KANSAS VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
KVMA to Present Annual Awards to Pets of the Year June 2
Manhattan, Kan. (May 28, 2014) - The Kansas Veterinary Medical Association (KVMA) will present annual awards to companion, hero, and professional pets of the year at an 11:30 a.m. lunch and business meeting on Monday, June 2 during the June Conference for Veterinarians at the Hilton Garden Inn in Manhattan, Kansas.
The KVMA companion pets of the year are Remington, a yellow Lab owned by Independence, Kansas Fire Chief Rusty Baker and his wife, Jan, and Cindy, an America miniature horse owned by Rae Warren of Lawrence, Kansas.
Remington, the fire dog for the Independence Fire Department, is involved in its grade school fire prevention program and is a card carrying Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) representative allowed at all FEMA disaster sites. Remington's award will be presented by Dr. Kevin Cooper, Barta Animal Hospital, Independence.
Cindy brings smiles to residents and visitors of nursing homes and adult day care centers she is taken to by Warren throughout the Lawrence area. She is 27 inches tall and weighs 185 pounds. Dr. Beth Davis, professor and head of the equine medicine and surgery section at the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine, will present the award.
Recipient of the KVMA hero pet of the year award is Chico, a German shepherd and military working dog specializing in patrol and explosive detection at Fort Riley, Kansas and trained by Private First Class Sean Davis. Chico is currently deployed.
Chico has been deployed overseas in the past to provide support to special forces, infantry and artillery on patrols, vehicle check points and searches for buried explosive devices. Chico has found multiple explosive devices while on various assignments. Kristin Loving, director of marketing and communications at the veterinary health center at Kansas State will present Chico's award.
Tango, a four year old Lab searching for and locating explosive devices for the Olathe Fire Department, is the KVMA professional pet of the year. Tango is handled by Thomas Hoegler.
Tango assists in determining safe evacuation routes in case of bomb threats. She protects thousands of people during NFL football, college basketball and MLS soccer games. Tango has assisted the FBI, Secret Service, and Homeland Security with events such as presidential and dignitary visits. Dr. Amber Andrews, Olathe, will present the award to Tango.