Dr. Jane Shaw, Director of the Argus Institute at Colorado State University, received the 2008 Leo K. Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award at the American Veterinary Medical Association convention held in New Orleans last month.
The award recognizes the outstanding work of veterinarians in increasing understanding of, preserving, and protecting human-animal relationships. Dr. Shaw was presented with a crystal obelisk and $5,000, plus an additional $5,000 for the veterinary school or not-for-profit human-animal interaction program of her choice.
Dr. Shaw is recognized internationally as an expert in veterinarian-client-patient interactions. Her publications focus on the analysis of conversations and interactions between veterinarians and their clients and animal patients. She is studying the relationship between communication and clinical outcomes for veterinarians, clients, and patients, including satisfaction, adherence, and patient health.
Dr. Shaw is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and Director of the Argus Institute. She received her veterinary medical degree in 1994 from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine and, in 2004, her PhD in epidemiology from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. At Colorado State, Dr. Shaw implements the communication curriculum for Professional Veterinary Medical students focusing on clinical interviewing skills to enhance professional performance through partnership with colleagues and clients.
She serves on the advisory committee for the International Conference on Communication in Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Shaw also conducts skills-based communication workshops at national and international veterinary conferences and symposia, and consults with veterinary practices to enhance teamwork, continuity of care, and client service. To learn more about the Argus Institute, visit their Web site at www.argusinstitute.colostate.edu.