SVME Award Programs
The Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics sponsors two major award programs each year: the Shomer Award and Student Essay Contest.
This 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. Dr. Shomer served the animal kingdom, the veterinary community and humankind with veracity, wit and passion. His intellect, passion, courage and eloquence are hallmarks of true leadership in the field of veterinary medical ethics. Click here for more information
The Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics (SVME) is dedicated to increasing dialogue and understanding of ethical values and issues facing the veterinary profession. In order to foster and encourage future veterinarians to develop their interest and understanding of veterinary ethics, the SVME sponsors an annual essay contest.
The annual MARS Veterinary Health student essay contest has generated increasing student interest and excellent submissions every year since its inception. Through a generous donation from the WALTHAM Center for Pet Nutrition, the winning essay writer receives a generous cash award and a travel expense stipend for the VMX conference to present the essay at SVME plenary session.