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Awards & Nomination Criteria Timeline

CVMA Awards
Descriptions with Nomination Criteria and Timeline

Deadline is December 31!

For a nomination packet, call the CVMA office at 800-655-2862 or click on the title of the name of the award to view more information and to access a form to submit.

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 December 31. 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:

  • 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.

Distinguished Life Membership

Distinguished Life Membership is the CVMA’s highest membership honor, and is awarded to an individual of the highest caliber in the profession.

Nomination criteria:

  • Must be a member of the CVMA for a period of 25 years or more (including the preceding five years)
  • Nominee exemplifies one who has gone above and beyond the ordinary dues-paying obligations and has partaken actively in the CVMA’s responsibilities.
  • The nomination must be 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. It also must include three letters supporting the nomination.

Dan Evans Memorial Award

Nominee must be a CVMA member Equine Veterinarian with a minimum of 20 years of practice in Equine Veterinary Medicine. Nominee must have been, or be, active in organized veterinary medicine on the local and state or national levels. Nominee must set an example and be a positive influence on those entering the field of Equine Veterinary Medicine, shall have made significant contributions to the field, and shall be exemplary in community involvement. Nominator must be a CVMA member.

Nomination criteria:

  • Must be an Equine Veterinarian.
  • Nominee must have a minimum of 20 years of practice in equine veterinary medicine.
  • Must be or have been active in organized veterinary medicine on the local and state, or national levels, for example a committee chair, or held an office in a major organization.
  • The recipient should set an example to those entering the field of equine veterinary medicine, and be a positive influence on others.
  • Nominee shall have made significant contributions to the equine veterinary medicine field.

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 living and reside in California.
  • Nominations are to be made by a veterinarian or a client through a veterinarian (veterinarian need not be a member of the CVMA), by the 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.
  • 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.
    • Minimum of two or more letters supporting the nomination, not to exceed five letters.
  • Relevant published material about the nominee, not to exceed five pages. Internet hyperlinks, video/audio acceptable.
  • The winning animal and its owner must be available for the induction ceremonies and installation program at the annual CVMA meeting where they will be hosted by the CVMA.

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

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

Outstanding RVT of the Year Award in Private Practice

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. Recipient and nominator must be CVMA members.

Nomination criteria:

  • The nominee must have letters of recommendation from co-workers, clients, allied health professionals (not to exceed three).
  • Included for review must be a list of formal education and continuing education attended (including dates of attendance), community and non-profit affiliations, professional association memberships and involvement, and any other specialties.
  • Also a requirement is a personal narrative from the nominee stating what being a Registered Veterinary Technician means to the candidate (not to exceed 500 words).

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. Recipient and nominator must be CVMA members.

Nomination criteria:

  • The nominee must have letters of recommendation from co-workers, clients, allied health professionals (not to exceed three).
  • Included for review must be a list of formal education and continuing education attended (including dates of attendance), community and non-profit affiliations, professional association memberships and involvement, and any other specialties.
  • Also a requirement is a personal narrative from the nominee stating what being a Registered Veterinary Technician means to the candidate (not to exceed 500 words).

RVT’s Outstanding DVM of the Year Award

The Recipient will posses 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 criteria:

  • An RVT or an RVT association must make the nominations for this award.
  • Included with the nomination must be letters of recommendation – one from the nominator and up to three additional letters (minimum of two from RVTs and the third letter from co-workers, clients, and allied health professionals).
  • A current list of the nominees formal or informal technician and assistant training and/or mentoring which includes lectures for continuing education, training seminars, classes for student’s etc., shall also be considered.
  • 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).

Meritorious Service Award

The Meritorious Service Award is designed to honor meritorious service on behalf of animals, the veterinary profession, or people who celebrate the human-animal bond in California. Nominations 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

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.

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.
  • Relevant published material about the nominee (newspaper or magazine articles), not to exceed five pages. Internet hyperlinks, video/audio acceptable.

The winner will be recognized at the Awards Ceremony at the Pacific Veterinary Conference in June/July.

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

Outstanding Service Award

The 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

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.

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

Timeline for Nominations:

Deadline for nominations December 31, of the current membership year.

Between January 1, 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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