Old Friends - Thoroughbred Retirement
Press Release

MEDIA CONTACT: Cynthia Grisolia, (502) 863-1775, cindy@oldfriendsequine.org, or Michael Blowen (502) 863-1775, michael@oldfriendsequine.org

Old Friends Resident Veterinarian, Dr. Bryan Waldridge 
of Park Equine Hospital,  Honored with Humane 
Hero Award Nomination 

Dr. Bryan Waldridge caring for one of the stallions at Old Friends (Photo: Tim Wilson)

GEORGETOWN, KY - MAY 20, 2019 - For most of us, our pets are part of our families, and so when they are ill or in need of help, the dedicated professionals who work to keep them healthy and happy are real heroes. 

Old Friends's is happy to announce that its resident veterinarian, Dr. Bryan Waldridge, is one of 10 finalists in the running to win the top category title in the "Sixth Annual American Humane Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Nurse Awards™", sponsored by Zoetis  Petcare (a U.S. business unit of Zoetis).

The award is part of a nationwide search to recognize and honor the country's top veterinary professionals, 

Following a careful review of more than 250 nominations from animal lovers across the country, a blue-ribbon judging panel of veterinary professionals and animal care experts selected the country's top 10 finalists, including Dr. Waldridge, who is from Bardstown, KY.  

Pet owners and animal lovers alike are invited to visit www.herovetawards.org every day between now and August 8 at 12 pm Pacific Time to vote for 2019's top American Hero Veterinarian and American Hero Veterinary Nurse.

According to the nomination, Dr. Waldridge is being considered because of his commitment to his patients, dedication to the success of his clients, work at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm, and efforts to strengthen equine welfare laws in Kentucky.

The winners will be flown to Los Angeles to be honored on October 5 as part of the ninth annual American Humane Hero Dog Awards®, sponsored by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation and Zoetis Petcare. The Hero Dog Awards will air nationwide as a two-hour special on Hallmark Channel this fall.

"These 10 finalists are inspiring examples of the veterinary community," said Tara Bidgood, DVM, PhD, DACVCP, executive director, Zoetis Petcare Veterinary Professional Services. "The American Humane Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Nurse Awards are Zoetis Petcare's way of helping to put a spotlight on their vital work. Congratulations to these extraordinary finalists and all our veterinary professionals who so work hard every day to protect and give better, healthier lives to the beloved animal members of our families."

"Animals are often heroes to us, and we need to honor and recognize those who are heroes to them," said Robin Ganzert, Ph.D., president and CEO of American Humane. "These dedicated professionals work behind the scenes to keep our best friends happy and healthy, and for that we thank them."

To read each of the finalists' stories, as told by the people who nominated them, and to vote daily for one of the five finalists in each of the American Hero Veterinarian and American Hero Veterinary Nurse categories, please visit www.herovetawards.org.
About American Humane  
American Humane is the country's first national humane organization, founded in 1877. For more information, please visit www.americanhumane.org
About Zoetis
Zoetis is the leading animal health company, dedicated to supporting its customers and their businesses. Building on more than 65 years of experience in animal health, Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes medicines, vaccines and diagnostic products, which are complemented by biodevices, genetic tests and a range of services. Zoetis serves veterinarians, livestock producers and people who raise and care for farm and companion animals with sales of its products in more than 100 countries. In 2018, the company generated annual revenue of $5.8 billion with approximately 10,000 employees. For more information, visit www.zoetis.com.

Old Friends is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that cares for over 200 retired racehorses. It's Dream Chase Farm, located in Georgetown, KY, is open to tourists daily by appointment. Old Friends also has two satellite facilities: Old Friends at Cabin Creek: The Bobby Frankel Division in Greenfield Center, N.Y., and at Old Friends at Kentucky Downs in Franklin, KY. For more information on tours or to make a donation, contact the main farm at (502) 863-1775 or see their website at www.oldfriendsequine.org.