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Your Patient Swallowed What?

The deadline to enter Veterinary Practice News' annual "They Ate What?" radiograph contest is June 30.

Posted: April 10, 2012, 6:30 p.m. EDT

Entries are being accepted for Veterinary Practice News’ seventh annual “They Ate What?” radiograph contest, which highlights the dietary indiscretions committed by veterinary clients’ dogs, cats, snakes guinea pigs, cows and horses.

The entry deadline is June 30, 2012. A digital single-lens reflex camera is the grand prize. Two runners-up will each receive a point-and-shoot digital camera. Winners will be announced in the September issue of Veterinary Practice News. Sound-Eklin of Carlsbad, Calif., is sponsoring the contest.

They Ate What 2011 contest winner
The 2011 grand-prize radiograph, by Vanessa Hawkins, DVM, of Warrenton, Ore., showed nine handballs in a dog’s stomach. Courtesy of Dr. Vanessa Hawkins
“With the proliferation of digital technology over the past few years, we expect to see many well-defined cases presenting an even greater variety of findings,” said Greg Stoutenburgh, vice president of marketing for Sound-Eklin.

High-resolution radiographs must be submitted electronically, with “contest” in the subject line, to VPNeditor@bowtieinc.com. The submitter must include his or her name, the clinic name and address, a telephone number and a brief explanation of the case.

Entries become the property of BowTie Inc., which reserves the right to use them in any publication, media or promotion. Contestants agree that their photo, text, name and city may be posted on BowTie websites and, in the case of the winners, on sponsor websites.


Fishing hooks, rubber duck bath toys, pricey diamond rings and a gut full of gravel were other impressive entries in the contest’s first five years. Winners in the contest’s first three years were radiographs of snakes. One ate two light bulbs; a 65-pound specimen ate a rabbit and the electronic warming blanket on which it sat; and a snake that had eaten a snake that had eaten a mouse.

To view last year's contest winners, click here.

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