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SOURCE American Humane Association
Ten finalists unveiled for inaugural American Humane Association Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Technician Awards™, presented by Zoetis
WASHINGTON, June 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After reading the heartwarming stories of hundreds of nominees, a special blue-ribbon panel of celebrities and renowned veterinary and animal care professionals has narrowed down its choices for the top veterinary professionals in the country, but now it's up to America to decide who is number one. Public voting is now open for the 10 finalists of the inaugural American Humane Association Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Technician Awards™, presented by Zoetis. One vote per person in each of the Hero Veterinarian and Hero Vet Tech categories may be submitted each day through July 21 by visiting www.herovetawards.org.
These special awards were born out of the idea that behind almost every hero pet (and millions more animals) is a hero veterinarian or hero veterinary technician. These often little-known benefactors save and improve the lives of our two- and four-legged best friends in many ways, and now it is time to honor their achievements. The winning veterinarian and vet tech will be flown to Los Angeles to be honored at the fourth annual American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™, which will take place on September 27 and be televised nationally on Hallmark Channel in the fall.
Though companion animal veterinarians and veterinary technicians are perhaps the most common veterinary professionals, nominees spanned the full spectrum of veterinary medicine, including those working with livestock or other large animals, shelter practitioners, emergency veterinarians and vet techs, researchers, and more.
"Zoetis is excited to invite America's pet owners, for the first time this year, to honor their Hero Veterinary Technician, and Hero Veterinarian, We appreciate the opportunity to celebrate the vital role that both play in advancing the many benefits of the human-animal connection,," said J. Michael McFarland, DVM, Group Director of CAD Veterinary Operations at Zoetis. "Our commitment to the veterinary profession runs deep, and these awards are our way of raising awareness of how veterinarians and veterinary technicians work together as a team to provide the best care to pets and support the families that love them."
"All ten finalists do heroic work every day to benefit the welfare and well-being of animals and promote the human-animal bond," said Dr. Robin Ganzert, American Humane Association's president and CEO. "To us, all vets and vet techs are heroes and it will be an honor to share the stage at the Hero Dog Awards with our winning Hero Vet and Hero Vet Tech."
To read each of the nominees' stories and to vote daily for one of five finalists in each of the American Hero Veterinarian and American Hero Veterinary Technician categories, please visit www.herovetawards.org.
Meet the heroic veterinarian and veterinary tech finalists!
American Hero Veterinarian category
American Hero Veterinary Technician Category
Zoetis (zo-EH-tis) is the leading animal health company, dedicated to supporting its customers and their businesses. Building on more than 60 years of experience in animal health, Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and markets veterinary vaccines and medicines, complemented by diagnostic products and genetic tests and supported by a range of services. In 2013, the company generated annual revenues of $4.6 billion. With approximately 9,800 employees worldwide at the beginning of 2014, Zoetis has a local presence in approximately 70 countries, including 28 manufacturing facilities in 11 countries. Its products serve veterinarians, livestock producers and people who raise and care for farm and companion animals in 120 countries. For more information, visit https://www.zoetisus.com.
Zoetis is the proud sponsor, with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, of the mobile educational exhibit Animal Connections: Our Journey Together. Families visiting the exhibit will explore the vast bonds between people and animals and learn about the important role veterinarians play in protecting animal and human health. For more information, visit http://www.zoetis.com/animal-connections-tour.
About American Humane Association
American Humane Association is the country's first national humane organization and the only one dedicated to protecting both children and animals. Since 1877, American Humane Association has been at the forefront of virtually every major advance in protecting our most vulnerable from cruelty, abuse and neglect. Today we're also leading the way in understanding the human-animal bond and its role in therapy, medicine and society. American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses. You can help make a difference, too. Visit American Humane Association at www.americanhumane.org today.
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