Guidelines for Distinguished Veterinary Microbiologist Award

Purpose: The purpose of the award is to recognize and honor a veterinary microbiologist who has distinguished themselves by a career that has made important contributions to the field of veterinary microbiology in the areas of research, teaching, and/or service.

Previous Distinguished Veterinary Microbiologist Award Recipients:

2006- Dr. Ian Tizard                   

2007- Dr. Gordon Carter           

2008- Dr. Carlton Gyles              

2009- Dr. James Roth                

2010- Dr. Fred Murphy             

2011- Dr. Y. M. Saif               

2012- Dr. Leon Potgeiter          

2013- Dr. M. M. Chengappa

2014- Dr. Siba Samal

2015- Dr. John Prescott

2016- Dr. Prem Paul

2017- Dr. Michael Dryden 

2018 - Prof. Albert Osterhaus

2019 - Dr. T.G. Nagaraja 

Criteria: Nominees should have an established track record of noteworthy contributions to research, teaching, and/or service in the field of veterinary microbiology. Noteworthy contributions could include examples such as, but not limited to, the following:

  1. a history of undertaking research that has helped to define pathogen biology or mechanisms of pathogenesis, identify protective host mechanisms, or determine means of prevention or treatment of infectious diseases of animals. Evidence of research contributions will be supported by regular publications and/or grant funding related to the area of specialty, as well as presentations at national and international conferences.
  2. service in a diagnostic facility in which the nominee has developed and made available accurate and useful tests for the diagnosis of important animal diseases, or in which the nominee has worked to characterize and distribute information regarding infectious agents (e.g., antimicrobial susceptibility, strain variation) on a regional or national scale. Other outstanding service could include regulatory work that led to the development of programs that aid veterinarians or producers in the identification or control of important infectious animal diseases, or that educate the public about issues relevant to veterinary microbiology.
  3. efforts in teaching characterized by the development of novel undergraduate, graduate, or outreach courses or other learning materials, media, and opportunities relevant to veterinary microbiology; or authorship of useful and regularly updated textbooks relevant to veterinary microbiology.

Nominees for this award may well have made outstanding contributions in more than one area.

Nomination process and identification of recipient: The ACVM Nominating Committee will solicit nominations for the Distinguished Veterinary Microbiologist Award in order to identify one or more nominees. The nominees can be an ACVM member or non-member who has done considerable work in veterinary microbiology/parasitology. Current members of the ACVM Board of Governors are not eligible. Persons nominating a candidate must provide the Nominations Committee with a letter of no more than one page explaining the nominee’s qualifications, with a copy of the nominee’s CV. These materials will be forwarded to the ACVM Board of Governors, who will vote on the nominee. The nominee with the most votes (representing at least a majority of the Board) will receive the award; in the event that only one nominee is presented, the award will be made if a majority of the Board is in favor of the making the award.