AVMA Excellence Awards

AVMA Excellence Awards


The veterinary profession abounds with people who deserve recognition for their contributions to both animal and human health. These esteemed members of our community have dedicated themselves and their careers to a diverse range of disciplines – everything from agriculture, public health, humane education, animal welfare, clinical practice and research, to government activities and professional education. We wish to recognize these colleagues and the valuable work they do. The following awards are presented to individuals who have advanced the science and art of veterinary medicine, and who have shown exemplary concern for, and commitment to, the welfare and humane treatment of animals:

AVMA Advocacy Award
AVMA Animal Welfare Award
The AVMA Award
AVMA Humane Award
AVMA Lifetime Excellence in Research Award
AVMA Clinical Research Award
AVMA Career Achievement in Canine Research Award
AVMF/Winn Feline Foundation Research Award
Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award
AVMA Meritorious Service Award
AVMA Public Service Award
AVMA Global Veterinary Service Award

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Your nominations help us reward excellence. Review descriptions of the individual awards, and consider which of your colleagues deserve to be nominated. Nominations for 2021 awards will open in Fall 2020.

2020 AVMA Excellence Awards Recipients

Animal welfare

Dr. Janice SiegfordAVMA Humane Award

Dr. Janice Siegford, MS, PhD

Dr. Harry WernerAVMA Animal Welfare Award

Dr. Harry W. Werner, VMD

Dr. Robin DowningBustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award


OEVP awards

Dr. Bonnie BeaverThe AVMA Award

Dr. Bonnie V. Beaver, BS, DVM, MS, DSc(hon), DPNAP, DACVB, DACAW


Dr. John PoppeAVMA Meritorious Service Award

Dr. John Poppe, DVM, MPH, DACVPM

Education & research

Dr. Timothy FanAVMA Career Achievement in Canine Research Award

Dr. Timothy M. Fan, DVM, PhD, DACVIM


Dr. Anthony BlikslagerAVMA Clinical Research Award

Dr. Anthony Blikslager, DVM, PhD


Dr. Richard BowenAVMA Lifetime Excellence in Research Award

Dr. Richard Bowen, DVM, PhD


Dr. John KrugerAVMF/Winn Feline Foundation Research Award

Dr. John Kruger, DVM, PhD

GRD award

AVMA Advocacy Award


International award

Dr. David CastellanAVMA Global Veterinary Service Award

Dr. David M. Castellan, DVM, MPVM, ACVPM, ACPV

President's awards

Dr. William MaherPresident’s Award #1

Dr. William (Bill) Maher, DVM


Dr. Clark Kenneth FobianPresident’s Award #2

Dr. Clark Kenneth Fobian, DVM

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AVMA staff


Scientific activities award

Dr. Mo SalmanAVMA Public Service Award

Dr. Mo Salman, DVM, MPVM, PhD, DACVPM, F.A.C.E