Pets Best Awards New York Vet with National Award
Pets Best Insurance Services LLC, a U.S. pet insurance agency based in Boise, Idaho, awarded Stacey Hershman, DVM, in the agency’s 2016 My Vet’s the Best contest. The nationwide contest honors veterinarians for their outstanding service.
This year’s contest brought in 3,429 total votes cast by pet owners across the U.S. through the Pets Best Facebook page. Dr. Hershman, who practices at Natural Vet for Pets P.C. in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, won the contest after receiving 1,445 online votes.
“This contest acknowledges exceptional veterinarians around the nation, and Dr. Hershman is no exception,” said Jack Stephens, DVM, founder of Pets Best. “She is known and appreciated throughout her community for her unwavering service, compassionate service, and willingness to give back.”
The contest’s included seven other finalists, with runner-up Stacy Oquist, DVM, of Riverbridge Animal Hospital in West Palm Beach, Fla., receiving 1,316 votes.
“I am excited and humbled to receive this recognition, and I’m grateful that so many people appreciate what I do and that they want to support this cause,” Hershman said. “I was really honored that people would want to vote for me.”
Each winner received $1,000 from Pets Best to treat animals in need. Hershman and her small team at Natural Vet for Pets P.C. plan to use the cash prize to continue rescuing, treating and finding homes for stray cats in the community, in addition to helping cover treatment costs for families who can’t afford vet expenses.
“Saving the life of an animal is the most heartwarming and rewarding gesture a human being can [make],” Hershman said. “It’s the reason why, as a 4-year-old girl, I would pick up wounded animals and take them home to nurse back to health. Whether they be cats, dogs, birds, frogs, etc., it didn't matter. I have a natural affinity to heal all the helpless and wounded animals.”
Cindy Moore, the pet owner who nominated Hershman, also received $200 from Pets Best. In her nomination letter, Moore described Hershman as “caring, loving, and compassionate.”
“I was thrilled to learn that Dr. Hershman won the contest,” Moore said. “She is so deserving of this honor.”
Pets Best started recognizing outstanding veterinarians through its My Vet’s the Best Contest in 2010. It received hundreds of nominations from grateful pet owners, and it opens voting to the public through the Pets Best Facebook page. An internal review panel comprised of respected veterinarians selects each year’s grand prize winner.
For more information, visit petsbest.com/blog/my-vets-the-best-contest.