We are a community of individuals who are committed to advancing the cause of veterinary medicine in the state of Utah.

The History of UVMA

The Utah Veterinary Medical Association was formed in 1910 with Dr. J.H. Halton serving as its first president.  On December 29, 1961, then President Dr. David Urie filed the documents with the Utah Department of Commerce to incorporate the association, creating the association we know today.  Since that time we have had hundreds of veterinarians volunteer within the organization to make veterinary medicine better in Utah.  Our currently serving President, Dr. Susan Benson, is no exception.  In 1953 we began to recognize exceptional service to the community as well as the association with the Utah Veterinarian of the Year award.  Our recipients go above and beyond serving in the community, volunteering to better the lives of animals, their owners, and the people who treat them.


2022 Veterinarian of the Year:  Dr. Clayton Watkins

2021 Veterinarian of the Year:  Dr. Dale Smith

2020 Veterinarian of the Year:  Dr. Tom Baldwin

2019 Veterinarian of the Year: Dr. Roger Rees

2018 Veterinarian of the Year: Dr. Etta Baker

2017 Veterinarian of the Year: Dr. Susan Benson

2016 Veterinarian of the Year: Dr. Thomas Anderson

The Purpose

As a community of Utah veterinarians, our mission is to promote excellence and professionalism in advancing the health and well-being of animals, not only in the veterinary community but also in the public.

How the UVMA
can help YOU


Being a member of the UVMA means you are automatically connected with other Veterinarians in Utah. Find support and develop friendships with your colleagues through socials, continuing educations and membership meetings.


Rarely is there a legislative session that doesn’t include legislation affecting veterinary medicine or animal health. The UVMA Legislative Committees monitor upcoming legislation, and vigorously fight to protect both the profession and animals we care for.

Premium CE

The UVMA hosts an Annual Conference and Expo, held in Park City, Utah.  Nationally recognized speakers, a fantastic trade show, and a picturesque setting in the beautiful mountain town of Park City makes this a must attend veterinary conference.

News & Resources

The UVMA strives to keep you up to date on what is happening in the State as well as the profession. Through email alerts, facebook, and the UVMA website, we make sure you receive the latest news. The members only section of the website holds a directory, calendar of events and more.

Career Center

Expand your reach and your recruitment with an easy (and free for members) listing on the Utah VMA’s Available Employment page.  A one-stop shop for hiring, equipment sales and relief veterinarians.


The UVMA Honors Committee is charged with selecting the nominees for Utah Veterinarian of the Year. In addition, they also submit their recommendations for Life Membership status for those members who have spent their career promoting the veterinary profession in Utah.

Membership Options

Together we can make a difference.

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  • 2021/2022 Graduate

  • Free
    • 2021 and 2022 new graduates receive free membership into the UtahVMA!  Join and become involved in the Utah Veterinary Community!

Best price
  • General Membership

  • $210/ yr.
    • Available to veterinarians who are legally licensed and registered to practice or veterinarians not licensed to practice but engaged in related veterinary fields.

  • Legacy Member

  • $200 /yr
    • Legacy Membership is available to those who have been a UVMA Member in Good Standing for the previous 10 consecutive years.

  • Awarded Life Member

  • Free
    • Life Membership is free for those who have previously been awarded this honor. Please contact us if you would like to be considered.

  • Senior Active Membership

  • $155 /yr
    • Available to those who are at least 65,  a member in good standing for at least of 25 years of any state VMA and a member in good standing of UVMA at the time of application.

Still have questions? We would love to talk.