AVMA Global Veterinary Service Award


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The Global Veterinary Service Award was established initially as the XIIth International Veterinary Congress Prize from funds remaining after the 1934 International Veterinary Congress (former name of the World Veterinary Association [WVA] Congress) recognizing outstanding service by an AVMA member veterinarian who has contributed to international understanding of veterinary medicine. It was renamed in 2019 in honor of the visionary international leadership exemplified by Dr. René Carlson and Dr. Leon Russell, both past presidents of the AVMA and WVA. Dr. Carlson also served two terms as the AVMA Director of International Affairs.

Nomination criteria

  • Nominee must be an AVMA member veterinarian, either retired from or currently working in an academic, government, private, or public institution, or in clinical practice
  • Nominees will be considered based on the total impact their career has had on the global veterinary profession
  • Nominations must be submitted by an AVMA member
  • Self-nominations will not be considered

Nomination requirements

  • Letter of nomination summarizing the nominee's professional background and a statement pertaining to the nominee’s qualifications for this award; including examples of the nominee's specific accomplishments that illustrate:
    • the impact of their career on the veterinary profession both locally and globally;
    • their recognition as a leading advocate for, and promotor of the value of, international collaborations to advance animal health and welfare, human health, and/or the veterinary profession; and
    • their service to professional organizations through the provision of expertise, counsel, and a global perspective to improve veterinary education, animal health and welfare, public health, and/or the status of the veterinary profession
  • Interactive PDF nomination form
  • Curriculum vitae/resume, including relevant publications (not to exceed four single-sided typed pages)
  • Up to two letters seconding, endorsing or supporting nominations for this award from veterinarians, colleagues, clients or organizations (not to exceed three single-sided typed pages each)
  • Digital high resolution (300 d.p.i.) colored headshot photograph, suitable for publication

Selection process

  • The AVMA Committee on International Veterinary Affairs (CIVA) selects the recipient
  • Recipient may not be selected in a given year if no nominee meets the criteria
  • The award recipient will receive one round-trip coach airfare in the name of the recipient, two nights hotel accommodations, and registration (if applicable) to the venue designated by AVMA to accept the physical award