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Guidelines for the Veterinary Excellence Award





The first UGFA Award for Veterinary Professional Practice is intended to provide tangible recognition for an UGFA Veterinarian Member for their contribution toward excellence in Professional Practice. This will include Veterinarians at the Ontario Veterinary College, Ridgetown Campus or Animal Health Laboratory.  Individuals may be nominated for this award by other UGFA Members on the basis of providing excellent Veterinary professional practice to the community.


Closing date for Nominations:                April 05, 2024
Closing date for Supporting Material:   April 19, 2024

Presentation: the citation is normally presented at the annual reception held in the fall. The recipient will be presented with a plaque and a monetary award of $500.00.

Who May Nominate


Nominations may be made by UGFA members.

Nominations must clearly indicate:

a)   the name of the nominee;
b)   documentation to support the nomination (see below);
c)   the name and phone number of the nominator.




Any individual who, at the date of nomination, is a member of UGFA is eligible to be nominated and to receive the Award.


A Member may only receive an Award once.





There are no fixed criteria or decision rules for the selection of UGFA award winners; members of the selection committee may weight different areas and different sources of evidence as they see fit.  However, a number of broad guidelines have emerged from discussions of the committee, of which nominators should take account, in preparing their submissions. Specifically, preference is normally given to nominees who:



Guidelines for nominators


The strongest nomination package includes letters of support from more than one constituency.


To facilitate the deliberations of the Awards Committee, each nomination package should include the following:


  1.  A table of contents;
  2.  A signed Nominee Acceptance Form;
  3.  Tabs to separate and identify the various sections of the package;
  4.  The nominee's CV, which should include professional practice, research & scholarship, and service
  5.  A signed nominator's letter.  This letter summarizes the highlights of the nomination package, with special focus on areas of excellence as   described under "Purpose" above.  This letter should represent the core of the case and offer a picture of where and with what priority the   supporting documents fit in. Documents seldom speak for themselves; they are invariably more useful when summarized, abstracted and   explained by someone on the scene and familiar with the nominee;
  6.  Letters of support from more than one constituency.  The strongest letters address specific areas of excellence and the impact of the   nominee.  Letters must be current and prepared specifically for the UGFA Award nomination.

Previous Winners

2024: Josepha DeLay

2023: Tiffany Durzi

If there are any questions please contact the Faculty Association Office at ext. 58538 or [email protected]


Last updated December 6, 2023