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.

Dr. Jason Coe

2021 Bustad Award Recipient
Dr. Jason Coe, professor in the Department of Population Medicine at University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College

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2020
Robin Downing, DVM, MS, DAAPM, DACVSMR, CVPP, CCRP, IL

2019
Karen Vernau, DVM, CA

2018
Cynthia Otto, DVM, Ph. D., DACVECC, PA

2017
No award given

2016
Jody Sandler, DVM, NY

2015
Melissa Bain, DVM, CA

2014
Bess Pierce, DVM, VA

2013
Benjamin Hart, DVM, CA

2012
Thomas Cantanzaro, DVM, Australia

2011
Nancy Kay, DVM, CA

2010
Ken Gorczyca, DVM, CA

2009
Brian Forsgren, DVM, OH

2008
Jane Shaw, DVM, CO

2007
Samuel Costello, DVM, OH

2006
Richard Meadows, DVM, DABVP, MO

2005
Marie Suthers-McCabe, DVM, VA

2004
Kathy Mitchener, DVM, TN

2003
Brenda Griffin, DVM, MS, DACVIM, AL

2002
Dr. Marty Becker, ID

2001
Dr. Bonnie V. Beaver, TX

2000
Dr. Caroline B. Schaeffer, AL

1999
Dr. Alice Villalobos, CA

1998
Dr. Patricia N. Olson, CO

1997
Dr. Thomas J. Lane, FL

1996
Dr. Marvin L. Samuelson, KS

1995
Dr. Robert M. Miller, CA

1994
Dr. Sally O. Walshaw, MI

1993
Dr. Erwin Small, IL

1992
Dr. Lynn J. Anderson, KY

1991
Dr. William J. Kay, NY

1990
Dr. John C. New, Jr, TN

1989
Dr. James Harris, CA

1988
Dr. Earl 0. Strimple, CD

1987
Dr. Robert K. Anderson, MN

1986
Dr. William F. McCulloch, TX