Each year, AzVMA recognizes individuals who honor the veterinary medical profession with their outstanding contributions in a variety of areas. Awards may be given in one or more of the categories listed.
Veterinarian of the Year
This award is presented to an AzVMA veterinarian who has generously contributed time and energy to the advancement of the AzVMA, the veterinary profession and the community for at least twenty-five years. Factors to be considered are professional success, service to the profession, community participation, professional knowledge and exemplary citizenship.
Distinguished Service Award
This award is presented to an AzVMA veterinarian who has made exceptional contributions to the veterinary profession through service to local associations, AzVMA, AVMA, or other veterinary organizations. Taken into consideration are service on committees, leadership, and active involvement in the Arizona veterinary community.
Emerging Leader of the Year
This award recognizes an AzVMA member practitioner who has practiced in the state of Arizona a minimum of three years. Nominees should have made significant contributions to veterinary medicine in the state. Criteria for consideration include organizational activities, leadership development, education or research initiatives, and service to the veterinary community.
Veterinary Hall of Fame
In 2011, the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association established the Arizona Veterinary Hall of Fame to honor AzVMA members who have made significant contributions to the organized veterinary medicine and the veterinary profession. Nominees must have been members of the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association for at least 25 years and have distinguished themselves by service to the association and the profession on a local, state, or national level/and or internationally.
2020 AzVMA Awards Ceremony Postponed
Due to the cancellation of the 2020 AzVMA Desert West Connection precipitated by COVID-19, AzVMA has decided to postpone its annual awards ceremony until 2021.