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Nominate a Deserving Colleague for One of the CVMA's Prestigious Awards

November 30, 2018

Each year, through its awards program, the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) proudly recognizes individuals who have demonstrated significant accomplishments, exemplary leadership and tireless commitment to Canada's veterinary community. Nominations for the 2019 CVMA Awards are being accepted from now until January 31, 2019.


Award nominees (excluding those nominated for Honourary Membership) must be current CVMA members to be eligible for nomination; however, they can be nominated by non-CVMA members. We invite you to consider nominating a deserving colleague for one of the following CVMA’s prestigious awards:

CVMA Humane Award
Established by the CVMA in 1986, and sponsored by Merck Animal Health, this award recognizes leadership in the care and well-being of animals. The award, consisting of $1,000 and a plaque, is presented to a CVMA member whose work is judged to have contributed significantly to the welfare and well-being of animals.

CVMA Industry Award
Instituted in 1996, the CVMA Industry Award publicly acknowledges and celebrates the role of industry in veterinary medicine. The award formally recognizes a CVMA member for their contributions to the advancement of veterinary medicine. 

Merck Veterinary Award
Established in 1985, and sponsored by Merck Animal Health, this award is presented to a CVMA member whose work in food animal production practice, clinical research, or basic sciences is judged to have contributed significantly to the advancement of food animal medicine and surgery, including heard health management. The award consists of $1,000 and a plaque.

Small Animal Practitioner Award
Sponsored by Petsecure Pet Health Insurance, this award is presented to a CVMA member whose work in small animal practice, clinical research or basic sciences is judged to have contributed significantly to the advancement of small animal medicine, surgery, or the management of a small animal practice. The award consists of $1,000 and a plaque.

CVMA Practice of the Year Award
Established in 2013, the Practice of the Year Award consists of $1,000 and a plaque and is sponsored by Scotiabank, a leader in banking services for professionals. The award recognizes a veterinary practice team for outstanding achievement within their local community. Such achievements may include innovations in provision of veterinary services, commitment to work-life balance, meaningful community or charitable involvement, or implementation of 'green' practice procedures.

CVMA Life Membership
Life Membership is presented to a CVMA member for long and outstanding service on CVMA Council, Executive, Boards, and Committees or for outstanding contributions to the veterinary profession. The Life Member is presented with a framed certificate and shall be invited to attend meetings of the association, and shall not be liable to pay dues, but shall enjoy all the rights and privileges of membership.

CVMA Honourary Membership
Honourary membership is presented to an individual who has rendered distinguished service to the profession, whether residing in Canada or elsewhere. The Honourary Member does not pay fees and cannot vote at meetings, or hold any elected office in the CVMA.


Selection of award recipients is based solely on the information provided in the nomination package. Please follow these steps to ensure all required documents are included with your nomination package:

1. Submit a completed nomination form. The form is also available for download under the CVMA Awards section of our website.

2. Include the following supporting documents as part of the nomination package:

  • Outline of nominee’s key professional accomplishments (maximum of 1000 words)
  • Letters of support (maximum of five letters; each letter 500 words or less)
  • Newspaper articles (maximum of two articles written within the last two years)
  • Articles written by nominee (maximum of three web links to articles)

Nomination packages are due by January 31, 2019, via email at, by fax to 613-236-9681, or by mail to the CVMA office at 339 Booth Street, Ottawa, ON K1R 7K1.

Please visit the CVMA Awards section of or contact Communications at 1-800-567-2862 ext. 125 for further information.