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Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience

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Congratulations to Dr Angie Tavernor, Veterinary Teaching Associate at PDN, who is one of thirteen recipients of this year's Pilkington Prize for Teaching Excellence. The prizes are awarded to individuals who make an outstanding contribution to teaching at the University of Cambridge. They were endowed and inaugurated in 1994 by Sir Alastair Pilkington to acknowledge excellence in teaching and are coordinated by the Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning (CCTL). The prizes are awarded annually by the Vice-Chancellor.

Dr Angie Tavernor has been teaching, assessing and promoting the teaching of Veterinary Anatomy at Cambridge for more than twenty years. As a clinically qualified and experienced vet, she has helped to keep the course up-to-date and focused on the needs of future clinicians, and provides a critically important point of contact for them as individuals. She has also been pivotal in driving aspects of the “little vet” outreach course – masterminding the creation of new events where teenagers get their first introduction to the diversity of vertebrate forms.

Professor Steve Edgley, Head of Teaching said, "Angie has been a consistent inspiration to our veterinary students. She has a novel and innovative approach to conveying the tricky elements of 3 dimensional structure which they often find very challenging. Her teaching approach naturally blends into the examining, to which she has been a major contributor. ….. As a practicing vet, Angie has been a critically important point of reference for many students and has provided much inspiration to them."

Upon being awarded the prize, Dr Tavernor said, “I am honoured to be awarded a Pilkington Teaching Prize. It has been a privilege to be involved in the teaching of veterinary students over the last 20 years. I first encounter them as nervous, stary eyed freshers in the first few weeks of their six years course and then watch them metamorphize into confident professionals on graduation. To be part of that journey has been a joy and immensely rewarding.  I am part of a dedicated team of educators and professional teaching support staff in veterinary anatomy and would like to thank them all for their support and friendship. I would like to share this recognition with all those who teach on unestablished contracts in the School of the Biological Sciences.”

Find out more about the prize and the other recipients on the CCTL webpage