Dr. David Grant, of Blacksburg, Va., an assistant professor in Virginia Tech's Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, has been named the 2008 recipient of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine's College Teaching Award.

The award honors a faculty member who has made exceptional contributions to the college's instructional program. Grant was recognized for his deep involvement with students and his dedication to each student's understanding of the information he covers in his classes.

"Dr. Grant is a great role model for the students," said Dr. Greg Daniel, head of the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences. "He enjoys teaching and that is reflected in student comments indicating their sense that he cares about them and their education." Daniel also noted Grant's student evaluations are consistently above the departmental average.

Dr. Martha Larson, a professor in the department, who has worked with Grant since his time as a resident in the college, wrote in her letter of nomination for Grant: "He is completely professional, and treats student, staff, house officers, and faculty with respect and collegiality. While he is quietly confident in his medical judgment, he is quick to listen to other opinions. I am very happy to work with him as a colleague."

Grant's research and teaching interests are in the field of urology. His research and clinical services have focused on evaluating urinary markers of glomerular disease and application of laser lithotripsy for canine urinary stones. He is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and is also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Grant earned his doctor of veterinary medicine in 1999 from the University of Florida and his masters of science degree in veterinary medical sciences in 2003 from Virginia Tech. He completed his residency in small animal internal medicine at the veterinary college prior to joining the faculty in 2003 as a clinical instructor.

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