Kim Knap, a veterinary technician and certified canine rehabilitation practitioner at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital, was named the 2016 American Hero Veterinary Technician at a gala awards ceremony in Los Angeles on September 10. The ceremony held at the Beverly Hilton will be broadcast nationally October 28 on Hallmark Channel.
According to information from American Humane, a national humane organization founded in 1877, the awards for one veterinarian and one veterinary technician nationally were added to the organization’s Hero Dog Awards program because “behind almost every hero pet (and millions more animals) is a hero veterinarian or hero veterinary technician.”
Knap was nominated for the award by Tammie Redenbaugh, of Champaign, Ill., after Knap helped Redenbaugh’s rescue dog, Dexter, recover from a knee injury. Knap was one of five finalist veterinary technicians selected from hundreds of nominations nationally. Public voting online was used to choose the winner.
Knap has worked as a veterinary technician at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital for 15 years. She helped launch its canine rehabilitation program in 2003.
On September 22, Knap will receive another honor: the college’s Veterinary Medical Alumni Association will present her with its Special Service Award at the annual Fall Conference for Veterinarians.