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Awards & Nominations Information

CVMA Awards
Descriptions with Nomination Criteria and Timeline

It is the CVMA’s honor and pleasure to recognize significant contributions to the veterinary profession! The announcement of the award recipients is the highlight of the Pacific Veterinary Conference. We invite all readers to take a moment and ask, “Who has stood out in the crowd? Who has made a difference?” Then, send your nomination packet to the CVMA by the deadline of January 10. In June/July, join your colleagues in anticipation and applause for the presentation of these prestigious awards!

Award Descriptions:

Lifetime Achievement Award

This is the highest CVMA award to recognize a member of the Association who has contributed to the advancement of veterinary medicine and organized veterinary medicine. Veterinarians who have exerted outstanding leadership in the building of a strong local and/or state association and who have contributed significantly to veterinary medicine in California and the California Veterinary Medical Association. Nominator may be any individual, committee, or organization.

Nomination criteria:

  • Candidate(s) may be nominated by any individual, committee or organization
  • Nominee must be a Distinguished Life Member.
  • The nominee must have been, or be, active in all levels of organized veterinary medicine, exhibited leadership in the building of a strong local and/or state association and contributed significantly to veterinary medicine in California and the CVMA.
  • Self-nominations will not be accepted

Nominations must include the following:

  • Nomination form
  • A written, detailed biography on this individual stating:
    • How this individual has contributed to outstanding leadership in the building of a strong local and/or state association.
    • How this individual has contributed significantly to veterinary medicine in California and to the California Veterinary Medical Association.
  • Three letters supporting the nomination.
  • One photograph of the nominated person (preferably digital)

Presentation of the award shall be made during the CVMA’s Installation and Awards Ceremony at the annual Pacific Veterinary Conference in June/July.

NOMINATIONS WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR A PERIOD OF THREE YEARS.

Nominations are accepted between September 10 and January 10 each year. 

Distinguished Life Membership

Distinguished Life Membership is the CVMA’s highest membership category. It indicates an individual of the highest caliber in the profession, one who not only has been a good and faithful member for a period of 25 years, but also one who has gone above and beyond the ordinary dues-paying obligations and has actively participated in the CVMA’s responsibilities.

Nomination criteria:

  • Nominee must be a member for least 25 years
  • The nominee must have actively participated in the CVMA’s responsibilities
  • Self-nominations will not be accepted

Nominations must include the following:

  • Nomination petition
  • Synopsis of the individual’s active role in the CVMA’s membership and responsibilities
  • Signatures of five colleagues of the nominee who have been members in good standing of the Association for the preceding ten or more years
  • Three letters supporting the nomination
  • One photograph of the nominated person (preferably digital)

Presentation of the award shall be made during the CVMA’s Installation and Awards Ceremony at the annual Pacific Veterinary Conference in June/July.

Nominations are accepted between September 10 and January 10 each year. 

California Animal Hall of Fame

Celebrates the companion and working animals of California and the veterinarians who care for them. The winning animal is inducted into the Hall of Fame and the care provider receives a plaque. The living animal must reside in California. The nomination must be made with the owner’s permission by a Constituent VMA, a veterinary professional, a humane society, SPCA, or other animal care agency with a veterinarian’s endorsement.

Nomination criteria:

  • The nominated animal must be either (a) living and reside in California, or (b) have resided in California and deceased no more than 18 months preceding the date of nomination.
  • Nominations are to be made by a veterinarian (veterinarian need not be a member of CVMA), by a humane society, SPCA, or other animal care agency in California, or by a constituent veterinary medical association. The owner of the animal has given permission for a nomination. The nomination must include a veterinarian’s endorsement if not made by a veterinarian.
  • Nominee must be a living animal of any domesticated species, which through unselfish and courageous accomplishments exemplifies the affection, loyalty, security, and value of the human animal bond.

Nominations must include the following:

    • Nomination form
    • One 8 x 10 photograph of the nominated animal (preferably digital)
    • Minimum of two or more letters supporting the nomination, not to exceed five letters, including one letter from a veterinarian.
    • Relevant published material about the nominee, not to exceed five pages. Internet hyperlinks, video/audio acceptable.
    • The winning animal, if living, and its owner must be available for the induction ceremonies and installation program at the annual CVMA meeting where they will be hosted by CVMA.

Presentation of the award shall be made during CVMA’s Installation and Awards Ceremony at the annual Pacific Veterinary Conference in June/July.

All submitted material becomes property of the CVMA and will not be returned.

Nominations will be placed in a pool for three years from the date they were received.

Nominations are accepted between September 10 and January 10 of each year.

Outstanding RVT of the Year Award in Private Practice

The CVMA recognizes the significant role of Registered Veterinary Technicians in the veterinary profession through the presentation of this award. Nominee will possess outstanding professional ability including his/her educational achievements, individual contributions, professional affiliations and special experience that sets them apart from others.

Nomination Requirements:

Nominator will submit the nomination form between September 10 and January 10. The CVMA will notify the nominee that they have been nominated for an award. If the nominee accepts the nomination, the CVMA will request that the nominee submit the following:

  • Nomination form
  • Personal narrative from the nominee (not to exceed 500 words)
  • Current CV of candidate that includes:
    • Experience, including time in the profession and level of responsibility
    • List of formal education and continuing education attended (including dates of attendance)
    • Degrees, specialties and certificates
    • Professional association membership and involvement.
  • Individual contributions to community, non-profit affiliations and involvement in animal-related activities or organizations, i.e. wildlife care, humane societies, etc.).
  • Any special achievements not covered above, particularly those that are above and beyond the candidate’s job duties.
  • Letters of recommendation (one from the nominator, and up to three from co-workers, clients, allied health professionals) that includes an evaluation of the candidate’s commitment to the profession and to the cooperative work environment.
  • One photograph of the nominated person (preferably digital)

NOMINATIONS WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR A PERIOD OF THREE YEARS.

Presentation of the award shall be made during the CVMA’s Installation and Awards Ceremony at the annual Pacific Veterinary Conference in June/July.

Nominations are accepted between September 10 and January 10 each year.

Linda Markland RVT of the Year Award in Non-Private Practice

The CVMA recognizes the significant role of Registered Veterinary Technicians in non-private practice in the veterinary profession through the presentation of this award. Nominee will possess outstanding professional ability including his/her educational achievements, individual contributions, professional affiliations and special experience that sets them apart from others.

Nomination Requirements

Nominator will submit the nomination form between September 10 and January 10. The CVMA will notify the nominee that they have been nominated for an award. If the nominee accepts the nomination, the CVMA will request that the nominee submit the following:

  • Nomination form
  • Personal narrative from the nominee (not to exceed 500 words)
  • Current CV of candidate that includes:
    • Experience, including time in the profession and level of responsibility
    • List of formal education and continuing education attended (including dates of attendance)
    • Degrees, specialties and certificates
    • Professional association membership and involvement
  • Individual contributions to community, non-profit affiliations and involvement in animal-related activities or organizations, i.e. wildlife care, humane societies, etc.)
  • Any special achievements not covered above, particularly those that are above and beyond the candidate’s job duties
  • Letters of recommendation (one from the nominator, and up to three from co-workers, clients, allied health professionals) that includes an evaluation of the candidate’s commitment to the profession and to the cooperative work environment.
  • One photograph of the nominated person (preferably digital)

NOMINATIONS WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR A PERIOD OF THREE YEARS.

Presentation of the award shall be made during the CVMA’s Installation and Awards Ceremony at the annual Pacific Veterinary Conference in June/July.

Nominations are accepted between September 10 and January 10 each year. 

RVT’s Outstanding DVM of the Year Award

The Recipient of this award will possess qualities that exemplify a progressive veterinarian that utilizes his/her RVTs and staff to their fullest potential and distinguishes the importance of an educated, certified, professional technical staff. Encouragement and support of certified RVTs, teaching, work environment, and high quality veterinary medicine will be weighed heavily. Recipient and nominators must be CVMA members.

Nomination Requirements:

Nominator will submit the nomination form between September 10 and January 10. The CVMA will notify the nominee that they have been nominated for an award. If the nominee accepts the nomination, the CVMA will request that the nominee submit the following:

  • Nomination form
  • A personal narrative by the nominee is required, covering how registered veterinary technicians are involved in, and benefit, the animal health care profession (not to exceed 500 words).
  • Current CV of candidate.
  • Letters of recommendation. One from the nominator and up to three additional letters (a minimum of two from RVTs – the third letter may be from veterinarians, co-workers, and allied health professionals) that include an evaluation of the candidate’s commitment to the veterinary technology profession.
  • Professional contribution to the development of RVTs and staff, including mentoring and teaching activities, full utilization of RVTs, commitment to continuing education for RVTs, commitment to the team approach to health care, and commitment to the practice of high quality medicine.
  • Contributions to the community, professional associations and the promotion of the RVT profession and career path
  • Any special achievements not covered above, particularly those that are above and beyond the candidate’s job duties
  • One photograph of the nominated person (preferably digital)

NOMINATIONS WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR A PERIOD OF THREE YEARS.

Presentation of the award shall be made during the CVMA’s Installation and Awards Ceremony at the annual Pacific Veterinary Conference in June/July.

Nominations are accepted between September 10 and January 10 each year.

Meritorious Service Award

The Meritorious Service Award honors an individual or group who has provided extraordinary service on behalf of animals, the veterinary profession, or people who celebrate the human-animal bond in California. Nominees for this award should be from one of the following groups:

  • Media demonstrating a commitment to coverage of veterinary or human/animal bond-related stories
  • A special program or service offered by a veterinary group or clinic that received media attention
  • A group, organization, or individual that led an activity to improve the bond between humans and animals in California
  • Self-nominations will not be accepted

Nomination criteria for one of the types of service listed above is as follows:

  • Nominated media group, veterinary group, organization, or individual must be based in California
  • Nominations will be accepted from CVMA committees, veterinarians, humane societies, SPCA’s, or other animal care agencies in California, or by constituent veterinary associations
  • The winner will be recognized at the Awards Ceremony at the Pacific Veterinary Conference
  • Nominations will be placed in a pool for three years from the date they were received

Nominations must include the following:

  • Nomination form including a description of the program or event being recognized.
  • Minimum of two letters of evaluation for nomination, not to exceed five letters.
  • One photograph of the nominated person (preferably digital)
  • Relevant published material about the nominee (newspaper or magazine articles), not to exceed five pages. Internet hyperlinks, video/audio acceptable.

Presentation of the award shall be made during the CVMA’s Installation and Awards Ceremony at the annual Pacific Veterinary Conference in June/July.

NOMINATIONS WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR A PERIOD OF THREE YEARS.

Nominations are accepted between September 10 and January 10 each year. 

Outstanding Service Award

The CVMA Outstanding Service Award is designed to honor those that have been an excellent representative of the profession through active community involvement and/or veterinary service. This includes involvement in veterinary and/or non-veterinary groups and associations.

Nomination criteria:

  • Must be a member of CVMA for the past 10 years or more
  • Nominators must be CVMA members
  • Self-Nominations will not be accepted

Nominations must include the following:

  • Nomination form accompanied by a petition signed by five colleagues of the nominee who have been members in good standing of the Association for the preceding ten or more years.
  • Minimum of three letters of recommendation detailing this individual’s community involvement and service, not to exceed five letters.
  • Relevant published material (newspaper or magazine articles – internet hyperlinks, video/audio acceptable) or synopsis about the nominee, not to exceed five pages.
  • One photograph of the nominated person (preferably digital)

The award shall be presented at the local VMA meeting and will be recognized in the California Veterinarian journal.

Nominations are accepted between September 10 and January 10 each year.

Timeline for Nominations:

Between January 11, and February 15, of that membership year, nominees reviewed by appropriate committee or task force.

Board of Governors reviews and selects recipient(s) at March/April meeting.

Award recipients and their nominating body shall be notified within two (2) weeks following the March/April Board Meeting.

Letters sent to the nominator of those not receiving awards within 30 days after March/April Board meeting.

All awards except for the Outstanding Service Award to be presented at the CVMA’s Installation and Awards Ceremony at the annual Pacific Veterinary Conference held in June/July.

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