FVMA Annual Awards

We recognize more than success, we honor hard work, we award service.

From sick patients and tough clients to late nights and overtime to disaster volunteerism and mental health promotion, veterinary professionals tackle a wide variety of challenges. The veterinary sphere is tough, and while it can be personally rewarding, the people who make it great are far too rarely recognized for their efforts. That’s why we started the FVMA Service Awards. We don’t always remember to say thank you to those who deserve it. Earning an FVMA Service Award is more than a plaque on their wall, it’s a reminder of their value.

Nominations for 2024 are currently closed. The deadline to submit nominations was Dec. 23, 2023.

HOW DO THEY WORK?

FVMA Service Awards are presented during our Annual Awards ceremony at FVMA Annual Conference. Our veterinary awards honor veterinarians, team members, citizens, and pets in the State of Florida who have made outstanding contributions to the FVMA, veterinary medicine, animal health, and the human-animal bond. The FVMA has EIGHT service award categories!

  • Distinguished Service
  • Veterinarian of the Year
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Gold Star
  • Certified Veterinary Technician of the Year
  • Team Member of the Year
  • Citizen of the Year
  • Pet Hall of Fame

Nominations open in the fall of every year. The nomination deadline is at the end of that year. In spring of the following year, winners will be publicly thanked, recognized, and applauded at FVMA Annual Conference during our Annual Awards ceremony.

This ceremony brings our amazing veterinary community together for a night of unity and appreciation. Awardees of their categories will be called on stage, presented with a personalized trophy or plaque, photographed, and some veterinary award winners will be asked to say a few words. Winners will will also be posted on our website and we also post awardees throughout the year on social media!

WHO CAN NOMINATE?

Anyone can nominate! Any peer, colleague, student, friend, client, community member, or amazingly talented typing pet is welcome to nominate! You can even nominate more than one person. All you have to do is fill out a short, online form for each nominee – don’t be afraid, it’s a short, informal form!

What information will you need? Their name, address, phone, email, photo, and an explanation as to why they should receive the award. This can be brief and bullet pointed, please don’t put off nominating someone because you don’t have the time to write something!

WHO CAN BE NOMINATED?

Awardees must meet individual award requirements. With the exception of citizen and pet awards, this includes FVMA membership. Each individual award and its criteria is described further down the page!

HOW WILL WINNERS BE NOTIFIED?

Winners will be notified via email within two months of the conference.

Award Categories Include:

Distinguished Service Award

To be awarded for exceptional achievements and contributions by a member toward 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 veterinary award, a nominee must have been an active member of the Association for at least the past 15 years.

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 veterinary award, a nominee must have been an active member of the Association for at least the past 10 years.

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 veterinary award, a nominee must have been an active or retired member of the Association for 30 consecutive years and must be at least 65 years old.

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 veterinary award, the nominee must have been an active member of the Association for at least the past three years.

Certified Veterinary Technician of the Year

This award recognizes the many outstanding contributions made by a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) to the overall success of a veterinary practice operated or staffed by an FVMA member veterinarian. To be eligible for nomination of this veterinary award, the individual must be certified by the FVMA, a full-time employee of an FVMA-member practice for a minimum of three years, and demonstrate the following:

1) COMPASSION – Provides animal health care services in a caring 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.

Team Member of the Year

To be awarded for outstanding contributions made by a special team member to the overall success of a veterinary practice operated or staffed by an FVMA-member veterinarian. To be eligible for this veterinary award, the nominee must be a full-time employee for a minimum of three years and demonstrate the following:

1) COMPASSION – Provides animal health care services in a caring 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.

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.

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.