AAVCAmerican Association of Veterinary Clinicians

Dr. Richard Debowe (L) presents the AAVC Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Jack W. Judy (R).

Jack Judy Distinguished Service Award

The Jack W. Judy Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor bestowed by the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians. The award was named after Jack W. Judy who truly epitomizes what the AAVC stands for.


Dr. Judy developed the Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching program which is a program still thriving today. The Jack Judy award recognizes an AAVC member for their contributions of effort, enthusiasm, and leadership in support of the mission, vision, and vitality of the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians.


Dr. Judy attended Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Ind., from 1949 to 1952 and studied zoology. He then attended Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., where he earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics in 1954. Dr. Judy then earned a DVM at K State in 1958. He went into general practice in Greencastle, Ind., until 1961, when he studied veterinary physiology at Iowa State University, Ames, until 1962. Dr. Judy earned a Ph.D. in agricultural economics at Purdue in 1968, with a business management major and pathology minor.


While working on his Ph.D., Dr. Judy was a veterinary instructor in anatomy, veterinary science and agricultural economics. He left Purdue and became a professor and head of the Department of Medicine and Surgery in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia, Athens, from 1969 to 1971.


He then became professor of veterinary clinical medicine, continuing education and taught in the Center for Zoonoses and Comparative Medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois, Urbana, from 1971 to 1976. He was the acting head of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine from 1974 to 1976.


Dr. Judy then joined the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State where he was the associate dean for Hospital Administration and Facilities Planning in its College of Veterinary Medicine until August 1991. He served as acting dean at Michigan State from September to December 1982. Dr. Judy has published numerous research articles on veterinary economics and many other topics. He received the Best Instructor Award from Purdue University's Student Government in 1969. Dr. Judy was on the Outstanding Teaching List at the University of Illinois in 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975 and 1976. He received the Veterinary Service Award from the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association in 1985. Dr. Judy was given the Outstanding and Dedicated Service Award from the Michigan State University Veterinary Alumni Association in 1986. In 1994, he received the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians’ Clinical Faculty Achievement Award. Dr. Judy was also given the Excellence in Teaching Award, from the Class of 1997 at the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine Annual Awards Banquet in 1995. He received the Pioneer Award from the Association of Veterinary Practice Management Consultants and Advisors in 2005.


The award has only been given three times:


1998 – Dr. Jack W. Judy


2006 - Dr. Michael Garvey


2017 - Dr. Rustin Moore