Winners of 2013 Petplan Veterinary Excellence Awards Announced

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America’s No. 1 Pet Insurance Provider to Honor Three Paw-Picked Winners at First Annual U.S. Veterinary Excellence Awards Dinner

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They all also demonstrated outstanding passion, professionalism and strong devotion to their clients, patients, communities and the veterinary profession.

Petplan pet insurance, America’s No. 1-rated pet insurance provider, is delighted to introduce the winners of the 2013 Veterinary Excellence Awards:

  •     Veterinarian of the Year: Dr. Natalie Marks, Blum Animal Hospital, Chicago, IL
  •     Practice Manager of the Year: Suzanne Cross, Brighton-Eggert Animal Clinic, Tonawanda, NY
  •     Veterinary Technician of the Year: Kim Franck, Adamstown Veterinary Hospital, Denver, PA

The Vet Awards Judging Panel pawed through more than 2,200 nominations from pet parents across the country to select five finalists in each award category, before ultimately selecting the winners of these prestigious awards. Each was selected for her commitment to providing an exceptional level of care to pets, delivering exemplary customer service to pet parents and contributing to their clinics and communities.     

“The Judging Panelists were unanimously impressed not only with Dr. Marks’, Ms. Cross’s and Ms. Franck’s strong nominations – all of which described quality caregiving and outstanding client communication – but also their contributions to veterinary medicine,” said Dr. Jules Benson, Petplan’s Chief Medical Officer and Veterinary Awards judging panelist. “They all also demonstrated outstanding passion, professionalism and strong devotion to their clients, patients, communities and the veterinary profession.”

Petplan Co-Founder Natasha Ashton added, “We are thrilled to recognize our winners for their outstanding accomplishments and exceptional dedication to helping pet parents keep our furry friends on their feet. We feel strongly that these three, each in her unique way, have gone the extra mile to better the lives of pets and pet parents alike; something we also seek to do every day here at Petplan. We’re delighted and excited to honor them at our Veterinary Excellence Awards Dinner, which Petplan will be hosting for the first time in the U.S. later this month.”

For the past 13 years, Petplan’s sister company, Petplan UK, has been honoring outstanding individuals in the British veterinary community at the Petplan Veterinary Awards, held in concert with the BSAVA Congress. This tremendous event has grown into one of the most prestigious events in the UK veterinary industry, and, Ashton says, “this year, we are proud to begin the tradition here in the U.S. by honoring our 2013 winners at our own event at WVC in Las Vegas.”

Each winner and a guest will be flown, all expenses paid, to Las Vegas to accept her award at the Petplan Veterinary Excellence Awards Dinner, held on February 17 at the Four Seasons-Las Vegas, in tandem with the 2013 Western Veterinary Conference. Additionally, $1,000 will be donated in each winner’s name to the animal charity of her choice, and all three will be invited to be part of the panel of judges for the 2014 Veterinary Excellence Awards.

For more information about our winners and the awards, visit

Top-rated pet insurance provider, Petplan, is the only pet insurance company to have been included on Inc. Magazine’s list of 500 fastest-growing, privately held companies in America. Petplan’s fully customizable dog insurance and cat insurance policies provide coverage for all hereditary and congenital conditions for the life of the pet as standard, and meet the coverage requirements and budget for pets of all/any age. Petplan pet insurance policies are underwritten by AGCS Marine Insurance Company in the U.S. and by Allianz Global Risks US Insurance Company in Canada. The Allianz Group is rated A+ by A.M. Best (2011). For information, about Petplan pet insurance, visit, read the Petplan “Vets for Pets” Blog, or call 1-866-467-3875.

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