The AVMA was named 2018 Animal Health Organization of the Year by the Pet Philanthropy Circle during its annual Pet Hero Awards this month.
AVMA President Dr. John de Jong pointed to the important work performed by veterinarians in all disciplines and career paths when he accepted the award during an October 19 ceremony in New York.
"Veterinarians touch people's lives every day, whether or not they have a pet," said Dr. de Jong in his remarks at the ceremony. "Veterinarians serve at the critical intersection of human and animal health known as 'One Health.' They are responsible for breakthroughs in research benefiting both people and animals, public health, food safety and so much more."
In honoring the AVMA, the Pet Philanthropy Circle, which sponsors the awards, praised our work “to lead the profession by advancing the science and practice of veterinary medicine to improve animal and human health.” They added: “We share their vision as trusted leaders in protecting, promoting and advancing a unified veterinary profession that meets the needs of people and animals.”
The Pet Hero Awards recognize outstanding contributions to the health and welfare of animals. Other 2018 winners included Zoetis, which was named corporation of the year.