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Honor the Veterinary Heroes In Your Animal’s Life

Nominations now open for 2021 American Humane Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Nurse Awards™, sponsored by Zoetis Petcare; Winners to be featured in national television broadcast

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, January 27, 2021 — For millions of Americans, animals are not just their best friends, but their heroes. Whether they are lending eyes to the unsighted, ears to the deaf, protection to the sleeping family and the soldier, or providing a welcoming lick at the end of a hard day, animals affect us in so many different ways. We know behind almost every hero pet (and millions more animals) is a hero veterinarian or hero veterinary nurse. These benefactors save and improve the lives of our two- and four-legged best friends in many ways, and for the past seven years, one awards ceremony has honored the tremendous achievements of America’s veterinarians and veterinary nurses.

American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, recognizes the hard work these professionals put in day-in and day-out in the name of helping animals, and is pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the eighth annual American Humane Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Nurse Awards, presented by Zoetis Petcare (a U.S. business unit of Zoetis). Pet owners and animal lovers alike are invited to visit between now and March 24 to nominate their favorite veterinary professionals dedicated to the betterment of the health and welfare of animals and the promotion of the people-animal bond. The winning veterinarian and veterinary nurse will be featured in the 11th annual American Humane Hero Dog Awards® broadcast this fall, which will air nationwide as a two-hour special on Hallmark Channel.

These awards are not limited to companion animal veterinarians. Professionals from all fields of veterinary medicine are eligible for entry including, but not limited to those who work in research, emergency services, shelters, and those who work with large and exotic animals. The five finalists in the American Hero Veterinarian and American Hero Veterinary Nurse categories will be selected by a special blue-ribbon panel of judges consisting of veterinary professionals, animal care professionals and celebrities. Beginning June 10, the American public will be invited to vote online for their favorite veterinarian and veterinary nurse.

“Zoetis is honored to support America’s veterinary community, and the American Humane Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Nurse Awards are our way of thanking these devoted individuals,” said Tara Bidgood, DVM, PhD, DACVCP, executive director, Zoetis Petcare Veterinary Professional Services & Medical Affairs. “Veterinarians and veterinary nurses are leading the effort to keep America’s animals happy and healthy, and they deserve recognition from a grateful nation.”

“The world’s animals depend on veterinarians and veterinary nurses, and we thank Zoetis Petcare, the exclusive sponsor of the Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Nurse Awards, for helping recognize their achievements in saving lives, conducting groundbreaking research, and working on the front lines of animal welfare,” said American Humane President and CEO Dr. Robin Ganzert. “To us, all vets and vet nurses are heroes and these awards help us shine a bright spotlight on the best of the best.”

Key dates for the 2021 American Humane Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Nurse Awards contest are:

  • Nominations Period:                         Jan. 27 – March 24
  • Public Voting Round:                        June 10 – July 29
  • Hero Dog Awards broadcast:          Coming this fall

*All rounds open and close at noon Pacific Time

To nominate a veterinarian or veterinary nurse between now and March 24, and for complete contest rules, please visit To nominate a Hero Dog in your life for the 2021 American Humane Hero Dog Awards®, please visit between now and March 2.

About American Humane

American Humane is the country’s first national humane organization. For more information please visit, and please follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Zoetis

Zoetis is the leading animal health company, dedicated to supporting its customers and their businesses. Building on more than 65 years of experience in animal health, Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes medicines, vaccines and diagnostic products, which are complemented by biodevices, genetic tests and precision livestock farming. Zoetis serves veterinarians, livestock producers and people who raise and care for farm and companion animals with sales of its products in more than 100 countries. In 2019, the company generated annual revenue of $6.3 billion with approximately 10,600 employees. For more information, visit

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