2013 WSAVA Award Winners Announced

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) has announced the winners of its annual awards.  Highly regarded in global companion animal care, they recognize ground-breaking achievement in clinical care.  They were presented to the winners at WSAVA FASAVA World Congress in Auckland,New Zealand, as follows:

 WSAVA President’s Award – Dr Ray Butcher and Professor Peter Ihrke

This award is made periodically by the President of the WSAVA to a member judged to have made an outstanding contribution to the association. This year, unusually, two members have been recognised – Dr Ray Butcher and Professor Peter Ihrke.

Dr Ray Butcher

Ray Butcher

Through his work with the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), Dr Butcher has been instrumental in efforts to control dog populations humanely, particularly in Eastern Europe and in Asia.  He is a founding member of the Blue Dog Trust, an international program to reduce the incidence of dog bites in children.  He is a founding director of the Alliance for Rabies Control (ARC) and is on the board of the International Companion Animal Management Coalition (ICAM), representing the ARC and WSAVA.  He is a past Chair of the WSAVA Animal Wellness and Welfare Committee and is a partner at the Wylie Veterinary Centre,Upminster,UK.

Professor Peter Ihrke

Until his retirement in 2012, Peter Ihrke was Professor of Dermatology and Chief of Dermatology Service at the School of Veterinary Medicine,University of California,Davis.  He was also Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology at the School of Medicine,Stanford University and an Executive Board Member of the World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology Association (WCVDA).  During his career, he combined his practice with the teaching of students and the continuing professional development of veterinarians.

Proffessor Peter Ihrke

Professor Ihrke first became involved with the WSAVA as assembly representative for the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD).  He became President in 2012 but had to step down because of health problems. He was awarded the WSAVA Hill’s Excellence in Veterinary Healthcare Award in 2009.

WSAVA Hill’s Excellence in Veterinary Healthcare Award – Professor Thierry Olivry

This award recognizes outstanding work from veterinarians in promoting companion animal healthcare and the family pet/veterinary bond through a sensitivity to clients and patients using leading edge clinical nutrition and advanced medical and surgery techniques.  It has been awarded to Thierry Olivry, Professor of Immunodermatology at the North Carolina State University (NCSU)College of Veterinary Medicine in Raleigh.  He has authored or co-authored more than 180 peer-reviewed articles and was Clinician of the Year at NCSU in 2005. He received the Pfizer Award for Research Excellence at NCSU in 2010.

WSAVA Hill’s Pet Mobility Award – Professor James L Cook

This award recognizes the outstanding work of a clinical researcher in the field of canine and feline orthopaedic medicine and surgery.  It has been made to Professor James (Jimi) Cook, Director of the Comparative Orthopaedic Laboratory at the University of Missouri,USA, which carries out research into osteoarthritis, tissue engineering and articular cartilage physiology.

The author of many peer-reviewed publications in the veterinary and human medical sphere, Professor Cook’s interests lie in arthroscopy, minimally invasive fracture repair, orthopaedic tissue engineering and total joint replacement.

WSAVA Global One Health Award – Professor Lonnie King

Professor Lonnie King (center) receiving his award from (left) Professor Jolle Kirpensteijn, President of the WSAVA and (right) Professor Michael Day, Chairman of the WSAVA’s One Health Committee


This recognizes an outstanding contribution in promoting One Health.  It has been awarded to Professor Lonnie King, Dean of the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, USA. 

During a long career, Professor King has served many national and international One Health organizations.  Before joining Ohio State University he was Director of the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC’s) new National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne and Enteric Diseases (NCZVED).  He is also past Chair of the One Medicine Task force for the American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA) and is Point of Contact for One Health activities at the CDC.

WSAVA International Award for Scientific Achievement – Professor David Twedt

This award recognizes the work of a veterinarian in advancing the profession’s knowledge of companion animal disorders.  It has been made to Professor David C Twedt.

A Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM); David is Professor of Clinical Sciences at Colorado State University and Director of the Veterinary Endoscopy Teaching Center.  He is a past President of the ACVIM and the Comparative Gastroenterology Society and is an expert in Gastroenterology and hepatic diseases of small animals.


Professor David Twedt

Commenting on the 2013 WSAVA Awards, President Professor Jolle Kirpensteijn, said:  “The achievements of this year’s winners confirm the commitment of our profession to constantly push boundaries to ensure we enhance veterinary care for companion animals.

I would particularly like to acknowledge the contributions made by Ray Butcher and Peter Ihrke.  Both are living embodiments of what we stand for – but they are also great friends and colleagues.  We are proud of all our winners.  We congratulate them and hope they will inspire others.

I’d like to thank our major supporter Hill’s Pet Nutrition for sponsoring two of the awards and for being the prime sponsor of our Congresses. Hill’s also contributes to the funding of our CE programme, various disease standardization groups and other initiatives.”

Nominations are now being considered for the 2014 WSAVA Awards, which will be presented at the 2014 WSAVA Congress in Cape Town, South Africa, from 16-19 September. For information on the nomination process, please contact: wsavasecretariat@gmail.com.

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA)  is an umbrella organization representing 180,000 veterinarians globally through 92 member associations.  For more information, visit www.wsava.org.

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