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Winners of America's Best Vet Contest To Be Honored at Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas February 19;
Date:2/14/2008

One national and four regional winners recognized; more than 1,000

veterinarians nominated

DENVER and DULUTH, Ga., Feb. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Winners of the first-ever "Thank Your Vet for a Healthy Pet" contest will be honored at the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas on Feb. 19, 2008. The award ceremony will take place at the Four Seasons at 11:30 a.m. The nationwide essay contest honors veterinarians for the outstanding work that they do on behalf of pets and their owners. More than 1,000 pet owners submitted essays. The contest was sponsored by Morris Animal Foundation, Merial Limited and BowTie, Inc., publishers of Dog Fancy, Cat Fancy and Veterinary Practice News. Guest speaker Dr. Marty Becker, renowned human-animal bond expert and co-author of Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul, will discuss the important role veterinarians play in strengthening and maintaining the bond people have with their pets.

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"Merial is committed to the pursuit of excellence in veterinary medicine," said Robert Menardi, DVM, technical spokesperson at Merial. "We are fortunate to partner with an organization such as Morris Animal Foundation to acknowledge veterinary leaders that honor their profession."

University of Missouri veterinarian James L. Cook, DVM, Ph.D. will be recognized as the grand-prize national winner. Cook, who is the director of the Comparative Orthopaedic Laboratory at the University of Missouri, was also the Midwest regional winner. Four regional winners will be honored: James Thomas, VMD, of Eagle Veterinary Clinic, Havertown, Pa., for the Northeast; Bob Encinosa, DVM, of Boyette Animal Hospital, Riverview, Fla., for the Southeast; Tim R. Stone, DVM, Rittiman Road Animal Hospital, San Antonio, for the Southwest; and Thomas R. Nickerson, DVM, of Trinity
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