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2023: Barry Kipperman, DVM, DACVIM, MSc, DACAW
Dr. Barry Kipperman, a
 board-certified internal medicine specialist, he worked in private practice for nearly 30 years. He then decided to devote the remainder of his career to animal welfare and ethics, garnering a master’s degree in animal welfare, ethics and law from the University of Edinburgh in 2017 and earning board-certification in animal welfare in 2019.

In the professional arena, Dr. Kipperman is a member of the Animal Welfare Committee of the California Veterinary Medical Association and is on the Board of Directors of the HSVMA and MightyVet, an organization devoted to veterinary wellness. He also serves on the Veterinary Advisory Council of the Veterinary Mental Health Initiative and on the Dairy Cattle Welfare Council Consumer and Animal Advocacy Committee.

Dr. Kipperman has taught veterinary ethics at the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine since 2016, and animal welfare and ethics for the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine since 2015. He received the Harrison-Kaplan Online Undergraduate Teaching Award from the University of Missouri in both 2019 and 2022. He also sponsors an award in veterinary ethics at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and the Barry Kipperman Award at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine and he supports the HSVMA Compassionate Care Scholarships for Veterinary Students.  Most recently, Dr. Kipperman co-edited with the late Dr. Bernard Rollin a 2022 textbook on veterinary ethics entitled, “Ethics in Veterinary Practice: Balancing Conflicting Interests.”

Dr. Kipperman’s research interests include the influence of economics on animal welfare and veterinarian well-being, and the ethical dilemmas and moral stress faced by veterinarians. He has published more than 15 articles focusing on veterinary ethics and animal welfare in JAVMA, DVM Newsmagazine, the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, the Veterinary Record, and other online publications. Dr. Kipperman is also a frequent speaker at veterinary education events.

2022: James A. Serpell, BSc, PhD

2021: Anne Quain (previously Fawcett), DVM, FNAP

Anne Quain a lecturer at the Sydney School of Veterinary Science (SSVS) and a companion animal veterinarian. She completed a Masters in small animal medicine and surgery through Murdoch University, is a member by examination in the animal welfare chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS), and a Diplomate of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behaviour Medicine in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law. She teaches veterinary ethics at the SSVS and the University of Queensland, and is an examiner in the Animal Welfare Chapter of the ANZCVS.

Anne co-authored the book Veterinary Ethics: Navigating Tough Cases with Dr Siobhan Mullan, and is the author of numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. She co-edited the sold-out Vet Cookbook (published by the Centre for Veterinary Education). She is a member of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association leadership council.

2020: Alice Villalobos, DVM, FNAP

Past President, Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics, Fellow Emeritus, National Academies of PracticePast President, American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians, International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care Director, Pawspice & Animal Oncology Consultation Service, CAFear Free Advisory GroupAdvisory Board, Grey Muzzle OrganizationFounder, Peter Zippi Memorial Fund for AnimalsBoard of Directors, Animal Health Foundation of the SCVMABabelBark Advisory Board Member


Andrew is a Professor of Animal Welfare and Ethics, and Founding Director of the Centre for Animal Welfare, at the Univ. of Winchester a European and RCVS Veterinary Specialist in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law; an American and New Zealand (founding) Veterinary Specialist in Animal Welfare; and a Senior Fellow of the British Higher Education Academy. He has led major animal advocacy campaigns since the mid 1990s, has over 80 academic publications, a sizeable series of YouTube has delivered more than 150 presentations on animal welfare and advocacy issues at universities and conferences in numerous countries.

2018: Al Dorn, DVM, DACVS
professor emeritus at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in Knoxville, and a cofounder of SVME, Dr. Dorn helped form the group’s original constitution and bylaws and served on the association’s Program Committee. 

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 Tannenbaum, 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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