What will the future of working dog training and care look like? Huge strides have been made in the past several years in the training, utilization of working dogs and state-of-the-art medical care, and there has never been a better time to be in the working dog field. This keynote lecture sets the stage for the subsequent conference sessions with latest examples of scent work, cutting edge medical techniques and challenges that still need answers. Be a part of the next generation in developing the best possible working canine.
Presentation by: Bess L. Pierce, DVM, DABVP, DACVIM
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Dr. Bess Pierce is an Associate Professor of Community Practice in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She also serves as Director, Center for Animal Human Relationships (CENTAUR), appointed to the position in November 2011. Dr. Pierce joined the faculty of VMRCVM in 2007 to lead the Community Practice service in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, leaving 15 years of active duty service in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps following a variety of assignments worldwide. While on active duty she served as Chief of Internal Medicine and Outpatient Clinics at the Department of Defense Military Working Dog Veterinary Service located at Lackland AFB, TX. She remains an active member of the U.S. Army Reserve and is currently a Colonel assigned as the Senior Veterinarian, Public Health Command Region – Europe. From 2007 to 2013 she served as the DIMA Director, Department of Defense Military Working Dog Veterinary Service. Additionally she serves as member and chair of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Pierce earned a B.S. in biology from Tulane University in 1986, an M.Z.S. in wildlife biology in 1990 and a DVM from Auburn University in 1992. She is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (Canine Specialty), the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Canine/Feline Practice) and the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Small Animal Medicine). Additionally, she trained in acupuncture through IVAS and the canine rehabilitation programs at both Canine Rehabilitation Institute and University of Tennessee. Dr. Pierce has extensive expertise in working and service dog health care, and in promoting strong handler/canine partnerships. Her primary research interests are canine sports medicine and rehabilitation, canine conditioning and injury prevention, and three dimensional motion capture and modeling. Her human animal bond focus concentrates on the impact and utilization of animal assisted activities in military and law enforcement settings
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