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Past Award Winners

2019

WSAVA-Hill's Next Generation Award

Dr. Cynthia (Cyndie) Courtney, a US veterinarian, wellness campaigner, entrepreneur and educator, is to receive the 2019 World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA), Hill's Pet Nutrition Next Generation Veterinary Award. The award acknowledges the work of a veterinarian who graduated within the past ten years and who has contributed significantly to the betterment of companion animals, the veterinary profession and society at large.
"In eight short years since her qualification, Dr. Courtney has used her clinical expertise, communication skills and passion for veterinary wellness to make an outstanding contribution towards improving veterinary wellbeing and, in so doing, enhancing animal health and welfare,” said Dr. Iveta Becvarova, Director of Global Academic and Professional Affairs at Hill's Pet Nutrition. “From her involvement in the Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA) while still a student and her subsequent selection for the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA’s) Future Leaders program in 2015-2016, through to the range of clinical and educational roles she now holds, her passion to serve and advance the profession is clear. We are delighted to recognize her work and congratulate her on receiving this prestigious Award.”
 

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Dr Michelle Lem, recipient of the WSAVA Global One Health Award (left) and Dr John de Jong accepting the award on behalf of Dr Cynthia Courtney, recipient of the WSAVA Companion Animal Welfare Award (right)

WSAVA Global One Health Award

Dr Michelle Lem, a Canadian veterinarian and founder of an innovative community outreach charity in Canada, is to receive the World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s (WSAVA’s) 2019 Global One Health Award. A prestigious global Award, it is presented by the WSAVA’s One Health Committee (OHC) to an individual or organization which has promoted an aspect of One Health relevant to companion animals.

Dr Michelle Lem set up Community Veterinary Outreach in 2003. Its veterinary volunteers care for the animals of homeless and vulnerable people but, what sets the initiative apart is that, at the same time, its human health partners provide preventative health care, education and support to their owners. Human health services offered at Community Veterinary Outreach clinics include primary health care, immunizations, harms reduction, smoking reduction and cessation, naloxone training and distribution, and dental and oral care and referral. The charity now runs programs in eight communities across Canada, including Toronto, host city to the 2019 WSAVA World Congress. It recently received non-profit status in the US as Community Veterinary Outreach USA.

 

WSAVA Companion Animal Welfare Award

Dr Melissa Bain an American veterinarian, board-certified in both animal welfare and behavior, has been announced as the recipient of this year’s World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Award for Companion Animal Welfare. Dr Melissa Bain is a professor of Clinical Animal Behavior at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in the US, where her research interests include enrichment for confined cats, owner attachment issues and stress in shelter animals. She is to receive the Award in recognition of the significant contribution she has made to animal welfare through integrating the field of human-animal interactions with veterinary clinical behavior.

Dr Bain received her DVM from the University of Illinois and worked as an associate in a small animal practice in suburban Chicago and a mixed-animal practice in south west Wisconsin before joining UC Davis, initially as a resident. In addition to her clinical, teaching, and research duties as Professor of Clinical Animal Behavior, she is Director of Professional Student Clinical Education. In this role she mentors veterinary students and residents, ensuring that the next generation of veterinarians is equipped with the expertise to further advance companion animal welfare globally.

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Dr Stephen DiBartola, recipient of the WSAVA International Award for Scientific Achievement (left) and Dr Melissab Bain, recipient of the WSAVA Companion Animal Welfare Award (right)
 

WSAVA International Award for Scientific Achievement

Dr Stephen DiBartola, Professor Emeritus at the Ohio State University, USA, is to receive the 2019 WSAVA Award for Scientific Achievement in recognition of his global contribution to small animal clinical practice, particularly in the areas of nephrology and acid-base disorders. Dr DiBartola’s clinical areas of interest include diseases of the kidney and fluid, acid-base, and electrolyte disturbances. He is a noted authority on renal disease, urinary tract disease, electrolytes and acid-base disorders. Among his many clinical achievements, he helped to characterize familial renal amyloidosis in Abyssinian cats and polycystic kidney disease in Persian cats.

 

WSAVA-Covetrus Interational Veterinary Community Service Award

Dr David Waltner-Toews, a  Canadian veterinarian is to receive the Covetrus International Veterinary Community Service Award at this year’s WSAVA World Congress in Toronto. The Award, for which he was nominated by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), recognizes veterinarians who have performed exceptional acts of valour or demonstrated a commitment to serve the international community.
A University Professor Emeritus at University of Guelph, Dr Waltner-Toews is an epidemiologist, veterinarian, researcher, teacher, a specialist in ecosystem approaches to human health, an essayist and a writer of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.  He was  nominated for the award as the founder of Veterinarians without Borders/ Vétérinaires sans Frontières – Canada, an international development organization that aims to improve the health of animals, people and the environment.
 
He is also the founder of the Network for Ecosystem Sustainability and Health and the Communities of Practice for Ecosystem Approaches to Health in Canada.  Both organizations work to understand and promote the health and wellbeing of humans, animals and ecosystems in the context of complex social-ecological systems, focusing on the interplay between health in the strict sense of the word, the social determinants of health, and ecosystem sustainability.
 
Dr Terri Chotowetz, CVMA President, said: “Dr Waltner-Toews is making extraordinary contributions to the health of people, animals and the environment, the philosophy of science, ethics, culture and international development.”

2018

  • The WSAVA International Award for Scientific Achievement: Dr Amilan Sivagurun
  • The WSAVA Global One Health Award: Prof Edward B Breitschwerdt and Prof Christopher Woods
  • The WSAVA Global Meritorious Service Award: Dr Amilan Sivagurun
  • The WSAVA Companion Animal Welfare Award: Dr. Nalinika Obeyesekera
  • The WSAVA Hill's Next Generation Award: Dr. Guyan Weeransinghe
  • The WSAVA-Henry Schein Cares International Veterinary Community Award: Dr Gopinathan Gangadharan
  • The WSAVA President's Award: Dr Jolle Kirpensteijn

2017

  • The WSAVA International Award for Scientific Achievement: Prof Jens Häggström
  • The WSAVA Global Meritorious Service Award: Dr Bojan Zorko
  • The WSAVA Global One Health Award: The Blue Dog Programme
  • The WSAVA Hill's Next Generation Award: Dr Luba Gancheva
  • The WSAVA President's Award: Dr Jolle Kirpensteijn

2016

  • The WSAVA International Award for Scientific Achievement: Prof Erik Teske
  • The WSAVA Global Meritorious Service Award: Dr Jorge Guerrero
  • The WSAVA Global One Health Award: Dr Luke Gamble
  • The WSAVA Hill's Next Generation Award: Dr Julie Stafford
  • The WSAVA President's Award: June Ingwersen

2015

  • The WSAVA International Award for Scientific Achievement: Dr Michael R Lappin
  • The WSAVA Global Meritorious Service Award: Dr Mukti Narayan Shrestha
  • The WSAVA Global One Health Award: Dr Nalinika Obeyesekere
  • The WSAVA Hill's Excellence in Veterinary Healthcare Award: Dr S. Sivagurunathan
  • The WSAVA Hill's Next Generation Award: Dr Pantakarn Onnak
  • The WSAVA Henry Schein Cares Award for International Community Service: Dr Nantarika Chansue
  • The WSAVA President's Award: Prof Jan Gajentaan

2014

  • The WSAVA International Award for Scientific Achievement: Dr. Michael Herrtage.
  • The WSAVA Global Meritorious Service Award: Dr. Lawson Cairns.
  • The WSAVA Global One Health Award: Prof. Lucille Blumberg.
  • The WSAVA Hill's Pet Mobility Award: Prof. Kenneth Johnson.
  • The WSAVA Hill's Excellence in Veterinary Healthcare Award: Dr. Gen Kato.
  • The WSAVA Henry Schein Cares Award for International Community Service: Annelize Roos.
  • The WSAVA President's Award: Dr. Larry Dee.

2013

  • The WSAVA International Award for Scientific Achievement: Prof. David Twedt.
  • The WSAVA Hill's Pet Mobility Award: Prof. Lonnie King.
  • The WSAVA Hill's Excellence in Veterinary Healthcare Award: Prof. Thierry Olivry.
  • The WSAVA President's Award: Dr. Ray Butcher, Prof. Peter Ihrke.

2012

  • The WSAVA International Award for Scientific Achievement: Prof. Richard Halliwell.
  • The WSAVA Global One Health Award: Prof. Ab Osterhaus.
  • The WSAVA Hill's Pet Mobility Award: Prof. Daniel Lewis.
  • The WSAVA Hill's Excellence in Veterinary Healthcare Award: Dr. Marty Becker.
  • The WSAVA President's Award: Prof. Anjop Venker-van Haagen.

2011

  • The WSAVA International Award for Scientific Achievement: Stephen Withrow.
  • The WSAVA Hill's Pet Mobility Award: Steven Budsberg.
  • The WSAVA Hill's Excellence in Veterinary Healthcare Award: Chand Khanna.
  • The WSAVA President's Award: Rau Benavente.
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