ASV AWARDS

Meritorious Service Award

Established in 2010, this award recognizes remarkable members of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians who have made significant contributions to the advancement of shelter veterinary medicine via leadership, public service, research, education, advocacy, and/or clinical practice. The ASV's intent in conferring this award is to bring attention to excellence in shelter medicine by recognizing those who serve as exceptional ambassadors of the profession. Veterinarians, veterinary students, and affiliate ASV members are eligible; current ASV Board Members are ineligible. Anyone may nominate qualified individuals who are members of the ASV for this award. Recipients receive a plaque, a shelter medicine textbook of their  choice, a $250 donation to a non-profit organization of  their choice, and are recognized at the ASV Annual Meeting, held in conjunction with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners Symposium in October. Funding is available to help cover the recipient’s travel expenses.  A nomination form, the nominee’s curriculum vitae (CV) and a cover letter with a brief sketch of the nominee's professional background and a statement pertaining to the individual's qualifications for the award should be submitted by e-mail to [email protected]. Deadline for submission is May15th. Additional letters seconding, endorsing, or supporting nominations for awards will not be used in evaluating candidates, nor will self-nominations be accepted. The nominations committee will review the nominations and recommend a recipient to the ASV Board, and the ASV Board will vote on the recipient. 

The 2020 Meritorious Service Award was awarded to Dr. Stephanie Janeczko, New York, NY. Dr. Janeczko received this award for her significant contributions to shelter medicine including leadership, public service, research, education, advocacy and clinical practice.  She has served as Medical Director and Director of Operations for Animal Care & Control of New York City.  Dr. Janeczko is currently Vice President of Shelter Medicine Services for the ASPCA.  She has co-authored textbooks, and her research findings are published in a variety of journals. She has helped define the discipline of shelter medicine and continues to actively chart its future. 

 

Previous Meritorious Service Award Recipients 

        2020 - Dr. Stephanie Janeczko
        2019 - Dr. Claudia Baldwin and Dr. Gary Patronek 
        2018 - Dr. Kelly Farrell
                    (awarded posthumously)
        2017 – Dr. Kate Hurley
        2016 – Dr. Julie Levy
        2015 – Dr. Phil Bushby
        2014 – Dr. Lila Miller
        2013 – Dr. Brenda Griffin
        2012 – Dr. Kelly Rada
                    (awarded posthumously)
        2011 – Dr. Julie Bailey
        2010 – Dr. Jennifer Scarlett
 
                   

 

 

Veterinarian of the Year Award

Established in 2018, this award recognizes remarkable members of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians who have been outstanding in their role as a veterinarian to improve community animal health and wellbeing. The ASV's intent in conferring this award is to bring attention to excellence in shelter medicine by recognizing those who serve as exceptional role models of the profession. Veterinarians serving in municipal, private, and/or non-profit shelters and other community animal endeavors are eligible; current ASV Board Members are ineligible. Anyone may nominate qualified eligible individuals who are members of the ASV for this award. Recipients receive a plaque, a shelter medicine textbook, and a $250 donation to an organization of their choice, and are recognized at the ASV Annual Meeting, held in conjunction with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners Symposium in October. A nomination form, the nominee’s curriculum vitae (CV) and a cover letter with a brief sketch of the nominee's professional background and a statement pertaining to the individual's qualifications for the award should be submitted by e-mail to [email protected]. Deadline for submission is May 15th. Additional letters seconding, endorsing, or supporting nominations for awards will not be used in evaluating candidates, nor will self-nominations be accepted. The nominations committee will review the nominations and recommend a recipient to the ASV Board, and the ASV Board will vote on the recipient.

The 2020 Veterinarian of the Year is Dr. Esther Attard, Toronto, Canada. Dr. Attard is the Acting Director of Toronto Animal Services (TAS), where she began her career as a shelter veterinarian and was named Chief Veterinarian prior to her current roll.  She has developed many successful initiatives, partnerships and programs within TAS, that include, most recently, ways to help low income and homeless pet owners manage their pets through the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Previous Veterinarian of the Year Recipients 

        2020 - Dr. Esther Attard
        2019 - Dr. Katherine Polak
        2018 - Dr. Sara White