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California Veterinarian Wins America's Best Vet Honor; Four Regional Winners Also Named

Dr. Rachel S. Boltz Wins Second Annual Thank Your Vet for a Healthy Pet Contest(R), Sponsored by Morris Animal Foundation, Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc. and BowTie, Inc.

DENVER, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Californian and animal lover Lisa Lotti describes her veterinarian, Rachel S. Boltz of Los Altos, Calif., as an absolute star in the veterinary field and one of the most knowledgeable, dedicated, passionate veterinarians she has ever encountered. Thanks to these kind words, submitted in an essay to the second annual Thank Your Vet for a Healthy Pet(R) contest, Boltz was chosen as the 2008 grand-prize national 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 winners and nominees is posted at


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. Boltz is featured in the March issues of Dog Fancy, Cat Fancy and Veterinary Practice News magazines. The winners are also profiled at

Of the award, Boltz said, "This is an incredible honor and award because it is client-driven. I take it to mean that I am doing something right because my client nominated me."

Boltz, who works at Adobe Animal Hospital in Los Altos, Calif., was also named the West regional winner. Four additional regional winners were named:

  • Lee V. Morgan, DVM, of Georgetown Veterinary Hospital in Washington, D.C., for the Northeast
  • T.L. Walker, DVM, of Highland Animal Hospital in Augusta, Ga., for the Southeast
  • Lisa Willis, DVM, of Great Oaks Animal Hospital in Round Rock, Texas, for the Southwest
  • David Bainbridge, DVM, of Morris Veterinary Hospital in Morris, Ill., for the Midwest

"Veterinarians are so important in strengthening the human-animal bond," said Patricia N. Olson, DVM, PhD, president/CEO of Morris Animal Foundation. "These professionals truly deserve recognition."

Lotti agrees, writing in her essay: "Dr. Boltz understands what animals mean to their humans. She is brilliant, kind and has the highest standards for herself and the veterinary profession."

All of the winners will be honored in front of their peers at the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas on Feb. 17, 2009.

About Morris Animal Foundation:

Morris Animal Foundation, established in 1948, is dedicated to funding animal health research that protects, treats and cures companion animals, horses and wildlife. MAF has been at the forefront of funding breakthrough research studies benefiting animals on all seven continents. MAF has its headquarters in Denver. Charity Navigator ranks MAF as a four-star charity, the highest rating. MAF is a BBB Wise Giving Alliance Charity Seal Holder. For more information, call 800.243.2345 or visit

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