Individuals are invited to submit nominations for the annual Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian-of-the-Year Award. Nominations must be postmarked no later than April 15, 2003.
The award recognizes veterinary contributions to the understanding of the human-animal bond. Nominees must be a veterinarian and an AVMA member, and have demonstrable accomplishments in at least one of four categories: practice, community service, teaching, or research.
More specifically, the nominee must meet at least one of following criteria: five years of practice experience through which they exhibited special sensitivity to the human-companion animal bond with various types of clients; three years in a leadership role involving human-animal interactive programs that served the community; three years of actively incorporating the study of human-animal interactions into veterinary curricula; or three years of research that increased the understanding of human-companion animal interactions.
The award, intended to further human-animal bond work, includes a $10,000 grant to the winner with a matching $10,000 grant to the veterinary school or not-for-profit service program of the winner's choice. Hill's Pet Nutrition, the AVMA, and the Delta Society sponsor the award.
For more information and a nomination form, contact Dr. Gail C. Golab, assistant director, professional and public affairs, AVMA Communications Division, (800) 248-2862, Ext. 6618.