Speakers


Dr. Jean Dodds

World-renowned veterinarian Dr. Jean Dodds has contributed to animal health in many ways. From her work with the NY State Health Department researching bleeding disorders to founding Hemopet, the first non-profit animal blood bank, she first became known as the leading veterinary hematologist.

As her research work expanded, she founded Hemolife, a diagnostic laboratory linked to Hemopet. Her cutting edge research on thyroid function is responsible for more accurate testing and recognition of hypothyroidism, the most common endocrine disease in dogs.

She is well known for her minimal vaccination protocols, as well as her work on the Rabies Challenge, a research project aimed to prove the efficacy of currently available rabies vaccines for more than the current three year standard.

Dr. Dodds has authored over 150 research papers, and two award winning books. She developed a saliva based food sensitivity test, Nutriscan. She has been honored for her work by a variety of veterinary associations, colleges, and groups. She travels the world sharing her knowledge and insights with researchers, veterinarians, and dog owners.

Learn more about Dr. Dodds at http://www.hemopet.org/

Dr. Kendra Pope

As a board-certified veterinary oncologist, Dr. Pope knows the challenges pet owners face when their beloved companion is given a cancer diagnosis. She is one of only a handful of veterinary oncologists in the United States also extensively trained in holistic modalities such as acupuncture, herbal medicine and intravenous nutrient therapies, which provides her with additional tools to utilize towards the best possible outcome, and quality of life, for every patient.

Her philosophy combines the use of her conventional medical training with that of various integrative modalities to maximize the health, wellness, and quality of life of her patients. Through collaboration with coworkers, colleagues and experts in their field, Dr. Pope is passionate about improving the lives of both her patients, and their owners. While answering tough medical questions, through clinical research, Dr. Pope is committed to making a difference in the area of integrative veterinary medicine.

Outside of those diagnosed with cancer, Dr. Pope routinely treats patients with other difficult or chronic conditions as well as those seeking maximal health and wellness. Using acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, and more, her practice works to restore health and vitality, and improve quality of life. For more information, visit Dr. Pope’s website.

Billy Hoekman

Billy Hoekman is the Nutrition Science Director for Answers Pet Food. He is involved in R&D, product development, working with farms, science education, performs all of their nutrition consultations. He attends yearly AAFCO meetings and routinely speaks around the country on a wide variety of topics ranging from nutritional concepts to environmental concerns. He is a proud member of the Weston A. Price Foundation and writes frequently for Dogs Naturally Magazine. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Emily and their dog Lua.

Kimberly Gauthier

Kimberly Gauthier is the blogger behind Keep the Tail Wagging and author of A Novice’s Guide to Raw Feeding for Dogs. Kimberly and her Significant Other have raised two sets of happy, healthy littermates and one demanding cat (all raw fed) in the Pacific Northwest. When she’s not digging into the latest sci-fi program or Marvel movie, Kimberly is hanging out with friends and plotting to morph the world into a dog-friendly planet. Learn more at her website, Keep The Tail Wagging.

 

 

Suzanne Clothier

Suzanne Clothier has been working with animals professionally since 1977, with a deep background of experience that includes obedience, agility, puppy testing, breeding, Search and Rescue, conformation, instructing, kennel management and canine midwifery. She is well respected for her holistic Relationship Centered Training™ approach to dogs and the people that love them.

She has taught in the US, Canada, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Japan, Australia and New Zealand for groups as varied as Wolf Park, NADOI, Association of Pet Dog Trainers, FEMA (Northeast Region Disaster Dog Teams), Alaskan Dog Musher Association, Chicago Anti-Cruelty Society, AKC Obedience judges, many national specialties, and numerous obedience, agility, breed, rescue, shelter and SAR groups.

Her book, Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships With Dogs has received wide spread praise from every corner of the dog world, including twice being included in the Wall Street Journal’s list of Top 5 Dog Books. An award winning author of videos, books, booklets and numerous articles, Suzanne has written articles for the AKC Gazette, Dog Fancy, Dogs In Canada, Off Lead, Clean Run, Wolf Clan and breed magazines and newsletters around the world. She served as a committee member for the AKC’s Agility Advisory Board, and as a committee member of the American Humane Association’s Task Force for the Development of Humane Standards in Dog Training.

She has served as a consultant to Guiding Eyes for the Blind (Patterson, NY), Southeastern Guide Dogs (Tampa, FL), Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation (Bloomfield, CT), Assistance Dogs of the West (Santa Fe, NM) and Guide Dogs of America (Sylmar, CA). For all these organizations, Suzanne utilized her Relationship Centered Training™ approach and her Enriched Puppy Protocol™ to assist in the restructuring of the puppy raising programs.

A German Shepherd breeder, her 8 generations of Hawks Hunt German Shepherds have been successful in obedience, agility, search and rescue, tracking, herding and therapy work; she is also the co-breeder of a National Specialty BOB Brittany. She lives on a working farm in upstate New York with husband John Rice, and their considerable animal family of dogs, cats, parrots, tortoises, Scottish Highland cattle, horses, donkeys, pigs and more. Find out more about Suzanne’s work at her website.

Dr. Debbie Torraca

Dr. Debbie (Gross) Torraca has been involved in the field of canine physical rehabilitation and conditioning for over twenty years. She began her career in human sports medicine and quickly made the transformation to canine physical rehabilitation and sports medicine. She began with a BS at Boston University, and then obtained an advanced MS from Quinnipiac College and a doctorate at the University of Tennessee. She is also a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner, and one of the founders of the University of Tennessee Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner program. Dr. Torraca believes that each day should be a learning experience and continuously seeks opportunities to further her education in the classroom and through real life experiences!

Debbie has taught throughout the world on many topics and is widely published in the field of canine physical rehabilitation, as well as canine performance. She has many DVDS, articles, and related information published for the dog lover in the areas of conditioning, structure, injury prevention, stretching, strengthening, performance, and rehabilitation. She has been very involved with professional research in the realm of canine performance. In addition, she absolutely loves spending time in her clinic, Wizard of Paws Physical Rehabilitation for Animals, LLC (www.wizardofpaws.net).  She believes EVERY dog deserves the best quality of life for the longest time possible whether they are 8 weeks of age or 18 years of age. Her rapport with animals and passion for rehabilitation is evident in her practice and teaching.  It’s no surprise that Debbie’s advice and insight is sought from all over the world by veterinarians, owners, and researchers.

Find out more at Wizard of Paws.

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