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Honor The Veterinary Heroes In Your Animal’s Life!

Nominations now open for 2019 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 16, 2019 — 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 five 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 sixth 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 Feb.28 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 flown to Los Angeles to be honored as part of the ninth annual American Humane Hero Dog Awards® on Oct. 5, which will air nationwide as a two-hour special on Hallmark Channel this fall.

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 celebrities, veterinary professionals, and animal care professionals. Beginning May 9, the American public will be invited to vote online for their favorite veterinarian and veterinary nurse.

“Zoetis Petcare is proud and honored to support America’s veterinary community, and the American Humane Hero Veterinarian and Veterinary Nurse Awards are our way of saying ‘thank you’ to these tireless individuals,” said J. Michael McFarland, DVM, DABVP, Executive Director, Zoetis Petcare Marketing. “They are the ones in the forefront of 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 and official Corporate Presenting Sponsor of the 2019 Hero Dog 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 Robin Ganzert, Ph.D. “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 2019 American Humane Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Nurse Awards contest are:

  • Nominations Period: 16 – Feb. 28, 2019
  • Public Voting Round: May 9 – Aug. 8, 2019
  • 5: Winning Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Nurse announced at the 2019 Hero Dog Awards in Los Angeles

*All rounds open and close at Noon Pacific Time

To nominate a veterinarian or veterinary nurse between now and Feb. 28, and for complete contest rules, please visit To nominate a Hero Dog in your life for the 2019 American Humane Hero Dog Awards®, please visit between now and Feb. 28.

About American Humane
American Humane is the country’s first national humane organization. For more information please visit

About Zoetis
Zoetis is the leading animal health company, dedicated to supporting its customers and their businesses. Building on more than 60 years of experience in animal health, Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and markets veterinary vaccines and medicines, complemented by diagnostic products, genetic tests, biodevices and a range of services. 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 2018, the company generated annual revenue of $5.3 billion with approximately 9,000 employees. For more information, visit

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