Alumna wins national award for work promoting human-animal bond

A woman sitting on a couch with two dogs sitting on either side of her.

(Dani McVety-Leinen)

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) today honored Dr. Dani McVety-Leinen, founder and CEO of Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, as the recipient of the 2022 Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award.

Named for the late Dr. Leo K. Bustad, former president of the Delta Society and dean of the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, the award is one of veterinary medicine’s highest honors, recognizing the outstanding work of veterinarians in protecting and promoting the human-animal bond. It is one of three Animal Welfare and Human-Animal Bond Excellence Awards presented annually by the AVMA and supported through educational funding from Merck Animal Health.

“I’m beyond honored to be the recipient of the Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award,” said Dr. McVety-Leinen. “Dr. Leo Bustad was a true pioneer in our field, who pushed through new concepts of honor and respect between animals and humans, ideas that still shape our profession today.


Michael San Filippo May 6, 2022