The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) has launched its annual search for veterinarians who have significantly advanced the care of companion animals.
Nominations are invited for the following awards:
WSAVA Hill’s Pet Mobility Award
This will recognise the outstanding work of a clinical researcher in the field of canine and feline orthopaedic medicine and surgery. Through improvements in the mobility and quality of life of pets, the research should have contributed significantly to the well-being of pets’ lives and to the human-animal bond worldwide.
WSAVA Hill’s Excellence in Veterinary Healthcare Award
This will recognise the outstanding work of a veterinarian in promoting companion animal healthcare and the human-pet-veterinary bond through leading-edge clinical nutrition and through advanced medical and surgical techniques which enrich relationships between people and their pets.
WSAVA International Award for Scientific Achievement.
This will recognise the outstanding contribution of a veterinarian who has furthered the advancement of knowledge of the cause, detection and management of disorders in companion animals.
Past WSAVA Award winners include professor Jan Rothuizen, head of the clinical sciences department at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht University; associate professor Duncan Lascelles, director of the integrated pain management service at North Carolina State University College and Dr Stephen Ettinger, specialist in internal medicine and cardiology, and editor of the seminal textbook Veterinary Internal Medicine; Diseases of the Dog and Cat.
Professor Jolle Kirpensteijn, president of the WSAVA, commented: “Our prestigious awards recognise the achievement of members of the veterinary profession around the world as they continue to push the boundaries of veterinary care for companion animals. The standard of entries is always high, reflecting the ground-breaking research and work being carried out by our colleagues in many countries. We look forward to reviewing the nominations for the 2011 awards.
We are also grateful to Hill’s Pet Nutrition for its generous sponsorship of these awards and for its continuing support of the WSAVA. The awards are just one of the ways in which we work to deliver on our joint vision to foster the development of veterinary knowledge on a global scale.”
The WSAVA executive board makes a special, additional award for service to the profession. The award is designed to recognise exemplary service by a veterinarian to foster and enhance the exchange of scientific and professional ideas throughout the world. For 2011, the award will be generously sponsored by Dr John Holt, a long-term supporter of the WSAVA, past president (1986-88) and Service to the Profession award winner (1998.)
Nominations must be received by the WSAVA Secretariat by November 15, 2010 and can be submitted by email or post.
Nominations for all awards can be sent to the WSAVA Secretariat by e-mail, fax, or post (http://www.wsava.org/Contact.htm) and should include a covering letter, nominee CV and list of nominee publications.
Picture shows: Professor Jan Rothuizen (right) receiving the prestigious 2010 WSAVA Hill’s Excellence in Veterinary Healthcare Award from Dr Hein Meyer (centre; Hill’s Pet Nutrition) and Dr David Wadsworth (WSAVA President).