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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.

Wild Animal Health Fund

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 AAZV Zoological Medicine and Wildlife Health Research Grants funded  by the Wild Animal Health Fund, click HERE.  For details and the application, click HERE.  The Call for Applications is CLOSED. Next call will open in November 2018.


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.

To make a nomination for an award, send a letter of nomination and a current CV of the nominee to: tnorton@jekyllisland.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."  This award is usually given every year.

    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), Terry Norton (2016), and Suzanne Kennedy-Stoskopf (2017).


  • 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 reflect the commitment of Duane Ullrey to these purposes. Long-term membership in AAZV is desirable."  This award is not necessarily given every year.  

    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), Allan P. Pessier (2016), and Kurt Benirschke (2017).


  • Lifetime Achievement Award: The AAZV Life Time Achievement Award is made to honor a lifetime of exceptional 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.  This award is not necessarily given every year.  

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

    2016: Michael K. Stoskopf
    2017: Don Janssen
       

AAZV Post-Graduate Competitions and Veterinary Student Recognitions: 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. Student Certificates: See details at Safe-Capture, Inc. Student 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 2017:

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. 

  1. Dave Miller, for service in the AVMA House of Delegates
  2. Steve Olson, for service as liaison with AZA
  3. Yvonne Nadler, for service as Chair of the Disaster Management Subcommittee of the Infectious Disease Committee
  4. Beth Bicknese, for service as Chair of the Legislative and Animal Welfare Committee
  5. Meredith Clancy, for service as Chair of the Infectious Disease Committee
  6. June Olds, for serving as Chair of the Development Committee
  7. Susie Bartlett, for serving as Chair of the Scientific Program Committee
           

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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