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MAF Announces Best Vet in America

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Tina M. Martinez, 800.243.2345
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Texas Veterinarian Honored as "Best Vet" in America; Four Regional Winners Also Named

January 13, 2010

According to Gina DeGennaro of Arlington, Texas, Dr. Kirk Weicht of Brown Trail Animal Hospital is truly the heartbeat of his clinic because he goes above and beyond for his clients and his community. Thanks to these kind words, submitted in an essay to the third annual Thank Your Vet for a Healthy Pet® contest, Weicht was chosen as the 2009 grand-prize National winner. The nationwide essay contest, conducted by Morris Animal Foundation, allows clients to honor outstanding veterinarians for their dedication to helping animals and strengthening the human-animal bond.

Hundreds of pet owners throughout the country submitted nominations. The contest is co-sponsored by Hill's Pet Nutrition and Dog Fancy, Cat Fancy and Veterinary Practice News magazines, published by BowTie, Inc. Weicht is featured in the January issues of Dog Fancy and Cat Fancy and the February issue of Veterinary Practice News magazines.

Of the award, Weicht said, "I am rewarded every day just being able to serve as a veterinarian. When I am able to make a difference or impact a client, it is especially enjoyable. For someone to take the time to express this in writing is thoughtful, and I feel extremely honored."

Weicht, who works at Brown Trail Animal Hospital in Bedford, Texas, was also named the Southwest regional winner. Four additional regional winners were named:

  • Amara Estrada, DVM, of the University of Florida Veterinary Medical Center in Gainesville, Fla., for the Southeast
  • Patrick Hourigan, DVM, of Richmond Veterinary Clinic in Richmond, Ill., for the Midwest
  • J. Robert Yack, DVM, of Jackson Creek Veterinary Clinic in Jackson, Calif., for the West
  • Kristin Quisenberry, DVM, of Hidden Valley Animal Clinic in McMurray, Pa., for the Northeast

"Morris Animal Foundation is excited to honor these outstanding veterinarians because they help us provide a healthier tomorrow for animals," said Patricia N. Olson, DVM, PhD, president/CEO of Morris Animal Foundation.

All of the winners were honored in front of their peers at the North American Veterinary Conference in Orlando, Fla., on January 16, 2010.

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