DENVER, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- According to Kathleen Supan of Bridgeville, Pa., Dr. Kristin Quisenberry is not just another veterinarian—she makes a difference in a pet owner's life. In recognition of Quisenberry's work, Supan submitted an essay to the third annual Thank Your Vet for a Healthy Pet® contest, and Quisenberry was chosen as the 2009 Northeast 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 www.ThankYourVet.org.
"It is such an honor to have received this award," said Quisenberry. "I am fortunate to work in a society where pets are considered family members. As a veterinarian, I feel lucky that we are a key factor in not only treating the sick and injured but also in helping people understand and nurture their pets."
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.
Though Quisenberry has been a practicing veterinarian for only a few years, she always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. As a student, she was set to be a zoo veterinarian and was involved in a federal seizure of an illegal breeding operation of lions and tigers. She had the opportunity to raise two female lion cubs until they were old enough to be on their own at the zoo.
"Every day I have memorable experiences working on challenging cases, meeting new people and helping pets and their families," said Quisenberry. "Nothing is more rewarding than that."
Quisenberry 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
- Patrick Hourigan, DVM, of Richmond Veterinary Clinic in Richmond, Ill., for the Midwest
- 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.
Tina M. Martinez, 800.243.2345
SOURCE Morris Animal Foundation