Animal science instructor recognized for excellent advising

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A faculty member in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has been recognized for her outstanding efforts to help students with their academic and career goals. Nancy Dreschel, instructor in companion animal science, received the college's 2012 Excellence in Academic Advising Award.

The award is given annually by the College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society to faculty who demonstrate excellence in advising undergraduate students, assisting students in individual goal setting and career planning, and providing personal counseling. Candidates are recommended by faculty, students, administrators and alumni.

Dreschel has taught courses in small-animal sciences at Penn State since 2004. She also serves as an academic advisor for the Department of Dairy and Animal Science and as the advisor for the Small and Exotic Animal Club. Her students have pursued careers in industry or continued on with veterinary and graduate school.

"It is evident that our students who take her classes or interact with her through the Small and Exotic Animal Club or other venues have the utmost regard and admiration for Dr. Dreschel and the guidance she provides," said Terry Etherton, head of the Department of Dairy and Animal Science and Distinguished Professor of Animal Nutrition. "It is impressive to see how effective and devoted Nancy is at advising, especially since she also is an elite teacher."

Dreschel also speaks to student clubs, organizations and classes about veterinary medicine and companion animal research. She is a member of the eXtension Companion Animal Group, which provides online material on careers in areas related to veterinary medicine and companion animal entrepreneurship, such as exotic animals, animal behavior and the food industry.

Dreschel draws on her varied personal experiences to help students find internships, careers, research assistantships and other options that best suit their interests and career goals.

"Because she is an educated woman who is familiar with the animal industry, Dr. Dreschel's advice is such a blessing to have when it comes to mapping out my own personal path into the real world," said Sarah Dorward, animal sciences student and one of Dreschel's advisees. "Because of her efforts, she has earned my deepest respect, and I will always hold her in the highest esteem for going above and beyond her advising requirements."
 

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Last Updated May 14, 2012