OAKVILLE, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 03/20/13 -- Pethealth Inc. ("Pethealth" or the "Company") (TSX: PTZ) is pleased to announce a new merit award in support of shelter medicine, the PetPoint Solutions Scholarship Award, and the first recipient of this inaugural award, Karyn Carlson.
Ms. Carlson, a veterinary student from the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada, was selected as the recipient of this award for her outstanding academic achievement. Ms. Carlson, who will graduate in May of 2014, will use this scholarship to complement her studies with enrolment in the Maddie's Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida. The University of Florida, where Ms. Carlson plans to complete her certificate studies, offers students a unique curriculum not currently offered by most veterinary medicine programs.
Upon completion of her studies, Ms. Carlson plans to return to her home town of Tucson, Arizona and believes her experience working with the PEI Humane Society, a PetPoint partner, will better equip her for her chosen career in shelter medicine.
"I have seen what PetPoint is capable of and plan on taking that knowledge back with me," said Karyn Carlson, DVM Candidate Class of 2014 and PetPoint Solutions scholarship recipient. "I hope to be fortunate enough to work at a shelter utilizing PetPoint and, if given the opportunity, I would encourage the implementation of its use anywhere I end up."
PetPoint, the industry's leading shelter database management system, provides animal welfare organizations a cloud based application to help better manage both intakes and outcomes, and work flow.
"The PetPoint Solutions Scholarship Award is one more way we give back to the industry, by supporting students in the study of shelter medicine," said Connie Howard, Director of Animal Welfare Relations at Pethealth Inc. "We are pleased to be able to offer this merit award to those who will contribute to helping further the interests of animal welfare organizations operating in North America."
The Company plans to continue to support the study of shelter medicine and the animal welfare community at large through the ongoing support made by the PetPoint Solutions scholarship program.
PetPoint, first introduced in 2005, is now licensed by nearly 2,000 animal welfare organizations in North America and has facilitated the adoption of over 4.5 million pets. As a cloud based application, animal welfare organizations can not only better organize and care for their homeless and abandoned animals, but can also reduce significantly, if not eliminate, their IT-related infrastructure costs. PetPoint is provided free to animal welfare organizations on the basis that these same organizations use the Company's 24PetWatch microchip and gift of insurance programs for all companion animals adopted, adoptable animals are then published on the Petango adoptable search platform. The 24PetWatch microchip program is the most widely used microchip and lost pet recovery service operating in both Canada and the United States.
About Pethealth Inc.
Pethealth is North America's second largest provider of medical insurance for dogs and cats to pet owners, operating in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. In addition, the Company is the leading provider of management software to North American animal welfare organizations through its SaaS-based application and is the leading provider of pet related database management services to the North American companion animal industry. Pethealth offers a unique range of products and services for veterinarians, shelters and pet owners through a number of wholly owned subsidiaries using a range of brand names including PetCare, 24PetWatch, Pet Protect, Petpals Direct, PetPoint, Petango.com and ThePetangoStore.com.
Pethealth is based in Oakville, Ontario. To find out more about Pethealth, visit the website at www.pethealthinc.com.
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