meet the
2018 judges

They’ve clawed their way to the top of their field — now they’re helping us sniff out their successors!

practice of the year judges

Michael Cavanaugh, DVM, DABVP

CEO, American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)

Leann Kuebelbeck, DVM, DACVS

2017-2018 President, North American Veterinary Community (NAVC)

Practitioner and Owner, Brandon Equine Medical Center

Garret Pachtinger, VMD, DACVECC

COO and Co-Founder of VETgirl

Petplan’s 2017 Practice of the Year

veterinarian of the year judges

Dr. Hilary Wheeler, CVA

The Whole Pet Vet Hospital

Petplan’s 2017 Veterinarian of the Year

Jane Brunt, DVM

Executive Director, CATalyst Council

Founder, Cat Hospital at Towson

Ernie Ward, DVM

Author, speaker

Founder, Association for Pet Obesity Prevention

veterinary technician of the year judges

Purvi Patel, RVT

Laurelwood Veterinary Hospital

Petplan’s 2017 Veterinary Technician of the Year

Julie Legred, CVT

Executive Director, National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA)

Heather Quilty, RVT

President, Registered Veterinary Technologists and Technicians of Canada

practice manager of the year judges

Karen Felsted, DVM, CPA, CVPM

President, PantheraT Veterinary Management Consulting

Bash Halow, LVT, CVPM

Co-Founder, Halow Tasava Consulting

Andy Pertuset, CVPM

Western Carolina Regional Animal Hospital & Veterinary Emergency Hospital

Petplan’s 2017 Practice Manager of the Year

receptionist of the year judges

Robin Brogdon, MA

Owner and President, BluePrints Veterinary Marketing Group

Amie Zimmerman

Deer Grove Veterinary Clinic

Petplan’s 2017 Receptionist of the Year

Wendy Myers, CVJ

President, Communication Solutions for Veterinarians Inc.

Kristen Hoffman

2014 Practice Manager of the Year

“I am so grateful to receive this award! This profession affords me the career of my dreams, and this award is the proverbial icing on the cake! I am so fortunate to be rewarded for something that’s already a gift. Thank you to Petplan for this remarkable award and event. Through their generosity, we will be saving the lives of dogs and cats in the greater Philadelphia area that are provided shelter, medical care and new homes by PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society).”