Animal welfare and human-animal bonding efforts recognized with national awards

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Dani McVety-Leinen, DVM, received the 2022 Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year award.
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Two veterinarians have been honored through the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) annual awards program.

Dani McVety-Leinen, DVM, Founder and CEO of Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, is the recipient of the Busta 2022 Pet Veterinarian of the Year Award. Named in honor of the late Dr. Leo K. Bustad, the award recognizes the outstanding work of a veterinarian in protecting and promoting the human-animal bond.

“I am more than honored to be the recipient of the Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year award,” said Dr. McVety-Leinen. “Dr. Leo Bustad was a true pioneer in our field who passed on new concepts of honor and respect between animals and humans – ideas that still shape our profession today.

McVety-Leinen founded Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice in 2009 shortly after earning her DVM from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. The service aims to improve the care of geriatric companion animals, as well as improve terminal illness management and euthanasia management in the veterinary space. Since its founding, Lap of Love has grown into a national network of more than 250 interdisciplinary physicians and support staff.

“The bond between our species has not only led me into this career that I cherish, but has also been the cornerstone of my work as a clinician, my inspiration as a businesswoman and the driving force behind my work with veterinary students,” McVety- says Leinen. “Like Dr. Bustad, I believe that helping veterinary students understand this connection early in their careers helps shape the type of doctor they become. Through this work, I have learned, as a veterinarian, that this is not a medicine that we sell; on the contrary, our true product is the human-animal bond.

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    Two veterinarians were honored through the American Veterinary Medical Association's (AVMA) annual awards program, which is supported by educational funding from Merck Animal Health.
Patricia Turner, DVM, DVSc, DACLAM, DABT, received the 2022 AVMA Animal Welfare Award.

Meanwhile, Patricia Turner, DVM, DVSc, DACLAM, DABT, Vice President of Global Animal Welfare for Charles River Laboratories, is the recipient of the AVMA Animal Welfare Awards 2022recognizing an association member veterinarian for outstanding achievement in promoting animal welfare through leadership, public service, education, research/product development and/or advocacy.

A graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), Dr. Turner has volunteered countless hours to promote the ethical treatment of animals in science around the world. She has given lectures, seminars and workshops exploring a variety of topics related to laboratory animal science, animal welfare and ethics.

“I am deeply honored to receive this prestigious AVMA award,” she said. “Improving the lives of animals has been a lifelong passion for me through my own research and efforts, but also through professional collaborations, and by educating, supporting and inspiring excellence in others. Advancing animal welfare is an important and ongoing journey for all of us.

As an educator, Turner has trained hundreds of veterinary peers and students and developed three postgraduate programs for veterinarians specializing in laboratory animal science. She is also Professor Emeritus and Applied Scientist in Animal Welfare at the University of Guelph and the Campbell Center for the Study of Animal Welfare, where her current research interests include research animal behavior management, science of compassion for laboratory animal professionals, recognition and alleviation of pain in research animals. , and euthanasia.

In his role at Charles River Laboratories, Turner is responsible for assessing welfare risks and developing animal welfare policy and related training for the company’s sites in the States. United and around the world. His work has had a direct impact on the way animals are raised, cared for and worked at global sites.

Turner is the Past President of the World Veterinary Association (WVA), where she led many initiatives to spread animal welfare knowledge and reward those who promote best practices. She is also past chair of the WVA’s Animal Welfare Strategic Think Tank, where she has contributed to several animal welfare fact sheets and position papers on global issues.

The annual AVMA awards are supported by educational funding from Merck Animal Health.

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