Dr Cynthia (Cyndie) Courtney, a US veterinarian, wellness campaigner, entrepreneur and educator, is the recipient of the 2019 WSAVA Hill’s Next Generation Veterinary Award. It 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 to improving veterinary wellbeing and, in so doing, enhance 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.”
Dr Geeta Saini, Chair of the WSAVA’s Leadership and Nomination Committee, said: “We are all only too familiar with the challenges faced by members of the veterinary profession globally in terms of their personal wellbeing. Through her work as a veterinarian and through her educational social platforms, lectures and podcasts, Dr Courtney is able to highlight the problems, share her perspectives and offer solutions and approaches to help colleagues navigate the difficulties they may face.
“She is a natural and insightful communicator, a passionate advocate of our profession and a worthy recipient of this Award.”