SNOQUALMIE, Wash., Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Washington State Veterinary Medical Association (WSVMA) held it's Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference in Spokane, Wash., October 7-9. Several veterinarians, staff, and citizens were honored at WSVMA's award ceremonies on Saturday, October 8. Dr. Mary Kay Hilmoe, co-owner of The Family Pet in Seattle, WA, received the 2016 Veterinarian of the Year Award. The WSVMA Veterinarian of the Year is presented in recognition of an outstanding career in veterinary medicine. Also taken into consideration is the veterinarian's contributions to their practice, their stakeholders, and any other service directly benefitting their community. Dr. Steve Hines was awarded the 2016 Washington State University (WSU) Faculty Member of the Year. Dr. Hines is a Professor of Veterinary Microbiology & Pathology at WSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Hines has dedicated his life to improve the learning and overall experience for veterinary students at WSU. Ms. Sandy Parks from Steamboat Animal Hospital in Olympia, Wash. received the Distinguished Veterinary Staff Award. Ms. Parks was the first employee of Steamboat Animal Hospital and has been the backbone to developing over a dozen hospitals. The WSVMA Humane Animal Welfare Award was given to Stephanie Reihs, Animal Control Officer at the Yakima Humane Society. Her care for the dogs and cats she protects and her commitment to saving their lives on a daily basis is exemplary in her field. The Recent Grad Award went to Dr. Lauren Neuhaus, Desert Veterinary Clinic in Richland, Wash., for her excellence as a practitioner and her advocacy for animal health and wellbeing. Amber Roney, certified veterinary technician from Stevenson, Wash., earned the Allied Industry Partner Award. Ms. Roney is a Territory Manager for Hill's Pet Nutrition and has provided strong support for veterinary medicine through her dedication to nutrition education for the veterinary practice team. Dr. Diana Thomé, Desert Veterinary Clinic, Richland, Wash. was elected to the position of Alternate Delegate to the American Veterinary Medical Association House of Delegates by the WSVMA Board of Directors. The WSVMA is a statewide, not-for-profit, professional organization for the benefit of veterinary medicine. The WSVMA has over 1,700 members, representing veterinarians, veterinary students and a broad spectrum of veterinary practice. The Association's mission is "advancing the cause of veterinary medicine to better the lives of those touched by it." Visit the WSVMA Web site, www.wsvma.org, to learn more about the association, veterinary medicine, and animal care. Media Contact: Candace Joy, Executive Vice President WSVMA, (800) 399-7862, firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos and contact information of each award winner can be provided upon request.