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Awards Programs

Awards sponsored by the ACVS and the ACVS Foundation


ACVS Merit Award

The ACVS Merit Award acknowledges contributions to the progress of veterinary surgery made by an individual from outside the College. The recipient of this award is an individual who has a career dominated by major and ongoing contributions to the art and science of veterinary surgery. One award is given each year to a non-ACVS Diplomate.

To nominate an individual, the ACVS Merit Award Nomination Form must be submitted to the ACVS office accompanied by letters from at least two ACVS Diplomates. One bound and one unbound nomination packets are required.

The Nominating Committee reviews all nominations and makes a recommendation to the ACVS Board of Regents. Following a two-thirds approval by the Board of Regents, the membership then votes on the recommendation. The ACVS Merit Award is granted if the nominee receives two-thirds membership approval by mail or email ballot. The award is marked by the receipt of a plaque and recognition at the Awards Ceremony held in conjunction with the annual ACVS Surgery Summit.

Past Award Recipients


The ACVS Founders' Award for Career Achievement

The Board of Regents established The ACVS Founders’ Award for Career Achievement to recognize the service of ACVS Diplomates who have distinguished themselves in the pursuit of surgery by making significant contributions to the development of surgical techniques and methodology, and disseminating knowledge to colleagues, residents, and students.

Nomination requires submitting a completed The ACVS Founders’ Award for Career Achievement Nomination Form and letters of nomination from two Diplomates. One bound and one unbound nomination packets are required.

The Nominating Committee reviews all nominations and makes a recommendation to the ACVS Board of Regents. Following a two-thirds approval by the Board of Regents, the membership then votes on the recommendation. The ACVS Founders’ Award for Career Achievement is granted if the nominee receives two-thirds membership approval by mail or email ballot. The award is marked by the receipt of a plaque and recognition at the Awards Ceremony held in conjunction with the annual ACVS Surgery Summit. Only ACVS Diplomates are eligible in any given year. This award will not necessarily be given annually.

Past Award Recipients


Al & Carolyn Schiller Distinguished Service Award

Al & Carolyn Schiller Distinguished Service Award candidates are nominated by ACVS members and approved by the Board of Regents. Conferring the Distinguished Service Award recognizes and honors recipients for outstanding contributions related directly or peripherally to the functions of the ACVS. The nominees must have demonstrated unusual service to the ACVS.

A candidate for the Distinguished Service Award is nominated by at least two ACVS Diplomates in good standing. The Al & Carolyn Schiller Distinguished Service Award Nomination Form must be submitted with the nominee's Curriculum Vitae and at least two supporting letters written by ACVS Diplomates. One bound and one unbound nomination packets must be submitted to the ACVS office to be acted upon by the Board of Regents at the annual summer BOR meeting. Two-thirds approval of the Board of Regents is necessary. Selection of the Al & Carolyn Schiller Distinguished Service Award recipient(s) are not done annually; however, awards are limited to no more than three annually.

The recipient(s) receive complimentary registration at the Surgery Summit, an introduction recognizing their contribution to the College, and the awarding of a plaque at the Awards Ceremony held in conjunction with the annual ACVS Surgery Summit.

Past Award Recipients


Surgical Resident Awards

Outstanding Surgical Resident Awards
The Outstanding Surgical Residents’ Awards recognizes those who have excelled during their residency presentations. ACVS and ECVS residents receive awards during the annual ACVS Surgery Summit for the Residents’ Forums, scientific poster presentations, and publication in Veterinary Surgery.

More information and past surgical resident award recipients

One AO Awards
AOVET North America, an ACVS Educational Partner, created the “One AO Awards.” The resident abstracts are chosen based on their cross-disciplinary orthopedic relevance and embodiment of the “One Medicine” spirit of AO North America.

Past One AO Award recipients

ACVS/ECVS Resident Speaker Exchange Program Awards
The ACVS/ECVS Resident Speaker Exchange Program awards were initially presented at the 2015 ACVS Surgery Summit. ACVS resident winners are invited to present at the next ECVS meeting.

Past Resident Speaker Exchange Program Awards


Student Surgical Proficiency Awards

On an annual basis, the ACVS Foundation confers the Student Surgical Proficiency Award upon selected members of the senior classes from each veterinary school in the United States and Canada. At the discretion of each institution, up to two awards may be given, one for proficiency in large animal surgery and one for proficiency in small animal surgery or one general certificate. Each award is given to a senior student who demonstrates exceptional aptitude through initiative, diagnostic skill, dexterity and perioperative care of animals undergoing surgery.

Diplomates at each veterinary school are responsible for determining the appropriate time to nominate, elect, and recognize the award recipients. Nominations for the award(s) may be made by surgical faculty and house officers. The selection criteria should be based on academic and clinical proficiency in surgery and aptitude and interest in surgery. The recipient is chosen from the list of nominees by vote of ACVS Diplomates at the school or college. The award recipient(s) receives a certificate and a one-year subscription to Veterinary Surgery. For more information about this awards program, contact the ACVS office.

Student Surgical Proficiency Awards Recipients


ACVS Foundation Legends Award

The ACVS Foundation Legends Award recognizes ACVS Diplomates who have developed a surgical or diagnostic procedure of significant value, proven by becoming the treatment or test of choice for a given condition. The procedure or test has 'withstood the test of time’ and, while perhaps modified over time, remains the treatment or diagnostic method of choice or the scientific basis for the current treatment of choice. The procedure or test is novel and involves advancements in veterinary surgical science and not reapplication of general medical science. The award is marked by the receipt of a plaque and recognition at the Awards Ceremony held in conjunction with the annual ACVS Surgery Summit.

Past Award Recipients

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