Meritorious Service Award Criteria & Nomination Form

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.


Please fill out the form and submit it with your nomination packet by January 15. You may submit your packet by email or mail it to: CVMA, 1400 River Park Dr, Sacramento, CA 95815.

Nomination Form

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