AVMF Names Dr. Carlos Campos "America's Favorite Veterinarian"

After reviewing more than 1,000 nominations, the American Veterinary Medical Foundation has named Dr. Carlos Campos of Spring Hill, Florida “America’s Favorite Veterinarian”.

Dr. Campos was nominated for the title by Joan Spitrey, one of his clients at the San Francis Veterinary Hospital.

According to AVMF Executive Director Michael Cathey, the contest was created to honor distinguished veterinarians and to promote the good work veterinarians do each day for animals and their owners. 

The AVMF's goal in launching the inaugural “America's Favorite Veterinarian” contest was to engage America's animal owners and celebrate the special relationship they have with their veterinarians.  It was clear to the selection committee that Dr. Campos had established a close bond with his clients, who cited both his overwhelming compassion and his intense respect for animals.

Dr. Campos was honored at the 2013 AVMA Annual Convention, held in Chicago, IL.  Members of the selection committee included Dr. Bernadine D. Cruz, veterinarian and media consultant; Steve Dale, syndicated pet columnist and host of “Steve Dale’s Pet World”; Dr. Susan Giovengo, Senior Director, Central Garden & Pet Co.; and Dr. Ginger Brainard and Kimberly Topper, members of the AVMF Board of Directors.

Dr. Campos grew up in the suburbs of Guatemala City and moved to the United States with his parents and siblings when he was 14. He graduated from the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine, in 2002 and now owns and practices at San Francis Veterinary Hospital in Spring Hill, Florida, the companion animal clinic he founded in February 2010.  Previously he served as a veterinarian at Blake Veterinary Hospital in Dade City, Florida and at Country Oaks Animal Hospital of Pasco County in New Port Richey, Florida.  He is president of the Suncoast Veterinary Association and has participated on the Animal Control Advisory Committee of Pasco County since 2004.  He is a member of the AVMA and Florida VMA as well as a 3rd Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus, Council 5869.

Winning Entry, submitted by Joan Spitrey

“Words cannot ever being to express how much we adore Dr. Campos! He came highly recommended to us by our groomer shortly after he opened his practice – she too could not stop talking about him.  Our old dachshund, Fritz, needed emergency surgery and Dr. Campos surely saved his life, but we also discovered he likely had Cushings disease. Dr. Campos was always kind and understanding as I pestered him with all my questions. I am a nurse and that certainly made me more annoying! Well, Fritz lived another year and when he began to succumb to his disease I brought him in not realizing how sick he was. Dr. Campos in all his kindness gave me “the talk”.  It was difficult for me to finally realize I was receiving the talk.  As an ICU nurse I have had this talk with many human patients, but I couldn’t believe it was happening to me.  He and his staff took their time, answered all my questions and were suportive with my decision to take him home to pass in peace.  I will never forget that day as we said good bye to a precious family member. Dr. Campos is still our veterinarian as we adopted Lola. He again got on the floor with her as she shook in the corner for her first visit. But as usual, Dr. Campos knows how to become fast friends with our furry family members!  (He even stops in the waiting room to say hello to our guinea pig, Lily, as she gets her nails cut!  My daughter aspires to be just like him!)  To sum up my admiration of Dr. Campos (and I tell him each time), “Are you sure you won’t start seeing humans?”

When accepting his award at the 2013 AVMA Annual Convention in Chicago Dr. Campos stated, “It certainly was very humbling to learn my clients think that highly of me. It was an honor just to be nominated. I read the stories of the other veterinarians who were nominated and I feel they are just as deserving as I am, if not more.” According to Dr. Campos his philosophy as a veterinarian was cemented at a young age from a lesson he learned as a Boy Scout in Guatemala: “Take care of everybody, including animals, as you would yourself.” Reflecting on his career, Dr. Campos added, ”It’s been an amazing dream that finally came true. I’ve accomplished the American dream”. 

In addition to Dr. Carlos Campos the finalists include: 
•    Dr. Kimberly Agnello, Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
•    Dr. Robert Baugher, Countryside Veterinary Service, Champion, Ohio
•    Dr. Andrew Church, Blakeslee Animal Clinic, Pocono Lake, PA
•    Dr. C. Guillermo Couto, The Ohio State University – Teaching Hospital, Columbus, Ohio
•    Dr. Kate Cutting, Doorstep Veterinary Medicine, Tacoma, Washington
•    Dr. Denise Follett, Brook-Falls Veterinary Hospital & Exotic Care, Menomonee Falls, Wiscosin
•    Dr. Doug R. Hendrix, Sugar Land Pet Hospital, Sugar Land, Texas
•    Dr. Charles S. McCully, Eastland Companion Animal Hospital, Bloomington, Illinois
•    Dr. Monica Revel, West Hollywood Animal Hospital, West Hollywood, California
•    Dr. Robert T. Sullivan, Southtown Veterinary Hospital, Montrose, Pennsylvania
•    Dr. Dan Wentz, Ferguson Animal Hospital, Ferguson, Missouri

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