December 12, 2018

Boehringer Ingelheim Announces Winners of 2018 Champions of the Cause Awards

DULUTH, Ga. (Dec. 12, 2018) – Recognizing excellence within the equine veterinary technician/assistant profession, Boehringer Ingelheim is proud to announce the 2018 Champions of the Cause Award winners. Lisa Amtower from Rhinebeck Equine Hospital in Rhinebeck, N.Y., and Ashley Cashwell from Bristol Veterinary Service in Salem, Wisc., were recognized during the American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians (AAEVT) Annual Convention in San Francisco, Calif. 

The award, presented in partnership with EquiManagement and AAEVT, included a custom-designed plaque, an embroidered jacket, an all-expenses-paid trip to the AAEVT Annual Convention and recognition there, and a year-long AAEVT membership. 

The winners, nominated by a veterinarian, have a passion for equine health, a commitment to further their knowledge of equine well-being and dedication to continuously improve the equine health industry.

About Lisa Amtower
Lisa has worked for Rhinebeck Equine for the past six years. She’s a lifelong horsewoman who managed Thoroughbred training farms and foxhunting operations. Currently, Lisa is part of the team responsible for patient care in a full-service equine hospital. Her duties include training staff members and assisting interns with patient admissions and cases. 

Jenna Donaldson, DVM, nominated Lisa and said, “She embraces the concept that teamwork makes the dream work, which is essential for successful operation of an equine hospital. Overall, Lisa is an exceptional part of the Rhinebeck Equine team and is very deserving of the Champions of the Cause Award.” Lisa is committed to the industry with her dedication and strength of character, she added.  

“With this award, Lisa’s commitment to furthering and sharing her knowledge of equine well-being is recognized by her peers and the industry,” said John Tuttle, DVM, director of Equine Professional Services for Boehringer Ingelheim. “Lisa has worked tirelessly to improve her patients’ health and quality of life, and we’re proud to recognize her excellence.”

About Ashley Cashwell
Ashley was introduced to horses when she worked at a stable in exchange for ride time and lessons. She went on to manage a stable and then found a career in equine health. Ashley has worked as a field assistant for the past eight years, but it’s her educational drive that impressed her nominator, Kevin Nelson, DVM. “Her continuing search for knowledge and daily enthusiasm demonstrates it’s not about the paycheck but a life dedicated to the cause,” Nelson said. 

Ashley makes time to educate horse owners about equine health and helped establish a therapeutic riding program in a developing country. Both staff and clients turn to Ashley when help is needed. 

“Recognizing committed industry advocates like Ashley is why we present this award each year,” Tuttle said. “Her passion for equine health is underscored by her dedication to the industry, and for that, we commend her.” 

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