Veterinary research: Shining a light on advancements in health

Veterinary researchers – like Gustavo Aguirre, Kenneth Simpson and William Murphy, for example – make this world a better place. Drs. Aguirre, Simpson and Murphy are the most recent recipients of AVMA Research Awards, bestowed by the AVMA and the American Veterinary Medical Foundation to recognize exemplary achievements in the veterinary research field. 

We are proud of the many achievements veterinary researchers have realized, and promoting their successes is just one way the AVMA recognizes the importance of veterinary research in both animal and human health. As a key element of the AVMA’s strategic plan, AVMA staff members and volunteer leaders are busy promoting greater awareness of the need for sustained and adequate research funding, while also supporting increased exposure of veterinary students to the value of research-related careers. We are doing all of this in the name of One Health, the integrative effort of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally and globally to attain optimal health for people, animals and the environment. 

The AVMA advocates for research that benefits animal and human health and well-being, and we believe that veterinarians are uniquely qualified to lead these research efforts. We have quite the army of AVMA members to lead the research charge, with nearly 11,000 veterinarians equipped with advanced-training expertise in fields such as nutrition, toxicology, epidemiology, microbiology, parasitology and a multitude of other veterinary specialties. 

One of the newest features on the AVMA website is a special page dedicated to AVMA members working to achieve animal and human health through research. The page, created this past summer by AVMA extern and St. George’s veterinary student Jeremy Redmond, highlights a multitude of veterinary researchers and their research interests. We regularly feature one of these veterinary experts in an effort to bring more attention to their skills, their knowledge and the impact they are having on both animals and people. 

We encourage you to visit the page and learn about the fascinating things these researchers are doing. We also ask you to spread the word to your colleagues – especially younger veterinarians – about these difference-makers and the many career opportunities available in veterinary research. We also invite you to learn more about the AVMA’s research priorities, and the AVMA Council on Research and what it is doing to advance veterinary research and its impact on both animal and human health. 

Getting back to our AVMA Research Award winners, it’s nomination time for the next round of research awards. If you know of someone who is making an impact in veterinary research and doing great things for animals and people, we invite you to nominate them for the AVMA Lifetime Excellence in Research Award, the AVMF/American Kennel Club Career Achievement Award in Canine Research, the AVMF/Winn Feline Foundation Research Award or the AVMA Practitioner Research Award. Maybe your friends and colleagues can join this veterinary research ring of excellence.

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