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Together for Pets honors 4 veterinarians


Each veterinarian received $10,000 during the ceremony to continue their efforts of improving the veterinary industry

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During its annual Rendezvous at the Reef event at the WVC Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, Blue Buffalo honored 4 veterinary professionals during its Together for Pets presentation. The presentation recognized veterinarians who are making notable contributions to the animal health industry.

According to an organizational release,1 Addie Reinhard, DVM, MS, Robin Downing, DVM, DAAPM, DACVSMR, CVPP, CCRP, CVA, MS, Kwane Stewart, DVM, and Niccole Bruno, DVM, were the 4 veterinarians who were honored during the event and each received $10,000 to help further their efforts. Each of the winners will also be featured in a full-page trade magazine ad that will be produced and paid for by Blue Buffalo.

“These are outstanding veterinarians in every sense of the word," said Karen Labarre, veterinary sales director for Blue Buffalo and founder of the event, in the release.1 “We want the industry to recognize these amazing veterinarians as much as we do.“

In 2021, Reinhard founded MentorVet, a program that uses evidence-based mentorship that provides community, education, resources, and support for veterinary professionals to create a healthier profession for everyone. Dowining, the owner of Windsor Veterinary Clinic and The Downing Center for Animal Pain Management in Colorado, is an advocate for advancing the importance of palliative care through her state-of-the-art and state-of-the-“heart” medical care.

Stewart, co-founder of Project Street Vet, works to provide veterinary care to the pets of the unhoused community for the last 10 years. Stewart, who was recently honored as the CNN Hero of the Year,2 helped over 1000 pets before founding Project Street Vet in 2020 and is still serving the pets of this community today. Finally, Bruno, CEO and founder of blendVET, is working to bring more diversity into veterinary medicine through a certification program in diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

For the last 2 years, “Together for Pets” recognizes and rewards veterinarians who go above and beyond to impact the lives of animals and their communities in a positive way. Since beginning this award program, Blue Buffalo has invested over $200,000.


  1. Blue Buffalo awards $40,000 to Top Veterinarians at WVC. News release. Blue Buffalo. February 19, 2024. Accessed February 27, 2024.
  2. Coppock K. Charitable veterinarian named CNN’s 2023 Hero of the Year. DVM 360. Published December 11, 2023. Accessed February 27, 2024. https://www.dvm360.com/view/charitable-veterinarian-named-cnn-s-2023-hero-of-the-year
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