Communications Award

AAVMC Communications Excellence Award

Nomination Period Opens: January 1, 2017
Nomination Deadline: March 31, 2017


College or university based communications officers primarily engaged with the management and operation of the communications program at an AAVMC member institution.

Who may nominate

Any individual employed at an AAVMC member institution.


The award includes a $1,000 honorarium. The awardee will be notified in May 2017. The awardee is expected to attend the meeting of the Association of Veterinary Advancement Professionals (AVAP) meeting at the AVMA Convention to receive the award.

What to submit
  1. Name, job title, institution, and full contact information of both the nominee and nominator (if different).
  2. A 300-word description of the scope (major components) and achievements of the member institution communications program (Please be succinct and quantitative…descriptions must not exceed 300 words)
  3. Samples of supporting program materials (do not include multiple versions of same product; e.g. magazine or newsletter)
  4. A letter of recommendation from the dean of the institution describing the performance and achievements of the communication program and nominee (not to exceed two pages)
Where to submit materials

Materials should be submitted by email to

Award criteria

Work accomplished between January 1 and December 31, 2016 will be considered during the award cycle.
  1. Strategic nature of communication program, extent to which it advances organizational goals and metrics that demonstrate results
  2. Overall quality and scope of the communication program conducted on behalf of the member institution (owned and earned media, print, digital and multimedia products)
Award committee

An award committee comprised of individuals representing expertise in public relations and academic veterinary medicine will be appointed by AAVMC.


The "AAVMC Communications Excellence Award" recognizes the important role communication programs play in advancing academic veterinary medicine and the profession. It also seeks to inspire higher levels of performance among our members.

The award includes a $1,000 honorarium, a plaque, and recognition during the annual meeting of the Association of Veterinary Advancement Professionals (AVAP). The recipient is expected to attend the AVAP meeting held in conjunction with the 2017 annual meeting of the AVMA in Indianapolis, Indiana for the award presentation ceremony. 

Nominations are welcome from any individual employed by an AAVMC member institution and candidates may nominate themselves. All nominations must be submitted in digital form via email. The winner will be announced in May 2017.

Past recipients of the AAVMC Communications Excellence Award

          2016    Dr. Megan Palsa
          2015    Ms. Linda Ybarra
          2014    Ms. Ashley Berke
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