Recognition Awards

The ACVIM greatly values the dedication of our members to the profession as well as their investment in and support to help make the ACVIM successful. We offer awards annually for volunteer service, outstanding achievements within the profession and new for 2021, by specialty lifetime achievement award for Diplomates.

ACVIM Lee and Inge Pyle Service Award

Recognizes outstanding and dedicated service by a Diplomate as a College volunteer.

Robert W. Kirk Award for Professional Excellence

Presented in recognition of outstanding achievements and dedicated service to the veterinary profession.


ACVIM Certificate of Clinical Excellence

Recognizes students who demonstrate sincere interest in internal medicine and outstanding didactic and clinical expertise in internal medicine.

NEW: ACVIM Specialty Lifetime Achievement Award

Presented to the most prominent leaders in each specialty and provides the opportunity to celebrate those who have made significant contributions in each of the five specialties.


2020 Recipients


Becky Gompf

Dr. Gompf is the Associate Professor of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at the University of Tennessee (UT) College of Veterinary Medicine. She has taught cardiology to students at UT since 1978 and has trained interns and residents in cardiology, medicine and radiology. Dr. Gompf's record of service includes assuming the role of secretary of Cardiology for the ACVIM for 33 consecutive years, in addition to serving on seven ACVIM committees, leading four of those as chair.

David Twedt

Dr. Twedt is the Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine at Colorado State University, Department of Clinical Sciences. He joined the CSU facility in 1978 and has a distinguished career as a professor, mentor, scientist, speaker and professional volunteer. He is known worldwide for discoveries in liver and gastrointestinal disease in dogs and cats; and has developed techniques using endoscopy and laparoscopy to visualize a patient's internal structures. Dr. Twedt is a decorated specialist and prolific author who has received numerous awards.

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Supporters, colleagues, friends and family can add a note electronically.



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