Michael Ziccardi, director of the UC Davis Oiled Wildlife Care Network, received the International Animal Welfare Training Institute (IAWTI) Animal Welfare Award for 2010 for his efforts to aid oiled mammals and turtles in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The disaster occurred over several months during the spring and summer of 2010. Ziccardi, a veterinary expert in organizing and implementing care of animals affected by oil spills, spent more than 100 days in the Gulf.
The inscription on the award stated: "This award is provided for your exemplary service to the animals in the ocean habitat affected by the Gulf Oil Spill of 2010. Your scientific knowledge, coupled with your clinical evaluations produced novel methods for improving the survival of sea turtles, and other marine mammals which improved animal welfare. The citizens of California and across our nation have an expectation that veterinary medicine will provide expertise and response to animals in peril. Your unselfish dedication of time and expertise advanced the ideals of humane care and treatment to the animals in our world."
Ziccardi received the award from IAWTI director John Madigan November 15 at a presentation to students and friends of the School of Veterinary Medicine about Ziccardi's oiled wildlife response experience.