There has been a lot of excitement around our practice lately, after hearing the announcement at the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) Convention that Dr. Marcy Hammerle has been nominated as one of just 20 national finalists for America’s Favorite Veterinarian!

The America’s Favorite Veterinarian initiative is sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, the charitable arm of the AVMA. According to the AVMF, “America’s Favorite Veterinarian provides a spotlight for those entrusted to preserve and protect the health and well-being of our animals. The contest celebrates the extraordinary relationships pet owners share with their veterinarians while recognizing the other pivotal roles veterinarians play in society as medical professionals in animal health research, food safety, public health, government services and academia.”

Dr. Hammerle was nominated for this award by a client, who said:

“Dr. Marcy:
1. Leads with her HEART. I honestly feel like she thinks of my pet as her own.
2. Start-to-finish vet in technical and educational aspects but also compassion. 
a. Provides neonatal classes for those with pregnant moms;
b. Wisely & proactively advises treatment for adolescent & adult dogs (traditional and non-traditional); 
c. Highly accomplished in geriatric care, enabling the owner to have explored all available options by the time it comes to make that final decision, as well as having a grief room (amazing).
3. Networks with highly skilled surgeons when a patient needs care that she feels needs a referral.
4. Owns her own business—-crucial when comparing her to a “corporate vet”. Takes her work home with her, enables her to minister to both her four AND two-legged patients—-she views them as a “bundle”.
5. Knows how to hire: staff is a beautiful combination of professionalism and expertise, yet they’re soft and caring—remembering each client’s name as they come in, and genuinely looking as if they are sad when the patient leaves.
6. The only accredited hospital in St. Charles County.
7. Spends considerable personal resources providing complementary services to rescue groups, and usually becomes the vet of choice in the long-term care of the animal after having been adopted.
8. Provides free pet portraits at Christmas with donations going to rescue groups.
9. She is the WHOLE PACKAGE. Do a secret visit and you’ll see why people drive miles to visit her for their pet.” 

Dr. Hammerle, owner and veterinarian at The Pet Doctor since 2005, said “I am so proud and honored to be a finalist. I work hard every day to be the best vet that I can be. I pursued ABVP diplomate status and AAHA accreditation to be able to give the best medical care to my patients. I try my best to support my pet owners in making the best decisions emotionally, medically and financially for their pets. I work with and donate time to pet rescue to give back to my community. To have all of those efforts publicly recognized means more to me than I can explain.”

Voting is now ongoing and open to the public. A full profile of Dr. Hammerle is available on the contest website available here and includes the story of how and why she became a veterinarian and why she’s passionate about veterinary medicine.  Don’t forget that you can submit your vote DAILY between now and September 1, so please do so and encourage friends and family to do the same. Follow this address to vote or share:

If Dr. Hammerle wins, not only does it support a local business, local pet rescue, the local community and the animals she serves, but Dr. Hammerle will also win a $500 cash prize, a trip to the 2016 AVMA Convention in San Antonio, and a community celebration to recognize the entire staff at The Pet Doctor!

Thank you for your support, and don’t forget to vote!

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