Lincoln Memorial University


Chapman Honored with Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award

Dr. Seth ChapmanHarrogate, Tennessee, December 22, 2017 – Dr. Seth Chapman, assistant professor of clinical pathology for Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM), was presented with a Zoetis Distinguished Veterinary Teacher award during the LMU-CVM Class of 2021 White Coat Ceremony on October 28, 2017. The award recognizes an outstanding teacher and its recipient is nominated by the student body.


“Receiving this award is certainly a great honor, and also quite humbling,” Chapman said. “The fact that the students are responsible for voting to select the recipient means so much. For me, this surpasses any individual achievement or personal recognition, and really is a reflection of the family environment at LMU-CVM.” 


Chapman credits his fellow faculty members for having a tremendous influence and impact on his approach to education and development as a teacher. Chapman pointed out that the founders of LMU-CVM and current administrators have made a conscious and focused effort to create a culture of collegiality and camaraderie among faculty and staff.  Being approachable and having a sense of humor are key to his teaching style, he says.


Chapman says what he loves most about teaching is the dynamic interactions with students in the classroom, laboratory and beyond. He believes embracing the “student-centric” philosophy helps create opportunities for dialogue between professors and students, as well as among students. He also believes that LMU’s commitment to driving innovation and integrating emerging technology in veterinary medical education facilitates student engagement, augments experiential learning and promotes critical thinking.


“I truly enjoy being part of a progressive curriculum, which challenges teachers to move beyond what may be considered dogma or orthodox,” Chapman said. “It is exciting that our institution is continually exploring pathways that allow us as educators to eschew traditional didactic lectures as a sole means for content delivery or to convey knowledge.”


Chapman joined LMU-CVM as assistant professor of clinical pathology in 2016. Previously he worked as a veterinary clinical pathologist at IDEXX Reference Laboratories in Worthington, Ohio.  Chapman earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He went on to complete an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Texas A&M University, where he earned his master’s degree in veterinary pathology and completed a residency in clinical pathology.


Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine is located on LMU’s main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee, with additional academic facilities in nearby Lee County, Virginia. LMU-CVM is an integral part of the University’s medical programs and provides real-world, community-based education in a collaborative learning environment. For more information about LMU-CVM, call 1.800.325.0900, ext. 7150 or visit us online at



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