Billy E. Hooper Award for Distinguished Service
Nomination Period Opens: September 2, 2021
Nomination Deadline: October 15, 2021
Nominees should be part of the veterinary community and have a history of service, research, education, or participation in the veterinary community. Individuals with limited contributions to the veterinary medical profession or academic veterinary medical education should not be considered.
Who may nominate
Any individual employed at an AAVMC member institution.
The awardee will be notified in November 2021. The award includes a $1000 honorarium. The awardee will be featured in a 3-minute tribute video during the virtual Annual Conference in March 2022. Awardee’s registration will be covered by AAVMC.
What to submit
Nomination letter addressing the award criteria (see below).
Where to submit materials
Materials should be submitted using the following survey linked here
1. The nominee’s contribution made should be to academic veterinary medical education, not the profession at large or
2. The contribution may be a fundamental one-time contribution, or incremental over time (“a body of work”).
3. Areas in which the contribution might be made include, but are not limited to:
a. Leadership of an AAVMC member institution
b. Development of a curriculum, or a curricular model
c. Development of clinical teaching methods, or a clinical model
d. Advancement of the science of veterinary medical practice
e. Advancement of the business of veterinary medical practice
f. Advancement in fundamental concepts of the veterinary profession (e.g., the development of the concept of One Health)
g. Advancement in the non-clinical practice of the veterinary profession (e.g., advancing the public’s understanding of the
scope of veterinary practice)
h. Advancement in the research of pedagogy of veterinary medical education
i. Advancement in the understanding of the economics of, political support for, educational milieu, or physical plant of
academic veterinary medical education.
j. Advancement in concepts of recruitment or admissions
k. Advancement in the understanding of concepts of or promotion of diversity (in all its forms) in academic
veterinary medical education
l. Advancement in concepts or promotion of leadership, or in providing leadership training, in academic
veterinary medical education
m. The provision of information, knowledge, or solutions to AAVMC members’ work
n. Acting as an effective catalyst or convener of issues of importance to academic veterinary medical education
4. The significance of the contribution should be major. “Major” is contextual. In under-developed fields, minor advances may be
considered major. Advancement in a well-developed field would need to be much more significant.
5. Contributions need not be recent, as it may take time before the significance of an advance becomes recognized.
6. The goal of this award is to recognize those who have helped to transform academic veterinary medical
education in some way. Mere effectiveness or popularity should not be enough.
7. The Billy E. Hooper Award should not be presented to an individual whose contribution is primarily limited to advocacy or
research. Generally speaking, these individuals should receive the Senator John Melcher Award for Public Policy Leadership
or the AAVMC Excellence in Research Award.
8. Controversy over the contribution should not disqualify an individual from receiving the Billy Hooper Award, although the
contribution made should not be in conflict with the publicly published AAVMC mission statement, vision statement,
values statement, or strategic goals and objectives.
The AAVMC Executive Committee serves as the selection committee.
Background and past recipients
The Billy E. Hooper Award is an annual honor established in January 1990 by the Board of Directors to recognize an individual whose leadership and vision have made a significant contribution to academic veterinary medicine. The Pew National Veterinary Education Program (PNVEP) provided an initial grant to support the award. In 2015, the Board of Directors established an endowment fund for the award. Originally called the Recognition Lecture, the name was changed to the Billy E. Hooper Award for Distinguished Service by the Board of Directors in 2016.
Past recipients of the AAVMC Billy E. Hooper Award for Distinguished Service (2003–present)
2020 Dr. Eleanor Green
2019 Dr. Elizabeth Strand
2018 Dr. Norman B. Williamson
2017 Dr. Francisco J. Trigo Tavera
2016 Dr. Ralph Richardson
2015 Dr. Lance Perryman
2014 Dr. Joe Kornegay
2013 Dr. James Coffman
2012 Dr. Malcolm Getz
2011 Dr. Peter Eyre
2010 Ms. Patricia Lowrie
2009 Dr. Keith Prasse
2008 Dr. J.T. Vaughn
2007 Dr. John Shadduck
2006 Dr. Richard Dierks
2005 Dr. W. R. Pritchard
2004 Dr. N. Ole Nielsen
2003 Dr. Bill Jenkins