Earlier this month, American Humane announced the winners of the 2018 American Humane Hero Veterinarian and Veterinary Nurse Awards. The awards, sponsored by Zoetis®, recognized Dr. David Chico, VMD, MPH of Albany, New York and Tammy Boland of Oceanport, New Jersey as the Hero Veterinarian and Veterinary Nurse, respectively.
Commenting on the awards, J. Michael McFarland, DVM, DABVP, Executive Director, Zoetis Petcare Marketing, said, “Veterinary professionals are the unsung heroes keeping our beloved pets happy and healthy behind-the-scenes. Both Dr. Chico and Tammy have raised the bar with their tireless, inspiring service and compassionate care for animals.”
Dr. David Chico, VMD, MPH
For over ten years, Dr. Chico has run a free quarterly Pet Wellness Clinic in partnership with PAWS (Pets Are Wonderful Support) to provide veterinary care to low-income, HIV+ pet owners. As part of his continued support, he answers emergency calls at all hours and makes house calls for those too ill to visit the clinic.
Over the last eleven years, Tammy has worked tirelessly to save hundreds of dogs through her non-profit Pick Your Paw Animal Rescue. Tammy networks with some of the busiest shelters in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, where she pulls the most at-risk dogs: seniors, those with medical needs, and pit bulls. Through her work, she has created a safe haven for dogs that have been neglected, abused or left behind, teaching them how to trust again after physical and emotional pain.