Chicago, IL — The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) has named Dr. Tim Hunt of Bayshore Veterinary Clinic in Marquette, Michigan as the 2014 winner of the “America’s Favorite Veterinarian” contest.
The announcement was made on September 30, 2014 via www.americasfavoriteveterinarian.org. Dr. Hunt was nominated by Kris Mitchell, a client at Bayshore Veterinary Clinic, the small animal clinic Dr. Hunt established in 1993. Mitchell nominated Dr. Hunt because he willingly performed a cesarean section on her bulldog on Christmas morning. “He has come into his office for us all at times, day or night.” said Mitchell, “He has saved many of my dogs’ lives and he has mourned with us when the time has come for them to pass. He truly loves all animals and my dogs love him and his staff.”
The contest was inaugurated in 2013 via the AVMF’s Facebook page. The America’s Favorite Veterinarian Contest celebrates the special relationship pet owners share with their veterinarians. This year the contest has grown to allow the public to vote to select the winner. The twenty finalists selected received over 86,000 votes from across the country. Dr. Hunt received over 12,000 votes to secure the title.
“It’s humbling to think our community, clients and friends rallied and showed support in a way I never expected” said Dr. Hunt, “Being recognized as a veterinarian in this way is truly heartwarming.”
Dr. Hunt is a Detroit native. He earned his undergraduate degree and Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University. In addition to his work as a small animal veterinarian, Dr. Hunt serves as a volunteer veterinarian in Alaska for the Iditarod and has founded the Alaska Veterinary Rural Program, where he conducts spay/neuter clinics and provides veterinary care in impoverished villages.
Dr. Hunt believes veterinarians are influential in teaching children and families with pets the importance of treating animals in a kind and humane way. “We are part of their family. We are given the ability to treat the animals that they love and the gratification of a success, be it surgical, medical, or behavioral is more rewarding than any payment I can imagine.”
For more information or to schedule an interview with Dr. Hunt, Please contact Brittany Coleman at (847) 285-6723 or [email protected].
About The American Veterinary Medical Foundation
The American Veterinary Medical Foundation is the charitable arm of the American Veterinary Medical Associate (AVMA). For over 50 years, AVMF has been dedicated to embracing and advancing the well-being and medical care of animals. Charitable contributions and support to the Foundation help veterinarians help animals. Along with supporting the AVMA and its Initiative, the AVMF cares for animals through four strategic initiatives that include: Humane Outreach-Animal Welfare, Education and Public Awareness, Research Support, and Student Enhancement. The AVMF, a three-time, four-star rated nonprofit by Charity Navigator, has awarded more than $10 million in grants since it began in 1963. To find out more about AVMF, visit www.avmf.org, like on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AVMFdn and follow on twitter @AVMFdn.