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HSVMA Seeks Nominations for Outstanding Veterinary Care Provider and Advocate

The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association

The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association is seeking nominations for its third annual Direct Care Veterinary Practitioner of the Year and Veterinary Advocate of the Year awards. HSVMA created the two awards to recognize veterinary professionals who truly represent the mission of HSVMA to protect and advocate for the welfare of animals. Last year’s winners were Dr. Brian Forsgren or Cleveland, Ohio and Dr. Lori Pasternak of Richmond, Va.

The HSVMA Direct Care Veterinary Practitioner Award recognizes a veterinary professional who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment and compassion for animals in need by volunteering his or her time in the United States or abroad.

The HSVMA Veterinary Advocate Award recognizes a veterinary professional who has excelled in advocating for the welfare of animals via the legislative arena, mass media, public education, outreach to the veterinary profession or other methods.

Last May, Dr. Brian Forsgren of Cleveland, Ohio, was recognized as the HSVMA Veterinary Advocate of the Year, and Dr. Lori Pasternak of Richmond, Va., was recognized as the HSVMA Direct Care Practitioner of the Year. They were presented with their awards during a special veterinary reception at the 2011 Animal Care Expo in Orlando, Fla.

A longtime animal advocate, Dr. Forsgren was celebrated for his efforts supporting a farm animal welfare ballot initiative launched in 2010 in Ohio to address extreme forms of confinement on factory farms. His support—along with the endorsement of 75 other Ohio veterinary professionals he helped recruit—helped lead to a compromise agreement on farm animal welfare in the state that is now resulting in new improved guidelines for animal care.  

Dr. Pasternak, through her aptly-named clinic Helping Hands Affordable Veterinary Surgical and Dental Care, works to ensure no animal goes without surgical or dental care due to prohibitively high costs by putting a portion of every fixed-cost procedure into a fund to help clients who cannot afford a needed procedure for their pets.

Nominations of veterinary professionals who deserve recognition for their work in promoting animal protection or providing animal care will be accepted online, by mail or by fax. Please click here for a printable PDF of the nomination form. The deadline to submit nominations is May 15, 2012.

For more information about these awards, please read the Contest Rules.


Media Contact: Stephanie Twining, 301-258-1491, stwining@humsnesociety.org

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