Dr. Jeanette O'Quin was recently recognized in Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) for receiving the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Animal Welfare Award. Dr. O'Quin is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. Her research interests include shelter animal health and wellness, prevention of animal homelessness, zoonotic disease prevention and occupational health in animal care workers. Dr. W. Ron DeHaven, recently retired Executive Vice President and CEO of the AVMA wrote, "Dr. O'Quin was selected from a number of outstanding candidates to receive this prestigious award on the basis of her contributions to the veterinary profession." Dr. O'Quin will receive her award at the AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference in January of 2017 in Chicago, IL.
According to the AVMA website, the Animal Welfare Award is given annually to an AVMA member veterinarian to recognize his/her achievements in advancing the welfare of animals via leadership, public service, education, research/product development, and/or advocacy. By doing so, the AVMA hopes to raise public awareness of the important role veterinarians play in improving understanding of animal-welfare related science and ethics, ensuring that animal use for human purposes is conducted responsibly and attending to and promoting animal welfare within the context of responsible animal use.