Awards 2012

WSAVA International Award for Scientific Achievement

Professor Halliwell


 Professor Richard Halliwell

This award recognizes the work of a veterinarian in advancing the profession’s knowledge of companion animal disorders and has been made to Professor Richard Halliwell.
Dr Halliwell graduated from the University of Cambridge before spending16 years teaching in the USA, at the University of Pennsylvania, then the University of Florida. In 1988 he returned to the UK as William Dick Professor of Veterinary Clinical Studies at the University of Edinburgh, serving six years as Dean of the Faculty.
Now a Professor Emeritus, he has served as President of both the American and the European Colleges of Veterinary Dermatology and of the World Association for Veterinary Dermatology. He teaches dermatology at St George’s University, Grenada, as well as giving presentations at national and international meetings.


WSAVA Hill's Excellence in Veterinary Healthcare Award

Dr Martin Becker


Dr. Marty Becker

This award recognizes the outstanding work of veterinarians in promoting companion animal healthcare and the family pet/veterinary bond through a special sensitivity to both clients and patients using leading edge clinical nutrition and advanced medical and surgery techniques.

Dr Marty Becker is recognized by his work to educate the public in America about pet welfare and health. Dr Becker, a graduate of the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, is a regular contributor to national media across the USA. He’s also authored a range of best-selling books.
Dr Becker works as a practicing veterinarian at Lakewood Animal Hospital in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho and North Idaho Animal Hospital in Sandpoint. He is adjunct professor at the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine and at the Colleges of Veterinary Medicine at both Colorado State University and the University of Missouri. He has also lectured at every veterinary school in the United States.
Dr Becker has a long history of supporting the human-animal bond. His continuous efforts to improve the wellness of animals and their owners have placed the veterinarian at the heart of the bond between animals and people. His title of ‘America’s Veterinarian’ is well deserved!



WSAVA President’s Award



Professor Anjop Venker-van Haagen

Dr Venker-van Haagen graduated from Utrecht University in 1967, working there until 2004 as Associate Professor, Ear, Nose and Throat Diseases. She is a founder of the International Veterinary Ear, Nose and Throat Association, one of the first specialist groups to be affiliated with the WSAVA. She is also Associate Editor of ‘Veterinary Sciences Tomorrow.’
Commenting on the award, Professor Jolle Kirpensteijn, President of the WSAVA, said: “Dr Venker-van Haagen has carried the WSAVA name with pride, working for years as the chair of our prestigious Scientific Advisory Committee and as President of IVENTA, the International Veterinary Ear, Nose and Throat Association. She is an inspiration to us all and a worthy winner of this award.”


WSAVA Hill's Pet Mobility Award

Prof Dan Lewis


Professor Daniel Lewis

Dr Lewis graduated from the University of California, Davis in 1983. In 1993, he was appointed Professor of Small Animal Surgery and Eminent Scholar at the University of Florida. His special interests include traumatology, fracture management and reconstructive surge with a focus on the utilization of circular and hybrid external skeletal fixation for fracture management, deformity correction and limb salvage procedures.

WSAVA Global One Health Award


Professor Ab Osterhaus


Professor Ab Osterhaus


This award, launched in 2011, recognizes an outstanding contribution made by an individual or organization in promoting the One Health concept globally. This year, it has been awarded to Professor Ab Osterhaus, another graduate of the University of Utrecht.

Since 1994 Dr Osterhaus has worked at Erasmus MC in Rotterdam as Head of the Department of Virology, building a specialism in viruses, which cross the species barrier. His team’s work has enabled health authorities around the world to prepare for potential disease outbreaks and, at an individual level, he has campaigned tirelessly for a global taskforce to prepare for and combat viruses such as H5N1.