New Jersey Veterinarian Receives National Award from Pets Best

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Dr. Jay Buchholz, winner of the Pets Best My Vet's the Best contest.

Latest My Vet’s the Best contest honors veterinarian Dr. Jay Buchholz

Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency based in Boise, Idaho, announced today that veterinarian Dr. Jay Buchholz has been voted the most recent winner of the agency’s My Vet’s the Best contest. The nationwide contest honors veterinarians for their outstanding service.

The latest round of the contest brought in 5,498 total votes cast by pet owners across the U.S. through the Pets Best Facebook page.

“Our contest recognizes veterinarians that provide exceptional animal care in their local communities,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, founder of Pets Best. “Dr. Buchholz is a passionate veterinarian who is dedicated to treating animals with a caring touch.”

Dr.  Buchholz, who practices at the Maywood Veterinary Clinic in Maywood, New Jersey, won the contest after receiving 1,864 online votes. He was among hundreds of veterinarians across the country nominated for the seasonal award. Runner-up Dr. Robin Losso of East Brunswick Animal Hospital in East Brunswick, New Jersey, came in second place with 1,370 votes. The contest doesn’t typically include both a winner and runner-up from the same state.

“I have always been an ‘in the trench’ vet so I never expected accolades,” said Dr. Buchholz.  “I’m very humbled and honored and thank my clients for their continued support and trust in me.”

As this round’s winner, Dr. Buchholz received $1,000 to treat animals in need. Dr. Buchholz and his team at the Maywood Veterinary Clinic plan to use the prize money to help a loved pet whose family cannot afford treatment.  The pet owner who nominated Dr. Buchholz also received $200 from Pets Best.

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Known for his calm, reassuring and thoughtful personality, Dr. Buchholz takes great pride in caring for family pets.

“It is always rewarding to cure a pet and send him/her home to their loving family,” Dr. Buchholz said. “Watching how the family reacts gives me the most satisfaction.”

As owner of the practice since 1987, Dr. Buchholz enjoys working with local young men and women, who are interested in veterinary medicine, and gives them an opportunity to learn alongside him at the clinic. His areas of interests include internal medicine and stem cell therapy for dogs suffering from arthritis.

Outside of the clinic, Dr. Buchholz volunteers for local pet organizations. He also enjoys skiing, photography, and spending time with his wife, children, and their eight pets.

In 2010, Pets Best became the nation’s first pet insurance company to develop a contest aimed at recognizing outstanding 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 Facebook page, each year’s grand prize winner is selected by an internal review panel comprised of respected veterinarians.

For more information about the My Vet’s the Best 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. Some existing business is underwritten by Aetna Insurance Company of Connecticut. Each insurer has sole financial responsibility for its own products.

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



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