Awards 2013

WSAVA President’s Award - Dr Ray Butcher and Professor Peter Ihrke

This award is made periodically by the President of the WSAVA to a member judged to have made an outstanding contribution to the association. This year, unusually, two members have been recognised – Dr Ray Butcher and Professor Peter Ihrke. 



Dr Ray Butcher


Through his work with the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), Dr Butcher has been instrumental in efforts to control dog populations humanely, particularly in Eastern Europe and in Asia.  He is a founding member of the Blue Dog Trust, an international programme to reduce the incidence of dog bites in children.  He is a founding director of the Alliance for Rabies Control (ARC) and is on the board of the International Companion Animal Management Coalition (ICAM), representing the ARC and WSAVA.  He is a past Chair of the WSAVA Animal Wellness and Welfare Committee and is a partner at the Wylie Veterinary Centre, Upminster, UK.


Professor Peter Ihrke

Until his retirement in 2012, Peter Ihrke was Professor of Dermatology and Chief of Dermatology Service at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis.  He was also Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology at the School of Medicine, Stanford University and an Executive Board Member of the World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology Association (WCVDA).  During his career, he combined his practice with the clinical and classroom teaching of students and the continuing professional development of veterinarians.

Professor Ihrke first became involved with the WSAVA as assembly representative for the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD).  He became President in 2012 but had to step down because of health problems. He was awarded the WSAVA Hill’s Excellence in Veterinary Healthcare Award in 2009.


WSAVA Hill's Excellence in Veterinary Healthcare Award - Professor Thierry Olivry

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

Thierry Olivry is Professor of Immunodermatology at the North Carolina State University (NCSU) College of Veterinary Medicine in Raleigh.  He has authored or co-authored more than 180 peer-reviewed articles on topics including canine atopic dermatitis, animal autoimmune blistering skin diseases and the relationship between skin structure and disease mechanisms.  Dr Olivry was named Clinician of the Year at NCSU in 2005 and received the Pfizer Award for Research Excellence at NCSU in 2010.


WSAVA Hill's Pet Mobility Award - Professor James L Cook

This award recognizes the outstanding work of a clinical researcher in the field of canine and feline orthopaedic medicine and surgery.  It has been made to Professor James (Jimi) Cook, Director of the Comparative Orthopaedic Laboratory at the University of Missouri, USA, which carries out research into osteoarthritis, tissue engineering and articular cartilage physiology.

The author of many peer-reviewed publications in the veterinary and human medical sphere, Professor Cook’s interests lie in arthroscopy, minimally invasive fracture repair, orthopaedic tissue engineering and total joint replacement.



WSAVA Global One Health Award – Professor Lonnie King

This recognizes an outstanding contribution in promoting the One Health concept.  It has been awarded to Professor Lonnie King, Dean of the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, USA.

During a long career, Professor King has served many national and international One Health organizations.  Before joining Ohio State University he was Director of the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC’s) new National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne and Enteric Diseases (NCZVED).  He is also past Chair of the One Medicine Task force for the American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA) and is Point of Contact for One Health activities at the CDC.


WSAVA International Award for Scientific Achievement - Professor David Twedt

This award recognizes the work of a veterinarian in advancing the profession’s knowledge of companion animal disorders.  It has been made to Professor David C Twedt.

A Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM); Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Colorado State University and Director of the Veterinary Endoscopy Teaching Center, he has been involved in the post-graduate clinical training of more than 140 interns and residents at Colorado State University.  He is a past President of the ACVIM and the Comparative Gastroenterology Society and is an international expert in gastroenterology and hepatic diseases of small animals.