The World Small Animal Veterinary Association has announced the winners of its annual awards and its inaugural One Health Award, which will be presented at the association’s forthcoming World Congress in Korea.
The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) has announced the winners of its annual WSAVA Awards and its inaugural One Health Award.
Highly regarded in global companion animal care, the WSAVA Awards recognise ground-breaking research and achievement in the clinical care of companion animals. They will be presented at the WSAVA’s forthcoming World Congress which begins in Jeju, Korea, on October 14.
Commenting on the awards, WSAVA president Prof Jolle Kirpensteijn, said: “It’s thanks to the pioneering work of individuals and organisations such as those we’re recognising this year that that the profession continues to move forward and to set ever higher standards for the care of companion animals.
“We salute the achievements of the winners and look forward to learning from many of them at World Congress.”
- Nominations are now being considered for the 2012 WSAVA Awards, which will be presented at the next WSAVA Congress, which takes place in Birmingham, UK, from April 12-15, 2012.
WSAVA INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR SERVICE TO THE PROFESSION
This award is made to a veterinarian judged to have made an outstanding contribution to the fostering and exchange of scientific and professional ideas throughout the world. This year it has been given to Boyd Jones, professor of companion animal medicine at Massey University in New Zealand.
WSAVA PRESIDENT’S AWARD
This award is made periodically by the WSAVA president to a member judged to have made an outstanding contribution to the association. This year the award has been made posthumously to Rau Benavente, who died in August 2010.
Rau Benavente was the owner and director of the Veterinary Clinic Javier Prado in Lima, Peru but, in his numerous roles as a lecturer and speaker and representative on many veterinary bodies, he played a vital role in the development of the profession throughout Latin America.
WSAVA GLOBAL ONE HEALTH AWARD
This new award has been created to recognise the outstanding contribution made by an individual or an organisation in promoting the One Health concept globally. The OIE is the recipient of the award in recognition of its efforts to promote One Health and, in particular, for its acknowledgement of the importance of including companion animals in the One Health programme.
WSAVA HILL’S EXCELLENCE IN VETERINARY HEALTHCARE AWARD
This award, which recognises outstanding work in promoting companion animal health care, has been made to Dr Chand Khanna, head of paediatric oncology branch’s tumour and metastasis biology section and director of the Centre for Cancer Research, Comparative Oncology Programme at the National Cancer Institute of the USA.
WSAVA INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR SCIENTIFIC ACHIEVEMENT
This award, which recognises the work of a veterinarian in advancing the profession’s knowledge of companion animal disorders, has been made to Dr Stephen Withrow, founder and associate director of the Animal Care Centre (ACC) at Colorado State University. Dr Withrow’s pioneering work in cancer treatment for animals was judged an outstanding achievement, which will advance the profession’s understanding of the disease as it affects companion animals.
WSAVA HILL’S PET MOBILITY AWARD
This award, recognising the outstanding work of a clinical researcher in the field of canine and feline orthopaedics, has been made to Prof Steven Budsberg, director of clinical research at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia. Prof Budsberg has been widely published in his areas of particular interest, which include canine gait analysis, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and evidence-based medicine applications in orthopaedics.