Amanda Sherman receives inaugural Bayer Excellence in Communication Award

Dr. Amanda ShermanClass of 2013 graduate Amanda Sherman, was chosen by faculty as the winner of the inaugural Bayer Excellence in Communication Award at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Sherman is headed to North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine to participate in a one-year rotating internship. She plans to pursue a residency in ophthalmology.

Bayer HealthCare LLC, Animal Health Division launched the Bayer Excellence in Communication Award to emphasize the importance of communication in veterinary medical practice. The award aims to identify and reward students who are mastering effective communication skills that will help them to establish good client relationships, encourage client compliance with medications and demonstrate the full value of veterinary care visits.

Dr. Sherman was selected as one of seven recipients of the Bayer Excellence in Communication Award from leading veterinary colleges across the country. The competition included submission of a filmed interview in a clinical setting between the veterinary student and a client. Entries submitted in each school were evaluated by a panel of faculty judges, who selected their school's winner. The seven winners each received a $2,500 scholarship.

The seven veterinary schools participating in the inaugural award program include:

  • Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
  • Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
  • University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine
  • University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine
  • University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine

About the Award

The Bayer Excellence in Communication Award is one facet of a larger initiative aimed at advancing the communication skills of the next generation of veterinarians. In 2001, Bayer HealthCare Animal Health partnered with the Institute for Healthcare Communication to establish the Bayer Communication Project. This collaborative partnership resulted in an extensive set of communication skills training modules offered to colleges of veterinary medicine for incorporation into their curriculum. Selected faculty from all U.S. veterinary colleges have been trained via the Bayer Communication Project "Train the Trainer" program.

About the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State

Founded in 1885, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine is ranked fifth in the nation and includes more than 1,000 faculty, staff and students in the Departments of Veterinary Biosciences, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, and Veterinary Preventive Medicine. The Veterinary Medical Center is one of the largest specialty referral centers in the world, with more than 35,000 farm, equine, and companion animal patients each year. Located on the only campus in the country with a comprehensive medical center offering seven health sciences colleges, we admit up to 162 veterinary students per class, and offer a new comprehensive graduate program in Veterinary and Comparative Medicine as well as a unique Master’s program in Veterinary Public Health. http://vet.osu.edu.