MARQUETTE - Dr. Tim Hunt had an extremely busy day Wednesday.
He's back in Alaska for another tour of helping families there who cannot afford veterinary care for their pets.
On his Dr. Tim's Pet Food Company Facebook page, Hunt posted this Wednesday evening about his visit to Kwethluk, Alaska:
Dr. Tim Hunt of Bayshore Veterinary Hospital in Harvey performs surgery on a dog in Alaska Wednesday. Hunt is in the 50th state to provide veterinary care to the pets of residents of small, remote villages in Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Tim Hunt)
"Excellent day, 22 surgeries in 10 hours (15 spays and 7 neuters) and over 1,256 vaccinations. What a response we have had here," Hunt wrote. "We are off to Akiachuk up river next as we leave in the AM."
Hunt arrived in Alaska last Friday and has been traveling by boat and small plane to a several small villages, providing check-ups, vaccinations and spaying/neutering services.
He also has found time for a bit of fishing, as he posted Sunday:
"We did 20 surgeries today as it was a hopping. Plus, caught 2 cohos and a rainbow last night ... and one this morning. And I got to fish with a friendly brown bear that was across the river. 1 hour of good talking over coffee, we did have. He said he will vote for me the rest of the week."
The voting Hunt refers to is in the America's Favorite Veterinarian contest in which Hunt is a finalist. The last day to vote is Saturday.
He also picked up an endorsement in the contest from someone Michigan residents know well - former Gov. Jennifer Granholm.
"I'll never forget my first dog sled ride on Dr. Tim's sled during a visit to Michigan's U.P. Let's help him win American's Favorite Veterinarian contest," Granholm posted recently on her Facebook page.
People can vote online once per day in the contest, which features Hunt and 19 other finalists in the the annual America's Favorite Veterinarian contest, which drew 700 nominees from across the country.
A 1989 graduate of Michigan State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, Hunt has been to the Iditarod Sled Dog Race as both veterinarian and competitor. And he traveled to Alaska to offer veterinary care to the pets of impoverished residents of rural villages last summer. He's also the creator of his own line of pet food, Dr. Tim's Premium All Natural Pet Food, which is sold throughout the United States.
According to the American Veterinary Medicine Foundation website, the winning veterinarian receives: a $500 cash prize; a trip to the 2015 American Veterinary Medicine Association convention in Boston, including the cost of conference registration, two nights hotel stay, and up to $500 in travel expenses; a year featured on the AVMF website; and a community celebration at his/her clinic for staff and clients.
Votes can be cast one time per day through Saturday. For more information, visit www.americasfavoriteveterinarian.org/finalists/2014-finalists/.
Renee Prusi can be contacted at 906-228-2500, ext. 240. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.