June 30, 2004
Leigh Davis credits Gilbert veterinarian Beverly Scott for the longevity of her two beloved animals who have since passed away.
Her black cat, Newman, lived to be 20, and her Australian shepherd, Emily, lived to be 14.
Scott was named the Veterinarian of the Year earlier this month by the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association (AzVMA). She has treated dogs and cats at Gilbert Veterinary Hospital for 26 years and is now the hospital’s director.
"What’s rewarding about being in veterinary medicine is you get to help both people and pets," said Scott, who has four cats, two dogs and a turtle with her husband, Frank Huppenthal, and their two children, John and Susan Huppenthal.
"Another great thing is you get to see so many cute animals."
Davis began taking her animals to Scott in 1981. She said Scott goes beyond her duties as an animal doctor and always gets to the root of problems.
"I’ve had enough problems with my animals to know she’s very honest and is not beyond referring me to a specialist," said Davis, 39, a Gilbert resident and X-ray technician who has two dogs, five cats and six horses.
"She’s very knowledgeable, professional and always has a smile on her face."
Scott’s father, A.D. Allen, was a veterinarian and taught at the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine, where Scott earned her degree.
"As a kid, I remember after church going with my dad to see the animals in the hospital," said Scott, 52, who grew up in Kansas City, Mo.
Working with animals runs in her family. Scott’s brother, Kent Allen, is an equine veterinarian who works on horses for the United States Olympic equestrian team. Her sister-in-law, Rae Stone, is a marine mammal veterinarian.
Scott said she enjoys educating people on the benefits of pets and what it takes to keep pets healthy. She also mentors students who are interested in becoming veterinarians.
"Pets give people a sense of worth and need," said Scott, a Tempe
resident. "To take care of your pet who loves you unconditionally is rewarding."
Genie Mortensen breeds English bulldogs and has taken several litters to Scott since she started her practice.
"She acts like she’s part of the family," said the 80-yearold Gilbert resident. "She has even come to my house to console me each time I’ve lost a dog."
Scott, a former president of the AzVMA, is one of four women to have held the position, said Emily Kane, executive director of the association.
Scott also served eight years as the alternate delegate and as the delegate representing the association at the national level for the American Veterinary Medical Association.
The AzVMA looks at personal success, civic participation, professional knowledge and involvement with fellow veterinarians when selecting its Veterinarian of the Year, Kane said. Qualified veterinarians have practiced for at least 25 years, and have contributed time and energy to the advancement of the association and the profession.
Jennifer Cannon, a certified veterinarian technician, is one of Scott’s surgery technicians at the Gilbert Veterinary Hospital.
Cannon, a Chandler resident, has worked with Scott for six years, and said Scott’s dedication and love for animals shows in everything she does.
"She’s very responsible and always thinks about the animals first," Cannon said.