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Dr. Autumn Davidson receives Hill's Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award

April 15, 2003

The following information was distributed by the American Animal Hospital Association April 7, 2003.

DENVER—Autumn Davidson, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, director of veterinary medicine for the San Rafael campus of Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael, CA, received the Hill’s Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award on March 24 at the American Animal Hospital Association’s 70th Annual Meeting in Phoenix. The award is given annually to an individual who has advanced animal welfare through extraordinary service or by furthering humane principles, education and understanding.

After earning her DVM from the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1985, Dr. Davidson completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University and a residency in internal medicine at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Davidson works as an associate clinical professor in internal medicine and reproduction at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital of the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine in addition to her work at Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Throughout her career, Dr. Davidson has served several veterinary and animal welfare organizations. Dr. Davidson has been a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine since 1992 and is active in several professional organizations including AAHA, American Veterinary Medical Association, California Veterinary Medical Association and the Society for Theriogenology. She also recently served on the AAHA Canine Vaccine Task Force.

Dr. Davidson received the Waddell Memorial Scholarship Award for excellence in clinical medicine from Texas A&M University in 1986 and the Hill's Senior Student Award for outstanding work in small animal nutrition from the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1985.

The American Animal Hospital Association is an international organization of more than 27,000 veterinary care providers who treat companion animals. Established in 1933, the association is well known among veterinarians for its high standards for hospitals and pet health care. For more information about AAHA, visit the association online at