Amy Shojai receives AVMA Steve Dale Excellence in Veterinary Media Award

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(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) July 15, 2023—The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) today named author Amy Shojai as the winner of the 2023 AVMA Steve Dale Excellence in Veterinary Media Award.

The award was established in 2022 by the AVMA to honor the achievements of an individual who has contributed to the positive visibility of the veterinary 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. The award is named for Steve Dale, a longtime author and broadcaster who was the inaugural recipient of the award in 2022.

"Amy’s tireless efforts in communicating accessible, engaging and informative resources about pet care and behavior have helped countless pet owners care for and connect with their animal companions,” said Dr. Teller, president of the AVMA. “Her work epitomizes the spirit of the Steve Dale Excellence in Veterinary Media Award, and it's an honor to recognize her contributions to companion animal education and advocacy."

Amy Shojai's acceptance speech

Shojai, a certified animal behavior consultant who began her career as a veterinary technician, has written more than 35 books and 4,000 articles and columns on training, behavior, veterinary care and the health benefits of cats and dogs. She is the affiliate Pet Editor for the group, and has written for,,,, and, and has contributed to the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest, Woman’s Day, Family Circle, Woman’s World and many other leading periodicals.

She has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS and CNN, and regularly appears on national radio and television in connection with her writing. Perhaps most memorably, she represented the “cat side” and won a nationally televised tongue-in-cheek debate (NBC Today Show, Fox, CNN and others) arguing whether cats or dogs are the more appropriate White House pets.

Shojai wrote a weekly award-winning P’ETiQuette newspaper column and hosted the half hour radio Pet Peeves radio podcast. She appeared in a twice monthly Pet Talk feature at KXII-TV in Texas for nearly 20 years, produces the Ask Amy pet care video series on YouTube and appears as a pet expert on Animal Planet’s DOGS 101 and CATS 101.

In 1992, Shojai co-founded the international Cat Writers’ Association to improve the quality of feline-related information available to the public. She is a certified member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, a Fear Free Certified Trainer and a longtime member of the Dog Writers Association of America. She’s also a past president and honorary lifetime member of the Oklahoma Writers Federation, and a professional member of the Alliance of Independent Authors, Sisters in Crime, and the International Thriller Writers. She has won dozens of awards for her books and other writing, including the Friskies Writer of the Year Award, the Texas VMA Mark Francis Award for Journalistic Excellence, and the Winn Feline Foundation Media Appreciation Award.

“I am honored and humbled to receive this award because it validates my body of work and shines a light on what I do to help pets,” said Shojai. “But also because it celebrates my heroes—veterinarians who shared their passion with me over the years.”

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About the AVMA

Serving more than 105,000 member veterinarians, the AVMA is the nation's leading representative of the veterinary profession, dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of animals, humans and the environment. Founded in 1863 and with members in every U.S. state and territory and more than 60 countries, the AVMA is one of the largest veterinary medical organizations in the world. Informed by our members' unique scientific training and clinical knowledge, the AVMA supports the crucial work of veterinarians and advocates for policies that advance the practice of veterinary medicine and improve animal and human health.