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New York Veterinarian Receives National Award from Pets Best



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Mariliz Hernandez, DVM

Pets Best Insurance Services based in Boise, Idaho, has announced Mariliz Hernandez, DVM, as the most recent winner of the agency’s nationwide My Vet’s the Best contest, which honors veterinarians for their outstanding service.

The latest round of the contest brought in 4,499 total votes cast by pet owners across the U.S. through the Pets Best Facebook page.

Hernandez, who practices at Bellerose Animal Hospital in Bellerose, N.Y., won after receiving 1,566 online votes. She was among hundreds of veterinarians nominated for the seasonal award. The contest’s six other finalists received a significant number of votes. Runner-up Keith Dan, DVM, of Desert Care Animal Hospital in Hesperia, Calif., had a total of 1,335 votes.

“I feel honored and privileged to be nominated,” said Dr. Hernandez. “To be able to have an impact in someone’s life to the point that they acknowledge it publicly [means] a great deal to me. It’s uplifting and this allows me to continue this journey of service and the vocation of helping those that can’t talk.”

Hernandez received $1,000 from Pets Best to treat animals in need; she and her team at Bellerose Animal Hospital plan to use the $1,000 cash prize to create a fund that will be used to help clients who cannot afford medical treatment for their pets.

Cindy Feuerstein-Kurtz, the pet owner who nominated Hernandez, also received $200 from Pets Best; she will donate her prize to the staff at Bellerose Animal Hospital.

“I am ecstatically happy for Dr. Hernandez and Bellerose Animal Hospital,” said Feuerstein-Kurtz. “They all are truly deserving of the honor. Thank you so much for this opportunity and appreciating our heartfelt story.”

For more information about the My Vet’s the Best contest, visit petsbest.com/vetpromo.com.

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