Dr Paul MillsOrganisational Unit: School of Veterinary Science

Dr Paul Mills is a passionate and inspirational teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to veterinary education. He successfully combines enthusiasm, energy and innovation in classroom teaching with scholarship and reflection to prepare students both in terms of knowledge and social development, to excel as professionals.

Paul succeeds in delivering potentially difficult material in a clear well-structured and lively manner, relating subject matter to the real world, drawing on his experiences as a successful teacher, practising veterinarian and prominent researcher to stimulate interest and emphasise relevance. Students hold Paul in high regard and he is recognised as a supportive, inclusive and approachable teacher who displays a genuine and deep respect for students.

Paul’s commitment to enhance student learning has led to the development of a number of outstanding and innovative student resources. As part of his involvement in curriculum development in the School of Veterinary Science, Paul instituted group project work as a means of encouraging critical thinking and active student participation. The result has been a dramatic improvement in student learning behaviour. The model has helped to overcome potential social and cultural barriers, promoting a collegiate atmosphere and peer support and establishing a sense of community. Paul has presented the results of this work in publications and at seminars and conferences both in Australia and internationally. The project has led to an increased and valued collaboration with the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney.

Another of Paul’s innovations, the virtual microscopy resource, enjoys strong support from students, the seven Australasian Veterinary Schools and the veterinary professional associations. The resource provides students with on-line access to key histological specimens without the need of a microscope, providing total flexibility and enhanced opportunities for collaborative learning. It has the potential for reaching a wide audience of undergraduates, postgraduates and professionals undertaking continuing education.

In addition to his significant teaching commitment within the School, Paul chairs the Research Committee, is postgraduate coordinator and a member of the teaching and learning committee. He has presented seminars within the School of Veterinary Science to enhance teaching and learning and build a team of committed teachers. He played a key role in developing the new course in veterinary physiotherapy, publishing a comprehensive study guide and dissection videos to assist domestic and international students.

Paul is recognised as a leader in continuing professional education with the Australian College of Veterinary Science.

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