2006 Wine Award
Kevin Pelzer of Blacksburg, Va., associate professor in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech, received the 2006 W.E. Wine Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Three Wine Awards for Excellence in Teaching are made possible by a gift from the Alumni Association that honors William E. Wine, a former rector of the board of visitors and Alumni Association president. Students, alumni, and faculty nominate possible recipients of the award. In each of the academic colleges, a Wine Award Committee composed of previous winners selects one or two candidates from those nominated. The names are sent to the Wine Award Committee for the entire university, which selects and recommends the three recipients.
Pelzer has been in the Production Management Medicine section of the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech for the past 18 years. He currently serves as the section chief of the Production Management Medicine service.
Clinically, Pelzer has provided preventive and individual animal health care to food animal producers. His research focuses on the epidemiology of diseases within food animal populations and public health with a specific focus on sheep and goats.
Pelzer has received several accolades, including the national Student American Veterinary Medicine Association Award for Teaching Excellence in Clinical Sciences. He teaches 14 different courses at the veterinary school and has presented more than 100 lectures on the topic of food animal health care issues. Pelzer has been a member of the Virginia Tech community since 1987 and has received several college teaching awards, including the national Student American Veterinary Medicine Association award for Teaching Excellence in Clinical Sciences.