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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. Bill Folger by September 1, 2022.  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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2022 Lifetime

Shomer Award Winner:


Professor of Ethics


Animal Welfare Emeritus,

University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

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

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