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Significant Achievement Award
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The Significant Achievement Award is given to an individual who has made a major contribution to the field of wildlife rehabilitation within the last two years. Examples of such contributions would be presenting a research finding, organizing a program, developing a new technique, and providing unusual assistance. NWRA Achievement Awards are presented at the annual NWRA Symposium banquet.

When nominating someone for this award, please give a compelling case listing how they have impacted the field on a national level. The nomination will be strengthened if supplemental letters of support are included. In addition, please provide two references who may be contacted by the Awards Committee.

The "field of wildlife rehabilitation" includes wildlife rehabilitators, veterinarians, educators, and others who work in and contribute to our field. The field affects people on a national and/or international level, therefore, the nomination must make a good case for how the nominee contributed on a national/international scope, or at least a scope wider than local or statewide.

Examples of major contributions to the field:

  • speaking and/or presenting workshops at multiple state and national conferences
  • publishing more than once in national periodicals or books widely available
  • serving in a leadership role on a national or state board of directors where the field has been improved
  • coordinating and managing wildlife rehabilitation conferences open to national attendance, or where handouts, papers, and educational materials are widely available
  • creating quality website information
  • developing and distributing curriculum materials for the field
  • development and distributing educational materials for the public that helps wildlife and wildlife rehabilitators
A list of previous Significant Achievement Award winners may be found here.

Applications are accepted from August 1 to October 1 of each year, to be awarded March of the following year.

Click here to download the Significant Achievement Award application form as a fillable Word document that can be submitted by email or by regular mail.

Online nomination form: