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AAVMC Recognition Lecture

Nomination Period Opens: September 14, 2015
Nomination Deadline: October 16, 2015


Nominees should be part of the veterinary community, and have a history of service, research, education, or participation in the veterinary community. Individuals with limited contributions to the veterinary medical profession or academic veterinary medical education should not be considered.

Who may nominate

Any individual employed at an AAVMC member institution.


The award includes a honorarium. The awardee will be notified in December 2015. The awardee is expected to attend the AAVMC Annual Conference and Iverson Bell Symposium in March 2016 to receive the award and make a presentation on a topic of the awardee's choice. Awardee's reasonable costs (registration, travel, housing, meals) for attending the Annual Conference will be covered by AAVMC. The awardee is encouraged to submit their presentation to the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education for publication.

What to submit
  1. Nomination letter addressing the award criteria (see below).
Where to submit materials

Materials should be submitted by email to

Award criteria

1.    The nominee's contribution made should be to academic veterinary medical education, not the profession at large or education generally.
2.    The contribution may be a fundamental one-time contribution, or incremental over time ("a body of work").
3.    Areas in which the contribution might be made include, but are not limited to:
        a.   Leadership of an AAVMC member institution
        b.   Development of a curriculum, or a curricular model
        c.   Development of clinical teaching methods, or a clinical model
        d.   Advancement of the science of veterinary medical practice
        e.   Advancement of the business of veterinary medical practice
        f.    Advancement in fundamental concepts of the veterinary profession (e.g., the development of the concept of One Health)
        g.   Advancement in the non-clinical practice of the veterinary profession (e.g., advancing the public's understanding of the scope
              of veterinary practice)
        h.    Advancement in the research of pedagogy of veterinary medical education
        i.    Advancement in the understanding of the economics of, political support for, educational milieu, or physical plant of academic
              veterinary medical education.
        j.    Advancement in concepts of recruitment or admissions
        k.   Advancement in the understanding of concepts of or promotion of diversity (in all its forms) in academic veterinary medical education
        l     Advancement in concepts or promotion of leadership, or in providing leadership training, in academic veterinary medical education.
        m.  The provision of information, knowledge, or solutions to AAVMC members' work
        n.    Acting as an effective catalyst or convener of issues of importance to academic veterinary medical education
4.    The significance of the contribution should be major. "Major" is contextual. In under-developed fields, minor advances may be
        considered  major. Advancement in a well-developed field would need to be much more significant.
5.    Contributions need not be recent, as it may take time before the significance of an advance becomes recognized.
6.    The goal of this award is to recognize those who have helped to transform academic veterinary medical education in some way.
        Mere effectiveness or popularity should not be enough.
7.    The Recognition Award should not be presented to an individual whose contribution is primarily limited to advocacy or research.
        Generally speaking, these individuals should receive the Senator John Melcher Award for Public Policy Leadership or the
        AAVMC Excellence in Research Award.
8.    Controversy over the contribution should not disqualify an individual from receiving the Recognition Award, although the contribution
       made should not be in conflict with the publicly published AAVMC mission statement, vision statement, values statement, or strategic
       goals and objectives.

Award committee

The AAVMC Executive Committee serves as the selection committee.

Background and past recipients

The Recognition Lecture is an annual honor established in January 1990 by the Board of Directors to recognize an individual whose leadership and vision have made a significant contribution to academic veterinary medicine and the veterinary profession. The Pew National Veterinary Education Program (PNVEP) provided an initial grant to support the award. In 2015, the Board of Directors established an endowment fund for the Recognition Lecture. The award has been solely funded by the AAVMC since 2002.

Past recipients of the AAVMC Recognition Lecture (2003–present)

       2015    Dr. Lance Perryman
       2014    Dr. Joe Kornegay
       2013    Dr. James Coffman
       2012    Dr. Malcolm Getz
       2011    Dr. Peter Eyre
       2010    Ms. Patricia Lowrie
       2009    Dr. Keith Prasse
       2008    Dr. J.T. Vaughn
       2007    Dr. John Shadduck
       2006    Dr. Richard Dierks
       2005    Dr. W. R. Pritchard
       2004    Dr. N. Ole Nielsen
       2003    Dr. Bill Jenkins

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