ACVIM Specialty Lifetime Achievement Award

The ACVIM Specialty Lifetime Achievement Award is presented by specialty. These awards recognize to the most prominent leaders in each specialty and provide the opportunity to celebrate those who have made significant contributions in each of the six ACVIM specialties.

Eligible Diplomates can be nominated by members of their respective specialty. Each recipient will be invited to give a one-hour presentation to the specialty at the ACVIM Forum on a topic of his or her choice. Included in this invitation will be airfare, one night hotel stay, ACVIM Forum registration, a commemorative plaque and one-hour speaker honorarium (travel subject to change based on ACVIM Forum delivery). 

The awards may be given up to once annually but need not be awarded if a meritorious nomination is not provided during a given year. If you have questions, please contact


Join us in Congratulating our 2023 Recipients

Robert Hamlin, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Cardiology, SAIM)

Dr. Robert Hamlin is highly accomplished and respected in the field of veterinary medicine and particularly in veterinary cardiology. A professor and researcher at The Ohio State University since 1960, Dr. Hamlin has taught and mentored countless students at OSU and beyond. His publication record includes over 350 peer-reviewed articles, and his expertise in cardiovascular physiology has had a significant and lasting impact on both veterinary and human medicine. Dr. Hamlin served as ACVIM Board President from 1977-78 and Board Chair from 1978-79 and therefore played a significant role in the College's formative years. Dr. Hamlin continues to contribute to academia at OSU and is currently a Director at Q-Test Labs, a preclinical cardiovascular laboratory dedicated to supporting the development of innovative cardiovascular therapies for both animals and humans.

Dr. Robert Hamlin accepts award from Cardiology President Dr. Steven Rosenthal

PHOTO: Dr. Robert Hamlin (right) accepts award from Cardiology President Dr. Steven Rosenthal during the 2023 ACVIM Forum.


Pamela Wilkins, DVM, PhD, MS, DACVIM (LAIM), DACVECC

Dr. Pamela Wilkins graduated from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986 and served as the originator and clinician for Cornell's equine neonatal intensive unit. She began her residency training in large animal internal medicine at University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center in 1991 and became Board-certified in 1995. Dr. Wilkins served on the faculty at New Bolton Center for many years until accepting her current position as Professor of Equine Internal Medicine and Emergency Critical Care at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana in 2008. Dr. Wilkins is also Board-certified in Emergency and Critical Care and is a highly respected mentor to interns, residents and graduate students. Recognized internationally for her work, Dr. Wilkins is a prolific lecturer and researcher with an extensive publication record including over 370 manuscripts, abstracts, proceedings and book chapters.

PHOTO: Dr. Pamela Wilkins (left) receives award from Large Animal Internal Medicine President Dr. Chris Sanchez during the 2023 ACVIM Forum.


Jody Lulich, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)

Dr. Jody Lulich is a Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Minnesota and the director of the Minnesota Urolith Center, the largest stone analysis center in the world. He specializes in nephrology and urology and has earned an international reputation as a clinical investigator and educator in this field. Dr. Lulich has published over 400 papers in journals, textbooks and scientific proceedings, and his work has resulted in several great clinical advancements, including the technique of voiding urohydropropulsion, a nonsurgical method to remove uroliths in seconds from the urinary bladder. Dr Lulich is a decorated teacher and has actively sought opportunities to mentor underrepresented minorities who are pursuing advanced clinical or research training in veterinary medicine. Through this direct mentorship and his service as a national and international speaker, Dr. Lulich has positively influenced the lives of countless individuals in veterinary medicine.

PHOTO: Dr. Jody Lulich (left) accepts award from Small Animal Internal Medicine President Dr. Roger Hostutler during the 2023 ACVIM Forum.


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