(DENVER, Colorado) July 27, 2014—This week, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) awards B. Taylor Bennett, DVM, Ph.D., of the National Association for Biomedical Research the 2014 AVMA Animal Welfare Award.
During the AVMA’s Annual Convention in Denver, July 25–29, the AVMA honors some of the nation’s top veterinarians, individuals and organizations during several events and ceremonies. Each recipient epitomizes the utmost in dedication to improving the lives of both animals and people across the country and around the globe. These award winners represent the very best in all areas of veterinary medicine, from education and public service to research and private practice.
The AVMA Animal Welfare Award is given annually to a distinguished member of the association for his/her achievements in advancing the welfare of animals via leadership, public service, education, research/product development and/or advocacy. Bennett 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.
Bennett serves as the senior scientific advisor for the National Association for Biomedical Research (NABR). He is also a management consultant in the area of program evaluation and regulatory compliance. A diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Welfare and the American College of Animal Welfare, Bennett spent 36 years at the University of Illinois Chicago, overseeing the animal care and use program. He finished his career there as associate vice chancellor for research resources, a position he held for the last 10 years of his term.
Bennett has a long list of exemplary service. He is past president of the Association of Primate Veterinarians, the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science and the American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners (ASLAP). He also served as ASLAP delegate and alternate delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates and was a member on both the 1993 and 2000 AVMA Panel on Euthanasia and the Convention Program Management Committee.
Currently, Bennett is on the board of directors of the Scientist Center for Animal Welfare and is the chair of the board of the ASLAP Foundation. He has more than 70 publications and 250 abstracts and presentations. He has been the recipient of the AVMA’s Charles River Prize, the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine’s Special Service Award, the AALAS Joseph A. Garvey Award, the Foundation for Biomedical Research’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the University of Illinois Distinguished Service Award. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Auburn University and his PhD degree from the University of Illinois Medical School.