Dr. Bonnie Beaver named recipient of 2020 AVMA Award

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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 (msanfilippo[at]avma[dot]org).

About the AVMA

Serving more than 100,000 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.