DAVIS, Calif., December 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — During the COVID-19 pandemic, the message boards of the Veterinary Information Network, an online community for veterinarians, have been filled with questions and comments, including heated debates and sometimes misinformation. In the face of these concerns and confusion, several colleagues have provided VIN members, the profession at large and the public with timely responses based on the most up-to-date information and recommendations.
To honor two individuals who have worked tirelessly to master and share with empathy the rapidly changing information about the pandemic, the Veterinary Information Network is pleased to create an award for fellow veterinarians who serve science and truth through courage. and integrity. The name of the award – the Veritas VIN Award – comes from the Latin for truth.
The recipients of the first VIN Veritas award are Dr. Steve Valeika and Dr J. Scott Weese. These extraordinary veterinary opinion leaders have received praise from their colleagues for their dedication to data and their composure in the face of occasional personal insults, accusations and rare threats of violence.
dr. Steve Valeika is a small animal veterinarian at Asheville, North Carolina. He holds a doctorate in epidemiology from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hilland before practicing, was a professor of epidemiology at University of Georgia. When he’s not reading, talking or thinking about COVID, he enjoys spending time with his family in the western mountains North Carolina.
dr. Scott Weeseprofessor at the Ontario Veterinary College and director of the Center for Public Health and Zoonoses, University of Guelph, is an internist specializing in infectious diseases, particularly emerging diseases, and infection control. When he’s not talking about infectious disease cases, teaching, or doing research, he’s usually driving kids, coaching hockey, or riding his bike somewhere.
The VIN Veritas Award will be presented annually to veterinary professionals who demonstrate extraordinary courage and integrity in the service of science and truth.
Nominations will be solicited from colleagues each year. A call for nominations for VIN Veritas winners will be issued in the spring of each year starting in 2022.
Founded in 1991, the Veterinary Information Network (VIN) is a member-supported online community for veterinarians. With over 88,000 members worldwide, VIN provides ad-free community, content, tools, resources and continuing education for veterinarians. www.vin.com
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