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At last weekend’s Missouri Veterinary Medical Association Annual Convention, the most recent recipients of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Foundation’s Veterinary Honor Roll were recognized. Our very own Marilyn Bono, office manager, has received this prestigious award for her lifetime of dedication to Missouri pets.

The Missouri Veterinary Medical Foundation (MVMF), is the charitable arm of the state association. One of the foundation’s many activities is to maintain a Veterinary Honor Roll display at the state veterinary museum in Jefferson City. Veterinarians and veterinary practice staff can be nominated for inclusion, and these recipients are honored for their lifetime of work in the veterinary field.

Marilyn was nominated by Dr. Shore and staff for her many years of service to Brentwood Animal Hospital. She was recognized at a recent staff luncheon, and her plaque is now on display in the Brentwood Animal Hospital waiting room. Her photograph and biography will be added to the Veterinary Practice Honor Roll display at the veterinary state museum. She was also recognized in the most recent issue of the the Missouri Veterinary Quarterly magazine.

Marilyn is currently a receptionist and office manager at Brentwood Animal Hospital, where she has worked for 23 years. She graduated from Northwest High School in St. Louis, MO.  She started her career with animals in 1976.  She managed three different pet stores over 16 years.  While at the pet store, she met Dr. Cheryl Albin.  Dr. Albin worked at Brentwood Animal Hospital at that time.  Marilyn and Dr. Albin shared an interest in birds.  They became friends and started working together to raise and take care of baby birds.  Through Dr. Albin, Marilyn was given an interview with Dr. Jim Ryterski at Brentwood Animal Hospital.  She was hired as a receptionist in 1993.  Through the years Marilyn worked as a receptionist, veterinary assistant (she especially enjoyed assisting with dental procedures), and eventually an office manager.  She lives in Florissant, MO with here 2 dogs, Branson and Bowie, and 2 cats, Oliver and Stella.  She says that she truly loves her job.  “The care and compassion that we give to clients and their pets is very rewarding.”  She feels as though the staff is “a very close knit family.”  She hopes to be at Brentwood Animal Hospital for many years to come.

To learn more about the Veterinary Practice Honor Roll and view Marilyn’s page, please visit

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