Nominations for the 2012 Merial-AAVMC Excellence in Research Award

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) is seeking nominations for the 2012 Merial-AAVMC Excellence in Research Award, to recognize outstanding research and scholarly achievements in the field of veterinary medicine. The award, which comes with a $1,000 honorarium, honors those who demonstrate excellence in original research, leadership in the scientific community, and mentoring of trainees and colleagues in any discipline of veterinary medicine.

The AAVMC values the partnership with Merial and is very grateful for Merial’s leadership in promoting research careers. Merial is a world-leading animal health company that provides a comprehensive range of products to enhance the health, well-being, and performance of a wide range of animals, including pharmaceutical products and vaccines for livestock, pets, and wildlife. 
The award will be presented at the Merial-NIH National Veterinary Scholars Symposium, August 2-5, at Colorado State University, where the recipient will make a presentation.
The deadline for receiving nominations for the 2012 award is June 22, 2012.
Please disseminate this call for nominations as broadly as possible. This award showcases the contributions of AAVMC member institutions to the scientific community, and the Selection Committee seeks the most outstanding individuals for this recognition.

What to Submit

  1. Nomination letter addressing the award criteria;
  2. Three supporting letters from individuals knowledgeable about the nominees’ achievements (at least two of these should be from colleagues at an institution other than the nominees’ current institution); and
  3. The nominee's current C.V.


Criteria for the Merial-AAVMC Excellence in Research Award

The Award Committee will consider the following criteria in bestowing this award:
1. Originality
  • Pioneered in the development of novel and significant areas of knowledge.
  • Developed new knowledge in a creative manner and with independent insight.
  • Created new knowledge to expand the understanding of veterinary medicine and/or extended the application of knowledge to veterinary practice/technology.
2. Experimental Practices
  • Developed creative and innovative hypotheses during research.
  • Developed new and superior experimental methodologies.
  • Formulated experimental designs that enabled the derivation of unambiguous conclusions.
  • Conveyed research results to the scientific community with clarity through timely presentation at scientific meetings and by publication in high quality journals.
3. Leadership
  • Provided essential contributions in team research endeavors.
  • Recognized as an innovator and scholar by peers as evidenced by other scientific awards and by invitations to participate in scholarly activities such as symposia.
  • Shared their research experience willingly and unselfishly with the scientific community through activities such as providing expert advice, sharing new techniques, or providing unique reagents.
  • Applied experimental results for the benefit of society.
4. Graduate Student/Residency Training
  • Consistent track record of excellence in instruction/training of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, residents, or interns.


Nominees must be affiliated with an AAVMC member institution, and be an active researcher (currently publishing, conducting research, and supervising graduate student training). There is a limit of one nomination per AAVMC institution. Nominations for the award are open internationally to individuals in any discipline of veterinary medicine.

Nomination and Selection

The award shall be given yearly, if a suitable recipient is identified by the Selection Committee. The AAVMC Board of Directors appoints the Selection Committee, which is composed of five members of the AAVMC Research Committee.


The award consists of a $1,000 honorarium and plaque. The awardee will be notified in July 2012. The awardee is expected to attend the symposium to receive the award and to make a presentation.