While it may seem that the annual VPI Hambone Award is designed to appeal to pet-owners more than to veterinarians, that’s really not the case. That’s because the veterinary practice that cared for the winning pet will get a $10,000 grant to help pay for the costs of pets in need of veterinary care.
If you don’t know what the VPI Hambone Award is, let me bring you up to date. From my recent post:
Over the 30-plus years since Veterinary Pet Insurance started the pet health insurance industry in the United States, we’ve seen some very unusual claims. What many of these claims had in common was that without outstanding veterinary care, many of the pets in all manner of accidents would never have survived.
A few years ago, inspired by one especially interesting claim, we decided to celebrate the survivors and the veterinarians who saved these animals. And with that, the Hambone Award was invented.
Voting opens today for the 2014 winner, and you can vote by clicking on this link. Here are the practices behind the stories:
Chicago Center for Veterinary Medicine — Chicago (Pierre the French Bulldog)
Gailor Animal Hospital — Louisville, KY (Louie the mixed-breed dog)
Compassionate Care Veterinary Clinic — Cumberland, RI (Heidi Elizabeth the Cocker spaniel)
Affordable Animal Hospital — Anaheim, CA (Roxy the German Shepherd)
Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital — Rocklin, CA (Cali the Golden Retriever)
Kensington Veterinary Hospital — San Diego, CA (Henry the Labrador)
The Life Centre — Leesburg, VA (Jack the Jack Russell Terrier)
Atlantic Veterinary Center — Middletown, DE (Lewes the cat)
AVETS — Monroeville, PA (Max the Dachshund)
BluePearl Veterinary Partners — New York, NY (Leaf the Parson Russell Terrier)
Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care — Las Vegas, NV (Kya the Goldendoodle)
Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, Small Animal Teaching Hospital, West Lafayette, IN (Charlie the Labrador)
Last year’s winner was the Hyannis Animal Hospital of West Yarmouth, Mass. I’ll be giving each of these outstanding veterinary teams a shout-out on my social media accounts over the next few days. Vote, and spread the word.