The public will now choose a winner.
Heska Corp. selected five finalists for its 2011 Heska Inspiration in Action Contest, the company reported today, leaving it up to the public to choose the winner.
Heska, of Loveland, Colo., will award $25,000 to the grand prize winner and $5,000 to the second place winner. Entrants submitted ideas on how best to spend the prize money to further or support the veterinary profession. Heska CEO and Chairman Robert Grieve said the company promotes the contest as a means to encourage innovation.
This year’s finalists include projects submitted by the Belize Wildlife and Referral Clinic, Locust Trace Veterinary Clinic, Project V.E.T.S., Project S.T.R.A.Y., and Veterinarians without Borders.
The Belize Wildlife and Referral Clinic would use the prize money to establish a medical facility in Belize to provide essential, and currently unavailable, services to many of Belize’s veterinarians. The Locust Trace Veterinary Clinic would use the prize money to provide students with scholarships to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Project V.E.T.S. would use the money to build awareness of its mission and needs for donations and volunteers. Project S.T.R.A.Y. would use the money to assign live-in dogs that need advanced obedience and behavior training to students at a Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center in Kearney, Neb. Veterinarians without Borders would use the money to support two ongoing projects in Laos and Uganda.
More information on the finalists can be viewed at www.heska.com/action, where votes can also be submitted.