Faculty member, two alumni are finalists in America’s Favorite Veterinarian contest

Dr. Kris Cooke greets dog at CVM blood bank

Dr. Kirsten Cooke thanks Louie, a blood donor at the UF Small Animal Hospital, for his contributions to the program in August 2013.  (Photo by Erica Brough/Gainesville Sun.)

A University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine faculty member and two veterinary alumni have been named Top 20 finalists in the America’s Favorite Veterinarian Contest.

Dr. Kirsten Cooke, a clinical associate professor of small animal internal medicine, was named a finalist based on a nomination made on her behalf by Dave Heine, whose dog, Mishka, has been a longtime patient of the Small Animal Hospital.

Information about the program is here. Cooke’s profile page is here.

Dr. Christy Layton (’06) and Dr. Gary Richter (’98) are also nominees. Their profile pages, along with those of other finalists, are listed here. Anyone can vote once a day, every day, for their favorite finalist until Sept. 1.

All nominees were announced July 11 at the American Veterinary Medical Association’s annual convention.

Sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, the charitable arm of the AVMA, the contest “provides a spotlight for those entrusted to preserve and protect the health and well-being of our animals,” according to the AFV website. The contest celebrates the relationships pet owners share with their veterinarians while recognizing other key roles veterinarians play in society as medical professionals in animal health research, food safety, public health, government services and academia.

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