Zoetis Celebrates the Winners of the 2017 American Humane Hero Dog Awards®, and the American Humane Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Technician Awards™
PARSIPPANY, N.J., Sept. 18, 2017 — Zoetis Inc., a proud ongoing sponsor of the American Humane Hero Dog Awards®, congratulates all of the winners honored at the seventh annual gala in Beverly Hills, California. Zoetis is especially pleased to congratulate the 2017 American Humane Hero Veterinarian, Dr. Patricia Canchola, and the 2017 Hero Veterinary Technician, Jennifer Hudson.
Zoetis sponsored the American Humane Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Technician Awards, as it has since inception of these awards in 2014. The K-9 Courage Program from Zoetis also sponsored two Hero Dog categories this year — Law Enforcement/Arson Dogs and Military Dogs.
“Behind all hero dogs are hero veterinarians and veterinary technicians providing vital healthcare services, and Zoetis is again proud to sponsor these special awards recognizing outstanding veterinary professionals,” said Dr. McFarland. “Dr. Canchola and Jennifer are both dedicated to excellence and providing compassionate care to every animal they see in their clinics, helping cement the human-animal bond between owners and their pets.”
2017 American Humane Hero Veterinarian Award Recipient
Dr. Patricia Canchola, or Dr. Patti as she is known in her community, serves as a shelter veterinarian for Pueblo Animal Services. She performs more than 3,500 spay and neuter surgeries every year as the sole veterinarian on staff. Dr. Patti expanded her education last year by taking veterinary forensics courses to better serve animals that have experienced abuse and neglect. On top of her shelter work, she also operates a pet food bank and provides low-cost veterinary care two Saturdays a month. Dr. Patti’s Amazin’ Amos Pet Food Pantry and her St. Martin’s Well Pet Clinic help low-income pet owners provide for their pets.
2017 American Humane Hero Veterinary Technician Award Recipient
Jennifer (Jeni) Hudson is a certified veterinary technician and founded a rescue that serves puppies with cleft palates and other disabilities. Jeni has cared for over 100 special needs animals since she started the rescue five years ago, and is also changing the way veterinary professionals view these animals. In the past, most puppies born with a cleft palate were euthanized, but Jeni now takes on those dogs to ensure they have opportunities at life. Her rescue work has brought dogs all the way from New Mexico to Illinois.
More information about this year’s American Humane Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Technician is available at www.herovetawards.org.
Ice and Adak Represent Law Enforcement/Arson and Military Dog Categories
Ice, representing the Law Enforcement/Arson Dog category, supported officers of the U.S. Forest Service and deputies from the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office on a July 2016 mission to investigate an illegal marijuana garden in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest outside Olympia, Washington. While apprehending a suspect, Ice was stabbed multiple times in the chest, face and muzzle. Despite Ice’s serious wounds, he continued apprehending the suspect until the suspect was taken into custody. Ice’s bravery likely saved the other officers from getting stabbed or injured. Ice was helicoptered out of the forest and went right into surgery. He made a full recovery and returned to duty.
Adak, representing the Military Dog category, spent his career as a Contract Working Dog for the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Army and for Dogs for Defense Inc. (D4D). He was sent to Iraq in 2006 to support the U.S. Embassy and Dignitaries. Adak performed sweeps and aided in the detection of threats in high-profile locations like the Baghdad Central Station, the Kabul Serena Hotel and the Ministry of Agriculture. For D4D, he worked across the United States to continue his detection work. Adak transitioned into retirement at the age of 13 and recently passed away.
To learn more about Ice, Adak and the other five finalists, visit www.herodogawards.org.
The Hallmark Channel will air a special broadcast to honor all of the Hero Awards finalists on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. Central.
About the K-9 Courage Program from Zoetis
The K-9 Courage Program is a charitable healthcare donation program that provides financial and in-kind product donations that support the healthcare of retired police and military K-9s as well as service dogs currently in action. Program contributions help assure that these courageous and loyal dogs continue to live happy and healthy lives. The K-9 Courage Program provides the owner of each dog with $300 annually on a debit card that can be applied toward any veterinary expense ranging from wellness visits and vaccines to prescription medications and treats. More information is available at www.k-9courage.com.
About American Humane
American Humane is the country’s first national humane organization, founded in 1877. For more information, please visit www.americanhumane.org.
Zoetis is the leading animal health company, dedicated to supporting its customers and their businesses. Building on more than 60 years of experience in animal health, Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and markets veterinary vaccines and medicines, complemented by diagnostic products, genetic tests, biodevices and a range of services. Zoetis serves veterinarians, livestock producers and people who raise and care for farm and companion animals with sales of its products in more than 100 countries. In 2016, the company generated annual revenue of $4.9 billion with approximately 9,000 employees. For more information, visit www.zoetis.com.
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