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January 19, 2010

HSVMA Recognizes Veterinarians for Commitment to Animal Welfare

The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association Sunday presented its first Direct Care Practitioner of the Year and Veterinary Advocate of the Year awards at the North American Veterinary Conference in Orlando, Fla. Dr. Jennifer Doll of Solon, Iowa, was recognized as the HSVMA Direct Care Practitioner of the Year, and Dr. Jennifer Muller of Philadelphia was recognized as the HSVMA Veterinary Advocate of the Year. 

Dr. Nicholas Dodman, an HSVMA Leadership Council member and celebrated veterinary behaviorist, presented the awards after giving a talk on animal behavior issues to NAVC attendees. In recognizing Drs. Doll and Muller, Dr. Dodman noted that each had "gone above and beyond the call of duty in advocating for and serving the welfare of animals."

Dr. Doll has been involved in prosecuting animal cruelty cases, is a founder of a nonprofit group that cares for special needs cats, performs spay/neuter surgeries for a local shelter, and has provided medical care and treatment for a wide range of rescued wildlife, including helping sedate and move a 600-pound boar from the middle of an interstate median. 

Dr. Muller has been a leader in efforts to improve living conditions and strengthen regulations at Pennsylvania's notorious puppy mills. Dr. Muller helped shepherd a new law through the Pennsylvania Legislature that imposed tougher standards on commercial breeders. She currently chairs the Pennsylvania Canine Health Board, which is charged with overseeing implementation of the guidelines outlined in this groundbreaking legislation.

"HSVMA created these two awards to recognize veterinary professionals who truly represent the mission of HSVMA to advocate and care for animals," said Melissa Seide Rubin, vice president of Animal Care Centers and Veterinary Services for The Humane Society of the United States. "Drs. Doll and Muller have both set an admirable example of how veterinary professionals can and should be at the forefront of animal welfare efforts."

Dr. Dodman's talk, entitled, "Don't Lose Your Patients: How to Keep Clients and Prevent Shelter Relinquishment," offered advice to veterinary professionals on how to combine traditional medical care with behavior evaluations to prevent shelter relinquishment and improve a veterinary practice's bottom line. Dr. Dodman has written four acclaimed bestselling books on animal behavior and recently released a new book on dog behavior entitled The Well-Adjusted Dog.

For more information, visit hsvma.org.

 

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The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association was formed as a home for veterinary professionals who want to join together to speak out for animals, engage in direct care programs for animals in need, and educate the public and others in the profession about animal welfare issues. The HSVMA is an affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States. 

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