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Pet Rat Veterinarian of the Year Award! Part One November 25, 2004 8:49 PM

Hello Rat Friends!

Boulder Rats!, a small group of rat enthusiasts in Boulder, Colorado, and Pittsburgh Rat Lovers, a rat lovers group in, where else, Pittsburgh, , have created the "Pet Rat Veterinarian of the Year Award."

In advance of sending out the press release, we wanted to let all of our rat friends know and ask a small favor.

If you know of a veterinarian who generally meets the qualifications listed in the press release below, please keep this award in mind. Applications will be available in January of 2005 and will be reviewed by the hosting clubs throughout the year. The award will be presented in January of each year and the winner will be awarded a plaque to hang in his or her clinic or hospital. At this point, the groups do not have enough money to make a cash award, but that is the ultimate intent!

Please note, the winner for 2004 has already been chosen and will be announced at the end of January 2005. Watch this site for the announcement.

If you would like to help sponsor the award monetarily, please contact either of the individuals named at the bottom of the press release.

Thank you all and Happy Thanksgiving!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Boulder, CO and Pittsburgh, PA November 26, 2004 - BOULDER RATS! of Colorado, and Pittsburgh Rat Lovers announce the creation of the first annual RAT VETERINARIAN OF THE YEAR AWARD.

Boulder Rats!, a special interest group located in the Boulder, Colorado, area, in cooperation with Pittsburgh Rat Lovers, announces the creation of the first Annual Rat Vet Award. The Rat Vet Award is presented to the veterinarian chosen by Boulder Rats! and Pittsburgh Rat Lovers as the best rat veterinarian in the United States based on a series of specific qualifications put together by pet rat lovers across the country. The award recognizes the efforts of one veterinarian each year who most closely reflects the standards and ethics of treating pet rats as set down by Boulder Rats!, Pittsburgh Rat Lovers, and their affiliate members across the United States. The award will be announced on January 20, 2004 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Award winners must meet specific requirements such as having devotion to and interest in the species, possessing a thorough understanding of species-specific diseases and disorders, being in good standing with state veterinary associations, having acceptable ethics regarding euthanasia, and being nominated by a pet rat lover who belongs to an online pet rat group. (see next post)

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