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The veterinary profession thrives with esteemed colleagues who have dedicated themselves and their careers to a diverse range of disciplines—agriculture, public health, humane education, animal welfare, clinical practice and research, government activities, professional education, and more.

The AVMA Excellence Awards honor these individuals for their contributions to both animal and human health. These annual awards recognize excellence in every aspect of veterinary medicine. They honor educators, researchers, clinical practitioners, veterinary advocates, and those who are not veterinarians but whose work has contributed significantly to advancing veterinary medicine. The variety of awards showcases the breadth of veterinary medicine, the diversity of veterinary careers, and the many ways in which veterinary professionals protect both animal and human health.

AVMA recognizes individuals with awards spanning the following areas:

  • Public service and media
  • Animal health and welfare
  • Research
  • International affairs
  • Volunteerism and leadership

All award recipients are presented with a crystal award celebrating their achievements, and honored in a press release and on the AVMA website and social media.

2024 AVMA Excellence Awards recipients

Public service and media

Dr. Joni ScheftelAVMA Public Service Award

Dr. Joni Scheftel
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Gina SpadaforiAVMA Steve Dale Excellence in Veterinary Media Award”

Gina Spadafori
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Animal health and welfare

Dr. Janice SwansonAVMA Humane Award

Dr. Janice Swanson
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Dr. Debra HickmanAVMA Animal Welfare Award

Dr. Debra Hickman
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Dr. Zenithson NgBustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award

Dr. Zenithson Ng
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Research

Dr. Jan SuchodolskiAVMA Career Achievement in Canine Research Award

Dr. Jan Suchodolski
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Dr. Karen TobiasAVMA Clinical Research Award

Dr. Karen Tobias
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Dr. David AndersonAVMA Lifetime Excellence in Research Award

Dr. David Anderson
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Dr. Joshua SternAVMF Career Achievement in Feline Research Award

Dr. Joshua Stern
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International affairs

Dr. Catherine KingAVMA Global Veterinary Service Award

Dr. Cathy King
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Volunteerism and leadership

Dr. George BishopThe AVMA Award

Dr. George Bishop
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Dr. Nash CarterAVMA Meritorious Service Award

Dr. Craig Carter
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Dr. Ruby PerryAVMA Frederick Douglass Patterson Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Ruby Perry
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President's Award

Dr. Leslie StonePresident’s Award #1
Dr. Les Stone
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Dr. Michael TopperPresident’s Award #2
Dr. Michael Topper
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Kimberly TopperPresident’s Award #3

Mrs. Kimberly Topper
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