Dr. Marthina Greer – 2023 WKC & Trupanion Veterinarian of the Year Award Winner

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New York, NY (April 25, 2023) — The Westminster Kennel Club (WKC), in partnership with Trupanion, a leader in pet medical insurance, named Dr. Marthina “Marty” Greer as the recipient of the second annual Veterinarian of the Year Award.

Last year, the two organizations launched the online award to recognize and celebrate the dedicated veterinarians who make a difference in our pets’ lives. Dr. Marthina Greer has gone above and beyond caring for the animals of her community with the opening of her first clinic in 1982 with her husband, Dr. Daniel Griffiths. Westminster is donating $10,000 in the name of Dr. Greer to MightyVet, a non-profit industry-wide online platform founded to support veterinarians, students, and vet techs tackling mental well-being issues and continuing education in the veterinary profession.

Dr. Marthina Greer received her DVM from Iowa State University. She currently owns three practices with her husband in Lomira, Wisconsin. She is a true trailblazer in animal medicine with a special interest in Pediatrics and Reproduction. Not only have her efforts contributed to pharmaceutical and nutritional research advances, but she’s authored numerous books and serves on various veterinary committees and dog clubs. She is also a valued member of the community raising 5 puppies for Canine Companions for Independence, a service dog organization. Her love for canines extends far beyond her profession to her homelife as she shows Pembroke Welsh Corgis and Danish Swedish Farmdogs in her spare time.

The Westminster Kennel Club is proud to continue its longstanding tradition of prioritizing the veterinary community and canine health through the Veterinarian of the Year Award. In 1987, the Club began its WKC Veterinary Scholarship program, an initiative that has offered scholarships to students totaling over $4.8 million to date. Trupanion’s commitment to help devoted, responsible pet owners budget and care for their pets for life and tremendous support for the veterinary community through its founding of Veterinary Appreciation Day™, TruCuddle™, and countless other give-back initiatives is a natural match for Westminster’s mission. Launched in 2022, WKC and Trupanion are thrilled to continue this initiative to celebrate these passionate professionals and create awareness for the mental well-being support needed by them and their teams.

Regional finalists include:
  • Dr. Lisa Soyka, of the Veterinary Emergency Group, Tampa, Florida,
  • Dr. Daniel Stobie, of Northstar VETS, in Robbinsville, NJ and Maple Shade, NJ,
  • Dr. Anders J. Thoreson, of the Klahaya Animal Hospital, Snohomish Washington.

Videos of the regional finalists were shared across Westminster’s social media platforms. The winner received the most cumulative likes/favorites across platforms.

  • The Westminster Kennel Club, established in 1877, is America's oldest organization dedicated to the sport of dogs. It hosts the iconic, all-breed Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, the second-longest, continuously held sporting event in the U.S., and since 1948, the longest nationally televised live dog show. The annual dog show—a conformation competition for purebred dogs—and the Masters Agility Championship and Masters Obedience Championship— where dogs from all backgrounds are eligible to compete—make Westminster Week with its nearly 3,000 dogs from the U.S. and around the world a pinnacle experience for any dog lover. America’s Dog Show has captivated canine enthusiasts for more than a century with its educational benched format, where the public can engage with more than 200 breeds of dogs in New York City. The Club’s mission, which enhances the lives of all dogs, celebrates the companionship of dogs, promotes responsible dog ownership, and breed preservation.

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