Caring for sick and injured animals is not easy: It demands long hours and unwavering dedication. It can be physically, mentally and emotionally exhausting. Yet, pet health professionals continuously answer the call with a fevered passion. We couldn‚Äôt let their hard work go unrecognized ‚Äď that‚Äôs why we created the Petplan Veterinary Excellence Awards.

Raising the public’s appreciation of veterinary medicine, the annual Petplan Veterinary Excellence Awards celebrated North America’s most praise-worthy pet health professionals. We honored professionals in the following categories:

Award categories:

  • Practice of the Year
  • Veterinarian of the Year
  • Veterinary Nurse of the Year
  • Practice Manager of the Year
  • Receptionist of the Year
  • Pet Parent of the Year

How were our winners selected?

Nominees are submitted by professional peers and clients alike before the rigorous selection process begins. First, the nominees are narrowed down to six semi-finalists per category who demonstrate a commitment to exceptional veterinary care, pet health advancements that extend beyond their practice and an outstanding client experience for pet parents.

Semi-Ô¨Ānalists must complete a questionnaire that is reviewed and scored by an independent panel. Each award category has its own three-member team of judges comprised of past winners, esteemed veterinary professionals and industry leaders. The three semi-Ô¨Ānalists in each category with the highest scores move on as finalists, and the finalist with the highest score goes home with all the bones.

Prizes included:

  • A $1,000 cash prize to reward their dedication and support future professional endeavors
  • A $1,000 donation to an animal-related nonprofit organization of the winner's choice
  • Recognition as leaders in their field by local and national media
  • A trip to Orlando to enjoy the celebratory dinner

Veterinary Practice of the Year

2019: Stack Veterinary Hospital in Syracuse, NY

2018: Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Fort Collins, Colo.

2017: Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center in Levittown, PA

2016: Metzger Animal Hospital in State College, PA

2015: Coral Springs Animal Hospital in Coral Springs, FL

2014: Animal Hospital of North Asheville in Asheville, NC

Veterinarian of the Year

2019 petplan veterinary excellence awards veterinarian of the year winner

2019: Dr. Craig Staehle, DVM from Syracuse, NY

2018: Dr. Thomas Newland, DVM from Scottsdale, AZ

2017: Dr. Hilary Wheeler, CVA from The Whole Pet Vet Hospital in Los Gatos, CA

2016: Sean Aiken, DVM, MS, DACVS from Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego in San Diego, CA

2015: Dr. Tracey Jensen from Wellington Veterinary Clinic PC in Wellington, CO

2014: Dr. Kim Slensky from Hope Veterinary Specialists in Malvern, PA

2013: Dr. Natalie Marks from Blum Animal Hospital in Chicago, IL

Veterinary Nurse of the Year

2019 petplan veterinary excellence awards veterinary nurse of the year winner

2019: Katie Berry from Montgomery Village Veterinary Clinic & Dekens Housecall Services in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Veterinary Technician of the Year

2018: Jamie Rauscher from Animal Hospital of Towne Lake in Woodstock, GA

2016: Annette Kim, RVT from Abbotsford Animal Hospital in Aurora, ON

2015: Monique Feyrecilde from Mercer Island Veterinary Clinic in Mercer Island, WA

2014: Megan Brashear from DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital in Portland, OR

2013: Kim Franck from Adamstown Veterinary Hospital in Denver, PA

Practice Manager of the Year

2019: Jennifer Bruce, RVT from Wellesley Animal Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2018: Amanda Inman from Pet Care Clinic of Kokomo, Inc., Kokomo, Ind.

2017: Andy Pertuset, CVPM from Western Carolina Regional Animal Hospital & Veterinary Emergency Hospital in Flat Rock, NC

2016: Jody Weaver, CVT from Rau Animal Hospital in Glenside, PA

2014: Kristen Hoffman from Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Clinic (VSEC) in Levittown, PA

2013: Suzanne Cross from Brighton-Eggert Animal Clinic in Tonawanda, NY

Receptionist of the Year

2019: Lane Kovich from Nanaimo Veterinary Hospital, Nanaimo in British Columbia, Canada

2018: Rebecca May from Town N’ Country Animal Hospital in Burlington, N.C

2017: Amie Zimmerman from Deer Grove Veterinary Clinic in Cottage Grove, WI

2016: Crystal Dawson from Northpointe Animal Hospital in Lynnwood, WA

2015: Bob Gauthier from Red Mountain Animal Hospital in Mesa, AZ

Pet Parent of the Year

2019 petplan veterinary excellence awards pet parent of the year winner

2019: Jill Bristow from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

2018: Danny Shelton, Cleveland Browns Defensive Lineman and Animal Health Advocate from Cleveland, OH

2017: Melody Fox from Cause4Paws Pet Food Bank in Phoenix, AZ

2016: Erin Kowalski from Bialy’s Wellness Foundation and AURA Natural Pet, LLC in Chicago, IL

2015: Lindsay Condefer from Street Tails Animal Rescue in Philadelphia, PA

Jan 16, 2020

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