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2009 edition of the Penn Vet World Leadership Award on course with nominations

Paris, 07 October 2008 - The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine has announced a deadline of Monday, Dec. 1 st 2008 for nominations for its prestigious 2009 World Leadership in Animal Health Award which some observers are comparing with a Noble Prize of Veterinary Medicine.

After receiving the Award in 2008, Dr Bernard Vallat will next be part of the initiative becoming one of the members of the jury. He said: “The Vernon and Shirley Hill Foundation offers a tremendous contribution to help face the exciting challenges of the veterinary profession and veterinarians worldwide have a duty to take part in this venture. Not only do many veterinarians deserve recognition for their deeds but the Penn Vet Award should be regarded as the great venture it is.” “I expect nominations to be plentiful and come from all around the globe for this second edition,” he added.

The unrestricted award of $100,000 is given annually to a veterinarian who has dramatically changed the practice and image of the profession and substantially influenced the lives and careers of others.

According to the Foundation regulations, nominations are considered on the basis of merit alone, regardless of nationality, race, religion or gender. To be eligible, candidates must hold a degree in veterinary medicine from a school listed in the Handbook of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Nominations Procedure:

Those making nominations may share their intentions with the candidate. In no set format, nominations should include:

1. Candidate's mailing address, phone, e-mail address and a current curriculum vitae and list of publications.

2. A brief curriculum vitae for person nominating candidate. Include above information as well.

3. A list of eight references with mailing and e-mail addresses. References should be well qualified to evaluate candidate's contributions, e.g., by working in the same or a related field.

4. A concise summary of candidate's contributions.

5. A detailed statement of eight pages or less giving reasons for nomination. It should explain the significance and long-term impact of candidate's contributions to society.

Nominations may be sent electronically to worldaward@vet.upenn.edu , faxed to 215/573-8837, or mailed to Office of the Dean, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, 3800 Spruce St., Suite #112, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6044