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Petplan would like to thank the veterinary professionals who contributed their time and effort to helping us select our 2014 Veterinary Award winners. Put your paws together for them!

2014 Veterinary Awards Judging Panelists:

Practice of the Year

Michael Cavanaugh, DVM, DABVP, American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)

Karen Felsted, DVM, CPA, CVPM, MS, Felsted Veterinary Consulting Inc.

CEO, National Commission on Veterinary Economic Issues (NCVEI)

Amy Hoyumpa Vogt, DVM, Friendship Animal Hospital

2013-14 President, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP)

Veterinarian of the Year

Jane Brunt, DVM, CATalyst Council

Randall Ezell, DVM, Tropicana Animal Hospital

2013-14 President of Western Veterinary Conference


Natalie Marks, DVM, Blum Animal Hospital

2013 Petplan Veterinarian of the Year

Veterinary Technician of the Year

Kim Franck, CVT, Adamstown Veterinary Hospital

2013 Petplan Veterinary Technician of the Year

Lynne Johnson-Harris, LVT, RVT, Hinckley Animal Hospital

2013-14 President of North American Veterinary Conference

Thomas Stevens, Morris Animal Foundation

Practice Manager of the Year

Robin Brogdon, BluePrints Veterinary Marketing Group

Suzanne Cross, Brighton-Eggert Animal Clinic

2013 Petplan Practice Manager of the Year

G. James Francis, Ph.D., Colorado State University College of Business

Veterinary Management Institute Faculty 


How we picked our winners


Nominations for Petplan’s 2014 Veterinary Awards were open from August to November 15, 2013,  and more than 3,100 pet parents from across the country submitted “tails” of their pets’ favorite veterinary professionals in the following categories:

-          Practice of the Year

-          Veterinarian of the Year

-          Veterinary Technician of the Year

-          Practice Manager of the Year

From 3,100, the field was narrowed to just three finalists in each category. Each of those finalists was asked to fill out and submit a questionnaire, telling us about their education and background, current and past work experience, and thoughts on the future of veterinary medicine. We also tossed in some fun ones as well, like their favorite breed of four-legged best friend, the funniest pet name they’ve ever heard and their favorite human treat!

Our Judging Panel used the completed questionnaires, the original nomination and supporting evidence gathered from the clinics’ websites and social media pages to score each finalist in several categories.

Also taken into consideration were votes that the finalists’ clients (two- and four-legged!), colleagues, family and friends submitted on their behalf. Nearly 5,000 votes were cast for the finalists, showing community support of the individual candidates.

While all of our finalists were outstanding, our four winners garnered the highest praise from our Judging Panelists for their contributions to veterinary medicine, outstanding passion, professionalism and strong devotion to their clients, patients, communities and the veterinary profession.


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