| (62 Opens and 39 Amateurs). Ruffalo judged
at the 1978 National Amateur, and was voted Judge of the Year
by the Professional Retriever Trainer Association in 1975.
AKC Launches Veterinary Network Certificate Program
No Cost Vet Visit Offered to All Newly Registered AKC Puppies
The American Kennel Club® is pleased to announce the launch
of the Veterinary Network Certificate Program which offers all
puppies newly registered with the AKC® a complimentary first
veterinary office visit with one of the 2,000 practices enrolled
in the program. The AKC encourages owners to register their
puppy as soon as possible in order to receive the certificate
in time for the dog's first vet trip.
The AKC Registration Application will feature information about
the offer both online and in hard copy versions. Certificates
for the complimentary office visit will be sent to new puppy
owners when they submit the application and provide an email
address. The certificate, as well as a list of par
| ticipating veterinarians in the registrant's
area, will be emailed to the dog owner shortly afterwards.
Veterinarians participating in AKC's Veterinary Network program
receive the latest information on purebred dogs and canine health
research from the AKC. They are also a helpful source for
AKC materials on many other topics including training, breeding,
competitive events, permanent identification and pet health insurance.
"The AKC realizes that it takes a lot of time and research
to select the right purebred puppy for your family, and the decisions
do not stop once your puppy comes home," said Debra Bonnefond,
Director of the AKC Veterinary Outreach Program. "This
program enables us to make new dog owners' lives a bit easier
from the start and to emphasize the importance of routine veterinary
care throughout a dog's lifetime."
Newly registered puppies are also eligible for a complimentary
60-Day Trial AKC Pet Healthcare Plan through PetPartners, Inc.
For more information on the Certificate Program as well
as a complete listing of veterinarians registered in AKC's Veterinary
Network, please visit www.akc.org/vetnet/.