Working dogs can serve many roles whether they are full time professionals, part-time professionals or hobbyists. Understanding the unique roles that these dogs serve and the physical and mental demands helps us to understand how to better ensure their success and safety. Fitness programs are essential in minimizing injuries that commonly afflict all high energy working and performance dogs. Each occupation can pose unique risks, by understanding the job specific hazards we can keep our dogs working!
Presentation by: Cindy M. Otto DVM, PhD, DACVECC
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Dr. Otto, is a board certified veterinarian specializing in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care. She received a Bachelors of Animal Science and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University and her PhD in veterinary physiology from the University of Georgia. She is currently a tenured associate professor of Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. At the University of Pennsylvania since 1991, she works in the Ryan Veterinary Hospital Emergency Service, teaches veterinary students and performs research. Dr. Otto has also been involved with search and rescue dogs and disaster medicine as a member of the Pennsylvania Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 1 between 1994 and 2010 (including deployments to Hurricane Floyd and 9/11), and the Veterinary Medical Assistance Team-2 since 1999 (deploying to Hurricane Katrina). She is the founding director of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center. She has been monitoring the health and behavior of Urban Search and Rescue canines since October of 2001, through an AKCCHF funded grant (now in its third renewal). She has established the AKC-CAR Detection Dog DNA bank. She is currently conducting funded studies of prehydration in working dogs and the use of dogs in ovarian cancer detection. She is active in educating search dog handlers and members of the working dog community in canine first aid and fitness. She was named Pennsylvania’s 2002 “Veterinarian of the Year” and received an Alumni Recognition Award in 2006 and the OSU Distinguished Alumus Award in 2008 from the Ohio State University. She is involved in dog sports (flyball, agility, and tricks), and pet therapy, with her dog, Dolce.
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