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Dreschel Receives Excellence in Academic Advising Award

Posted: December 16, 2014

Department of Animal Science's Dr. Nancy Dreschel is recognized by the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Dr. Nancy Dreschel, Instructor of Small Animal Sciences and Undergraduate Adviser in Penn State's Department of Animal Science, has received the College of Agricultural Sciences 2014 Community of Advising Excellence Award.

Dreschel has taught courses in small-animal sciences at Penn State since 2004. She is an academic adviser for the Department and is the advisor for the Small and Exotic Animal Club (SEAC), which provides volunteer and learning opportunities for students from across the University interested in companion animals. Her students have pursued careers in many sectors of industry or continued on to veterinary or graduate school.

In 2013, she received by the College of Agricultural Sciences with the Community of Teaching Excellence Award. In 2012, she was recognized by the College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society with their Excellence in Academic Advising Award.

Dr. Terry Etherton, Head of the Department of Animal Science, said, "Nancy is a superb adviser, and is highly regarded by the students with whom she works and by her peers. I congratulate her on this very well deserved recognition. We deeply appreciate the commitment she has shown in helping students achieve career success by mentoring and encouraging them."

Dreschel said, "It is an honor to receive this award. I really enjoy working with students as they grow, take responsibility for their own lives, and pursue their individual goals."

In addition to being an effective teacher and adviser, Dreschel 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.

She earned her B.S. in animal science from Cornell University, and her D.V.M. from Cornell University's New York State College of Veterinary Medicine. She earned a Ph.D. in biobehavioral health from Penn State in 2007.