Dr. Janice Trumpeter receives American Animal Hospital Association Lifetime Achievement Award

The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Board of Directors is proud to award its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Janice TrumpeterAAHA’s deputy CEO, who will retire in August 2021 after 23 years at the association

LAKEWOOD, Colorado—The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Board of Directors is proud to award its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Janice Trumpeter, AAHA’s deputy CEO, who will retire in August 2021 after 23 years at the association.  

The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an AAHA member veterinarian in good standing who is involved in or retired from clinical private or academic practice. Recipients must demonstrate excellence in small-animal medicine over 20 years or more of commitment and service to AAHA, the profession, the community, and their patients. The award is not presented annually and is given at the discretion of the AAHA Board of Directors.

“Veterinarians pour their hearts and souls into caring for individual patients, but Dr. Trumpeter’s passion has allowed her to touch the lives of millions of animals through the many initiatives she’s championed. I am so fortunate to be able to call Jan my friend. She leaves a legacy of excellence and has absolutely made our profession better for her efforts,” said AAHA Board of Trustees President Pamela Nichols, DVM, CCRP.

Prior to AAHA, Dr. Trumpeter’s esteemed veterinary career included earning her bachelor’s degree and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University with a specialty in bioagricultural sciences, followed by time in private veterinary practice, and nearly eight years in the commercial veterinary industry. In addition to AAHA’s leadership team, she served as director and president of the Board of Directors for the American Society of Veterinary Medical Association Executives (ASVMAE).

Link Welborn, DVM, DABVP, CCRT, who received AAHA’s Lifetime Achievement Award himself in 2018, said, “I have had the pleasure and privilege of working with Dr. Trumpeter throughout her many years of AAHA leadership. During that time, I have developed tremendous respect and admiration for her calm, steady guidance of countless projects to successful completion.”

“Very few people have had the same level of positive impact on the association, its membership, or the veterinary profession as Jan. She is incredibly deserving of the AAHA Lifetime Achievement Award, and I am proud to be her friend and colleague,” Welborn said.

AAHA CEO Garth Jordan said, “I have been humbled and honored to learn from Dr. Trumpeter’s immense expertise and to benefit from her many years of strong leadership in the veterinary field, including her deep relationships with practices, vendors, and thought leaders. Our future successes will be built on the foundation that Jan helped to create, and for that, we are extremely grateful. We wish her all the best in her retirement and view this award as a fitting tribute for her lifelong passion to serve pets and their people.”


Since 1933, the American Animal Hospital Association has been the only organization to accredit veterinary hospitals throughout the United States and Canada according to more than 900 standards directly correlated to high-quality medicine and compassionate care. Accreditation in veterinary medicine is voluntary. The AAHA-accredited logo is the best way to know a practice has been evaluated by a third-party. Look for the AAHA logo. For more information about the American Animal Hospital Association, visit aaha.org.