The VIC Awards Committee, an independent group of individuals from the veterinary profession, will provide oversight and administration of the VIC Innovation Awards. This Committee be chaired by Stephanie L. Morley, DVM, Chief Operations Officer for Zomedica and will be supported by Mia Cary, DVM, the Veterinary Innovation Council’s Executive Director. Prior to launch, a website will be developed for the VIC Innovation Awards. This site will provide complete details of the Awards Program, the process, and how to nominate an individual or organization. Any member within the animal health industry may nominate as many people or organizations (one time per person or organization) as they would like and there is no cost for a nomination.
The nomination form will include a narrative summarizing the major achievement of the individual or organization. Nominations should be between 500 and 800 words, and explain what the innovation is, what the impact has been and why it should be considered for the award. Evidence to substantiate the nomination should be included. In addition, video nominations are also encouraged.
Nominations may be accepted from any individual or entity. Nominations can be made on behalf of a candidate but self-nominations will also be considered. The nomination form will ask for a short bio or curriculum vitae. While posthumous examples may be used for promotion of the awards and to acknowledge innovation of the past, award winners must be living so they can receive the award and participate in the panel discussion at VMX 2018.
The 2018 nomination phase will be opening at VMX 2018 in February 2018.
Nominations open February 2018 and close on May 1, 2018. At that time, the Committee, along with a proposed Advisory Board from a variety of members of allied associations (for complete transparency in the process), will compile the nominations. Those individuals and organizations that receive the most nominations by members of the profession (crowdsourcing participants) will progress to the final Voting Stage. It is intended that each subcategory have three, but no more than five, nominees that will be presented back to the members of the profession (crowdsourced voting).
Final voting begins on July 1, 2018 and will close on September 30, 2018. The winners will receive their awards at VMX 2019. Once final voting closes, the Committee will be responsible for tallying and verifying votes and selecting a winner and runner-up in each sub category.
During the fourth quarter of 2018, the winner and runner up will be notified and will be asked to provide interviews and background information.
While there is no cash award for the winners, the winners of each category will receive a complimentary registration to the VMX 2019. The runner-ups will be recognized in publications and promotions surrounding the awards.
Winners will be announced during VMX 2019 and will be asked to serve on a panel program moderated by the Awards Committee Chair and VIC Executive Director.
During VMX 2019 nominations will open for the VIC 2020 Innovation Awards cycle.