Best in Show: 2015 Veterinary Awards Winners Revealed

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Six receive top honors at gala celebrating industry’s best and brightest.

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Nominations for the 2015 Veterinary Awards poured in from every corner of the U.S. and Canada. But in the end, only six were named “top dog”—and nobody envied the judges.

Pet insurance provider Petplan hosted the fourth annual Veterinary Awards Dinner on January 18 at Orlando’s Four Seasons Resort, in tandem with the North American Veterinary Conference. The event shines a deserved spotlight on outstanding veterinary professionals across North America.

Let’s have a round of ap-paws for the winners.

Practice of the Year
Coral Springs Animal Hospital, Coral Springs, FL

Veterinarian of the Year
Dr. Tracey Jensen, Wellington Veterinary Clinic PC, Wellington, CO

Practice Manager of the Year
Gretchen Dillon-Sauer, South Carolina Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Care, Columbia, SC

Veterinary Technician of the Year
Monique Feyrecilde, Mercer Island Veterinary Clinic, Mercer Island, WA

Receptionist of the Year (new this year)
Bob Gauthier, Red Mountain Animal Hospital, Mesa, AZ

Pet Parent of the Year (new this year)
Lindsay Condefer, Founder, Tails Animal Rescue, Philadelphia, PA

Thousands of passionate pet advocates were nominated by their peers and clients. Organizers narrowed the pack down to six semi-finalists per category, each of whom completed a rigorous application process. Three finalists were then selected by an independent judging panel of North America’s most tail-ented veterinary professionals, several past award winners among them. Winners of each category were revealed at the Awards Dinner.

In addition to the award, each winner received a $1,000 cash prize, a $1,000 donation to a pet-focused charity of their choice and wag-tastic prizes from Dog is Good, Tagg – The Pet Tracker,, K9 FitClub, PetHub and more.

The event was emceed by Dr. Ernie Ward and attended by over 200 guests, including Vet Awards Judging Panelists Dr. Michael Cavanaugh of AAHA, Dr. Jane Brunt of CATalyst Counsel and keynote speaker Dr. Andy Roark.

"I would like to congratulate the winners, and thank all nominees for taking part,” says Petplan co-founder and co-CEO Natasha Ashton. “Every day at Petplan, we have the privilege of seeing the life-changing work veterinary professionals do. It is an honor to recognize them for their compassion and their dedication to pet health.”

To learn more about the 2015 winners visit

Nominations for the 2016 awards are now open. For more information visit


About Petplan
Petplan is more than a pet insurance company. We're dedicated to providing pet parents with the support, resources and tools they need to keep their pets not just surviving—but thriving—into their old age. Simply put, we aim to be the kind of company that will make our pets proud. For the second consecutive year, Petplan was listed among the top 50 companies on Forbes' annual ranking of America’s Most Promising Companies – a list of 100 privately held, high-growth companies with bright futures. 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 cat and dog insurance policies provide comprehensive coverage for all hereditary and chronic conditions for the life of the pet as standard. Petplan 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 was rated A+ by A.M. Best in 2014. For more information about Petplan pet insurance, visit or call 1-866-467-3875.

About Petplan’s Veterinary Awards
Now in its fourth year, the Petplan Veterinary Awards honor the important work of America’s veterinary professionals who go above and beyond, providing pets with exceptional care and clients with exceptional customer service. Petplan is proud to carry on the tradition of rewarding excellence in veterinary medicine fostered by our sister company, Petplan UK, whose own Vet Awards are Britain’s pre-eminent industry celebration for more than a decade. For more information about Petplan’s Veterinary Awards, please visit

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