Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year

The Leo Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award recognizes the outstanding work of veterinarians in promoting the human-animal bond in practice through a special sensitivity to both clients and patients; in their communities through assuming a leadership role in programs that bring people and animals together; or in education or research on human-animal interactions.

The award was named for the late Dr. Leo K. Bustad, former President of the Delta Society, Dean of the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and a pioneer in recognizing the importance of the human-animal bond. The recipients of this award are:

  • Melissa Bain, DVM, Dipl. ACVB, Dipl. ACAW– 2015-2016 Davis, California
  • Bess Pierce, DVM, Dipl. ABVP, Dipl. ACVIM, Dipl. ACVSMR– 2014, Blacksburg, Virginia
  • Benjamin Hart, DVM – 2013 Davis, California
  • Thomas Cantanzaro, DVM – 2012 Aspley, QLD, Australia
  • Nancy Kay, DVM, ACVIM – 2011 San Francisco, CA
  • Ken Gorczyca, DVM – 2010 San Francisco, CA
  • Brian Forsgren, DVM – 2009 Cleveland, OH
  • Jane  Shaw, DVM – 2008 Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Samuel  Costello, DVM – 2007 Hubbard, Ohio
  • Richard Meadows, DVM – 2006 Columbia, Missouri
  • H.  Marie Suthers-McCabe, DVM – 2005 Blacksburg, VA
  • Kathy Mitchener, DVM – 2004 Tennessee
  • Brenda  Griffin, DVM – 2003 Auburn University, AL
  • Marty  Becker, DVM – 2002 Author and Educator
  • Bonnie Beaver, DVM, MS, DACVB – 2001 Texas A&M University
  • Caroline Schaffer, DVM – 2000 Tuskegee University
  • Alice Villalobos, DVM – 1999 Hermosa Beach, California
  • Patricia Olson, DVM, PhD – 1998 Englewood, Colorado
  • Thomas J. Lane, DVM – 1997 University of Florida
  • Marvin Samuelson, DVM – 1996 Topeka, Kansas
  • Robert M. Miller, DVM – 1995 Thousand Oaks, California
  • Sally Walshaw, MA, VMD – 1994 Michigan State University
  • Erwin Small, DVM, MS – 1993 University of Illinois
  • Lynn J. Anderson, DVM, MSW – 1992 US Army Veterinary Corp
  • William Kay, DVM – 1991 New York, New York
  • John New, DVM, MPH – 1990 University of Tennessee
  • James Harris, DVM – 1989 Oakland, California
  • Earl Strimple, DVM – 1988 Washington, DC
  • Robert K. Anderson, DVM, MPH – 1987 University of Minnesota
  • William F. McCulloch, DVM, MPH – 1986 Texas A&M University

The award is sponsored by  the American Veterinary Medical Association and presented by Pet Partners.

AVMA Pet Partners