For most of us, pets are part of our families. When they are ill or in need of help, the dedicated professionals who work to keep them healthy and happy become real heroes.
Old Friends is happy to announce that its resident veterinarian, Dr. Bryan Waldridge, is one of 10 finalists in the running to win the top category title in the “Sixth Annual American Humane Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Nurse Awards,” sponsored by Zoetis Petcare (a U.S. business unit of Zoetis).
The award is part of a nationwide search to recognize and honor the country’s top veterinary professionals.
Following a careful review of more than 250 nominations from animal lovers across the country, a blue-ribbon judging panel of veterinary professionals and animal-care experts selected the country’s top 10 finalists, including Dr. Waldridge, who is from Bardstown, Ky.
Pet owners and animal lovers alike are invited to visit www.herovetawards.org every day between now and Aug. 8 at noon PT to vote for the top American Hero Veterinarian and American Hero Veterinary Nurse for 2019.
According to the nomination, Dr. Waldridge is being considered because of his commitment to his patients, dedication to the success of his clients, work at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm, and efforts to strengthen equine welfare laws in Kentucky.
“There’s no way to put a price on what Dr. Waldridge does for horses,” Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert said. “His compassion, combined with his expertise in treating senior horses, is a lifeline for all of the retirees on the farm. Old Friends is fortunate to have Bryan on their team and racing is lucky to call him one of ours.”
Baffert’s wife, Jill, a former TV reporter who advocates for animal welfare and has been behind the recent launch of the #IAmHorseRacing social media campaign, echoed her husband’s sentiments.
“Not only is Dr. Waldridge one of the nicest people you’ll meet, he is heaven-sent to care for animals, especially horses,” she said. “He’s available for them pretty much around the clock, providing the best quality of care and comfort. I imagine he feels a tremendous responsibility in managing the health and well-being all of his charges, but he does it with such love and a passion, it truly is inspiring to watch.”
The winners will be flown to Los Angeles to be honored on Oct. 5 as part of the ninth annual American Humane Hero Dog Awards, sponsored by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation and Zoetis Petcare.
The Hero Dog Awards will air nationwide as a two-hour special on Hallmark Channel this fall.
“These 10 finalists are inspiring examples of the veterinary community,” said Tara Bidgood, DVM, PhD, DACVCP, executive director, Zoetis Petcare Veterinary Professional Services. “The American Humane Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Nurse Awards are Zoetis Petcare’s way of helping to put a spotlight on their vital work. Congratulations to these extraordinary finalists and all our veterinary professionals who so work hard every day to protect and give better, healthier lives to the beloved animal members of our families.”
“Animals are often heroes to us, and we need to honor and recognize those who are heroes to them,” said Robin Ganzert, Ph.D., president and CEO of American Humane. “These dedicated professionals work behind the scenes to keep our best friends happy and healthy, and for that we thank them.”
To read each of the finalists’ stories, as told by the people who nominated them, and to vote daily for one of the five finalists in each of the American Hero Veterinarian and American Hero Veterinary Nurse categories, please visit www.herovetawards.org.
This article was edited by America’s Best Racing from a press release by Old Friends Farm.