AVMA Excellence Awards

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Your nominations help us reward excellence. Nominations for 2023 awards will open in November 2022.


Important dates

  • Nominations open: November 16, 2022
  • Nominations due: February 22, 2023
  • Notification of recipients: May 2023

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.

2022 AVMA Excellence Awards recipients

Advocacy, Public Service, and Excellence in Veterinary Media

AVMA Advocacy Award


Public Service Award recipient Dr. Larry GrangerAVMA Public Service Award

Dr. Larry Granger

Media award Steve DaleAVMA Excellence in Veterinary Media Award

Steve Dale

Animal welfare

Humane award recipient Dr. Suzanne MillmanAVMA Humane Award

Dr. Suzanne Millman, PhD, BSc(Agr)

Animal Welfare Award recipient Dr. Patricia TurnerAVMA Animal Welfare Award

Dr. Patricia Turner

Bustad Companion Animal Vet of the Year recipient Dr. Mcvety-LeinenBustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award

Dr. Dani McVety-Leinen


Career Achievement in Canine Research award recipient Dr. Stanley MarksAVMA Career Achievement in Canine Research Award

Dr. Stanley Marks

Clinical Research Award recipient Dr. Stephen WhiteAVMA Clinical Research Award

Dr. Stephen White

Lifetime Excellence in Research Award recipient Dr. Yrjö GröhnAVMA Lifetime Excellence in Research Award

Dr. Yrjö Gröhn

AVMF/EveryCat Health Foundation Research Award recipient Dr. Mike NolanAVMF/EveryCat Health Foundation Research Award

(previously called the AVMF/Winn Feline Foundation Research Award)
Dr. Mike Nolan

International affairs

AVMA Global Veterinary Service Award recipient Dr. James NaveAVMA Global Veterinary Service Award

Dr. James Nave

Volunteerism and leadership

AVMA Award recipient Dr. Link WelbornThe AVMA Award

Dr. Link Welborn, DABVP

AVMA Meritorious Service Award recipient Dr. John ScamahornAVMA Meritorious Service Award

Dr. John Scamahorn

President's Awards

President's award - HinklePresident’s Award #1

Phil Finkle

President's award - LittlefieldPresident’s Award #2

Dr. Martha Littlefield

President's award - BrettPresident’s Award #3

Dr. James Brett

Previous award winners: 20212020 | 2019