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Could Your Vet be America's Favorite?

Find out how your vet could be America's Favorite Veterinarian.

Cari Jorgensen
Posted: May 19, 2014, 11:55 a.m. EDT

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Who will be America's Favorite Veterinarian for 2014?
Your veterinarian shares your bond with your pet. He or she helps make your pet well, performs surgery to give you more time with your pet and sends sympathy cards when nothing else can be done. When you walk into the clinic with your pet, you place her in your vet's hands. And in that moment, he is not just a veterinarian; he is a superhero, saving the day for both you and your pet.

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) thinks of veterinarians as superheroes too. They are the charitable branch of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and are "dedicated to embracing and advancing the well-being and medical care of animals," as stated on its website. This dedication could not exist without extraordinary veterinarians. The AVMF believes that these vets should be identified and celebrated, and it needs your help to do that.

With everything your veterinarian has done for you pet, why not do something for her?

The AVMF is holding its annual America's Favorite Veterinarian contest. The winning veterinarian receives a cash prize of $500, a trip to the 2015 AVMA convention in Boston, a year-long feature on the AVMF website and a community celebration at his or her clinic for staff and clients, according to the AVMF press release.

But it's not just your vet who wins. If you nominate the winning veterinarian, you will receive a gift pack of goodies and treats for you and your pet.

When people think of vets and pets, dogs and cats always seem to come to mind. But what if you have an exotic animal? Well, good news! Veterinarians of all areas of veterinary medicine are eligible -- from small animal to veterinary professor, farm animal to exotic animal and everything in between. Those of you with exotic pets are encouraged to nominate your vet.

"Those veterinarians whom see exotic species are a special group," said Peter G. Fisher, DVM, Dipl. ABVP (Exotic Companion Mammal) of the Pet Care Veterinary Hospital in Virginia Beach, Virginia. "In a challenging profession where the volume of information needed to practice just small animal medicine can be indeed overwhelming, the exotics practitioner takes on another level of complexity by being willing to become knowledgeable on the health needs of birds, reptiles and exotic companion mammals. The AEMV is proud of the contributions it has made to the education of those veterinarians interested in this challenging field. The association would be thrilled and proud to have a veterinarian who is well-versed in the health care of these unusual species to be named as America's Favorite Veterinarian."

Your veterinarian deserves the thrill and pride that come with winning the America's Favorite Veterinarian contest. But just as you and your pet need your veterinarian's help from time to time, your veterinarian cannot be named America's Favorite Veterinarian without your help. All you have to do is fill out the nomination form, which includes a 250-word essay, on the America's Favorite Veterinarian website by June 6, 2014.

Of the more than 90,000 practicing veterinarians in the United States today, only a portion will be nominated. Of those nominees, 20 finalists will be chose — an increase from last year's 12. One winner will be chosen from those 20 finalists.

But how?

All entries will be evaluated by a judge committe consisting of board members and staff from the American Veterinary Medical Foundation. Evaluations are based on your essay, what your veterinarian says about his or her professional philosophy and practice, and the strength of his or her ability to advance and embrace the medical care and well-being of animals. Each entry will be voted upon and the 20 with the highest number of votes become finalists. The finalists are then revealed on the America's Favorite Veterinarian website, and the public voting begins. On August 20, 2014, voting is closed. For full submission guidelines, go here.

Will your vet be named 2014's America's Favorite Veterinarian?

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Posted: May 19, 2014, 11:55 a.m. EDT

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