Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency based in Boise, has announced veterinary technician Anne Marie Kubacz as the winner of the agency’s 2015 “Why I Love Being a Vet Tech” contest.
The nationwide contest, developed by Pets Best and co-sponsored by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians, honors veterinary technicians for their outstanding service and devotion to their profession.
Veterinary technicians entered the contest by submitting personal stories about what they enjoy about their profession.
The latest round of the nationwide contest brought in 248 entries, and of these, eight were chosen by a Pets Best panel of fellow veterinary technicians to represent the industry.
The eight finalists were:
--Anne Marie Kubacz of the Animal Medical Center in New York City, N.Y.
--Alice Rohauer of the Buffalo Zoo in Buffalo, N.Y.
--Gianna Salvadore of Anthracite Animal Clinic in Ashland, Pa.
--Kerri Gibilisco of The Pet Clinic in Omaha, Neb.
--Regina Sanger of Pets Referral Center in Berkeley, Calif.
--Kari Walker of the Veterinary Referral Center of Colorado in Englewood, Colo.
--Deanne Pawlisch of Midwest Veterinary Dermatology Center in Buffalo Grove, Ill.
At the contest’s end, a total of 4,325 total votes were cast by pet owners, veterinary staff, community members, and friends and family of the eight finalists from across the U.S. through the Pets Best Facebook page.
Kubacz, the contest’s winner (with 1,753 online votes), practices at the Animal Medical Center in New York and serves as a chairwoman for the Irish Setter Club of America.
The seven other finalists also received a significant number of votes. Runner-up Alice Rohauer had a total of 1,460 votes.
Pets Best is awarding Kubacz a paid trip to NAVC 2016—which includes flights, hotel accommodations, and conference registration—for the January event in Orlando, Florida. All eight finalists will also receive a complimentary one-year NAVTA membership.