March 22, 2016

Outstanding Veterinary Technicians and Assistants Recognized with Champions of the Cause Award

Veterinarians can nominate individuals beginning today

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Veterinary technicians and assistants play a critical role in horse health. To recognize their contributions in shaping the future of equine health, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI), EquiManagement magazine, and the American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians and Assistants (AAEVT) are once again accepting nominations for the Champions of the Cause Award for the second year. The nomination period will run from April 1 to July 15, 2016.

“We are so happy to be recognizing the value of veterinary technicians and assistants with this award, and acknowledging their role in providing the best care for horses,” says Dr. John Tuttle, senior associate director for Equine Professional Services for BIVI. “The nominees we received last year were ideal examples of what these individuals mean to veterinarians, horse owners, and the horses themselves. It’s great to highlight their work in the industry, particularly those who go the extra mile to provide the best health and a bright future for horses.”

“EquiManagement is thrilled to partner with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. in recognizing and rewarding equine veterinary technicians and assistants as Champions of the Cause,” says Kimberly S. Brown, associate publisher and editor of the magazine. “Boehringer Ingelheim has long been a supporter of equine education, and we love that the company is developing a program for veterinarians to honor top technicians and assistants.”

Veterinary technicians and assistants with two or more years of experience in the equine field can be nominated by a veterinarian. Winners will be chosen based on the following criteria:

  • Passion for equine health
  • Commitment to further their knowledge of equine well-being
  • Dedication to shaping the future of equine health

Two winners among the nominated veterinary technicians and assistants will be selected as the 2016 Champions of the Cause. The two Champions of the Cause will each receive an expense-paid trip to the AAEVT Conference during the December 2016 AAEP Convention in Orlando, Florida. Winners will also be recognized and honored in the winter issue of EquiManagement, as well as at the annual American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention and AAEVT Convention. The veterinarians who nominate the two winners will also receive a $1,000 cash prize.

“Veterinary technicians and assistants are often the ones seeing some of the more subtle signs of disease,” says Dr. Tuttle. “As BIVI continues to pioneer equine health by bringing new products into the marketplace, we want to reward those veterinary technicians and assistants who are also innovative in their thinking regarding equine health through their dedication and furthering their knowledge of equine health.”

Veterinarians are invited to nominate their hardworking technicians and assistants by July 15, 2016. Candidates can be nominated at