Time is running out to cast your vote for America’s Favorite Veterinarian at AVMF.org/AFV. The American Veterinary Medical Foundation’s (AVMF) nationwide contest honors outstanding veterinarians for their essential role in preserving and protecting the health and well-being of our animals. This year’s 20 finalists include veterinarians practicing in all areas of veterinary medicine. They range from traditional practices to mobile clinics, rescue programs, holistic medicine and public health veterinarians.
"I challenge anyone to read the incredible stories of the 20 finalists and not come away moved and impressed with all the fascinating things that veterinarians do," said Dr. Ginger Brainard, psychologist, pet owner, and committee chair of the AVMF’s America's Favorite Veterinarian contest.
The finalists were nominated by their clients, partners and co-workers who submitted a brief essay explaining why their veterinarian deserves recognition. Now it is up to the general public to determine who will earn the title of America’s Favorite Veterinarian for 2015-2016.
"It was clear from reading the entries that each of these nominees have positively impacted the lives of their clients and community," said Dr. John Brooks, chair of the AVMF board. "Inspired by their compassion and extraordinary lengths taken to improve the health and welfare of animals and people, the AVMF established the Veterinary Care Charitable Fund (VCCF) so that the charitable work of these extraordinary veterinarians can continue and expand."
The VCCF is a unique partnership between the animal-loving public and members of the veterinary profession. Existing clients can make tax-deductible donations that can be used to help families and individuals during a time of crisis. It is a way for contributors to know their funds will stay local. Among those helped by this fund include:
- Service dogs assisting disabled military veterans,
- active and retired service dogs,
- low-income senior citizens with pets,
- Injured domestic animals rescued by Good Samaritans and first responders,
- animals rescued from abuse and neglect, and
- veterinary clients experiencing a crisis.
"We hope voters will take a minute to contribute to their favorite veterinarian’s VCCF or if they do not have a VCCF, they can contribute to AVMF’s The Greatest Needs Fund. This helps veterinarians use their skills to provide vital care to more sick and injured animals," Dr. Brooks said.
The winner of America’s Favorite Veterinarian will be announced in late September on AVMF.org/AFV. America’s Favorite Veterinarian will receive a $500 cash prize, a trip to the 2016 AVMA Convention in San Antonio, a year-long feature on the AVMF website, and a community celebration at their clinic to recognize the accomplishments of the veterinarian and his or her staff. Additionally, the nominator of the winning veterinarian will receive an animal lover’s gift pack.
For more information on America’s Favorite Veterinarian and the AVMF, visit AVMF.org/AFV.