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Pima Medical Employee Wins American Humane Association Award

Posted: September 21, 2015 by Elizabeth Baker

MESA, Ariz. (Sept. 21, 2015) – Julie Carlson, a Pima Medical Institute employee, was awarded Hero Veterinary Technician by the American Humane Association during a ceremony on Sept. 19 in Los Angeles. Carlson has worked at the Mesa, Ariz., campus for more than two years.

Carlson was nominated earlier in the year and through online voting, beat out four other nominees for the award. The American Humane Association is an animal advocacy organization that helps to address and stop animal cruelty.

Julie Carlson stands in front of an American Humane Association poster during an awards ceremony
Julie Carlson attends the American Humane Association's gala, where she was awarded with the American Hero Veterinary Technician Award on Sept. 19 in Los Angeles.

“I am incredibly humbled and honored to receive the American Hero Veterinary Technician Award,” Carlson said. “I would like to thank everyone who voted for me, including the entire staff of Animal House Veterinary Clinic and my friends at Pima Medical Institute.”

Carlson is a CPR instructor for Pima Medical Institute’s Mesa campus. She’s also been a certified veterinary technician for more than a decade.

In 2008, she met a homeless veteran who told her most of his money went to veterinary visits for his German shepherd, which was suffering from arthritis. She decided to help him and others like him by starting Vets for Vets’ Pets – an organization of volunteers representing over a dozen local veterinary professionals.

Working alongside Dr. Connie Anderson of Animal House Veterinary Clinic in Queen Creek, Ariz., Carlson was able to coordinate veterinary services for military veterans’ pets during February’s Arizona StandDown – an event that provides multiple services to homeless veterans, including healthcare, clothing, shelter, permanent housing, legal assistance and much more.

“I dedicate my work with homeless and at-risk veterans to my uncle, Tom Gibson, who died as a result of injuries from his service in Vietnam,” Carlson said. “For many of the veterans I work with, their pets are the only family they have.”

Carlson trains, organizes and oversees a group of more than 100 volunteers who provide boarding, foster care, spay and neuter surgeries, vaccines, wound care, grooming, food, supplies and more for veterans’ pets. During the 2015 StandDown, Vets for Vets’ Pets distributed more than three tons of pet food to veterans.

The American Humane Association awarded Carlson on Saturday during its fifth annual Hero Dog Awards. Actor James Denton and television personality Beth Stern hosted the awards gala. American philanthropist Lois Pope was also celebrated during the ceremony.
A crew films Julie Carlson working with a dog for an American Humane Association tribute film A crew films Julie Carlson working with a dog for an American Humane Association tribute film.

On Sept. 17, a crew filmed Carlson for a tribute video, which will be posted on the organization’s website at www.herodogawards.org. To learn more about the association, visit www.americanhumane.org.

To interview Julie Carlson, please contact Pima Medical Institute Public Relations and Communications Specialist Elizabeth Baker at 480-610-6068 or at ebaker@pmi.edu.

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