Saturday, February 13, 2016

Veterinary News Network Presents Their 2009 Rising Star Award Winners!

Denver, CO (February 14, 2009) – The Veterinary News Network has announced its 2009 award winners. The awards were presented during VNN’s 4th annual meeting and awards banquet held today at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. WVC 2009 Conference TV Journal Reporters

The 2009 VNN Reporter of the Year Award was presented to Thomas Dock, VNN Reporter Relations Manager.  Thomas was recognized for a continuing commitment to providing the other 350+ veterinary reporters with accurate media information and for his role in the production and research of the VNN media library.  Thomas also administers the MyVNN website ( and the soon to be announced community forum (

Annual VNN Rising Star Awards were presented in four categories:

Dr. Brian Voynick
American Animal Hospital
Randolph, NJ

Dr. Mike Hutchinson
Animal General
Cranberry Twsp, PA

Dr. Larry Baker
Northgate Pet Clinic
Decatur, IL

Dr. Debra Garrison
Treaschwig Veterinary Clinic
Spring, TX

The 2009 WVC-TV Conference TV Journal Reporter Awards for reporting on activities during the Western Veterinary Conference were presented to:

Mr. Tom Dock
Assistant Producer
VNN Reporter Relations Manager
Indianapolis, IN

Dr. Michele Smith
Senior Reporter
29th Avenue Animal Hospital
Denver, CO

Dr. David Visser
Senior Reporter
Roseland Animal Hospital
South Bend, IN

Dr. Debbie White
Senior Reporter
Lone Mountain Animal Hospital
Las Vegas, NV

Dr. Steve Hotchkiss
Senior Reporter
Veterinary Health Care Concepts
Fort Worth, TX

Dr. Carol Osborne
American Pet Institute
Chagrin Falls, OH

Dr. Randy Hammon
Northgate Animal Hospital
Chattanooga, TN

Dr. Nancy Willerton
University Hills Animal Hospital
Denver, CO

Dr. Valarie Tynes, DACVB
Premier Veterinary Services
Fort Worth, TX

Dr. Elizabeth Dole
Stack Veterinary Hospital
Syracuse, NY

About Veterinary News Network

The Veterinary News Network (VNN) is a national network of more than 360 veterinarians and affiliate reporters who use VNN-produced resources to broadcast and publish local news stories about current pet health issues and advances in veterinary care. By providing content that is medically accurate and reliable, VNN helps veterinarians deliver these stories to their local media through print, television, radio, Internet blogs and other appropriate outlets. VNN also has a syndication division that includes morning drive radio stations, captive audience networks, podcasts, Internet video channels, blogs and syndicated medical television. VNN has produced 60 news stories and, in 2007, delivered more than 250 million audience impressions. VNN is funded by an educational grant through the Western Veterinary Conference by Merial. Visit

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