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Dr. Boaz Arzi and Amy Shojai Receive 2023 AVMA Awards

Dr. Boaz Arzi was named recipient of 2023 AVMF/EveryCat Health Foundation Research Award

Dr. Arzi, professor and chief of veterinary dentistry and oral surgery service at the UC-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, was awarded the 2023 American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF)/EveryCat Health Foundation Research Award. Established in 2009, the award honors a candidate’s contribution to advancing feline health through their research.

Dr. Arzi’s multifaceted research focuses on feline chronic gingivostomatitis (FCGS), maxillofacial fracture management, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, and regenerative medicine. He has made remarkable strides in treating non-responsive FCGS with adipose-derived stem cells, resulting in improved health for numerous cats and advancements in veterinary medicine. His innovative treatment approach, which can lead to a cure in up to 70% of the non-responsive cases, is being licensed by commercial biotech company Gallant, which is currently seeking FDA approval.

In addition to this, Dr. Arzi has been recognized as a global leader in the field of TMJ research. His comprehensive studies and surgical techniques have significantly advanced treatment approaches for TMJ disorders, including TMJ ankylosis, a severely debilitating condition in cats that restricts or prohibits the mouth from opening.

Beyond his direct research, Dr. Arzi’s influence extends through his roles as Director of the UC-Davis Veterinary Institute for Regenerative Cures and Vice Chair of the North American Veterinary Regenerative Medical Association. His leadership in bringing human and veterinary researchers together has resulted in novel conferences with other institutions that have used a One Health approach to advance the health of pets and humans. By promoting cross-disciplinary collaborations, he has led efforts to harness naturally occurring diseases in companion animals to accelerate the development of new treatments, drugs and device inventions.

Dr. Arzi’s commitment to the future of feline health is also evident in his mentorship of the next generation of veterinary dentists and researchers. Many of his former students now lead similar programs worldwide, expanding on his established methods to advance feline health care.

“Dr. Arzi is a true pioneer in the field of feline health research,” said Dr. Lori Teller, president of the AVMA. “His innovative work and dedication have made a profound impact on our understanding and treatment of feline health disorders. Moreover, his commitment to mentoring the next generation ensures his legacy will continue to benefit feline health for decades to come.”

 

Amy Shojai, CABC, received AVMA Steve Dale Excellence in Veterinary Media Award

Ms. Shojai, a certified animal behavior consultant, has authored more than 35 books and 4,000 articles and columns on training, behavior, veterinary care and the health benefits of cats and dogs. She is a member of the EveryCat Communications Committee.

This award, established in 2022 and named for Steve Dale, a longtime author and broadcaster who was the inaugural recipient of the award, honors the achievements of an individual who has contributed to the positive visibility of the veterinary profession by raising public awareness of the important and diverse roles veterinarians play in the health and welfare of animals, people and the environment.

Shojai, a certified animal behavior consultant who began her career as a veterinary technician, has written more than 35 books and 4,000 articles and columns on training, behavior, veterinary care and the health benefits of cats and dogs. She is the affiliate Pet Editor for the ReadersDigest.com group, and has written for MarthaStewartLiving.com, Chewy.com, DailyPaws.com, FearFreePets.com, HillsPets.com and AdamsPetCare.com, and has contributed to the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest, Woman’s Day, Family Circle, Woman’s World and many other leading periodicals.

In 1992, Shojai co-founded the international Cat Writers’ Association to improve the quality of feline-related information available to the public. She is a certified member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, a Fear Free Certified Trainer and a longtime member of the Dog Writers Association of America. She’s also a past president and honorary lifetime member of the Oklahoma Writers Federation, and a professional member of the Alliance of Independent Authors, Sisters in Crime, and the International Thriller Writers. She has won dozens of awards for her books and other writing, including the Friskies Writer of the Year Award, the Texas VMA Mark Francis Award for Journalistic Excellence, and the Winn Feline Foundation Media Appreciation Award.

“Amy’s tireless efforts in communicating accessible, engaging and informative resources about pet care and behavior have helped countless pet owners care for and connect with their animal companions,” said Dr. Lori Teller, president of the AVMA. “Her work epitomizes the spirit of the Steve Dale Excellence in Veterinary Media Award, and it’s an honor to recognize her contributions to companion animal education and advocacy.”

 

Learn more about the American Veterinary Medical Association Excellence Awards