The Bridge Club Bright Minds Award recognizes those elevating veterinary care.
Recognition on stage at WVC
Bright Minds Award
Practice Game Changer
An individual or team focused on making the practice better by addressing the challenges faced daily by developing new workflows, strategies and approaches to ultimately advance veterinary medicine.
John brings extensive experience growing veterinary services businesses, and he most recently served as founder and CEO of WellHaven Pet Health, and 17 years at Banfield Pet Hospital where he held various leadership positions, including Vice President of Hospital Operations and Divisional Vice President. Today, John leads the efforts to transform what veterinary practice ownership looks like with a revolutionary new model allowing owners to leverage the the buying power of PetSmart but keep all the profits.
John has served on several boards, including the State of Washington’s Wildlife Diversity Advisory Council (WDAC), Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, Advisory Council of the VVCA (Veterinary Virtual Care Association) and Pacific Northwest Sixers, where he was the founder and president of a nonprofit youth basketball program.
Kayla Mayhugh, VTS (ECC)
Kayla has dedicated the past 12 years to emergency veterinary medicine at Mountain View Animal Emergency.
Kayla has full transformed what it means to be a veterinary technician at Mountain View Animal Emergency. She dedicates her entire self to the profession and advancing each technicians' education and skills. She acts as a positive role model throughout her full time RVT duties and when "off the floor".
She has led the technician training plan and actively partakes in technician progress meetings and twice-a-year technician check-ins to open lines of communication with each technician on a more personal/professional basis.
Dr. Audrey Wystrach
Dr. Audrey Wystrach stands at the forefront of veterinary innovation, with over 29 years of redefining pet care.
Her diverse roles have ranged from being a hands-on veterinary practitioner and practice owner to a pioneer in virtual vet care as the Co-Founder of the Veterinary Virtual Care Association, and a startup founder.
Dr. Wystrach's company, Petfolk, represents a new paradigm in pet care, blending digital health with thoughtful in-person services, backed by 24/7 virtual support. Petfolk's team delivers exceptional care through an extensive network of centers and digital health services, covering all aspects of pet health and wellness.
Her philosophy focuses on leveraging technology and data to improve health outcomes, enhance pet owner engagement, and provide a groundbreaking veterinary experience.
An individual who uses their medium of choice: social media, articles, public speaking, or media appearances to shine light on the profession, medical advancements within vet med.
Dr. Tannetje' Crocker
Dr. Tannetje Crocker is a speaker and social media personality. She works as an ER Veterinarian for Veterinary Emergency Group in Dallas, TX. Recently she purchased Alta Vista Animal Hospital in Fort Worth, TX. She supports fellow veterinary professionals, both virtually and in person through her various endeavors. Whether educating on social media, speaking at conferences, or as the host of the @questionswithcrocker Podcast, Dr. Crocker enjoys engaging with Vet Med and pet owners.
Dr. Zonram Liao
Dr. Zonram Liao is an emerging leader in vet med, with his community at the forefront of everything he does. During the pandemic, Dr. Z started a pet supplements business, WellnergyPets, to provide pet parents better home care for their pets. Additionally, Dr. Z continues to provide for his community through his new veterinary practice, Sunshine Veterinary Care, in Diamond Bar, as well as through client education on his social media platform.
Dr. Zoltan Szabo
Dr Zoltan has six postgraduate degrees in exotic animal medicine from three countries. In the USA, apart from being a diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine, he is also a double-boarded diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, specialising in Avian Practice and Exotic Companion Mammal Practice. In the United Kingdom, he is a Specialist of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in Zoo & Wildlife Medicine, and he received the General Practitioners Certificate in Exotic Animal Practice and the Certificate in Exotic Animal Medicine in Hungary.
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