what are
the vet awards?

The Petplan Veterinary Awards are an annual celebration of North America’s most praise-worthy pet health professionals. In 2017, Petplan will honor outstanding efforts in six categories:

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

Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.

— Pat Riley

why we honor pet health pros

Caring for sick and injured animals is not easy; it demands long hours and superhuman staying power. It’s physically, mentally and emotionally exhausting – and even patients who can “speak” can’t say “thank you.”

Pet health pros answer the call with a passion that often goes unrecognized. The Petplan Veterinary Awards are a celebration of that passion.

Our aim in holding the Petplan Veterinary Awards is to raise the public’s appreciation of veterinary medicine and to support the people who act as our partners in ensuring a happy, healthy future for pets.

after the awards

Veterinary Award winners receive a pack of drool-worthy prizes, including a donation in their name to animal welfare, and the benefits of participating last long after the lights go dark after dinner!

  • Winners receive a $1,000 cash prize, plus a $1,000 donation to the animal-related nonprofit organization of their choice.
  • Winners receive recognition by local and national media as experts in their fields.
  • Winners have the opportunity to work with Petplan on a variety of initiatives, including joining the Judging Panel for their category the following year.
  • All finalists are invited to Orlando, FL, to hear the winners announced live during the Veterinary Awards Dinner.
  • All nominees receive a commemorative window cling to let the world know about their nomination.
  • Nominations for staff members or practices can boost morale, whether they come from clients or from fellow colleagues.

Bob Gauthier

2015 Receptionist of the Year

You all made a very special night mean more… everything was just top notch, with a lot of class. To be honest I didn't realize how much this would affect me — you really are a great group of people, doing a great thing!”

Monique Feyrecilde

2015 Veterinary Technician of the Year

The experience is something I will never forget. I am receiving incredible notes of congratulations from my clients, friends and colleagues. To be recognized by my pet owners and the community in this way is unlike anything I've previously experienced.”