Dr. Roberta Dwyer Receives UK Alumni Association Great Teacher Award

Dr. Roberta Dwyer Receives UK  Alumni Association Great Teacher Award

Dr. Roberta Dwyer, center, receives the 2013 UK Alumni Association Great Teacher Award.

Photo: University of Kentucky Alumni Association

Roberta M. Dwyer, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVPM, a professor in the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Agriculture Department of Veterinary Science and director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Veterinary Science, was one of six UK professors recognized for excellence in the classroom with the 2013 UK Alumni Association Great Teacher Award. The recipients were honored at the Great Teacher Award Recognition Dinner and also recognized during the Feb. 5 South Carolina/Kentucky men's basketball game in Rupp Arena, located in downtown Lexington, Ky.

Dwyer teaches undergraduate veterinary science courses and is the preveterinary advisor for the university.

She is co-editor of the international publication Lloyd's Equine Disease Quarterly and consults in biosecurity, equine infectious diseases, and agricultural disaster preparedness. She was a co-author of a national program for agricultural emergency operations planning at the local level that has been conducted in 20 states. She also co-authored an online course on animal agrosecurity and emergency management. She is trained as a member of a regional incident management team to respond to disasters. In 2010 she was named the Joe T. Davis Outstanding Advisor, a student nominated distinction given by the UK College of Agriculture.

Dwyer graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1985 and worked in private practice prior to moving to UK. At UK, she earned her master's degree in 1990. In 1993 she earned board certification in the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. In 2003 she became board certified in the field of veterinary epidemiology.

Started in 1961, the Great Teacher Award is the oldest continuous award that recognizes teaching at UK. The nominations are made by students, and the selection of the award recipients is made by the UK Alumni Association Great Teacher Award Committee, in cooperation with the student organization Omicron Delta Kappa. Great Teacher Award recipients each receive a citation, an engraved plaque, and a cash award.

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