(DENVER, Colorado) July 27, 2014—This week, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recognizes feline medicine specialist Tim Gruffydd-Jones, BVetMed, Ph.D., of Bristol University with the 2014 AVMF/Winn Feline Foundation Award at its 2014 meeting.
During the AVMA’s Annual Convention in Denver, July 25–29, the AVMA will honor some of the nation’s top veterinarians, individuals and organizations during several events and ceremonies. The award recipients are dedicated professionals who have made a difference in the lives of both animals and people across the country and around the globe. These individuals represent the best in all areas of veterinary medicine, from education and public service to research and private practice.
The AVMF/Winn Feline Foundation Award is given annually to a distinguished member of the association to honor a candidate’s long-term contribution to advancing feline research. Gruffydd-Jones receives the award during the American Veterinary Medical Foundation breakfast at 6:30 a.m., Sunday, July 27, in the Centennial Ballroom GH, in the Hyatt Regency Denver.
Gruffydd-Jones has devoted most of his career to feline medicine. He qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 1973 and then spent 18 months in practice before coming to Bristol University as the Feline Advisory Bureau Scholar. He has remained in Bristol since that time. As a Wellcome Scholar, he earned his Ph.D. on reproduction in cats in 1982. He became a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1998 and was appointed to a chair in feline medicine, also in 1998.
Gruffydd-Jones is interested in all aspects of feline medicine, but particularly infectious diseases, gastroenterology, endocrine disorders and breeding problems. He was chairman of the Feline Advisory Bureau, now known as International Cat Care, from 1980-2002 and is currently deputy chairman of Cats Protection, the largest cat rescue charity in the United Kingdom.
His awards include the BSAVA Woodrow Award, the ESFM International Award for outstanding contributions to feline medicine and the AHT WAG award for scientific achievement. Gruffydd-Jones has a longstanding interest in pedigree cats and has worked closely with various breed clubs, serving as president or vice president in several.