The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) has named Dr. Tim Hunt of Bayshore Veterinary Clinic in Marquette, Michigan, as the 2014 winner of the "America's Favorite Veterinarian" contest. Hunt was nominated by Kris Mitchell, a client at Bayshore Veterinary Clinic (which Hunt established in 1993). Mitchell nominated Hunt because he willingly performed a cesarean section on her bulldog on Christmas morning.
The contest was inaugurated in 2013 via the AVMF’s Facebook page, and celebrates the relationship pet owners share with their veterinarians. In 2014 the contest grew to allow the public to vote to select the winner. The twenty finalists selected received over 86,000 votes from across the country. Hunt received over 12,000 votes to secure the title.
Hunt is a Detroit native. He earned his undergraduate degree and Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University. In addition to his work as a small animal veterinarian, Hunt serves as a volunteer veterinarian in Alaska for the Iditarod and has founded the Alaska Veterinary Rural Program, where he conducts spay/neuter clinics and provides veterinary care in impoverished villages.
"I am very proud and honored to have been voted the winner of the 2014 America's Favorite Veterinarian contest conducted by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation," said Hunt. "I cannot say just how thankful I am for all that voted. I am so lucky to have such a great staff at Bayshore Veterinary Hospital and supportive family in that we all share a mutual love for animals and it really shows. Thank you Marquette, Michigan, a small town of 20,000 people and all those from various places around the USA. Honestly, I am speechless.
"To the 19 other finalists in the contest, thank you for being such great vets. Your great work has surely been noticed by many people and is appreciated more than you will ever realize."