Allen W Hahn Lifetime Achievement in Veterinary Informatics Award

Call for Nominations

The Association for Veterinary Informatics extends an open invitation for nominations of award candidates. All are encouraged to post the invitation with direct links to detailed information available on the Association for Veterinary Informatics website. Anyone aware of a candidate deserving the award in light of its aim to recognize career achievements in informatics that impact veterinary medicine is encouraged to submit a nomination in writing (paper or digital).

A successful nomination will include references, citations and/or hyperlinks to candidate contributions that justify the nomination in terms of the Rubric used by the Nominations Review Committee outlined below. The rubric specifies the dimensions of achievements that embody the aims of the award. It is meant as a guideline to compare the work of candidates. The committee has considerable flexibility in interpreting these rubric dimensions and will consider any novel or peculiar arguments and vote by majority whether to accept or reject the resulting effect on scores and rank. Persons nominating a candidate are encouraged to suggest in writing their unique interpretations of the rubric in regards to their candidate’s achievements as part of the nomination process if they feel it is warranted. Additional rubric or selection process details are available by request to the committee liaison.


Timeline for Award

Nominations typically open in October and close in December.

Recipient announced in the spring and honored at an award ceremony at the Talbot Symposium in August

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Criteria for Selection – the Rubric

This rubric guides the committee in objectively and quantifiably ranking the lifetime achievements of candidates in areas of veterinary informatics considered important and unique to the field. It is not expected that any one candidate will merit a maximum score in all dimensions, but that excellence in multiple dimensions would bring an outstanding individual to the top of a rank order list. Dimensions are designed to prevent overlap, so that undo emphasis would not be placed on certain aspects. While point scales are provided (with examples), flexibility remains in interpreting scales and assigning points, so that the rubric can be adaptive and evolve with the field. In some cases, wording was selected to avoid restrictive interpretation. Unique talents and achievements may compel either a nominator or a committee member to present alternative interpretations of a dimension's scale to appropriately capture the impact or performance of the nominee. The committee should entertain the arguments presented and consider adoption of the alternative interpretation by majority vote either as an isolated exception or a perpetual enhancement to the rubric.

Rubric Dimensions:

    • Data Rendered Informative by personal efforts
      • Practical transformation of data that can be used to make decisions
    • Knowledge Transfer
      • Education of others in veterinary informatics
    • Adoption
      • Innovation used by others (commercialized, public domain or standard practice)
    • Exemplary of Informatics
      • Illustrates how informatics impacts the veterinary profession
    • Impact
      • Changes the way veterinarians practice or increases the application of veterinary informatics in practice
      • Changes fundamental ideas in veterinary information science
      • Successful in overcoming long standing obstacles to the growth and development of veterinary informatics as a field
    • Recognition through publication
      • Publication is important to the growth of the discipline, so recognition should be given to those attempting to expand this area of our field, especially with peer-reviewed or equally validated work
    • Learning
      • As a perpetual student of the discipline
    • Collaboration
      • Reflecting the diversity and scope of individuals and groups engaged by the candidate in cooperative projects and publications

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Selection Process

The review of nominated candidates will be conducted in three rounds by the review committee. In the first round, all candidate nominations will be introduced to all committee members, each selecting a top five list based on preliminary cursory exposure to material submitted.

In the second round, all candidates appearing on any top five list will be divided up for detailed review and scoring with the rubric by two committee members. Highest two scoring candidates from each committee member will be considered in the Final round—more than highest two at the discretion of the committee.

In the third round, all committee members will use the rubric to score candidates not previously scored.

For more information contact:

Dr. Allen W. Hahn

Dr. Hahn with his IT staff

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