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Understanding Behavior Improves Welfare
Evolution of Dog Training: How to Help Your Client Pick a Trainer
Behavioral Impact of Puppy Mills and Hoarding Environments
Separation Anxiety: Diagnosis and Management
Behavioral Demographics in Shelter Dogs
Behavior Assessment for Shelter Dogs
Lana Kaiser, born in Buffalo, NY, received a BA in English from SUNY at Buffalo with plans to be a poet. She is a graduate of Michigan State College of Human Medicine (1978), is a Board Certified (Human) Internist, and retired from MSU as a Professor in the Departments of Physiology and Medicine, in the College of Human Medicine. Trained as a biomedical researcher with a research focus on cardiovascular pathophysiology and parasitology, she is also interested in scientifically studying the interaction between humans and animals. A 1995 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine, MSU she resides on a farm in Mason, MI where she raises Maine-Anjou and Red Angus cattle. She has a mobile beef cattle practice, consults for several national agricultural entities, and has written about animal welfare, animal health, genetic defects, and human-livestock interactions in state and national publications. She involved in issues of animal behavior and welfare at the county, state and national level, was a founding member of MSU’s Human-Animal Bond Initiative and coordinator of MVMA's Annual Animal Welfare Conference. She has been active in the MVMA Animal Welfare, Legislative and Food Animal Practivce Committees, AABP Animal Welfare Committee, and Dean Foods Animal Welfare Advisory Council. She enjoys clicker training her four dogs, her cow horse, and the occasional cow.
Liz graduated from the Michigan State University Veterinary Technology Program in 1993 and has been working as a licensed veterinary technician in small animal practice. She has been training dogs for 26 years and is a 2009 graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy. She is i a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner. She currently teaches group dog training classes at Kibby Park Animal Hospital. She trains and has titled her Siberian Huskies in Obedience, Rally and Agility and has clicker trained dogs, cats, and chickens. She is a triathlete who enjoys walking her four dogs and running with her Husky Seager.
Sara received her DVM degree in 2006 from Purdue University. She spent 3 years in general practice in Southwest Indiana before returning to Purdue to complete a residency in Animal Behavior with a Shelter Medicine focus and Master of Science. She obtained certification as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists in 2012. After board-certification, she spent several years in private practice in Chicago and the Midwest seeing privately owned patients and consulting with a variety of sheltering organizations. She is also a co-instructor for University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine online learning course, Shelter Animal Behavior and Welfare, which is part of the Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Program. She particularly enjoys addressing problem behavior in sheltered and rescue animals, helping to protect animal welfare, making these pets more adoptable, working to strengthen the budding human-animal bond, and to help keep these animals in their new homes.
Jill is a Diplomate of both the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. She is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her internship at the University of Pennsylvania, her surgery residency at the University of Tennessee, and her behavior residency at Blue Pearl in Michigan. She is the owner and founding veterinarian of Animal Behavior Consultants of Michigan, a referral veterinary behavior practice with offices in metro-Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Grayling Michigan. She is Fear Free certified and sees pets with behavior disorders that range from mild fears to extreme aggression, compulsive disorders and panic disorders. She is also a certified professional trainer through the Karen Pryor Academy, earning her KPA-CTP with her French Bulldog, Rose.
Cathy is a 1987 graduate of Michigan State University and completed a master’s degree in shelter medicine through University of Florida in 2017. She has a certificate in forensic sciences from that institution. She is a trainer for Euthanasia by Injection (HSUS course) as well as for Chemical Immobilization. She is also an adjunct at the University of Florida where she teaches a course of euthanasia for shelter veterinarians and management. She is the medical director at Adopt a Pet in Fenton a limited admission shelter. Cathy has been very active in shelter medicine and management and was instrumental in writing SOP’s for Genesee County Animal Control and Jackson County Animal shelter. For nearly 10 years she was the medical direction of Jackson County Animal Shelter where she worked to reduce shelter euthanasia through spay neuter programs including community-based programs. She is passionate about herd health as well as the individual animal in the shelter and is very focused on daily population rounds and expediting movement of animals through the shelter. Cathy is the co-founder and president of Pixie’s Animal Welfare Society, an animal based 501(c)3. This nonprofit is currently developing a spay/neuter facility for community cats. Additionally, she is the chairperson of the Legislative Committees of the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association and has been very active in legislation impacting animals. (She was one of the key stakeholders involved in the recent changes in the shelter euthanasia laws in Michigan.) In her spare time Cathy loves to read and work out. She shares her home with her husband, daughters and a diverse population of pets.