“Top Dogs” of Veterinary World Honored at Petplan’s First Annual Veterinary Excellence Awards

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America’s No. 1 Pet Insurance Provider Hosts Awards Dinner Held in Tandem with Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas

Petplan pet insurance, America’s No. 1-rated pet insurance provider, honored a trio of outstanding veterinary professionals at the first annual Petplan Veterinary Excellence Awards dinner on Sunday, February 17, at the Four Seasons-Las Vegas.

The winners of the 2013 Petplan Veterinary Excellence Awards are:

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 winners and their guests were brought to WVC as honored guests of Petplan to receive their awards in person at the elegant awards dinner, hosted by Petplan co-Founders and co-CEOs Chris and Natasha Ashton.

Also in attendance as honored guests were the members of the Petplan Judging Panel, which helped select the winners from more than 2,200 nominations: Sue Berryhill, president of the Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians; Dr. Ian Driben, partner with Burl-Moor-Driben Veterinary Hospital and President of the NJVMA; Dr. David Haworth, president and CEO of Morris Animal Foundation; Dr. Richard LeCouteur, Professor of Neuroscience and Neurosurgery at UC-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine; Dr. Guy Pidgeon, CEO of WVC; Dr. Alan Stewart, founder of San Francisco Veterinary Specialists and Petplan’s 2012 “Veterinarian of the Year” award winner; Dr. Mark Verdino, VP of Medical Services & Chief of Staff of North Shore Animal League; and Dr. Ernie Ward, founding member of Veterinary Practice Partners and the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention.

For more information about the Petplan Veterinary Excellence Awards, and to learn more about the winners, visit http://www.GoPetplan.com/2013-vet-awards.

Petplan’s Veterinary Excellence Awards seek to honor veterinary professionals who provide pets with exceptional care and clients with exemplary customer service. Now in its second year (and the first time hosted in the U.S.), the Petplan Veterinary Excellence Awards give clients and colleagues the opportunity to say “thank you” for great work done on behalf of our four-legged families. The tradition of rewarding excellence in veterinary medicine is one that has been fostered by our sister company, Petplan UK, whose own Vet Awards are Britain’s pre-eminent industry celebration.

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 http://www.GoPetplan.com, read the Petplan “Vets for Pets” Blog, or call 1-866-467-3875.

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