SCHAUMBURG, Ill., July 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) has named Dr. Carlos Campos of Spring Hill, Florida "America's Favorite Veterinarian." The announcement was made earlier this month at the American Veterinary Medical Association's (AVMA) 2013 Annual Convention in Chicago.
Dr. Campos was nominated by Joan Spitrey, a client at San Francis Veterinary Hospital, the companion animal clinic Campos established in 2010. "Words cannot ever begin to express how much we adore Dr. Campos," said Spitrey, whose aging dachshund, Fritz, received end-of-life care from Dr. Campos.
Inaugurated in 2013 and conducted via social media, "America's Favorite Veterinarian" contest celebrates the special relationship America's animal owners have with their veterinarians, said AVMF Executive Director Michael Cathey.
"Dr. Campos exemplifies the veterinary oath with his overwhelming compassion and his intense respect for animals," said Cathey.
Dr. Campos beat out more than one thousand veterinarians to win top honors. He accepted the award at the 2013 AVMA Annual Convention, held at McCormick Place convention center in Chicago.
"It certainly was very humbling to learn my clients think that highly of me," Dr. Campos said. "It was an honor just to be nominated."
Dr. Campos grew up in the suburbs of Guatemala City and moved to the United States with his parents and siblings when he was 14. He earned his undergraduate degree from Florida State University and graduated in 2002 from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.
According to Dr. Campos, however, his philosophy as a veterinarian was cemented at a young age from a lesson he learned as a Boy Scout in Guatemala: "Take care of everybody, including animals, as you would yourself."
Dr. Campos is available for interviews.
About the American Veterinary Medical Foundation
The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) is the charitable arm of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). For 50 years, AVMF has been dedicated to embracing and advancing the well-being and medical care of animals. Charitable contributions and support to the Foundation help veterinarians help animals. Initiatives include: Humane Outreach-Animal Welfare, Education and Public Awareness, Research Support, Student Enhancement and Support of the AVMA and its Initiatives. The AVMF, a two-time, four-star rated nonprofit by Charity Navigator, has awarded more than $50 million in grants since it began in 1963.
SOURCE American Veterinary Medical Foundation