Illinois Veterinarian Named Best in the Nation by Pets Best

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Dr. Mary Felt accepts her award from Pets Best at the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

2014 My Vet’s the Best grand prize winner recognized for outstanding work

BOISE, Idaho – Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading U.S. pet health insurance agency, has named Dr. Mary Felt as the nation’s best veterinarian of 2014. Dr. Felt, who treats animals at the DuPage Animal Hospital in Villa Park, Illinois, took home the top honors of the 2014 My Vet’s the Best contest, which featured more than 20 finalists from across the country.

Developed by Pets Best to recognize outstanding veterinarians who go above and beyond to keep pets healthy, the 2014 contest culminated with a presentation at the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas. During the event, Dr. Jack Stephens, founder and director of Pets Best, announced Dr. Felt as the winner of the coveted 2014 My Vet’s the Best title and presented the veterinarian with a check for $1,000 to support her charitable work. Dr. Felt plans to use her $1,000 winnings to help organizations such as Yorkie Rescue and Making Our Pugs Safe (MOPS) Pug Rescue, two groups she works with frequently.

“Veterinarians can make a significant difference in the lives of pets and their owners, and Dr. Felt exemplifies this through her many efforts to help animals in need,” Stephens said. “Pets Best is committed to recognizing veterinarians for the time and energy they invest in their work.”

Dr. Felt discovered she wanted to be a veterinarian at the age of 6. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois and has practiced veterinary medicine for 20 years. Her interests include internal medicine, and caring for shelter animals.

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Dr. Felt is the primary care provider for the dogs with the Elmhurst and Villa Park police departments. In addition, she recently provided free care for a U.S. Army captain’s dog while he was away on deployment. When she isn’t at work taking care of the community’s pets, she enjoys karate, running, spending time with family, reading, biking, hiking, travel, walking her dogs and volunteering at her kids’ school.

In 2010, Pets Best became the nation’s first pet insurance agency to develop a contest aimed at recognizing the country’s best veterinarians. Each year, hundreds of veterinarians receive nominations from grateful pet owners. While voting for the contest’s seasonal winners is open to the public through the Pets Best Insurance website and Facebook page, each year’s grand prize winner is selected by an internal review panel composed of respected veterinarians.

For more information about Pets Best and the My Vet’s the Best contest, visit

For more information about Dr. Felt and why she was nominated for the contest, visit

About Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC

Dr. Jack L. Stephens, founder and director of Pets Best, founded pet insurance in the U.S. in 1981 with a mission to end euthanasia when pet owners couldn’t afford veterinary treatment. Dr. Stephens went on to present the first U.S. pet insurance policy to famous television dog Lassie. Pets Best provides coverage for dogs and cats. Dr. Stephens leads the Pets Best team with his passion for quality pet care and his expert veterinary knowledge. He is always available to answer questions regarding veterinary medicine, pet health and pet insurance. The Pets Best team is a group of pet lovers who strive to deliver quality customer service and value. Visit for more information.

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Pet insurance coverage offered and administered by Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC is underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company, a Delaware insurance company. Independence American Insurance Company is a member of The IHC Group, an organization of insurance carriers and marketing and administrative affiliates that has been providing life, health, disability, medical stop-loss and specialty insurance solutions to groups and individuals for over 30 years. For information on The IHC Group, visit: Additional insurance services administered by Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC are underwritten by Prime Insurance Company. Each insurer has sole financial responsibility for its own products.

Pets Best is a proud member of the North American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA).




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