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America’s Top Veterinary Heroes Revealed!

Voting is officially open for the ninth annual American Humane Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Nurse Awards™, presented by Zoetis! Following the review of more than 500 nominations from animal lovers across the country, a blue-ribbon judging panel of veterinary professionals and animal care experts has selected 10 of the country’s top veterinarians and veterinary nurses as finalists. The public is invited to visit every day between now and September 15 to vote for the 2022 American Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Nurse.

Meet America’s Top Veterinary Heroes!

The finalists for the 2022 Hero Veterinarian category are…

  • Lara Croft
  • Raquel Fagan
  • Tarah Hadley
  • Joanna Reen
  • Logan Wood

And the finalists for the 2022 Hero Veterinary Nurse category are…

  • Cheri Herschell
  • Kayla Stein
  • Frank Torres
  • Katherine “Kaci” Wolcott
  • Cassie Woodward

“The world’s animals depend on veterinarians and veterinary nurses, and we are honored to recognize their achievements in saving lives, conducting groundbreaking research, and working on the front lines of animal welfare,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane. “Congratulations to this year’s incredible finalists! We encourage every animal lover to join us in giving them our heartfelt thanks by voting in this year’s campaign.”

For millions of Americans, animals are not just their best friends, but their heroes. Behind almost every hero pet (and millions more animals) is a hero veterinarian or hero veterinary nurse. These often-little-known benefactors save and improve the lives of animals every day, and for the past eight years, the American Humane Hero Vet Awards has honored their tremendous achievements.

The winning veterinarian and veterinary nurse, based on public votes, will be recognized at the star-studded “American Humane Hero Dog Awards” gala this fall!

We hope you will join us in celebrating these humane heroes by visiting to read each of the finalists’ incredible stories and vote for your favorites. Show your support on social media using #HeroVetAwards!

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