AVA Awards Program

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The Australian Veterinary Association recognises service to the association or the veterinary profession through a program of awards and prizes.

Gilruth Prize - AVA's most prestigious award. It is awarded to members and non-members for outstanding service to veterinary science in Australia. Unsuccessful nominees from the previous two years are automatically included in the nominations put forward for judging.

Guidelines | Nomination form

Kesteven Medal - Awarded to members for distinguished contributions to international veterinary science by providing technical and scientific assistance to developing countries. Unsuccessful nominees from the previous two years are automatically included in the nominations put forward for judging.

Guidelines | Nomination form

President's Award - Awarded by the President and the AVA Board preferably to a veterinarian who makes an outstanding practical contribution to veterinary science or practice in Australia, especially during the preceding five years.

Guidelines

Fellowship Awards - Awarded to members for outstanding service to the association.

Guidelines | Nomination form

Honorary Membership - Awarded to eminent non-veterinarians for services to the AVA or the veterinary profession.

Guidelines | Nomination form

Meritorious Service Awards - Awarded to members or non-members (who are not eligible for membership of the association). The Meritorious Service Award recognises special or long-term service to the AVA, its divisions, branches or special interest groups.

Guidelines | Nomination form

Kendall Oration and Medal - Awarded when the AVA Annual Conference is held in Canberra or Melbourne to commemorate the occasion.

Guidelines

Don Kerr Veterinary Student Award - Awarded to a final year veterinary student from one of the veterinary schools. This award recognises academic achievement and exceptional commitment to cattle medicine.

Guidelines

AVA Student Awards - Awarded to student members of the association who through their academic work and participation in student affairs are considered to be an asset to the student body and potentially an asset to the veterinary profession and the association.

Nominations

Nominations for awards (except for the Practices of Excellence Awards) should be made in writing to the CEO at AVA national office, via your division or special interest group. Nomations are o pen from June to December each year, and nominees must be AVA members. 

Anyone can make a nomination, however there may be some exeptions. 

Award winners are announced and presented with their award at the AVA Annual Conference. Some student awards are presented by the AVA at university graduation events.

More information

For more information about the award categories or deadline for nominations please contact the AVA.