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December 16, 2015

Jamie Baxter
The Impetus Agency

Dr. Heather Loenser, DVM to be Honored at Global Pet Expo 2016

-AAHA staff Veterinary Advisor and national TV and radio contributor named the 2016 recipient of “Excellence in Journalism and Outstanding Contributions to the Pet Industry Award”-

Greenwich, CT — The American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) are pleased to announce Heather Loenser, DVM as the 2016 recipient of Global Pet Expo’s annual Excellence in Journalism and Outstanding Contributions to the Pet Industry Award.   


Dr. Loenser will personally accept the award Thursday, March 17, 2016 in Orlando, Florida at The Purina® Media Reception at Global Pet Expo.  This media-exclusive event is held in conjunction with Global Pet Expo, recently named Trade Show Executive’s Greatest Show on Earth, taking place March 16 – 18, 2016 at the Orange County Convention Center. Global Pet Expo attendees include independent pet product retailers, distributors and mass-market buyers, media and other qualified individuals from the pet industry and is not open to the public. Global Pet Expo is the largest annual pet products trade show in the world.

Dr. Loenser has spent almost a decade practicing emergency veterinary medicine, comforting pet owners and their pets in their greatest times of crisis in emergency veterinary hospitals, most recently in the New York metro area. In 2015, she joined the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) as their staff Veterinary Advisor in Professional and Public Affairs. Previously, she had been on the Board of Directors for AAHA and various committees with a focus on animal ethics and welfare, and social media. In addition, she facilitates communication and pain management workshops for veterinarians and has taught pre-veterinary technician students.              

Her passion for pets and teaching also led to another facet of her exciting career. As a sought-after guest on TV and radio, Dr. Loenser shares her expertise on a variety of issues with animals, including breaking news, emergency medicine, behavior and lifestyle tips. She has been a frequent contributor to the TODAY Show and Fox News, as well as Dr. Oz, Kelly & Michael, Martha Stewart Radio, Meredith Vieira, and local television in New York City, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. She is also a guest blogger on many popular pet-health sites, talking about wide variety of animal health and welfare issues.

“Dr. Loenser has not only worked to educate other professionals in the industry on animal health, but she’s also using her position and expertise to share her knowledge of important health topics and issues facing our pets today, to pet owners all across the country,” said Andy Darmohraj, APPA executive vice president and COO.  “We’re thrilled to honor her at Global Pet Expo for all she’s accomplished and contributed to our industry.”

Global Pet Expo’s annual Excellence in Journalism and Outstanding Contributions to the Pet Industry Award recognizes individuals in the media who have the power to influence millions of people and use this to positively promote the joys and benefits of pet ownership. Whether via print, broadcast or internet mediums, these distinguished honorees produce stories that highlight responsible pet ownership and all the exciting services, products and activities that make spending time with our pets even more enjoyable. Past recipients include Xiomara González-Govea (Univision Network), Connie Wilson (Modern Dog and Modern Cat magazines), Sandy Robins (,, Dog/Cat Fancy), Jill Rappaport, Victoria Stilwell, Rachael Ray, Ellen DeGeneres, Dr. Marty Becker (Vetstreet/Dr. Oz Show), Steve Dale (My Pet World/The Pet Minute), Gina Spadafori (author/Pet Connection) and Janice Brown (The Tails Pet Media Group). 


Global Pet Expo, the pet industry’s largest annual trade show, is presented by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA). The 2015 Show featured 1,051 exhibitors, 3,113 booths and more than 3,000 new product launches. Additionally,6,061 pet product buyers from around the world attended. Global Pet Expo is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers, and other qualified professionals. The 2016 Show will take place March 16-18, 2016 in Orlando, FL at the Orange County Convention Center. For more information, visit

The American Pet Products Association (APPA) is the leading not-for-profit trade association serving the interests of the pet products industry since 1958.  APPA membership includes more than 1,100 pet product manufacturers, their representatives, importers and livestock suppliers representing both large corporations and growing business enterprises.  APPA's mission is to promote, develop and advance pet ownership and the pet product industry and to provide the services necessary to help its members prosper. Visit for more information. 

Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) has represented the interests of pet product distributors since 1968. The mission of PIDA is to enhance the well-being of the wholesaler-distributor, to promote partnerships with their suppliers and customers and to work cooperatively with other organizations in fostering the human-companion animal bondVisit for more information.