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The Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics
 

The Robert Shomer Award


 
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This prestigious award is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Robert Shomer, who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1934. Dr. Shomer was a co-founder and first President of the Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics. He was very passionate about the ethics of veterinary practice. He served the animal kingdom, the veterinary community and humankind with veracity, wit and passion. His intellect, courage and eloquence are hallmarks of true leadership in the field of veterinary medical ethics.



 
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Award Criteria:

This award is bestowed upon an individual who has made a significant contribution to the field of veterinary medical ethics. The recipient must have a distinguished career as a leader in the filed of veterinary medical ethics through scholarship, advocacy, or mentorship. Recipients should be outstanding individuals who throughout their professional careers have promoted and embodied the qualities of a true professional including veracity, compassion, courage and integrity.


Selection criteria for the award include:

  • Leadership and advocacy in local, regional, national or international veterinary ethics
  • Scholarship in the field of veterinary ethics
  • Evidence of good character
  • History of inspiring students and/or members of the veterinary profession.

Nominations:

Nominations for this award can be made to Dr. Karyl Hurley by September 1, 2017.  The award may be granted on an annual basis as qualified individuals are identified.

Please download the form below to nominate the 2018 Shomer Award Recipient.

Shomer Nomination Form.docx

Award:

The recipient will receive a personalized plaque and a cash prize of $1000.00 (US) at an Awards Ceremony held in conjunction with the SVME Ethics Sessions during the American Veterinary Medical Association Annual Convention.

 
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Recipients:

2018: Al Dorn, DVM, DACVS

2017: James F. Wilson, DVM, JD
Currently teaches veterinary law, ethics, business management, and career development at 18-20 veterinary schools each year throughout the USA. He has authored six books and over 130 articles in various veterinary journals. He reviews and/or helps draft approximately 40 employment contracts/year for lawyers, practice owners, specialists, and new graduate veterinarians. In 1994, Dr. Wilson was a founder of the American Veterinary Medical Law Association. During 1996, he was awarded the prestigious Clinical Sciences Teacher of the Year Award by the Student AVMA House of Delegates, the only time this has been awarded to a non-clinician.

2015: Hal Markowitz, Ph.D.
The late Hal Markowitz was the faculty specialist in environmental enrichment and animal well-being at UC San Francisco and professor emeritus of biology at San Francisco State Univ. He was the first director of the Oregon Zoological Research Ctr and was research director at the San Francisco Zoo. He worked to design better zoos for wildlife and was known for his research on marine mammals and primates and his books, "Behavioral Enrichment in the Zoo" and "Enriching Animal Lives."  

2014: Dr. Franklin D. McMillan,DACVIM
is the Director of Well Being at Best Friends Society, and is the author of Mental Health and Well-Being in Animals.

2013: John B. McCarthy, DVM, MBA,
posthumously, for his leadership and
devotion in the field of veterinary ethics.
The SVME thanks Dr. McCarthy for being the
spearhead for the online Basic Veterinary Medical Ethics Course. This self study course 
opened for registration in May of 2013 on
the SVME web site Events page.

2012: Temple Grandin, Ph.D. of CSU  for her true courage, understanding and self determinism. She has enhanced animal welfare  and helped millions of animals  remain calm and peaceful at the end of their lives.  

2011: Dr. Franklin M. Loew of Tufts, posthumously, for his support and strong leadership in the field of veterinary medical ethics and the SVME. The Award was accepted by Dr. Debbie Kochevar, Dean of Tufts CSVM, for display in the building that bears his name. The cash award goes to student scholarships.

2009: Jerrold Tannenba um, JD of UCD, for his devotion, contributions and leadership in teaching and writing in the field of veterinary medical ethics and the SVME. JT directed his cash award for student shcolarships in ethics.   Click here to read about the 2009 recipient of the Shomer Award in the SVME newsletter

2008: Dr. Andrew Rowan of HSUS, for his pioneering role in presenting animals' issues and bioethics at Tufts and for his unwavering devotion to encourage society to help those who are mute and unable to help themselves. Click here to read about the 2008 recipient of the Shomer Award on the HSUS web site

2006: Bernard Rollin, Ph.D. of CSU, for his pioneering role in veterinary bioethics and for courage & leadership in achieving humane treatment of research animals, the prevention of animal pain, abuse and emotional stress. Click here to read about the 2006 recipient of the Shomer Award on the AVMA web site

2005: Dr. Carl A Osborne of UM, for his unique teaching and writing skills dedicated to ethical and professional behavior and for influencing thousands of veterinarians to be compassionate and to always do the right thing despite the actions of others. Click here to read the JAVMA article on the Shomer Award ceremony and Dr. Osborne


 
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