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The Australian Small Animal Veterinarians (ASAV) awards provide an unparalleled opportunity to:

  • Recognise success: Use the submission process to boost your team’s morale by focusing on what has gone well over the past year.
  • Incentivise your staff: Nominate them for an individual award to recognise their personal and professional success.
  • Analyse your business practices and understand what ‘worked’ to create the success that may form the basis of your nomination.
  • Benchmark your performance against the professions best with the option for constructive feedback provided by the judges.
  • Benefit from any media coverage generated by the awards to boost your profile.
  • Utilise the prestige and kudos of winning an award on your resume, your marketing and professional collateral to further boost your organisation’s credibility.

Each year, the ASAV awards honour the best in small animal veterinary practice across Australia, while the ASAV Student Scholarships give us a glimpse into the future of our profession “the ones to watch”. In turn, all award recipients enjoy considerable profiling within the veterinary community and the general public.

The prestige of the ASAV awards program relies on the high calibre of submissions who are exclusively ASAV members, along-side the expertise of the judging panel, the ASAV Committee is convened each year to review submissions.

All awards will be presented at the ASAV Awards Dinner, Wednesday 11 August 2021 during the 2021 ASAV Conference, The Star, Gold Coast, QLD.

  • Nominations for the 2021 ASAV Awards are open.
  • Nominations for the 2021 ASAV Awards close Monday 14 June 2021.
  • Nominations for the 2021 ASAV student scholarships are open.
  • Nominations for the 2021 ASAV student scholarships close Monday 24 May 2021.

Please see below to find out more about the ASAV awards, each award’s details and criteria and the nomination form.

  • John Holt Distinguished Service Award: Given to any person within or outside of the profession who has rendered outstanding service to the ASAV and its members.
  • ASAV Practitioner of the year: Is a practitioner, who in the eyes of ASAV members, has rendered outstanding service to the profession and the public in terms of academic qualifications, standard of practice, professional profile, altruism or all of these components.
  • ASAV Award for Scientific Excellence: For outstanding scientific contribution to small animal veterinary medicine/surgery.
  • Atwell Awards (x2): Given to an author for an article published in the Australian Veterinary Practitioner
  • Student Scholarships (x4): A helping hand to the profession’s future.

ASAV members are able to self-nominate for an award by addressing a range of criteria that is relevant to the particular award and application process.

Step 1: Deciding to enter:

  • Learn more about how to enter by navigating through this awards information.
  • Discuss the possibility with other members of your team.
  • Ensure that you’re a current financial member of ASAV.
  • You may like to talk with the team at the ASAV office about your application.

Step 2: Select which awards to enter

  • Peruse each award criteria and make note of the ones that are relevant.
  • Choose to self-nominate or you may like to nominate someone other than yourself.
  • You may enter more than one category.

Step 3: Gather your forces

  • Identify if there is a person in charge to complete an awards application, if applicable.
  • Ensure that all your team members are aware and/or assist in the process.
  • Gather the information, collateral and photos required for each entry.

Step 4: Enter an Awards Submission

  • Go to the relevant award section, then follow the instructions.

Step 5: Share in the excitement

  • Ensure your team attend the ASAV Awards Dinner on Wednesday 11 August 2021 at The Star, Gold Coast, QLD.

This award is given to any person, within the profession, who has rendered outstanding service to the ASAV and its members.

Essential criteria: the recipient must qualify for each of the below:

  • Be someone who, in the opinion of the majority of ASAV members, and/or ASAV Committee has offered service to the ASAV with distinction.
  • Be an ASAV member in good standing

Non-essential criteria: in addition, the following criteria will further qualify a worthy recipient of this award:

  • Has served on the ASAV Executive for at least 4 years and/or has been an ASAV member continuously for 5 years or more
  • Has held major office (President/Treasurer)
  • Has achieved outstanding outcomes whilst an ASAV Executive member

Instructions on nominations and receiving an award:

  • An eligible applicant may be nominated by another colleague and/or self-nominate.
  • Nominations are open
  • Submissions must be received no later than Monday 14 June 2021.
  • Winners should be available to attend the 2021 ASAV Conference, at The Star, Gold Coast, QLD, to receive their award, however recipients may nominate a suitable representative (ASAV member) to accept on their behalf.

Any active member in good standing of the ASAV may be nominated who:

  • Is fully engaged in practice with a component of at least 25% focus on small animals.
  • Has been actively engaged in practice with small animals for a minimum period of 5 years.
  • Be one, who (in the eyes of their colleagues) is an outstanding practitioner in at least any two of the following:

(a) Academic qualifications
(b) Services to the public
(c) Services to the profession
(d) Public image

Essential criteria: the recipient must qualify for each of the below:

  • Be an ASAV member in good standing
  • Is fully engaged in practice with a component of at least 25% focus on small animals
  • Is a practitioner, who in the eyes of ASAV members, has rendered outstanding service to the profession and the public in terms of academic qualifications, standard of practice, professional profile, altruism or all of these components.
  • Nomination will be supported by testimonials from colleagues and/or the public

Non-essential criteria: in addition, the following criteria will further qualify a worthy recipient of this award:

  • Is a practitioner who has rendered an outstanding level of mentoring, support or leadership to colleagues.

Instructions on nominations and receiving an award:

  • An eligible applicant may be nominated by another colleague and/or self-nominate.
  • Nominations are open
  • Submissions must be received no later than Monday 14 June 2021.
  • Winners should be available to attend the 2021 ASAV Conference, at the Star, Gold Coast, QLD, to receive their award, however recipients may nominate a suitable representative (ASAV member) to accept on their behalf.

This award is given to a veterinarian who has rendered outstanding scientific contributions to small animal medicine and /or surgery

Essential criteria: the recipient must qualify for each of the below:

  • Be an ASAV member in good standing
  • A veterinarian who has rendered outstanding scientific contribution to small animal medicine and/or surgery.
  • The veterinarian should be considered outstanding in their field internationally.
  • ASAV members should have benefited substantially as a result of the work of this individual (or group).

Non-essential criteria: in addition, the following criteria will further qualify a worthy recipient of this award:

  • Is a practitioner who has rendered an outstanding level of mentoring, support or leadership to colleagues.

Instructions on nominations and receiving an award:

  • An eligible applicant may be nominated by another colleague and/or self-nominate.
  • Nominations are open
  • Submissions must be received no later than Monday 14 June 2021.
  • Winners should be available to attend the 2021 ASAV Conference, at The Star, Gold Coast, QLD, to receive their award, however recipients may nominate a suitable representative (ASAV member) to accept on their behalf.

This award is selected by the Australian Veterinary Practitioner Journal Editor based on the following criteria and eligibility for submission(s) published.

Criteria:

  • Scientific merit.
  • Quality of paper (readability, quality of writing, documentation of findings).
  • Relevance to small animal practitioners.

Eligibility:

  • Eligible papers awarded at the 2021 ASAV Conference include those published from June 2020 through to March 2021.
  • Winners should be available to attend the 2021 ASAV Conference, at The Star, Gold Coast, QLD, to receive their award, however recipients may nominate a suitable representative (ASAV member) to accept on their behalf.

Instructions on nominations and receiving an award:

  • Nominations are not required for this award, all papers meeting the above criteria have been considered by a panel comprising the AVP Editor and two ASAV members, nominated annually by the Editor and endorsed by the ASAV Executive Committee.
  • Awards will be determined in April 2021, based on the preceding four issues of the AVP Journal.

This award is selected by the Australian Veterinary Practitioner Journal Editor based on the following criteria and eligibility for submission(s) published.

Criteria:

  • Scientific merit.
  • Quality of paper (readability, quality of writing, documentation of findings).
  • Relevance to small animal practitioners.

Eligibility:

  • Eligible papers awarded at the 2021 ASAV Conference include those published from June 2020 through to March 2021.
  • Winners should be available to attend the 2021 ASAV Conference, at The Star, Gold Coast, QLD, to receive their award, however recipients may nominate a suitable representative (ASAV member) to accept on their behalf.

Instructions on nominations and receiving an award:

  • Nominations are not required for this award, all papers meeting the above criteria have been considered by a panel comprising the AVP Editor and two ASAV members, nominated annually by the Editor and endorsed by the ASAV Executive Committee.
  • Awards will be determined in April 2021, based on the preceding four issues of the AVP Journal.

The ASAV student scholarship offers our student members valuable continuing education as well as an opportunity to network with like-minded professionals. It is our way of thanking our student members for their commitment to the veterinary profession.

In return, we ask that each recipient provide a written report of 500 words in relation to the 2021 ASAV Conference for publication in the post conference issue of Companion.

There are four ASAV Student Scholarships on offer for the 2021 ASAV Conference at the Star, Gold Coast, 9-12 August 2021. We urge all our ASAV Student members to apply for this scholarship to benefit from an outstanding continuing education program and networking opportunities.

Each scholarship will include:

  • Full registration to the 2021 ASAV Conference
  • Free tickets to all social events.

Selection criteria: the recipient must qualify for each of the below:

  • The scholarships are open to current ASAV Student members across Australia
  • Applicants should ideally demonstrate involvement in and commitment to small animal practice and/or the ASAV
  • Applicants may provide examples of specific involvement and use supporting references where available
  • Applicants should demonstrate an intention to develop career opportunities in the small animal veterinary profession, and may provide examples of proposed or completed work experience gained

Instructions on nominations and receiving an award:

  • An eligible applicant may be nominated by another colleague and/or self-nominate.
  • Please send your written submission addressing the above criteria together with your resume and outline in no less than 1500 words why you’d benefit from receiving the Student Scholarship
  • Nominations are open
  • Submissions must be received no later than Monday 24 May 2021.
  • Winners should be available to attend the 2021 ASAV Conference, at The Star, Gold Coast, QLD, to receive their award, however recipients may nominate a suitable representative (ASAV member) to accept on their behalf.

All awards will be presented at the ASAV Awards Dinner, Wednesday 11 August 2021 during the ASAV Conference at The Star, Gold Coast, QLD.

  • Nominations for the 2020 ASAV Awards are open.
  • Nominations for the 2020 ASAV Awards close Monday 14 June 2021.
  • Nominations for the 2020 ASAV Student Scholarships are open.
  • Nominations for the 2020 ASAV Student Scholarships close Monday 24 May 2021.

 

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  • For award nominees, you will be required to attach an outline addressing the relevant awards criteria.
  • For scholarship nominees, you will be required to attach a submission addressing the above criteria, together with your resume and outline in no less than 1500 words about why you’d benefit from receiving the Student Scholarship.

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