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Western University of Health Sciences to honor Marty Becker, DVM, at annual fundraising event

Nationally known veterinarian, author and television news correspondent will receive institution’s first Media Award for Advancement in Health and Humanism

Pomona, CA – Western University of Health Sciences has selected Marty Becker, DVM, to be the first recipient of the university’s "Media Award for Advancement in Health and Humanism."

The honor will be bestowed on the internationally known veterinarian at the university’s annual “A Tribute to Caring” fundraiser, slated for November 9 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. He is being recognized for raising public awareness about the importance of the bond between companion animals and humans.

Western University of Health Sciences will honor Marty Becker, DVM, at its annual fundraising event.

Dr. Becker is the veterinary contributor to ABC-TV’s Good Morning America. He also appears in segments of Walt Disney Television’s series Petsburgh, U.S.A., airing nationally on Animal Planet, and is a frequent guest on many national network and cable TV and radio programs.

His highly regarded weekly newspaper column, “The Bond,” is distributed by Knight Ridder Tribune (KRT) Services. Through KRT, “The Bond” has an estimated readership of more than 15 million and is delivered to more than 350 newspapers. Dr Becker is also the author of the best-selling book The Healing Power of Pets and co-author of the 1998’s Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul and 1999’s Chicken Soup for the Cat & Dog Lover’s Soul. His next book is Chicken Soup for the Horse Lover’s Soul (September 2003).

Dr. Becker is a frequent contributor to Reader’s Digest and is a contributing editor for Dog Fancy and Cat Fancy, two of the world’s most popular pet magazines. He is also the chief veterinary correspondent for, where his column “Pet-Pourri” reaches millions of pet lovers worldwide.

“We are delighted to honor such an outstanding veterinarian as the first recipient of this award,” said Philip Pumerantz, Ph.D., university president. “Through the mass media, Dr. Becker has reached millions with his message of good will. Now on behalf of those who cherish their companion animal friends, this is our opportunity to publicly thank him.”

The university’s new College of Veterinary Medicine – the first and only veterinary school in Southern California – will open its doors to its first class of students in fall 2003.


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