Illinois Veterinarian Named One of America's 'Best Vets'

Dr. Patrick Hourigan Wins Midwest Region in Nationwide Thank Your Vet for a Healthy Pet(R) Contest, Sponsored by Morris Animal Foundation, Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc. and BowTie Inc.

Jan 13, 2010, 13:00 ET from Morris Animal Foundation

DENVER, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- "Animals are his life and his world," wrote Mary Sue Katzenmayer of McHenry, Ill., describing Dr. Patrick Hourigan. In recognition of Hourigan's work, Katzenmayer submitted an essay to the third annual Thank Your Vet for a Healthy Pet® contest, and Hourigan was chosen as the 2009 Midwest regional winner. The nationwide essay contest, conducted by Morris Animal Foundation, allows clients to honor outstanding veterinarians for their dedication to helping animals and strengthening the human–animal bond. A complete list of nominees and the winners' profiles are posted at


Of the award, Hourigan said: "It is an honor that was unexpected but very appreciated. There are so many very talent and caring veterinarians out there, and I am honored."

Hundreds of pet owners throughout the country submitted nominations. The contest is co-sponsored by Hill's Pet Nutrition and Dog Fancy, Cat Fancy and Veterinary Practice News magazines, published by BowTie, Inc.

Hourigan's philosophy regarding patient care echoes the veterinary oath. The patient's care and comfort takes precedence over all other concerns. "The most rewarding aspect of my professional life is the ability to give back to the community," stated Hourigan. "Whether this is helping a client/patient in need, providing assistance to rescue organizations or assisting wildlife, it feels good when I can help."

Hourigan was one of five regional winners. The others include:

  • Amara Estrada, DVM, of the University of Florida Veterinary Medical Center in Gainesville, Fla., for the Southeast
  • Kristin Quisenberry, DVM, of Hidden Valley Animal Clinic in McMurray, Pa., for the Northeast
  • J. Robert Yack, DVM, of Jackson Creek Veterinary Clinic in Jackson, Calif., for the West
  • Kirk Weicht, DVM, of Brown Trail Animal Hospital in Bedford, Texas, for the Southwest and the National winner

"Morris Animal Foundation is excited to honor these outstanding veterinarians because they help us provide a healthier tomorrow for animals," said Patricia N. Olson, DVM, PhD, president/CEO of Morris Animal Foundation.

All of the winners will be honored in front of their peers at the North American Veterinary Conference in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, January 16, 2010.

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