AVMA Animal Welfare Award

Nomination Form—Deadline: February 1, 2014

This award is given annually to an AVMA member veterinarian to recognize his/her achievements in advancing the welfare of animals via leadership, public service, education, research/product development, and/or advocacy. By doing so, the AVMA hopes to raise public awareness of the important role veterinarians play in:

  • Improving understanding of animal welfare-related science and ethics,
  • Ensuring that animal use for human purposes is conducted responsibly, and
  • Attending to and promoting animal welfare within the context of responsible animal use.

Criteria

  • Veterinarians nominated for the Animal Welfare Award must be AVMA members
  • Nominations may be submitted by
    • Individuals 18 years or older (AVMA members and non-members) and
    • Organizations (governmental and nongovernmental)
  • Nominations must reflect specific accomplishments in the field of animal welfare, as opposed to examples of quality veterinary practice or promotion of the human-animal bond. The latter, while laudable, are not the focus of this award.
  • Nominations may be based on a sustained effort or an extraordinary single achievement in any or all of the following areas:
    • Leadership,
    • Public Service (e.g., community programs, public policy development),
    • Research and/or product development,
    • Education, and/or
    • Advocacy.
  • Recipients must be available and willing to attend a presentation ceremony and participate in other recognition activities.

Eligible veterinarians may be nominated by completing the nomination form  and returning the form and appropriate supporting material (as described below) by February 1, 2014 to Animal Welfare Award, AVMF, 1931 North Meacham Rd, Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173-4360.

Supporting Material

  • Each nomination must include:
    • A completed nomination form (located above),
    • A copy of the nominee's curriculum vitae/resume (not to exceed 2 double-sided typed pages),
    • A detailed letter of nomination (not to exceed 3 single-sided typed pages), which describes how the nominee has met the award criteria.
  • Each nomination may also include up to 3 letters of support (not to exceed 3 single-sided typed pages each) for the nomination from colleagues, clients, or organizations.

Selection Process

  • The AVMA Executive Board selects the recipient of the Animal Welfare Award.
  • Preference is given to nominees who:
    • Recognize that science, ethics, and culture all contribute to how animals are used and cared for by people, and respect those contributions in arriving at solutions to animal welfare challenges,
    • Work with a variety of stakeholders to raise awareness of issues of concern and engage those stakeholders in seeking solutions to challenges,
    • Work actively to improve understanding of animal welfare needs and, when necessary, change human attitudes and behavior to ensure proper stewardship,
    • Communicate information about, and propose solutions to, animal welfare challenges with courage and integrity.
  • At the discretion of the AVMA Executive Board, an award may not be presented in any given year.

Nominations should be sent to "AVMA Animal Welfare Award", AVMF, 1931 N. Meacham Rd., Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173 for receipt no later than the deadline date specified above.

Direct questions regarding this award to Cheri Kowal, AVMF, 847-285-6691.

RECENT RECIPIENTS:
2013 Dr. Leslie D. Appel, NY
2012 Dr. Philip A. Bushby, MS
2011 Dr. Jan Shearer, IA
2010 Dr. Thomas Lenz, KS
2009 Dr. Kathryn Bayne, MD
2008 Dr. Lila Miller, New York, NY
2007 Dr. James Reynolds, Tulare, CA
2006 Dr. John Madigan, Davis, CA
2005 Dr. Ilona Rodan, Madison, WI
2004 Dr. John New, Knoxville, TN
2003 Dr. Franklin M. Loew, Cambridge, MA
2002 Dr. Murray E. Fowler, Davis, CA