Mrs Trish ClarkeOrganisational Unit: School of Veterinary Science

Mrs Patricia Clarke is an inspirational and innovative teacher who has demonstrated an outstanding contribution in the area of veterinary technology and management. She is highly regarded by her colleagues and students for the sustained quality of her teaching and is widely respected as an intelligent and compassionate educator.

Trish has played a pivotal role in the design and development of the Veterinary Technology major in the Bachelor of Applied Science (Animal Studies) degree in the School of Veterinary Science, and in particular its third year where she excels in her role as coordinator for the program. Graduates of the Veterinary Technology program represent an innovation in education, a tertiary trained veterinary paraprofessional group.

Trish’s approach to teaching is holistic in that she endeavours to develop the ‘whole person’ not just focusing on the academic domain. She seeks to develop self-awareness in students, so that they have the faith in their own abilities to take responsibility for their own learning. Her teaching and learning strategies are student-centred, innovative, responsive to feedback, and situated in contexts that are relevant to the students’ career aspirations. She identifies the links between employability of graduates and their mastery of the UQ graduate attributes of ethical and social responsibility.

An empathy with those from disadvantaged backgrounds, coupled with a belief that education is the key to an enriched and fulfilling life has been a major influence on her teaching philosophy. Trish has excelled in the area of student counselling and student mentoring. By offering a very high level of pastoral care to her students Trish has achieved outstanding success rates in terms of both academic achievement and successful employment of graduates.

Trish is committed to continually improving the quality of the course to ensure that the content and attributes are relevant to the needs of the external market. The incorporation of six weeks of work-based placements into the third year curriculum has allowed students to access a range of authentic learning environments. She has fostered close contacts with industries and professional associations and sought to promote the veterinary technology degree amongst government, industry and private employers.

Trish is regarded as a leader in the Veterinary Technology area in Australia.

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