North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association Names 2017 Award Recipients

NCVMA Recognizes North Carolina Veterinarians for Outstanding Service and Achievement.

Raleigh, NC, August 30, 2017 --( The North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association (NCVMA) has announced the four recipients of its annual awards honoring veterinary excellence. The awards were presented at the 2017 NCVMA Summer Conference, held at the Marriott Grande Dunes Resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Winners were selected based on their contributions to veterinary medicine, the North Carolina community and to the NCVMA.

The 2017 award honorees include:

-Young Veterinarian Of The Year: Dr. Harrison Dudley, DVM, of the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Young Veterinarian Of The Year award is based on outstanding medical, communication and leadership skills shown in less than five years of professional experience.

-Veterinarian Of The Year: Dr. Shannon Foy, DVM, of the Brentwood Veterinary Center in Wilson, North Carolina. The Veterinarian Of The Year award is based on exemplary contributions to veterinary medicine, the community and to the NCVMA during the past year.

-Distinguished Veterinarian: Dr. Richard Hawkins, DVM, of the Colony Park Animal Hospital in Durham, North Carolina. The Distinguished Veterinarian award is based on professional and civic contributions to the veterinary profession in North Carolina.

-Lifetime Meritorious Achievement Award: Dr. Max Sink, DVM, of the High Point Veterinary Hospital in High Point, North Carolina. The Lifetime Meritorious Achievement Award is based on significant achievements throughout an entire career in veterinary medicine.

The NCVMA is committed to promoting excellence and innovation in veterinary medicine. The organization advocates for responsible pet ownership and accessible veterinary care through education programs, annual member conferences, and strong public relations initiatives that disseminate valuable information across the state. The NCVMA is proud to honor its members who are devoted to providing North Carolina’s animals with high quality care.

“This year’s NCVMA award honorees represent an outstanding commitment to advancing the field of veterinary medicine in North Carolina,” said Claire Holley, executive director of the NCVMA. “These distinguished veterinarians have clearly demonstrated their talent and passion for the profession, and we are pleased to recognize their achievements.”

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About The North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association:
The North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association (NCVMA) is a professional organization of veterinarians dedicated to compassionate animal care and quality medicine. The NCVMA promotes integrity and excellence in veterinary medicine, provides the highest quality continuing education programs and conferences, supports its members through public relations and marketing efforts to the public and governing officials, lobbies on behalf of the interests of the entire profession, and serves as an advocate and voice for veterinary medicine in the state. As recognized experts in veterinary medicine, NCVMA members are frequently asked to contribute their opinions and lend their expertise to media outlets throughout North Carolina and around the country, including The News & Observer, Charlotte Today, Wilmington Star-News, Fayetteville Observer, Greensboro News & Record, USA Today, Yahoo!, ABC News and Time Warner Cable News. For more information, visit, or call (800) 446-2862 or (919) 851-5850.
Jordan Watkins