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SVME Shomer Award for Veterinary Ethics

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This prestigious award is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Robert Shomer, who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1934. Dr. Shomer was a co-founder and first President of the Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics. He was very passionate about the ethics of veterinary practice. He served the animal kingdom, the veterinary community and humankind with veracity, wit and passion. His intellect, courage and eloquence are hallmarks of true leadership in the field of veterinary medical ethics.

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Award Criteria:

This award is bestowed upon an individual who has made a significant contribution to the field of veterinary medical ethics. The recipient must have a distinguished career as a leader in the field of veterinary medical ethics through scholarship, advocacy, or mentorship. Recipients should be outstanding individuals who throughout their professional careers have promoted and embodied the qualities of a true professional including veracity, compassion, courage and integrity.

Selection criteria for the award include:

  • Leadership and advocacy in local, regional, national or international veterinary ethics
  • Scholarship in the field of veterinary ethics
  • Evidence of good character
  • History of inspiring students and/or members of the veterinary profession.


Nominations for this award can be made to Dr. Karyl Hurley by September 1, 2021.  The award may be granted on an annual basis as qualified individuals are identified.

Please download the form below to nominate the
2022 Shomer Award Recipient.

   Shomer Award Nomination Form.pdf


The recipient will receive a personalized plaque and a cash prize of $1,000.00 (US) at an Awards Ceremony held in conjunction with the SVME Ethics Sessions during the VMX Conference.

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2021 Shomer Award Winner:

Anne Quain, DVM, Author

Anne Quain (Fawcett) a lecturer at the Sydney School of Veterinary Science (SSVS) and a companion animal veterinarian. She completed a Masters in small animal medicine and surgery through Murdoch University, is a member by examination in the animal welfare chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS), and a Diplomate of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behaviour Medicine in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law. She teaches veterinary ethics at the SSVS and the University of Queensland, and is an examiner in the Animal Welfare Chapter of the ANZCVS.

Anne co-authored the book Veterinary Ethics: Navigating Tough Cases with Dr Siobhan Mullan, and is the author of numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. She co-edited the sold-out Vet Cookbook (published by the Centre for Veterinary Education). She is a member of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association leadership council.

Dr Anne Quain with patient Yuuki

(taken by photographer Lucian Duggins)

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(Go to the Past Shomer Award Recipients page for more details about past winners)

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