The nomination period is open for the following AVMA Excellence Awards for 2024. The awards program recognizes contributions by veterinarians and nonveterinarians to the veterinary profession and to animal health and welfare.
The AVMA Award
This award recognizes a distinguished AVMA member who has contributed to the advancement of veterinary medicine in its organizational aspects.
AVMA Animal Welfare Award
This award recognizes an AVMA member for achievements in advancing the welfare of animals via leadership, public service, education, research, product development, or advocacy.
AVMA Career Achievement in Canine Research Award
This award honors an AVMA member’s long-term contribution to advancing canine research.
AVMA Clinical Research Award
This award recognizes an AVMA member for achievements in patient-oriented research, including the study of mechanisms of disease, therapeutic interventions, clinical trials, development of new technologies, and epidemiological studies.
AVMA Global Veterinary Service Award
This award recognizes outstanding service by an AVMA member who has contributed to international understanding of veterinary medicine.
AVMA Frederick Douglass Patterson Lifetime Achievement Award
This award recognizes an AVMA member who has made significant contributions to the veterinary profession through innovative and transformative leadership in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion; demonstrated a commitment to advancing these values within the veterinary profession; and brought honor and distinction to the field through their exemplary efforts.
AVMA Humane Award
This award recognizes a nonveterinarian for achievements in advancing the welfare of animals via leadership, public service, education, research, product development, or advocacy.
AVMA Lifetime Excellence in Research Award
This award recognizes a veterinary researcher based on lifetime achievement in basic, applied, or clinical research. Nominees will be considered on the total impact their careers have had on the veterinary or biomedical professions.
AVMA Meritorious Service Award
This award recognizes an AVMA member who has brought honor and distinction to the veterinary profession through personal, professional, or community service activities outside the scope of organized veterinary medicine or research.
AVMA Public Service Award
This award recognizes an AVMA member for long terms of outstanding public service or exceptional contributions to the practice or science of public health and regulatory veterinary medicine.
AVMA Steve Dale Excellence in Veterinary Media Award
This award recognizes a nonveterinarian for contributing substantively to the positive visibility of the profession by raising public awareness of the important and diverse roles veterinarians play in every facet of the health and welfare of animals, people, and the environment.
AVMF Career Achievement in Feline Research Award
This award, established by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF), recognizes an AVMA member's long-time contribution to advancing feline health through research.
Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award
This award recognizes a distinguished AVMA member for outstanding work in preserving and protecting the human-animal bond.
A version of this story appears in the December 2023 print issue of JAVMA.