AVMA Excellence Awards

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Important dates

  • Notification of recipients: May 2023
  • Nominations open for 2024 Awards: November 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, media, and public service
  • 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.

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The AVMA relies on individual members to nominate colleagues for the AVMA Excellence Awards. Review descriptions of each award, and consider which of your colleagues deserve recognition for their work.

2022 AVMA Excellence Awards recipients

Advocacy, Public Service, and Excellence in Veterinary Media

AVMA Advocacy Award


Dr. Larry Granger
   AVMA Public Service Award

   Dr. Larry Granger

Steve Dale
AVMA Excellence in Veterinary Media Award

Steve Dale

Animal welfare

Dr. Suzanne Millman
AVMA Humane Award

Dr. Suzanne Millman, PhD, BSc(Agr)

Dr. Patricia Turner
AVMA Animal Welfare Award

Dr. Patricia Turner

Dr. Dani McVety-Leinen
Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award

Dr. Dani McVety-Leinen


Dr. Stanley MarksAVMA Career Achievement in Canine Research Award

Dr. Stanley Marks

Dr. Stephen WhiteAVMA Clinical Research Award

Dr. Stephen White

Dr. Yrjo GrohnAVMA Lifetime Excellence in Research Award

Dr. Yrjö Gröhn

Dr. Mike NolanAVMF/EveryCat Health Foundation Research Award

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

International affairs

Dr. James NaveAVMA Global Veterinary Service Award

Dr. James Nave

Volunteerism and leadership

Dr. Link WelbornThe AVMA Award

Dr. Link Welborn, DABVP

Dr. John ScamahornAVMA Meritorious Service Award

Dr. John Scamahorn

President's Awards

Phil FinklePresident’s Award #1

Phil Finkle

Dr. Martha LittlefieldPresident’s Award #2

Dr. Martha Littlefield

Dr. James BrettPresident’s Award #3

Dr. James Brett

Previous award winners: 20212020 | 2019