Canine Companions for Independence® Awards Central Florida Veterinarian Inaugural Health Services Award

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Orlando, FL – Canine Companions for Independence’s (Canine Companions) national board of directors has chosen veterinarians from each of the organization’s six regions to receive the inaugural Health Services Award. The Southeast Region, with a campus in Orlando, Florida, chose Dr. Becky Niedfeldt of Sheller Road Animal Hospital, located in Apopka, FL.

Niedfeldt graduated with honors from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. After graduation she joined a small animal practice in Gainesville, FL., and over the next two years developed a strong interest in complex medical cases and pediatrics. She relocated to Orlando in 2006 and began to work at the Sheeler Road Animal Hospital.

She is a published author in the Journal of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia and is a member of several professional associations, including the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Central Florida Veterinary Medical Association.

She generously donates her time to the Southeast Region of Canine Companions by performing health checks on campus 12 to 14 times a year. In addition, she became PennHip certified and this allows Canine Companions to work alongside her to complete all radiographs. This important exam accesses canine hip health and ensures that all our dogs remain happy and healthy while in professional training.

“Comprehensive veterinarian care is in integral part of the work of Canine Companions and we are very fortunate for the passion and dedication of Dr. Niedfeldt,” said Melinda Sowers, the program director for the Southeast Region of Canine Companions.

“I have been overwhelmed by the compassion, kindness and generosity within the Canine Companions community and I am grateful to help support this amazing team of people and dogs. I hope to provide exceptional healthcare for Canine Companions dogs for many years to come,” said Dr. Niedfeldt.