meet the
2017 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)

Gail Gibson, VMD

2016-2017 President-elect, North American Veterinary Community (NAVC)

Practitioner, Animal Medical Clinic of Skowhegan, ME

Fred Metzger, DVM, MRCVS, Diplomate ABVP

Co-founder, Metzger Animal Hospital

Owner of Petplan’s 2016 Practice of the Year

veterinarian of the year judges

Sean Aiken, DVM, MS, DACVSA

Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego

Petplan’s 2016 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

Annette Kim, RVT

Abbotsford Animal Hospital

Petplan’s 2016 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

Jody Weaver, CVT

Rau Animal Hospital

Petplan’s 2016 Practice Manager of the Year

receptionist of the year judges

Robin Brogdon, MA

Owner and President, BluePrints Veterinary Marketing Group

Crystal Dawson

Northpointe Animal Hospital

Petplan’s 2016 Receptionist of the Year

Wendy Myers, CVJ

President, Communication Solutions for Veterinarians Inc.

pet parent of the year judges

Lindsay Condefer

Founder, Street Tails Animal Rescue

Petplan’s 2015 Pet Parent of the Year

Erin Kowalski

Founder, Bialy’s Wellness Foundation

Petplan’s 2016 Pet Parent of the Year

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).”