Dr. Bonnie Beaver named recipient of 2020 AVMA Award

For more information Phone: 847-285-6687 Cell: 847-732-6194
For immediate release: 08/18/2020

Dr. Bonnie Beaver(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) Aug. 20, 2020—The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) today honored Dr. Bonnie Beaver as the winner of the 2020 AVMA Award.

Established in 1931, this award recognizes distinguished members of the association who have contributed to the advancement of veterinary medicine in its organizational aspects, exerting outstanding leadership in building stronger local, state, or regional associations, or contributing to the improvement of the national organization.

“Dr. Beaver has devoted her career to organized veterinary medicine and academia, training and inspiring future veterinarians while helping chart the course of the profession,” said Dr. Douglas Kratt, president of the AVMA. “I don’t think it’s possible to overstate the tremendous influence she has had in the field of veterinary medicine and in organized veterinary medicine, and she is most deserving of this honor.”

Dr. Beaver received her DVM degree from the University of Minnesota, then joined the faculty of Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, where she is currently a professor in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences.

She has been a keystone in many professional organizations, serving as chair of the AVMA Board of Directors and president of the association. In addition, she has been a member and leader in 30 different organized veterinary medical, scientific and animal behavior groups, including the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and American College of Animal Welfare.

Dr. Beaver is also a noted public speaker, having presented more than 300 times on animal behavior and welfare, and has published 13 books and numerous scientific articles. 

She is a previous winner of the AVMA Animal Welfare Award and the Leo K. Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award, and was named one of 12 Legends in Veterinary Medicine by the AVMA.

For more information, contact Michael San Filippo, AVMA media relations manager, at 847-732-6194 (cell) or msanfilippoatavma [dot] org.

About the AVMA

The AVMA, founded in 1863, is one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world, with more than 97,000 member veterinarians worldwide engaged in a wide variety of professional activities and dedicated to the art and science of veterinary medicine.