how we pick
our winners

Thousands of people bark about how their vet team deserves the top prize. How does Petplan pick the “best in show?”

To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act.

— Anatole France

sniffing out semifinalists

Our Veterinary Awards team paws through every nomination in search of six semifinalists per category that demonstrate a commitment to:

  • offering exceptional veterinary care
  • advancing pet health beyond their practice
  • providing an outstanding client experience to pet parents

vetting the candidates

Semifinalists complete a questionnaire that is reviewed and scored by an independent panel. Each award category has its own three-member team of judges, made up of past winners, esteemed veterinary professionals and industry leaders. Meet our 2017 judges here!

The three semifinalists in each category with the highest scores are named Finalists, and the Finalist with the highest score goes home with all the bones.

revealing who’s best in show

Veterinary Award Finalists and the Pet Parent of the Year are announced in October. Come February, they suit up in tuxes and tails for the Veterinary Awards Dinner, where they finally find out who won.

key dates

September 2016

  • 25: Last day to submit 2017 nominations*

October 2016

  • 3: Judging begins
  • 10: Online voting closes and judges’ evaluations come in
  • 12: Finalists and Pet Parent of the Year are announced

February 2017

  • 4: Winners announced at Veterinary Awards Dinner
*nominations received after midnight EDT will be considered for the 2018 Awards

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).”