Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc. awarded its  2009 Pet Dental Awareness Contest first place honors to Lodi Veterinary Hospital in Lodi, Wisconsin, USA. As the grand prize winners, the team at Lodi will receive a check for $2,000 and be recognized on www.petdental.com .

"This is a huge win for our team. Our pet dental campaign had a positive impact on our revenue, services performed and helped us acquire new clients," said Beth Van Kekerix, D.V.M. "But most of all it improved the standard of care we provide to our canine and feline patients."

More than 75 veterinary hospitals in the US entered the contest by submitting an entry form, photos, radiographs, dental charts, multimedia and key examples of how their health care team promoted pet dental care and an ongoing commitment to dental health. An independent judging panel scored the entries based on a variety of factors including clinic activities, community outreach and creativity.

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Winners of the 2009 Pet Dental Awareness Contest:

Back Row (left to right): Angie Lathrop DVM; Kristina Smith, CVT; Beth Van Kekerix, DVM; Sarah Laubmeier, DVM

Front Row (left to right): Hayley Pippin, veterinary technician assistant; Blythe Novacheck, CVT; Jennifer Borgen, CVT; Carmen Samz, CVT; Kate Wagner-Ruckle, CVT; Devan Lewer, veterinary technician assistant