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Pet Project

How one former veterinarian wowed major pet-product retailers--and got her invention on their shelves

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This story appears in the May 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

The Entrepreneur: Dr. Mary Burns, 49, former veterinarian and founder of Veterinary Ventures Inc. based in Union, Kentucky

Product Description: The Drinkwell is a pet fountain with free-falling water, a one-gallon-plus water reservoir, a pump and a charcoal filter for removing bad tastes and odors. The Drinkwell offers pets a daylong source of fresh water and has a suggested retail price of $49.95 to $74.95, depending on size.

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