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FVMA Annual Awards

FVMA Service Awards honor veterinarians, team members and citizens in the state of Florida who have made outstanding contributions to the Association, veterinary medicine, animal health and the human-animal bond.

Awards are presented at the Annual Awards Ceremony during the FVMA’s Annual Conference.

Award categories include:  

Distinguished Service Award

To be awarded for exceptional achievements and contributions by a member towards the advancement of veterinary medicine and the profession. To qualify, a member must have been dedicated to veterinary medicine and given time and energy beyond reasonable expectations. To be eligible for this award, a nominee must have been an active member of the Association for at least the past 15 years.

Download Distinguished Service Award Form

  • Recipients

    2018 Jack L. Blackwood, Jr., DVM
    2017 Robert R. Hase, DVM
    2016 John D. Lynch, DVM
    2015 Russell J. Snyder, DVM
    2014 Jerry P. Shank, DVM
    2014 Stephen A. Shores
    2013 Laurie Ann Walmsley, DVM
    2012 Paul Gibbs, BVSc, PhD
    2011 James E. Pennington, DVM
    2010 John R. Bass, DVM
    2007 Richard Wilkes, DVM
    2005 Peter T. Fernandes, DVM
    2004 Larry G. Dee, DVM
    2003 James Brandt, DVM
    2002 William “Bill” Kyser, DVM
    2001 Ernest Godfrey, DVM
    2000 C. Perry Smith, DVM
    1999 Richard “Bill” Goldston, DVM
    1999 Paul L. Nicoletti, DVM
    1997 John Langford, DVM
    1996 Albert Few, DVM
    1995 Ralph S. Wilhelm, DVM
    1994 Harvey L. Rubin, DVM
    1992 James A. Himes, DVM
    1991 Diedrich Beusse, Jr., DVM
    1990 Shelton Pinkerton, DVM
    1989 Jerry C. Spears, DVM
    1988 H. Larry Gore, DVM
    1985 E. E. Thomas, Sr., DVM
    1984 James H. Yarborough, DVM
    1982 Clarence E. Dee, DVM
    1979 Ronald F. Jackson, DVM
    1977 J. Brannen Murphy, DVM
    1976 William E. Jackson, DVM
    1974 Charles E. Bild, DVM

Veterinarian of the Year

To be awarded to a member for distinguished, unselfish and dedicated service to the Association for the advancement of veterinary medicine and the profession. To be eligible for this award, a nominee must have been an active member of the Association for at least the past 10 years.

Download Veterinarian of the Year Award Form

  • Recipients

    2018 Mitsie Vargas, DVM
    2017 Marc A. Presnell, DVM
    2016 Diane Lynn Kitchen, DVM, PhD
    2014 Jacqueline S. Shellow, DVM
    2011 Jerry L. Rayburn, DVM
    2010 Richard B. Williams, DVM
    2009 E. Howard Acree, Jr., DVM
    2008 Deborah Cottrell, DVM
    2007 Donald H. Morgan, DVM
    2006 Richard Wilkes, DVM
    2005 Link V. Welborn, DVM
    2004 Sergio E. Vega, DVM
    2003 Michael D. Lokai, DVM
    2002 Jeffrey S. Goodwin, DVM
    2001 James E. Pennington, DVM
    2000 Teresa Lightfoot, DVM
    1999 Geneva Keene Acor, DVM
    1998 Robert R. Hase, DVM
    1997 Eduardo Garcia, DVM
    1995 Larry G. Dee, DVM
    1994 Paul L. Nicoletti, DVM
    1993 James H. Brandt, DVM
    1992 R. T. “Bill” Goldston, DVM
    1991 Mark Bloomberg, DVM
    1990 Ernest C. Godfrey, DVM
    1989 Harold F. Albers, DVM
    1988 Thomas J. Lane, DVM
    1987 James A. Himes, DVM
    1986 Leon Sellers, DVM
    1985 Clarence L. Campbell, DVM
    1984 Diedrich O. Beusse, Jr., DVM
    1983 Harvey L. Rubin, DVM
    1982 Charles S. Simpson, DVM
    1981 Ralph S. Wilhelm, DVM
    1980 Robert I. Jackson, DVM
    1979 C. E. Cornelius, DVM
    1978 J. Don Lynch, DVM
    1977 Jerry C. Spears, DVM
    1976 Edward W. Swarthout, DVM
    1975 Frank Gruesser, DVM
    1974 Shelton Pinkerton, DVM
    1973 J. Brannen Murphy, DVM
    1971 William F. Casler, DVM
    1968 Robert P. Knowles, DVM
    1967 Karl R. Owens, DVM
    1966 William L. Sippel, DVM
    1965 William F. Jackson, DVM
    1964 Charles E. Bild, DVM
    1963 Ronald F. Jackson, DVM
    1962 Peter S. Roy, DVM
    1961 Clarence E. Dee, DVM
    1960 Jack O. Knowles, DVM
    1959 James H. Yarborough, DVM
    1958 Ezekiel F. Thomas, Sr., DVM

Lifetime Achievement Award

To be awarded to senior active and retired members who have made outstanding contributions to the Association and veterinary medicine. To be eligible for this award, a nominee must have been an active or retired member of the Association for the last 30 consecutive years and must be at least 65 years old. In exceptional cases, the service requirement may be reduced to 25 years.

Download Lifetime Achievement Award Form

  • Recipients

    2016
    John R. Bass, DVM
    Elton Gissendanner, DVM
    2014
    Ernest C. Godfrey, DVM
    2013
    Richard T. "Bill" Goldston, DVM (posthumous)
    2011
    Donald H. Morgan, DVM
    2010
    Warren Lee Hinrichs, DVM
    Thomas J. Lane, DVM
    Sergio Vega, DVM
    2009
    Stephen A. Shores, DVM
    2008
    Perry Smith, DVM
    2007
    Billy S. Austin, DVM
    2006
    Robert M. Kuhn, DVM
    2005
    Leon H. Sellers, DVM
    2004
    Harold Siegal, DVM
    2003
    Thomas F. Whitley, DVM
    2002
    David B. Aronson, DVM
    Donald S. Brown, DVM
    2001
    Frank Gruesser, DVM
    Grady Lanier, DVM
    Russell J. Snyder, VMD
    2000
    Robert I. Jackson, DVM
    Richard L. Brutus, DVM
    1999
    Wyland S. Cripe, DVM
    Wade Gardner, DVM
    C. Tom Rainey, DVM
    1998
    Emory T. Adams, DVM
    Robert S. Mullins, DVM
    1996
    Douglas McKee, DVM
    J. D. Lynch, DVM
    Richard Bixler, DVM
    Donald Cooperrider, DVM
    1995
    Jack Knowles, DVM
    E. “Ed” Whaley, DVM
    Ralph Chambers, DVM
    Harold Albers, DVM

Gold Star Award

To be awarded to members who have contributed much of their time and energy to the Association and/or a local association for the advancement of veterinary medicine and the profession. To be eligible for this award, the nominee must have been an active member of the Association for at least the past three years.

Download Gold Star Award Form

  • Recipients

    2018
    Jenifer A Chatfield, DVM, DACZM
    Donald S. Howell, DVM
    Tracy Ladue, DVM, DACVIM, DACVR
    Jennifer Locke, DVM
    Harvey L. Partridge, DVM
    Thomas Mitchell "Mitch" Potter, DVM, MS, DACVECC
    Lauren Prather, DVM
    Ruth-Anne M. Richter, DVM, BSc (Hon), MS
    Claudia Valderrama, DVM
    John Steve Woodby, DVM
    2017
    Brooke A. Certa, DVM
    Kevin A. Drygas, DVM, DACVS
    Natalie Hashey, DVM
    Rebecca Williams, DVM
    2016
    Ashley Kanzler, DVM
    Corey Miller, DVM, MS, DACT
    Adriana Odachowski, DVM
    Theresa Parrott, DVM
    Scott Richardson, DVM
    Ruth-Anne M. Richter, BSc (Hon), DVM, MS
    Andrew B. Scarbrough, DVM
    Alex M. Steverson, DVM
    2015
    Greg BonenClark, DVM, DACVS
    Anjanette Cabeza, DVM
    Rick Diaz, DVM
    Robert Encinosa, DVM
    Rachel Klemawesch, DVM
    Amanda House, DVM, DACVIM
    Marta Lista, DVM
    Anne Moretta, DVM
    James Mosley, DVM
    Suzan Oakley, DVM, DABVP (Equine), Cert ISELP
    Maria Oliveira, DVM
    2014
    Gerardo Diaz, DVM
    Grant E. McMillian, DVM
    Kimberly Donovan, DVM
    Caroline Olausen, DVM
    Timothy Holloway, DVM
    G. Brad Mackenzie, DVM, DAVCS
    James A. Kanzler, DVM
    2013
    James M. Brechin, DVM
    Mitchell A. Crystal, DVM, DACVIM
    Devegowda Gopal, DVM, MS, PhD
    Heather A. Hartley, DVM
    Natalie D. Hashey, DVM
    Christina R. Layton, DVM
    Donna McWilliams, DVM
    Mara D. Ricci, DVM
    Richard C. Sutliff, DVM
    G. Carter Zorn, DVM
    2012
    William Abbott, DVM
    Jan Bellows, DVM
    Richard M. Carpenter, DVM
    Jenifer Chatfield, DVM
    Kathleen M. Deckard, DVM
    Jay Erne, DVM
    Michael Haworth, DVM
    James Isom, DVM
    Ronald Lyman, DVM
    Cindy Miller, DVM
    R. Michael Peak, DVM
    Amy Stone, DVM
    Laura Seheult, UFCVM Student Class of 2012
    2011
    Jo Ann Daniels., DVM
    James D. Lutz, DVM
    Nadia McLean, DVM
    Loren T. Nations, DVM
    Michael J. Pridgeon, DVM
    Linda Register, DVM
    Mary Smart, DVM
    Thom A. Smith, DVM
    Douglas J. Spiker, DVM
    Richard S. Thompson, DVM
    Laurie Ann Walmsley, DVM
    2010
    Welch Agnew, Jr., DVM
    Susan Anderson, DVM
    Wesley Borgman, DVM
    Lynn Hagood, DVM
    Leann Kuebelbeck, DVM
    Tracey LaDue, DVM
    Jennifer Locke, DVM
    Kimberly Niessen, DVM
    Sonja Olson, DVM
    Rachel Reeves, DVM
    Julia Jones Reynolds, DVM
    Jackie Shellow, DVM
    Ann Silverness, DVM
    Arthur M. Simon, DVM
    Terry Spencer, DVM
    Michele Stengard, DVM
    Ronald W. Todd Jr., DVM
    Mitsie Vargas, DVM
    Patricia M. Weston-Bogart, DVM
    2009
    Peter Baumwell, DVM
    Rick Diaz, DVM
    Mary Echols, DVM
    Arch Gordon, DVM
    Robert Hase, DVM
    Diane Kitchen, DVM
    Marta Lista, DVM
    C. Everett Moore, Jr., DVM
    Dennis Nelson, DVM
    C. Douglas Page, DVM
    Marc Presnell, DVM
    Daniel Priehs, DVM
    Juan Sardinas, DVM
    Deanna Schoenborn, DVM
    William Schoenborn, DVM
    Laurel Tovrea, DVM
    Heidi Ward, DVM
    Rebecca Williams, DVM
    2008
    Anne Chauvet, DVM
    David Bordelon, DVM
    David Eich, DVM
    Margaret Formoso, DVM
    Jan M. Hasse, DVM
    Sharon Hoffman, DVM
    Dana Juillerat, DVM
    Nikolay Kapustin, DVM
    Gut R. Maxwell, DVM
    Lloyd Meisels, DVM
    Milagros Rosales, DVM
    Mark A. Scribano, DVM
    Mitsie Vargas, DVM
    David A. Watkins, DVM

Certified Veterinary Technician of the Year

To be awarded for outstanding contributions made by a CVT to the overall success of the veterinary practice operated or staffed by an FVMA-member veterinarian. To be eligible, the nominee must be a full-time employee for a minimum of three years and demonstrate the following: 1) CARING – Provides animal health care services in a compassionate and clinically appropriate manner; 2) COMMITMENT – Works in support of the employing veterinarian to achieve a high level of client satisfaction and established annual performance goals of the veterinary practice; 3) LEADERSHIP – Assumes a leadership role in creating and maintaining an efficient and highly motivated animal health care services delivery team among all employees; 4) EDUCATION – Regularly strives to further develop his/her knowledge and skills by participating in continuing education seminars; formal study at a junior college or university; or by undertaking self-directed study through journals, online programs, etc.

Download CVT of the Year Award Form

  • Recipients

    2018 Amanda L. Marcum, CVT
    2016 Jennifer Ballinger, CVT
    2015 Amanda Bouton, CVT
    2014 Beth Crawford, CVT
    2013 Tamara J. Rice, CVT
    2012 Chelsea Bowman, CVT
    2011 Danielle Mauragis, CVT
    2010 Melissa Siekaniec, CVT
    2009 Kathy Wilbanks, CVT
    2008 Julie Leonard, CVT
    2007 June Allen, CVT
    2006 Michelle Earltinez, CVT
    2005 Dana Hinton, CVT
    2004 Jane Murphy, CVT
    2003 Elizabeth Fall, CVT
    2002 James Marin, CVT
    2001 Janice Weaver, CVT
    2000 Susan Savage, CVT
    1999 Kim Pontiff
    1997 Michael Barnhart, CVT

Team Member of the Year

To be awarded for outstanding contributions made by a special team member to the overall success of the veterinary practice operated or staffed by an FVMA-member veterinarian. To be eligible, the nominee must be a full-time employee for a minimum of three years and demonstrate the following: 1) CARING – Provides animal health care services in a compassionate and clinically appropriate manner; 2) COMMITMENT – Works in support of the employing veterinarian to achieve a high level of client satisfaction and established annual performance goals of the veterinary practice; 3) LEADERSHIP – Assumes a leadership role in creating and maintaining an efficient and highly motivated animal health care services delivery team among all employees; 4) EDUCATION – Regularly strives to further develop his/her knowledge and skills by participating in continuing education seminars; formal study at a junior college or university; or by undertaking self-directed study through journals, online programs, etc.

Download Team Member of the Year Award Form

  • Recipients

    2018 Monya Garnett
    2016 Jaime Garza
    2015 Denise Reed
    2014 Joanna Flower
    2013 Margaret Miller
    2012 Roxanne Dimitriev
    2011 Brandy Hardcastle
    2010 Alicia Valle
    2009 Kristina "Buttons" Carpenter
    2009 Karen Hardcastle
    2008 Nancy French
    2008 Cyndi Toale
    2007 Christina Aybar
    2005Michelle Guercio
    2004 Shirley Sabin
    2003 Lisa Stevenson

Citizen of the Year

To be awarded to any non-veterinarian who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the Association and veterinary medicine.

Download Citizen of the Year Award Form

  • Recipients

    2017 Russel Swisher
    2015 Don Thompson
    2014 Marni Bellavia
    2013 Rachel DiSesa
    2012 No Recipient
    2011 No Recipient
    2010 Kathy Kampman
    2009 Vonnie Mikkelsen
    2008 Marsha & Bill Vincent
    2007 Nancy Bataille
    2006 Ron Yogman
    2005 Martha Jane Lokai
    2004 Debby Taylor
    2003 John Crapper
    2002 Janet Perales
    2001 John Farrar
    2000 Shawn Ulrich
    1999 Laura Burrows
    1996 Edna Klauser
    1995 Pamela Dickens
    1994 Joan Marzi
    1993 Laura Bevin
    1993 Deena Meyer
    1991 John Snyder
    1990 Judy Yates
    1989 Louise Courtelis
    1988 Roger A. Goetz
    1987 Joan Platt
    1985 Everett Kelly
    1984 James S. Albertson
    1983 Bill Grant
    1982 Gene Hodges
    1981 Emerson Besch
    1980 Ken Tefertiller
    1979 John A. Acor
    1978 William L. Viands
    1977 Curtis Peterson
    1976 Wayne Mixon
    1975 Bill Gunter
    1974 Edmond Ackel, MD, DDS
    1973 Dan A. Spinks
    1971 Wilson T. Sowder
    1969 Dean Brooker
    1968 Stanley York
    1967 L. K. Edwards, Jr.
    1966 E. T. York, Jr
    1965 Mary Schulman
    1964 Doyle Conner
    1963 Richard L. Dresail
    1962 Irlo Bronson, Sr.
    1961 W. G. Kirk
    1960 Henry Patrick
    1959 W. R.”Buster”Hancock
    1958 J. O. Pearce, Jr.

Pet Hall of Fame

There will be an inductee selected for one of the following categories: 1) HERO – pets who have unselfishly saved or preserved human life (non-professional). 2) COMPANION – pets who have provided a benefit and contributed to the quality of life of their human companions. 3) PROFESSIONAL – specialty trained as a physically challenged person’s assistance animal or used in law enforcement.

Download Pet Hall of Fame Award Form

  • Recipients

    2018 HERO AWARD: "Tibet"
    2017 HERO AWARD: "Oak Rest's Paintball Pete"
    2016 HERO AWARD: "Magic"
    2014 HERO AWARD: "Benny Smith”
    2013 HERO AWARD: "Daisy"
    2013 HERO AWARD: "Truffles"
    2012 PROFESSIONAL/HERO AWARD: "Kassie Glade"
    2011 HERO AWARD: "Bella Mia"
    2010 HERO AWARD: "Sammy Pontiff"
    2009 HERO AWARD: "Camp's Serendipity"
    2008 HERO AWARD: “Squiggly”
    2007 PROFESSIONAL AWARD: “DiOGi”
    2006 COMPANION AWARD: “Bob”
    2005 COMPANION AWARD: “Cricket”
    2003 PROFESSIONAL AWARD: “Ruby”
    2002 COMPANION AWARD: “Benji Hogan”
    2001 HERO AWARD: "Blue"
    2000 PROFESSIONAL AWARD: “Tuck”
    2000 HERO AWARD: Bugg
    1999 “Boo, The Black Tornado"

FVMA Scholarship Fund

The FVMA Foundation maintains a scholarship fund to aid the educational development of Florida veterinary medical students and veterinary technician students.

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