Call for nominations for World Veterinary Association 2020 Global Animal Welfare Awards is now open

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As a constituent member organization of the World Veterinary Association (WVA), the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is once again announcing a global opportunity for its veterinary and student AVMA (SAVMA) members: Both groups may now request a letter of support from the AVMA for nominations for  the prestigious WVA Animal Welfare Awards 2020, sponsored by Ceva Santé Animale.

In addition to the veterinary and veterinary student award categories—offered for the first time in award years 2017 and 2019, respectively—two new categories have been added for 2020: veterinary technicians/nurses and schools/colleges of veterinary medicine. Nominations for these new award categories will also require a letter of support from a WVA member association, and the AVMA can provide such letters for Council on Education-accredited schools or colleges of veterinary medicine located within the United States or a country not represented in the WVA, and veterinary technician members of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA).

Three veterinarians, one veterinary student, one veterinary technician or nurse, and one school or college of veterinary medicine from nominations received from around the world will be selected by the WVA as recipients of the 2020 WVA Animal Welfare Award.

All six 2020 award recipients will be recognized at a gala presentation on Monday, April 6, 2020, during the 36th World Veterinary Association Congress in Auckland, New Zealand. Each will also receive travel and accommodation expenses to the Congress. This global recognition from the WVA and Ceva Santé Animale honors veterinarians, veterinary students, veterinary technicians and schools/colleges of veterinary medicine for their contributions to the protection and welfare of animals and the provision of outstanding and exemplary welfare-related services to animals, animal owners and the public.

"It is precisely the AVMA's role in global veterinary medicine that provides AVMA and SAVMA members—and now NAVTA members and COE-accredited schools or colleges of veterinary medicine within the USA or a country not represented in the WVA—with this opportunity to share their significant contributions to animal welfare with colleagues and veterinary schools around the world," said Dr. John Howe, AVMA president.

Complete information on nomination procedures and requirements are available in the online WVA call for nominations. Application forms, which outline required criteria for each of the four award categories, can be accessed through the call for nominations.

To request a letter of support for the nomination of an AVMA or Student AVMA member, NAVTA member or COE-accredited school/college of veterinary medicine within the United States or a country not represented in the WVA,  please email Dr. Beth Sabin, AVMA director of global outreach (esabinatavma [dot] org (esabin[at]avma[dot]org)) no later than 5 p.m. (Central) on Monday, November 1, 2019, which is earlier than the WVA deadline. This allows the AVMA sufficient time to credential the nominee and return the letter of support to the requester ahead of the WVA submission deadline, which is 6 a.m. Eastern (noon in Belgium) on Friday, November 15, 2019.

Contact Dr. Beth Sabin, AVMA director of global outreach at esabinatavma [dot] org (esabin[at]avma[dot]org) or 847-285-6711 for additional information.

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.