Paw-Picked Top Dogs: Petplan Pet Insurance Selects Finalists for 2014 Veterinary Awards

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12 Finalists Chosen From a Record 3,100 Nominations Submitted Nationwide

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We are delighted to honor the important work of America’s veterinary professionals who go above and beyond, providing pets with exceptional care and clients with stellar customer service.

After pawing through a record 3,100 nominations from pet parents across North America, Petplan, America’s best-loved pet insurance provider, is excited to introduce the finalists for its 2014 Veterinary Awards.

“We are delighted to honor the important work of America’s veterinary professionals who go above and beyond, providing pets with exceptional care and clients with stellar customer service,” said Natasha Ashton, co-CEO and co-founder of Petplan. “This year, we are particularly excited to recognize the work of an outstanding Veterinary Practice of the Year, understanding that keeping our furry friends (and their two-footed parents) happy and healthy is often a team effort. In this, our third year celebrating ‘top docs,’ we look forward to personally thank these outstanding clinics and individuals for their great work, on behalf of our four-legged family members.”

Without further ado, the following finalists have been selected in each category:

Practice of the Year

  •     Animal Hospital of North Asheville, Asheville, NC
  •     The Drake Center for Veterinary Care, Encinitas, CA
  •     Rau Animal Hospital, Glenside, PA

Veterinarian of the Year

  •     Dr. David Lambert, Quinebaug Valley Veterinary Hospital, Danielson, CT
  •     Dr. Kim Slensky, HOPE Veterinary Specialists, Malvern, PA
  •     Dr. Christopher Yach, West Flamingo Animal Hospital, Las Vegas, NV

Practice Manager of the Year

  •     Jessica Hicks, Village Animal Hospital, Lexington, KY
  •     Kristen Hoffman, Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Clinic (VSEC), Levittown, PA
  •     Josh Lanting, Alicia Pet Care Center, Mission Viejo CA

Veterinary Technician of the Year

  •     Megan Brashear, Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital, Portland OR
  •     Maria Delavogias, West Hollywood Animal Hospital, West Hollywood, CA
  •     Katie Geiser, Queen Anne Animal Clinic, Seattle, WA

What’s next? Petplan’s accomplished Veterinary Awards Judging Panel, comprised of prominent pet health professionals and veterinarians, is now tasked with choosing one winner in each category.

To help clients, colleagues, friends and family get involved; Petplan is now accepting votes in support of the selected finalists at GoPetplan/raiseapaw. Votes will be taken into consideration by the Judging Panel during finalist evaluation, but the voting will close 11:59 p.m. EST, December 15 – so support your favorite finalists today!

The winners will be announced on February 16, at Petplan’s 2014 Veterinary Awards Dinner at Charlie Palmer Steak in the Four Seasons Las Vegas, held in concert with the 86th annual Western Veterinary Conference. With the finalists in attendance – as honored guests of Petplan – Dr. Ernie Ward will emcee an evening celebrating the best in veterinary medicine.

To learn more about Petplan or the Veterinary 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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