AVMF seeking nominations for 2014 America's Favorite Veterinarian contest

For the second consecutive year, the AVMF is asking for the public's help in identifying America's Favorite Veterinarian. 

The contest was designed to celebrate the bond between pet owners and their veterinarians, and to spotlight the various important roles veterinarians play in society such as research labs, public health, government services, and academia, the AVMF said.

Nominations must be submitted by June 6, 2014. Anyone can visit the America's Favorite Veterinarian website and complete the entry form along with a written narrative (250 words or fewer) on why the nominee deserves to be America's Favorite Veterinarian. The AVMF emphasized that it welcomes nominees from all sectors of veterinary medicine, not just private practice.

After all nominations have been submitted, the AVMF will evaluate nominees based on their community involvement, ethical behavior, passion for the profession, and their connection to animals and their owners. The AVMF will narrow it down to 20 finalists, and the public will have the final say as they vote on the finalists.

America's Favorite Veterinarian will receive prizes including $500 cash, a trip to the 2015 AVMA convention in Boston, a year feature on the AVMF website, and a community celebration at his or her hospital for staff and clients. The nominator of the winner will also receive a gift pack containing an assortment of treats for their pet.

Last year's contest winner was Dr. Carlos Campos, who owns and practices at San Francis Veterinary Hospital in Spring Hill, Fla. Campos was selected from more than 1,000 nominated veterinarians after one of his clients entered his name for consideration.