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New award shines spotlight on women in animal health

A new award has been launched to recognize the achievements of women working in the global animal health industry. 

The Feather in Her Cap award was created by a group of industry leaders and will be given annually to a woman with at least ten years' experience, demonstrated achievements and contributions to the animal health industry.

Nominations are now being taken and the first award will be given on February 5, 2018, at a dinner held in Orlando, Florida. Specifically, the criteria nominees must meet includes:

  • At least 10 years in the animal health industry in any capacity, including but not limited to R&D, business development, marketing, legal, and manufacturing;
  • demonstrated excellence in her field; for example, responsibility for the discovery or development of a new drug or vaccine, building a major brand, overseeing a major facility expansion, in-licensing a market leading technology, founding and/or growing a successful company, achieving a major regulatory milestone;
  • and demonstrated commitment to mentoring women in the animal health industry, and including and promoting women.

Anyone can nominate a candidate for the award and self-nominations are encouraged. Nominations must include: a resume; a letter explaining how the nominee meets the necessary criteria, including details of specific examples; and recommendations from one woman in the animal health industry detailing why the nominee should win the award.

Nomination documents should be combined in a single pdf and emailed to Lesley Rausch-Derra at The deadline for nominations is October 15, 2017.

Bringing together women in the industry 

The award dinner in February will celebrate the achievements of women in the industry in addition to enabling networking opportunities, providing firms with a way to thank women leaders for their contributions and recognizing the talent pool of women in their respective businesses. Tables at the celebratory dinner can be reserved for eight attendees and women leaders are encouraged to invite a junior colleague.

The Feather in Her Cap Association was formed in 2017 to recognize the leadership and contributions of women to the animal health industry. The New York-based non-profit organization was established in the process of applying to the Internal Revenue Service for recognition of federal tax exemption as a Section 501(c)(3) organization.

The award itself was created by a group of women leaders in animal health, including Dr Linda Rhodes, Dr Susan Longhofer, Dr Diane Larsen, Dr Lesley Rausch-Derra, Kristen Khanna and Julia Stephanus.

Dr Rhodes is president of the Feather in Her Cap Association, Diane Larsen is vice president, and Ms Stephanus is secretary/treasurer. In addition, Ms Khanna and Dr Rausch-Derra are directors. The organization is funded by money raised by contributions from table reservation at the award dinner and individual seats at the event, in addition to funds from other potential sponsors. The association hopes to raise between $15,000 and $20,000 for the 2018 award dinner. 



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