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AAZV Grant and Award Information

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.  Next acceptance will be in the Fall of 2016.

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 May, 2016 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: drdanielmulcahy@gmail.com

  • 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.  

    In 2014, the first year this award was given, there were two recipients: Marty Dinnes and Murray Fowler.

    2016: Michael K. Stoskopf

       

  • AAZV Post-Graduate and Veterinary Student Competitions: click here for details.

         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 2015:
  • Each year at Annual Conference recipients are recognized for outstanding achievements within the association and/or within the animal medicine. We recognized the following individuals. 

    1. Mads Bertelson for his diligence in keeping on task the work flow processes of the journal and filling in where needed in the absence of our Journal Editor
    2. John Sykes for his commitment to the Editorial Committee
    3. Susie Bartlett for her diligence in putting together our 2015 scientific program
    4. Jessica Seigal-Willott for her oversight of the Scientific Program Committee
    5. Sharon Deem for her efforts in establishing the groundwork for our Research Committee
    6. Bruce Rideout for his efforts in establishing the groundwork for our Research Committee
    7. Michael Stoskopf for his long standing service on the Awards Committee
    8. Bill Lance for his long standing service on the Awards Committee
    9. Scott Citino for his long standing service on the Awards Committee
    10. Lauren Howard for her dedication to our membership through her efforts with the Member Services Committee
    11. Pam Brownlee for her dedication and service to AAZV since 2007 We wish her an enjoyable retirement with her grandchildren and family

    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/

  • Julie Napier -  For representing AAZV on the AVMA Animal Welfare Committee as well as supporting AAZV in many other roles
  • David Miller -  For working quietly in multiple roles representing AAZV with the AVMA
  • Peregrine Wolff - For representing AAZV on the USAHA Committee on Captive Wildlife and Alternative Livestock 
  • Yvonne Nadler - For her service with the Disaster Preparedness Committee
  • Scott Terrell - For working hard to bring a great conference together
  • Michael Adkesson - For extraordinary effort in the advancement of the Scientific Program Committee
  • Lewis Wright - For his service with the Information Resources Committee
  • Kathryn Gamble - For her service with the Infectious Disease Committee
  • Deidre Fontenot - For working hard to bring a fabulous conference together on Disney's properties
  • Deena Brenner - For pulling together an outstanding scientific program in 2014 
  • Anneke Moresco - For being the first AAZV Development Committee Chairperson
  • Curtis Eng - For his service with the Public Relations Committee
  • Julie Napier -  For representing AAZV on the AVMA Animal Welfare Committee as well as supporting AAZV in many other roles
  • David Miller -  For working quietly in multiple roles representing AAZV with the AVMA
  • Peregrine Wolff - For representing AAZV on the USAHA Committee on Captive Wildlife and Alternative Livestock 
  • Yvonne Nadler - For her service with the Disaster Preparedness Committee
  • Scott Terrell - For working hard to bring a great conference together
  • Michael Adkesson - For extraordinary effort in the advancement of the Scientific Program Committee
  • Lewis Wright - For his service with the Information Resources Committee
  • Kathryn Gamble - For her service with the Infectious Disease Committee
  • Deidre Fontenot - For working hard to bring a fabulous conference together on Disney's properties
  • Deena Brenner - For pulling together an outstanding scientific program in 2014 
  • Anneke Moresco - For being the first AAZV Development Committee Chairperson
  • Curtis Eng - For his service with the Public Relations Committee
    1. David Miller -  For working quietly in multiple roles representing AAZV with the AVMA
    2. Peregrine Wolff - For representing AAZV on the USAHA Committee on Captive Wildlife and Alternative Livestock 
    3. Yvonne Nadler - For her service with the Disaster Preparedness Committee
    4. Scott Terrell - For working hard to bring a great conference together
    5. Michael Adkesson - For extraordinary effort in the advancement of the Scientific Program Committee
    6. Lewis Wright - For his service with the Information Resources Committee
    7. Kathryn Gamble - For her service with the Infectious Disease Committee
    8. Deidre Fontenot - For working hard to bring a fabulous conference together on Disney's properties
    9. Deena Brenner - For pulling together an outstanding scientific program in 2014 
    10. Anneke Moresco - For being the first AAZV Development Committee Chairperson
    11. Curtis Eng - For his service with the Public Relations Committee
    1. David Miller -  For working quietly in multiple roles representing AAZV with the AVMA
    2. Peregrine Wolff - For representing AAZV on the USAHA Committee on Captive Wildlife and Alternative Livestock 
    3. Yvonne Nadler - For her service with the Disaster Preparedness Committee
    4. Scott Terrell - For working hard to bring a great conference together
    5. Michael Adkesson - For extraordinary effort in the advancement of the Scientific Program Committee
    6. Lewis Wright - For his service with the Information Resources Committee
    7. Kathryn Gamble - For her service with the Infectious Disease Committee
    8. Deidre Fontenot - For working hard to bring a fabulous conference together on Disney's properties
    9. Deena Brenner - For pulling together an outstanding scientific program in 2014 
    10. Anneke Moresco - For being the first AAZV Development Committee Chairperson
    11. Curtis Eng - For his service with the Public Relations Committee
    1. David Miller -  For working quietly in multiple roles representing AAZV with the AVMA
    2. Peregrine Wolff - For representing AAZV on the USAHA Committee on Captive Wildlife and Alternative Livestock 
    3. Yvonne Nadler - For her service with the Disaster Preparedness Committee
    4. Scott Terrell - For working hard to bring a great conference together
    5. Michael Adkesson - For extraordinary effort in the advancement of the Scientific Program Committee
    6. Lewis Wright - For his service with the Information Resources Committee
    7. Kathryn Gamble - For her service with the Infectious Disease Committee
    8. Deidre Fontenot - For working hard to bring a fabulous conference together on Disney's properties
    9. Deena Brenner - For pulling together an outstanding scientific program in 2014 
    10. Anneke Moresco - For being the first AAZV Development Committee Chairperson
    11. Curtis Eng - For his service with the Public Relations Committee
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