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Every year during World Congress, the WSAVA presents its prestigious annual awards which are designed to recognize veterinary excellence and achievement globally. Our Award winners are an inspiration to our global veterinary community through their work to benefit companion animals and people around the world.

To find out more about the WSAVA Awards or to nominate a candidate, please contact the WSAVA Secretariat at

The WSAVA Awards

WSAVA International Award for Scientific Achievement


This award is presented to a veterinarian who has made an outstanding contribution to the cause, detection, cure and/or control of disorders of companion animals, leading to a significant advancement in knowledge.

Find out more about the award and the criteria here
Submit your nomination here

WSAVA Global One Health Award

This award recognizes exemplary service by an individual in promoting the global One Health concept, particularly in relation to the importance of small companion animals.  Recipients are selected on the basis of either: 

  • Service to local, state, national and international One Health organizations, resulting in scientific meetings and the exchange of information and international goodwill to the benefit of the medical and veterinary professions worldwide.
  • A significant track record of active research that highlights the role of small companion animals in One Health (ie in zoonotic infectious disease, comparative or translational medicine or the human-companion animal bond).
Find out more about the award and the criteria here
Submit your nomination here

WSAVA Global Meritorious Service Award


The Award is made to a veterinarian who has contributed meritorious service to the veterinary profession in the broadest sense, as a general practitioner, an academic veterinary surgeon or a veterinarian working in industry.  The Award is open to a veterinarian working anywhere in the world but our judges are particularly looking for candidates in the region of the world where WSAVA World Congress is taking place that year.

Find out more about the award and the criteria here
Submit your nomination here

WSAVA President's Award


This Award is presented on an occasional basis with the recipient selected by the current WSAVA President. It is awarded in recognition of the recipient’s outstanding contribution to the WSAVA.

WSAVA Hill's Next Generation Award


This joint award acknowledges the work of a veterinarian who has graduated within the last ten years and who has contributed significantly to the betterment of companion animals, the veterinary profession and society at large.  The winner will be active in continuing education, have a strong record in community service and will be working to bridge the gap between their generation and the others.

Find out more about the award and the criteria here
Submit your nomination here

The WSAVA, The Henry Schein Cares International Veterinary Community Service Award


This joint award recognizes veterinarians who have exhibited exceptional acts of valour and commitment in the face of adversity to service the community. The contribution can be specific to the veterinary community or beyond.


WSAVA Companion Animal Welfare Award


This Award is presented to a veterinarian (or veterinary-team member) in recognition of that individual’s contribution to companion animal welfare at a local, regional or international level. This contribution may relate to leadership, public service, education, research, product development, and/or advocacy. The award is intended to not only recognise this important contribution, but to increase the global community’s awareness of the essential role veterinarians play as advocates of animal welfare.

Find out more about the award and the criteria here
Submit your nomination here

Previous Award Recipients

Follow the links below to find out who has previously won our awards!