HSVMA Humane Achievement Awards

HSVMA is now accepting nominations for our 2019 Humane Achievement Awards. The biennial awards recognize veterinary professionals who embody HSVMA's mission to advance animal welfare via leadership, advocacy, education and service. 

Nominations can be submitted via the online nomination form and the deadline to submit is September 15, 2019. The awards are open to both veterinarians and veterinary technicians. 

Read more about previous winners of the HSVMA Humane Achievement Awards below.

HSVMA Announces 2017 Humane Achievement Awards

Dr. Sherstin Rosenberg (left) receives the HSVMA
Humane Achievement Award from
Dr. Brenda Forsythe.

Dr. Christi Camblor (second from right) receives the HSVMA Humane Achievement Award at the Muttopia Sanctuary.

The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association is recognizing four veterinarians for their outstanding commitment to aiding and advocating for animals in need with the 2017 HSVMA Humane Achievement Awards. They include:

  • Dr. Christina Cable of New York for her ongoing efforts to providing veterinary care to animals in need in her state while serving as the medical director for Shelter Outreach Services, which has been key to ensuring that thousands of cats and dogs receive much-needed medical care and sterilization services.

  • Dr. Christi Camblor of California who is being recognized for her longtime commitment to aiding animals in need in Mexico through her group, Compassion Without Borders, as well as for her recent establishment of a sanctuary in California called Muttopia.

  • Dr. Sherstin Rosenberg of California for her substantial commitment to aiding the animal victims of intensive farming practices, including founding the Happy Hen Chicken Rescue as a sanctuary for “spent hens” from factory farms as well as hogs, goats and cattle.
  • Dr. Hank Wietsma of Rhode Island for his leadership role in establishment of the Rhode Island Companion Animal Foundation, which has provided over $750,000 in subsidized veterinary care to thousands of animals, as well as for helping establish the Rhode Island Pets in Need clinic, a joint venture between the Rhode Island VMA and the Rhode Island SPCA.

Read more about previous HSVMA Humane Achievement Award winners below. Also click here to read about veterinary student winners of the HSVMA/OSVS Compassionate Care Scholarship. 

PREVIOUS HSVMA Humane Achievement Award Winners:

2015 Humane Achievement Award Winners

Advocate of the Year: Dr. Melinda Merck

Practitioner of the Year: Dr. Peggy Larson

2013 Humane Achievement Award Winners

Advocate of the Year: Dr. Debra Teachout

Practitioner of the Year: Elizabeth Peach, LVT

Student Advocate of the Year: Michelle White (Cornell)

2012 Humane Achievement Award Winners

Advocate of the Year: Dr. Jennifer Conrad

Practitioner of the Year: Dr. David Turoff

Student Advocate of the Year: Chumkee Aziz (Tufts)

Student Direct Care Award: Heidi McDevitt (Minnesota)

2011 Humane Achievement Award Winners

Advocate of the Year: Dr. Brian Forsgren

Practitioner of the Year: Dr. Lori Pasternak

Student Advocate of the Year: Ruth Dunning (Georgia)

2010 Humane Achievement Award Winners

Advocate of the Year: Dr. Jennifer Muller

Practitioner of the Year: Dr. Jennifer Doll

Student Advocate of the Year: Nicole Putney (Washington)

More detail about the previous recipients can be found in the HSVMA annual reports.