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AAVMC Communications Excellence Award

Nomination Period Opens: January 1, 2015
Nomination Deadline: March 31, 2015


Those eligible to receive the award must be college- or university-based communications officers primarily engaged with the management and operation of the communication program at an AAVMC member institution.  

Who may nominate

Any individual employed at an AAVMC member institution.


The award includes a $1,000 honorarium. The awardee will be notified in May 2015. The awardee is expected to attend the meeting of the Association of Veterinary Advancement Professionals (AVAP) meeting at the AVMA Convention to receive the award.

What to submit
  1. A summary sheet detailing the stories, photographs, related content and dates submitted to AAVMC Communications within the Jan.1 – Dec. 31 performance period for inclusion in its national communication programming
  2. A 300-word description of the scope and major achievements of the member institutional communication program
  3. A letter of recommendation from the dean of the institution describing the performance and achievements of the communication program and nominee
Where to submit materials

Materials should be submitted by email to

Award criteria
  1. Overall quality of the communication program operated on behalf of the member institution
  2. Number of stories, photographs and related communication material the officer has shared with the AAVMC communications office to support their national communication program
  3. Clarity, appeal and ability of communication products to effectively tell the story of modern academic veterinary medicine in a compelling way to a diverse group of stakeholders
  4. Leadership and innovation in program development and execution
  5. Extent to which the body of work submitted reflects the many different facets of modern veterinary practice
Award committee

An award committee comprised of individuals representing expertise in public relations and academic veterinary medicine will be appointed by AAVMC.


Effective communication programs play a critical role in the success of all organizations. This is especially important in academic veterinary medicine, where economic issues facing higher education and the profession of veterinary medicine require informed and engaged stakeholders. This award, established in 2014, seeks to recognize communication excellence at AAVMC member Institutions and participation with AAVMC national communication programs.

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2014    Ms. Ashley Berke
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