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Pembroke Animal Hospital gets national award

By Stephen Uhler, The Daily Observer

The Pembroke Animal Hospital (PAH) has been selected as the Pets Plus Us 2016 Veterinary Practice Champion, an honour for which they received a $1,500 cheque to donate to a worthy community group. The PAH decided to donate the funds to the War Horse Project, run by Hope Reins. In the photo are, starting from left to right, PAH office manager Anita Voldock, PAH practice owner Dr. Guylaine Charette; Eric Coulson, Pets Plus Us sales and operations manager; Alison Vandergragt, Hope Reins executive director, and Terri Macrae, Hope Reins treasurer; and Karolyne Trottier, Pets Plus Us Ambassador, Quebec and Ontario

The Pembroke Animal Hospital (PAH) has been selected as the Pets Plus Us 2016 Veterinary Practice Champion, an honour for which they received a $1,500 cheque to donate to a worthy community group. The PAH decided to donate the funds to the War Horse Project, run by Hope Reins. In the photo are, starting from left to right, PAH office manager Anita Voldock, PAH practice owner Dr. Guylaine Charette; Eric Coulson, Pets Plus Us sales and operations manager; Alison Vandergragt, Hope Reins executive director, and Terri Macrae, Hope Reins treasurer; and Karolyne Trottier, Pets Plus Us Ambassador, Quebec and Ontario

The Pembroke Animal Hospital (PAH) has been recognized as one of the best in the business.

On Tuesday, the veterinary clinic was presented the Practice of the Year Award in the 2016 Pets Plus Us Champion Awards, one of three organizations in the Ottawa area selected. These awards are important because the community nominates and votes for their champions of veterinary care. The Pembroke Animal Hospital received four nominations, and additionally three PAH staff members were also nominated as champions.

The PAH was selected for exceeding the expectations of their clients and always going above and beyond.

Besides an award trophy, PAH also won $1,500 to donate to the charity of their choice, which they donating to the War Horse Project through Hope Reins, a local non-profit group established in 2011 and run by a dedicated team of staff and volunteers using horses in therapy to provide support to clients of all ages that have physical, mental, and emotional issues. War Horse, started in 2014, has helped more than 100 veterans and first responders cope with post traumatic stress disorder.

PAH practice owner Dr. Guylaine Charette said she was amazed and deeply honoured by the recognition, particularly because it is the people in the community who vote on it.

She said selecting the War Horse Project was an easy choice.

“This is a military community, and we wanted to give back to that,” Charette said, plus the use of animals made it a good fit.

Alison Vandergragt, executive director of Hope Reins, said the donation is gratefully accepted, and will go to the winter care of the horses used in the program. She said it is wonderful when members of the community step up and recognize what the program is doing for people by donating to the cause.

Eric Coulson, sales and operations champion for Pets Plus Us, which is an insurance company for pets, said the company wanted to give back to the community. It does so through its national awards program, which is now in its third year.

SUhler@postmedia.com



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