Celebrate AVMA award recipients at Convention

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Give your colleagues a round of applause in Austin

Help recognize excellence in veterinary medicine by celebrating AVMA Excellence Award recipients in person. Take a look at these special events during AVMA Convention 2024 in Austin where you can cheer on your colleagues making a difference for veterinarians and animals.

Presentation during the AVMA Convention keynote

June 22, 2024 | 10 a.m. – Noon
Exhibit Hall 5, Austin Convention Center

During the keynote, watch the presentation of two prestigious awards:

  • AVMA Meritorious Service Award (Dr. Craig Carter)
  • The AVMA Award (Dr. George Bishop)
AVMA Excellence Awards celebration

June 22, 2024 | 2 – 3:10 p.m.
AVMA Exhibit Hall Center Stage, Austin Convention Center

Come celebrate during a special event, where refreshments will be served and several awards will be presented:

  • AVMA Animal Welfare Award* (Dr. Debra Hickman)
  • AVMA Humane Award* (Dr. Janice Swanson)
  • Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award* (Dr. Zenithson Ng)
  • AVMA Excellence in Veterinary Media Award** (Gina Spadafori)

*Animal Welfare, Humane, and Bustad awards are generously funded by Merck Animal Health.
**This award presentation will begin at 3 p.m.

Frederick Douglass Patterson Award Interview

June 23, 2024 | 10:30 – 11 a.m.
AVMA Exhibit Hall Center Stage, Austin Convention Center

Join us for an interview with this year’s recipient of the AVMA Frederick Douglass Patterson Lifetime Achievement Award, Dr. Ruby Perry. This award recognizes an AVMA member veterinarian who has made significant contributions to the veterinary profession through innovative and transformative leadership in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, and who has demonstrated a commitment to advancing these values within the veterinary profession and has brought honor and distinction to the field through their exemplary efforts.

Presentation during the AVMA Global Health Summit networking reception

June 24, 2024 | 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Room 406, Hilton Austin

During the Global Health Summit networking reception, help us applaud two deserving award recipients:

  • AVMA Global Veterinary Service Award (Dr. Cathy King)
  • AVMA Public Service Award (Dr. Joni Scheftel)


We hope you’re able to join us! To learn more about the AVMA Excellence Awards, visit avma.org/Awards.


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