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WSAVA International award for Scientific Achievement

Dutch Veterinary Professor Erik Teske was the recipient of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s (WSAVA’s) 2016 International Award for Scientific Achievement, which is awarded to an individual judged to have made a significant contribution to the field of small animal veterinary medicine. Erik Teske graduated at from the University of Utrecht in 1981 and became a specialist in internal medicine in 1986. His areas of expertise include clinical cytology, epidemiology, and oncology where non-Hodgkins lymphoma and prostate carcinoma in the dog have been the focus of his work. He has written more than 120 publications in refereed journals and contributed 16 book chapters, as well as to many other publications. He lectures widely and co-organizes a European School for Advanced Veterinary Studies course on internal medicine. 

WSAVA/Hill's Next Generation Award

Dr Julie Stafford received her award from Dr Marina Debenardi, Worldwide Director, Global Professional Veterinary Affairs at Hill's Pet Nutrition. Dr. Stafford has shown leadership qualities and dedication to the veterinary field both as a student at Oregon State University and as a professional.

WSAVA Meritorious Service Award

This year’s recipient is Dr Jorge Guerrero, a Peruvian veterinarian residing in Pennington, NJ, USA. He has served the profession with distinction, taught more than a generation of veterinary students, helped to educate veterinarians on three continents and, almost single-handedly, developed and established the LAVC, a major veterinary conference in a relatively underserved region of Latin America.

WSAVA One Health Award

The Founder of Mission Rabies, Luke Gamble, is the Recipient of WSAVA’s Global One Health Award. Luke Gamble graduated from Bristol University in 1999 and is based in his New Forest surgery, Pilgrims Veterinary Practice. In 2003, he set up Worldwide Veterinary Service (WVS), a charity providing veterinary aid around the world, followed, in 2013, by sister charity, Mission Rabies, which is leading the battle against canine rabies and works closely with the WSAVA’s charitable Foundation. Dr Gamble is CEO of both organisations and has raised more than four million pounds to support the charities’ projects around the world. He lectures internationally on animal welfare and veterinary subjects and, in 2014, was asked by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to sit on an expert panel for the International Control of Neglected Zoonotic Diseases based on his rabies work globally.

WSAVA President's Award

The President's award was presented to June Ingwersen by Dr Colin Burrows, President of the WSAVA, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the association. June has been working with the WSAVA since 2008 and throughout her time in the secretariat has shown dedication and commitment to the association, providing help and assistance to members all over the world.