Recognition of Dr. Leo Bustad and the previous 'Leo K. Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarians of the Year

Presented in Boston, MA, on July 17, 2001


Caroline B. Schaffer, DVM
College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health
Tuskegee University
Presentation Overview: As an introduction to the AVMA's 3rd Annual Leo K. Bustad Memorial Lecture by Dr. John C. New, Dr. Caroline B. Schaffer spotlighted Dr. Bustad and the ongoing contributions of the 15 veterinarians who have been honored since 1986 with the annual Leo K. Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award. Each was selected for outstanding, long-term efforts to promote the concept that pets and humans can be emotionally and physically beneficial to each other. Although he died in 1998, Dr. Bustad's passion for the human-animal bond lives through the lecture series and the annual awards that are tributes to his uniqueness as a veterinary pioneer, an inspirational mentor, a distinguished colleague, and a friend.