Dr Claudia Reusch, Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine and Director of the Clinic for Small Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, is to receive the 2021 WSAVA Award for Scientific Achievement in recognition of her outstanding contribution to endocrinology in small animal medicine.
The award, given annually to an individual judged to have made a significant contribution to the field of small animal medicine, will be presented during this year’s WSAVA World Congress, which takes place from 13-16 November in Hyderabad, India. Dr Reusch will present a WSAVA Award Lecture during the Congress.
Following graduation, Claudia Reusch worked in private small animal clinics in Germany before moving to the University of Munich, where she became Professor for Small Animal Internal Medicine in 1992.
She is a founding member of the European Society of Veterinary Endocrinology (ESVE) and was its president from 2001-2003. From 2003-2006 she was president of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine-Companion Animals. In 2016 she was awarded honorary membership of ESVE and, in 2019, she became an honorary member of the Society for Comparative Endocrinology, USA.
“With all the problems of the COVID-19 pandemic, this news was a wonderful surprise,” Dr Reusch said.
“It is a prestigious and competitive award and I feel extremely honoured to receive it. While it is awarded to me, many have contributed to it so I would like to thank my interns, residents and co-workers for their dedication, their hard work and support.
“As the first woman to receive this award, I would like to combine my thank you to the WSAVA with the hope that many more women will follow in the future,” Dr Reusch added.