Named for the late Leo K. Bustad, DVM, PhD, a former dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University and a past president of Pet Partners (formerly Delta Society), this award was developed to recognize the outstanding work of veterinarians in preserving and protecting human-animal relationships.
In addition to a physical award, the winner will be reimbursed for travel, in accord with policy, to the award ceremony at the VLC and a related speaking engagement at the AVMA Convention. Deadline for nominations is October 30, 2016
Bustad nominees must be a graduate veterinarian and AVMA member held in high regard by peers for leadership, integrity, and professionalism. Demonstrable accomplishments in at least one of the following areas:
Practice—Been active for at least 5 years in practice and have exhibited a special sensitivity to the human-companion animal bond through documented work with various types of clients (including children, the elderly, people with disabilities, those grieving the loss of a pet, or other at-risk populations).
Community Service—Has assumed a leadership role for at least 3 years in human-companion animal interactive programs that serve the community. Examples include visiting, therapy, or resident animal programs in healthcare facilities; special population programs such as those for people with disabilities, prisoners, or children; and school or community-based programs that educate the public about the human-companion animal bond.
Teaching—For 3 years or more has actively incorporated the study of human-animal interactions into veterinary curricula and/or continuing education, as evidenced by continuous development of courses focused on increased sensitivity to human-companion animal bond issues.
Research—For 3 years or more has actively participated in research, including scholarly publication, which increases understanding of human-companion animal interactions, with applicability to veterinary medicine.
Anyone 18 years or older may nominate an eligible veterinarian by completing the nomination form (PDF) and returning the form and appropriate supporting materials (as described below) by October 30, 2016 to AVMA: Bustad Award Committee 1931 North Meacham Rd, Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173.
The following must be included with the completed nomination form:
The recipient will be chosen by a panel of six judges.
Direct questions regarding this award to firstname.lastname@example.org.
RECENT RECIPIENTS:2015 Melissa Bain, DVM, California2014 Bess Pierce, DVM, Virginia2013 Benjamin Hart, DVM, California2012 Thomas Cantanzaro, DVM, Australia2011 Nancy Kay, DVM, California2010 Ken Gorczyca, DVM, California2009 Brian Forsgren, DVM, Ohio2008 Jane Shaw, DVM, Colorado2007 Samuel Costello, DVM, Ohio2006 Richard Meadows, DVM, DABVP, Missouri2005 Marie Suthers-McCabe, DVM, Virginia2004 Kathy Mitchener, DVM, Tennessee2003 Brenda Griffin, DVM, MS, DACVIM, Alabama
2016 American Veterinary Medical Association