convention in San Diego, to be held Aug. 3-7.


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