In the early ‘90s I volunteered for a group that trained shelter and rescue dogs as service dogs. The training director saw a direct correlation between feeding our program dogs good food and quality supplements, and decreasing health issues. Our vet visits were less; consequently the bills were down. Itchy skin, itchy ears, goopey eye problems and skin and coat issues were healing faster. Our dogs were happier and available for training.
It made so much sense! I read every canine nutrition publication I found, including books from the Drs. Pitcairn, Wendy Volhard, Marty Goldstien, DVM and Barbara Royal, DVM. I attended seminars including Wendy Volhard’s Healthy Dog Conference, and Strategy to Successful Nutrition with Ava Frick, DVM. After meeting Dr Frick at her seminar in 2013. I enrolled in her canine nutrition certification program and earned my CCN in 2015.
Canine nutrition obviously became a passion and a practice with my own dogs and foster rescues. Even with dubious beginnings like puppy mill rescues and street dog starts, my dogs were, and are healthy and living quality lives past my hopes and expectations.
I strive to keep current on research, science and industry trends. I believe in food as a foundation of health and crucial to dogs being healthy, well-adjusted and able. I believe in nutrients over ingredients.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Certificate in Canine Nutrition – International College of Canine Studies 2014
Advanced course in clinical animal nutrition, addressing canine organ and body system nutrition Emphasizes whole food nutrition principles to address specific issues within the canine organ systems. Instructor: Ava Frick, DVM, CAC, FAIS
BS Wildlife Biology – West Virginia University 1983
SHORT COURSES / CONTINUING EDUCATION
2017 Raw Dog Food Nutrition Specialist; DNMuniversity
2016 Feeding Fresh; Dee Blanco, DVM
2015 Certificate Canine Diet Formulation; Cat Lane
2014 National Canine Health Symposium
- Barbara Royal DVM (Whole Foods as Medicine),
- Karen Becker DVM (Senior Dogs),
- Marty Goldstein DVM (Canine Cancer),
- Jodie Gruenstein DVM (Kidney Disease),
- Chris Bessent DVM (Joint care)
2014 Raw Round Up with Dogs Naturally Magazine
- Jodie Gruenstein DVM (Diet Transitions) (Supplementing Raw Diets),
- Doug Knueven DVM (Why Whole Foods are Best)
2014 How a Nutritional Approach Can Change Your Practice; Susan Howell, DVM
2013 Strategy to Successful Nutrition; Ava Frick, DVM
2011 Healthy Dog Conference; Wendy Volhard