Criteria, Submission Requirements and Process

Veterinary technicians are at the heart of any veterinary practice and deserve to be recognized and celebrated! Introducing the American Animal Hospital Association Veterinary Technician of the Year award, recognizing the outstanding achievements of accredited, experienced veterinary technicians.

This award was made possible by the generous support of Zoetis.

Click here to submit your nomination, part one

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Deadline for part one: 11:59 pm ET October 10, 2022


Open to credentialed veterinary technicians from any veterinary practice who have worked at least ninety (90) days with the veterinary practice submitting the nomination, and who are currently working for that practice. 


Part 1: Nomination by a coworker or supervisor

The nominator will provide the following information:
1. Nominee name
2. Nominee credentials
3. Practice name
4. Street address
5. City, State/Province, Zip/Postal Code
6. Email address
7. Phone number
8. Email address
9. Website
10. Nominator name and credentials
11. Nominator phone number
12. Nominator email address

The nominator will provide brief statements (each at 500 words or less) covering the following topics:

A. Exceptional performance. Describe the nominee’s exceptional performance in any area of the practice (.e.g., surgery, dentistry, pain management, etc.). Include a quote from a coworker and a quote from a management representative, speaking to the nominee’s performance.

B. Customer/client feedback. Provide at least two customer/client reviews or testimonials about the nominee. Include a quote from a coworker and a quote from a management representative, speaking to the nominee’s customer/client feedback abilities.

C. Communications. Describe how the nominee’s communications skills help coworkers and clients. Include a quote from a coworker and a quote from a management representative, speaking to the nominee’s communications abilities.

D. Photographs. Please submit photographs of the nominee at work or in the practice, and with clients and coworkers. Note: These photos become part of the nomination package and will be used in AAHA publicity of the award. Each person featured in a photo must sign a photographic release form, which must be uploaded with the photos. 

Part 2: Candidate statements

Nominees who are selected from submissions in part one will be contacted via email to provide the following statements.

E. Culture. Describe your contribution to creating or maintaining a healthy workplace culture at your practice in 500 words or less.

F. Work life. Describe your contributions as a team member to client and patient care and communications in 500 words or less.

G. Community service. Describe your involvement in/contribution to the community in the most recent 24 months, detailing specific activities, in 500 words or less.

H. Pet statement. Describe your philosophy or approach to treating pets at your practice.

Finalists will be notified by October 12-13 and must complete part two of the award application:

Click here to submit your nomination, part two

Deadline for part two: 11:59 pm ET October 23, 2022

Deadline and Process

  • Part one materials by nominator due: October 10, 2022
  • Part two materials by finalist due: October 23, 2022

Application fee: None

Submit materials online by 11:59 pm EST on the due dates.


Prizes and Recognition

  • Commemorative trophy announcing your achievement 
  • Special lapel pin to wear at your veterinary practice 
  • Substantial discount on attendee registration for AAHA’s annual conference in the year following the award 
  • Individual membership in the American Animal Hospital Association
  • 15% discount on any merchandise or publication in the AAHA publications store for 12 months following designation as a finalist
  • Cash prize of $250 
  • An article in an AAHA publication and mentions on the AAHA website and social media

The winner additionally receives:

  • Total cash prize of $750 
  • An interview with Dr. Katie Berlin on Central Line: The Podcast
  • A complimentary registration to AAHA Con in San Diego (September 2023)



Contact AAHA at 800-252-2242 or [email protected].

Finalist and Award Announcements

Finalists will be notified (without indication of award placement) by October 31, 2022. Finalists and winners will be featured on the AAHA website and social media.

Copyright Release

NOTE: AAHA plans to showcase the winning technicians’ applications (confidential information excluded). In addition, AAHA would be proud to include some of the ideas, quotes, pictures, etc. that were provided with your application in future promotional materials. However, we must have your permission before displaying or using anything belonging to you.

I grant to the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), its representatives, and employees the right to use materials from our submission for the AAHA Veterinary Technician of the Year Awards. I authorize AAHA, its assigns, and transferees to copyright and publish the materials in print and/or electronically. This includes pictures and information submitted for the award. It does not include any confidential information, such as nominee contact information or continuing education.

I agree that AAHA may use such materials for any lawful purpose, including, for example, in social media, member communications, advertising, or on the AAHA website.

I hereby certify that all information contained in this Application is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge. I further certify that as of the date hereof, all veterinarians in the practice have a license in good standing with the applicable state/provincial veterinary licensing board. I hereby certify that no state, provincial, or other applicable governmental agency, or client, has taken any adverse action against the Practice or any employee employed by the Practice in the 10 years preceding the date hereof. I have read and understand the above and have the authority to sign on behalf of my practice.