The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recently announced the recipients of a trio of awards for outstanding work in the area of animal welfare.
The AVMA Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award, recognizing outstanding work of veterinarians in preserving and protecting human-animal relationships, was awarded to Dr. Jody Sandler. Sandler, the Director of Veterinary Services for Guiding Eyes for the Blind, introduced a new program to train service dogs for children with autism.
The AVMA Humane Award, recognizing those who demonstrate thoughtful and science-based animal welfare advocacy, was awarded to Harold F. Dates. Dates, the President and CEO of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Cincinnati, has a career-spanning record of advancing animal welfare efforts in the Cincinnati area.
The AVMA Animal Welfare Award, recognizing those who help raise awareness of the role veterinarians play in improving our understanding of animal welfare-related science and ethics, was awarded to Dr. Jeanette O’Quin. O’Quin, a Clinical Assistant Professor at Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, has made a variety of contributions to animal welfare science, including the co-authoring of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians’ Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters which are used by shelters across the United States.
All three awards were presented at the AVMA’s 2017 Veterinary Leadership Conference in Chicago.