The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) recently announced the top 20 finalists for their second annual "America's Favorite Veterinarian” contest. The 20 finalists were selected by an AVMF review panel from more than 700 nominations.
The AVMF is the charitable arm of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Michael Cathey, executive director of AVMF, had this to say in the recent AVMF press release:
"We are thrilled to honor and recognize these 20 finalists who are entrusted to preserve and protect the health and well-being of animals. Each of these 20 finalists are examples of the pivotal roles veterinarians lead as medical professionals in research labs, in public health and agriculture, and in government services and academia."
Nominations were submitted online by individuals who wrote a brief essay explaining why their veterinarian deserved recognition for his or her work. A committee of judges including animal health industry leaders, animal health bloggers, and board members from the AVMF evaluated the essays and took into consideration such things as the veterinarian’s community involvement, ethical behavior, passion for their profession, and their connections to animals and their owners.
The public is now invited to cast votes to select the 2014 winner of "America's Favorite Veterinarian." Voting began July 26 and runs through September 1, 2014. You can cast your vote on the AVMF contest website once a day.
The winner will receive a $500 cash prize, a trip to the 2015 AVMA convention in Boston, a year feature on the AVMF website, and a community celebration at his or her clinic for staff and clients. In addition, the selected veterinarian will have the opportunity to become a spokesperson for the AVMF, expand the discussion about his or her work to a broader audience, promote veterinary medicine as a career, and educate the public about the role veterinarians play in society.
Look for the winner to be announced on the AVMF contest website in September 2014.
The American Veterinary Medical Foundation is dedicated to advancing the well-being and medical care of animals through four strategic initiatives: Humane Outreach-Animal Welfare, Education and Public Awareness, Research Support, and Student Enhancement. Learn more on the AVMF website.
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