Petplan Announces the Final 15 for the 2016 Veterinary Awards

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Three finalists in each category will be whisked away to the Orlando ceremony

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Fifteen veterinary professionals are inching closer to industry stardom in Petplan’s 2016 Veterinary Awards. Petplan today announced the Finalists they’ll take to Orlando in January where winners will be revealed.

According to the Judging Panel, comprised of esteemed pet health professionals and veterinarians, the 33 Semifinalist candidates were all exceptional, but the 15 Finalists chosen to advance stood head and tails above the competition. Finalists were selected for their impact on veterinary medicine and their commitment to providing exceptional care. In addition to pawing through over 4,800 nominations, the Panel also considered 5,917 online votes from clients, colleagues and pet parents in support of the nominees.

“This year’s group is a truly remarkable representation of the clinics and individuals providing for the health of our pets in North America,” says Petplan co-founder and co-CEO Natasha Ashton. “No matter what their role in the practice, these individuals and practices far exceeded even the highest standards of care. Our Veterinary Awards Judging Panel thoroughly reviewed each and every Semifinalist and we’re delighted to shine the spotlight on the unsung heroes they have chosen.”

Without further paws, here are the Finalists:

Practice of the Year
Animal Hospital of Cambridge – Cambridge, ON
Metzger Animal Hospital – State College, PA
PAWS Veterinary Center – Tucson, AZ

Veterinarian of the Year
Dr. Sean Aiken, Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego – San Diego, CA
Dr. Gregory Todd, Animal Hospital of Dunedin – Dunedin, FL
Dr. Drew Van Niekerk, Calgary North Veterinary Hospital & Emergency Service – Calgary, AB

Veterinary Technician of the Year
Lona Gibbs, CVT, Southern Oregon Veterinary Specialty Center – Medford, OR
Annette Kim, RVT, Abbotsford Animal Hospital – Aurora, ON
Amy Schiller, CVT, Valley View Pet Hospital – Burnsville, MN

Practice Manager of the Year
Jennifer Harris, Hillside Veterinary Hospital – Victoria, BC
Kristine Lee, Advanced PetCare of Oakland – Clarkston, MI
Jody Weaver, CVT, Rau Animal Hospital – Glenside, PA

Receptionist of the Year
Scott Backman, West Hollywood Animal Hospital – West Hollywood, CA
Andrea Campbell, Taunton Road Animal Hospital – Oshawa, ON
Crystal Dawson, Northpointe Animal Hospital – Lynnwood, WA

Petplan will announce the winners on Saturday, January 16 at the Veterinary Awards Dinner in Orlando, FL. The ceremony is held at the Four Seasons Resort in concert with the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) Conference. Guests will be treated to a keynote address by Dr. Andy Roark, and the evening will be emceed by Petplan’s Chief Veterinary Medical Officer, Dr. Jules Benson. This glittering gala for the “vet-terati” celebrates the best of the best in veterinary medicine.

Finalists receive a trip to attend the gala as honored guests of Petplan, with travel and accommodation included. The overall winner in each category will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize, a $1,000 donation to a pet-related charity of their choosing and other prizes from partners and sponsors.

To fetch more information about Petplan’s Veterinary Awards, please visit


Petplan is more than a pet insurance provider. 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 third 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 provider 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.

Now in its fifth 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 information about Petplan’s Veterinary Awards, please visit

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