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:
- Advocacy and public service
- Animal health and welfare
- Education and 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 pages.