DENVER, May 21 If you think your veterinarian is the bestin America, nominate him or her for the second annual Thank Your Vet for aHealthy Pet(SM) Contest. The national short-essay contest honors America'sveterinarians for their dedication to helping animals and strengthening thebond we have with our pets. The contest is conducted by Morris AnimalFoundation (MAF) and sponsored by Hill's Pet Nutrition, and DOG FANCY, CATFANCY and Veterinary Practice News magazines, published by BowTie, Inc.
The nationwide essay contest runs from June 1, 2008, to August 31, 2008.Essays can be no longer than 300 words and should address four areas: 1) theveterinarian's outstanding care and treatment to clients, 2) commitment to thehuman-animal bond, 3) service to the community, and 4) devotion to theveterinary profession. For rules and to enter online, go tohttp://www.ThankYourVet.org after June 1. Entries can also be mailed to MorrisAnimal Foundation, Thank Your Vet Contest, 10200 E. Girard Ave., Ste. B430,Denver, CO 80231. Entries must be submitted electronically or postmarked nolater than 11:59 p.m. EDT, August 31, 2008. Entries must follow the officialcontest rules to be considered. To receive a printed copy of the rules, call800.243.2345.
"Last year's contest was a huge success with more than 1,000 nominationssubmitted. We are delighted that Hill's Pet Nutrition has joined us this yearas the official corporate sponsor," says Patricia N. Olson, DVM, Ph.D.,president and CEO of Morris Animal Foundation. "We are also very pleased tohave the BowTie publications returning as our media sponsors. We received manynominations last year from their readers."
The partnership between MAF and Hill's dates back to the 1940s when Dr.Mark L. Morris Sr. developed a special diet that halted kidney disease indogs. The diet became so popular that Dr. Morris couldn't meet demand, so heteamed with Burton Hill, owner of the Hill Packing Company, to produce theinnovative dog food. This agreement inspired what is today the line ofPrescription Diet(R) pet foods, manufactured by Hill's Pet Nutrition andavailable exclusively through veterinarians. Dr. Morris used the royaltiesfrom that agreement to establish Morris Animal Foundation.
"We are very proud to support this initiative that helps us express justhow grateful we are to have so many great veterinarians across the country,"Janet Donlin, Hill's chief veterinarian, said. "The number of nominations andthe stories submitted along with them are extremely moving and remind us, theveterinarians, why we chose this rewarding career in the first place."
One national winner and five regional winners will be selected by a panelof judges. Winners will be contacted by November 1, 2008, and will be honoredbefore their peers at the February 2009 Western Veterinary Conference in LasVegas. Winners will be featured in the March 2009 issues of VeterinaryPractice News, DOG FANCY and CAT FANCY magazines. All nominees will receive anomination certificate.
About Morris Animal Foundation: Morris Animal Foundation, established in1948, is dedicated to funding research that protects, treats and curescompanion animals and wildlife. MAF has been at the forefront of fundingbreakthrough research studies benefiting animals in some 100 countries,spanning all seven continents on earth. MAF has its headquarters in Denver,Colorado. The Foundation has funded nearly 1,400 humane animal health studies.One hundred percent of annual donations go to fund health study programs. Formore information, call (800) 243-2345, or visithttp://www.MorrisAnimalFoundation.org.
About Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.
Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc. manufactures Hill's(R) Prescription Diet(R)brand pet foods, the