AAZV bestows individuals grants and awards through two separate programs, either The Wild Animal Health Fund or within the AAZV Annual Conference.
AAZV Zoological Medicine and Wildlife Health Research Grant
For over 60 years, AAZV has played a role in nearly every wildlife medicine breakthrough to prevent diseases, enhance treatments and provide solutions. By establishing, promoting and administering The Wild Animal Health Fund, we are expanding our reputation to be the premier contributor of knowledge on zoo animals and wildlife.
To view the funded projects by the Wild Animal Health Fund, click HERE
For details and the application, click HERE. Call for Applications opens in October 2017 with the deadline mid-December 2017.
Annual Conference Awards and Recognitions:
- Murray Fowler International Conference Scholarship: Each year AAZV enables practicing veterinarians from developing countries who specialize in the health and welfare of wild and exotic animals to attend our Annual Conference. Veterinary professionals from developing countries have limited access to attend continuing education courses and awarded attendees carry home a wealth of knowledge gained to share with their local colleagues. AAZV is proud to promote building incountry veterinary capacity to handle wildlife medical needs. We believe this amplifies the efforts of successfully reaching world areas that tend to the sustainability of threatened and endangered animals. With your annual giving contributions, we will increase these opportunities for developing country veterinarians. Click HERE for more details and application information.
- International Zoo and Wildlife Pathology Workshop Scholarship: Sponsored by the AAZV International Committee. Click HERE for details and the submission form.
- The Awards Committee oversees the Dolensek, Ullrey and Lifetime Achievement Awards.
Nominations must be received by 1 August, 2017 to be considered for these awards. To make a nomination for an award, send a letter of nomination and a current CV of the nominee to: email@example.com
AAZV Post-Graduate Competitions and Veterinary Student Recognitions: click here for details.
- Emil Dolensek Award: The current selection philosophy for the award is: "The Emil Dolensek Award is an honor presented to a past or present member of the AAZV in appreciation for exceptional contributions to the conservation, care, and understanding of zoo and free-ranging wildlife reflecting Emil Dolensek's commitment to these purposes. Emil was in the prime of his life and his career, and this award recognizes similar individuals that have advanced the profession and served to link the related disciplines of zoo and wildlife medicine."
The previous award winners are: James Foster (1991), Wilbur Amand (1993), Mitchell Bush (1994), Murray Fowler (1995), Billy Karesh (1997), Werner Heuschele (1998), Richard Montali (1999), Linda Munson (2001), Eric Miller (2002), Michael Stoskopf (2003), James Carpenter (2004), Elizabeth S. Williams and E. Thomas Thorne (2005), Mike Cranfield (2006), Scott Citino (2007), Mike Loomis (2008), Don Janssen (2009), David Jessup (2010), Elliott Jacobson (2011), Not Awarded (2012), Bonnie Raphael (2013), Daniel Mulcahy (2014), Kristen Gilardi (2015), and Terry Norton (2016).
- Duane Ullrey Award: The current selection philosophy for this award is: "The Duane Ullrey Award is an honor presented in appreciation for exceptional achievements in the science of wild animal health and for support of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians. The recipients will be non-veterinarians or non-clinical researchers who have used sound scientific principles to achieve significant benefits to wildlife and reflecting the commitment of Duane Ullrey to these purposes. Long-term membership in AAZV is desirable."
The previous winners are Duane Ullrey (1999), Ulyses S. Seal (2001), Sue Crissey (2002), William Lance (2003), JoGayle Howard (2004), Oliver A. Ryder (2005), Bill Lasley (2006), David Wildt (2007), Linda Lowenstein (2008), and (Not Awarded 2009, 2010, 2011), Mike Garner (2012), J Andrew Teare (2013), not awarded (2014), Bill Swanson (2015), and Allan P. Pessier (2016).
Lifetime Achievement Award: The AAZV Life Time Achievement Award is made to honor a lifetime of contributions to the discipline of Zoological Medicine by a current or former member of the AAZV. Awardees must have been a positive force in the development of the discipline through their political, technical, scientific, teaching/mentoring, educational, and/or service contributions that together represent a career long pattern of excellence and inspiration. Nominations for this award are being accepted.
In 2014, the first year this award was given, there were two recipients: Marty Dinnes and Murray Fowler.
2016: Michael K. Stoskopf
Animal Necessity Inc. Recipients: (List of past winners and manuscript titles)
The Wildlife Pharmaceuticals Recipients: (List of past winners and manuscript titles)
Morris Animal Foundation Recipients: (List of past winners and manuscript titles)
Safe-Capture International, Inc. Poster Certificates: See details at Safe-Capture, Inc. Poster Certificates
(List of past winners and manuscript titles)
Linda Munson Pathology Award:
The current selection philosophy for this award is: The best zoo or wildlife pathological manuscript published each year by a graduate student or resident in either the Journal of Wildlife Diseases or the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. (List of recipients)
Presidential Awards 2016:
Each year at Annual Conference recipients are recognized for outstanding achievements within the association and/or within the field of animal medicine. We recognized the following individuals.
- Bonnie Raphael, for her leadership and work in updating the AAZV By-Laws
Tom Meehan, for his leadership and work in the AAZV Veterinary Hospital Guidelines revision
- Kay Backues, for her commitment and leadership as the AAZV liaison to the Elephant Stakeholders Group
- Tom Curro, for his diligence and hard work in maintaining the AAZV Listserv
- Gwen Jankowski, for her leadership and oversight of the Exotic Animal Medicine for the Clinical Practitioner conference
- Paige Brock, for her oversight and commitment to the AAZV Student Reception
- Kathryn Gamble, for her commitment and leadership as Chair of the Research Committee
- Deena Brenner, for her leadership and oversight as Chair of the Scientific Program Committee
- Kurt Sladky, for his hard work and commitment as the AAZV liaison to the AVMA Compounding Working Group
- Robert Hilsenroth, in appreciation for ten years of dedicated service - 2006-2016
Resources for other zoo and wildlife veterinarian awards
Oiled Wildlife Care Network Grant
The International Elephant Foundation Conservation and Research Funding
Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award
OKC Zoo Conservation Action Now (CAN) Small Grant Program
Guidelines and application instructions can be found at http://www.okczoo.com/ conservation/can-grant- program/