Pets Best Contest Recognizes Outstanding Veterinary Technicians

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Veterinary Technician, Anne Marie Kubacz, winner of the Why I Love Being a Vet Tech contest.

Pets Best and NAVTA announce results of latest Why I Love Being a Vet Tech contest in advance of National Veterinary Technician Week

BOISE, Idaho – Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency based in Boise, Idaho, is pleased to announce 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 in America (NAVTA) wraps up in advance of National Veterinary Technician Week (October 11-17) and honors veterinary technicians for their outstanding service and devotion to their profession.

“We enjoyed reading each heartfelt story submitted by vet techs from all over the United States and want to express our appreciation for their tireless efforts,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, founder and director of Pets Best. “The interest this contest generated, gives evidence that these finalists are also appreciated by their communities and by pet owners all over the nation.”

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, NY
  • Alice Rohauer of the Buffalo Zoo in Buffalo, NY
  • Gianna Salvadore of Anthracite Animal Clinic in Ashland, PA
  • Deanna Herfel of the Suburban Animal Clinic in Columbus, OH
  • Kerri Gibilisco of The Pet Clinic in Omaha, NE
  • Regina Sanger of Pets Referral Center in Berkeley, CA
  • Kari Walker of the Veterinary Referral Center of Colorado in Englewood, CO
  • Deanne Pawlisch of Midwest Veterinary Dermatology Center in Buffalo Grove, IL
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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.

“Winning this contest is truly one of the highlights of my 41-year career,” said Kubacz. “Many of the notes [I received]—from techs, vets, administrators, vet assistants and support staff as well as the dog fanciers and community—brought tears to my eyes. Believe me, their impact in my life fueled much of what I do at the Animal Medical Center and in my role as the Irish Setter Club of America Health Chair.”

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.

NAVTA, founded in 1981, serves as a nationwide organization of veterinary technicians, veterinary technologists and veterinarians, in addition to veterinary assistants, educators and students. The organization was created as a resource for veterinary professionals to provide input on national issues related to their field. The organization is also dedicated to promoting veterinary professions and fostering high standards of care.

Kubacz acknowledges the positive impact the contest is having in the veterinary community. “Veterinary Technology does not get a lot of press as a profession. So thanks to Pets Best Insurance, NAVTA, NAVC and the other seven finalists for getting our profession in the public eye and spreading the word about who we are and what we do,” said Kubacz. “We are ALL winners in that we do what we love every day we go to work.”

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To enter the 2016 Why I Love Being a Vet Tech contest, visit our online entry form. Or, read more about Anne Marie Kubacz via our in-depth interview here.

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.

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.

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



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