WIPIN Announces Winners for 2016 Pet Industry Woman of the Year

Pet Age Staff//November 1, 2016//

WIPIN Announces Winners for 2016 Pet Industry Woman of the Year

Pet Age Staff //November 1, 2016//

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Women in the Pet Industry Network (WIPIN), a leading organization focused on women entrepreneurs and leaders in the ever-growing pet industry, announced the five category winners of its Pet Industry Woman of the Year Award.

These women were selected as the top women in the award’s five categories: Advocate, Corporate, Entrepreneur, Rising Star and Solopreneur. From these five categories, 25 finalists were chosen. A winner in each category was announced at the WIPIN conference in Portland, Oregon, on September 21.

Dani McVety, DVM with Lap of Love as the winner in the Advocate Category

Type of business: Veterinary hospice and in-home euthanasia services


Alisha Navarro with 2 Hounds Design as the winner in the Corporate Category

Type of business: Martingale collars, buckle collars and freedom no-pull harnesses


Lesley Crosby with Pendleton Pupcakes as the winner in the Entrepreneur Category

Type of business: Pet grooming, boarding and daycare


Jeni Halliday with Halli-Loo as the winner in the Rising Star Category

Type of business: The Automatic Flushing Pet Toilet


Elyse Horvath with Natural Paws as the winner in the Solopreneur Category

Type of business: Holistic remedies using nature’s abundance to relieve common skin ailments of dogs.


After the individual category winners were announced, only one was chosen as the winner overall for: Pet Industry Woman of the Year.

Dr. McVety, the Advocate winner, became the overall winner and now holds the title of Pet Industry Woman of the Year 2016.

Dr. McVety is co-founder and CEO of Lap of Love and co-host of PetCareTV. She frequently writes and speaks for professional and lay audiences in hopes of empowering both parties to seek the highest standards of care.

Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, a service that has visited the homes of over 50,000 families, is now a nationwide network of over 90 passionate doctors and a full time interdisciplinary support staff dedicated to making the end of life experience for pets, and the people that love them, as dignified and peaceful as possible.

“Dani will be an amazing representative for all women in the pet space,” WIPIN President Shawna Schuh said. “She is accomplished, doing great things for pets and their guardians and has a passion that is infectious.”


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