Judy Morgan DVM, CVA, CVCP, CVFT
Dr. Morgan graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science in 1980 and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1984. She is a certified and accredited veterinary acupuncturist, chiropractitioner, and food therapist.
Based in southern New Jersey, Dr. Morgan currently operates two veterinary hospitals that offer an integrative approach combining holistic medicine with traditional Western techniques. Holistic practices such as chiropractic, acupuncture, food therapy, and herbal therapy, are utilized alongside conventional medicine to provide a full range of veterinary treatment.
Dr. Morgan is an active speaker at dog shows, pet expos, and veterinary conferences. She blogs and writes articles daily, as well as having published three books on holistic pet care and feeding. Her social media sites reach millions of pet owners worldwide. She is Chief Veterinary Medical Officer for Monkey’s House Senior Dog Hospice and Sanctuary and spends her spare time working with rescue groups for homeless dogs.
Relationship Centered Training
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.
Whether the audience is companion dog owners or experienced trainers, Suzanne’s broad knowledge, common sense and humor offer exciting, practical information and approaches that will enhance the dog/human relationship.
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.
Begining Jan 2013, she was invited to serve as an Advisory Board Member for the National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure & Massage.
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.
Dr. Debbie Torraca
Wizard of Paws
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. the door. 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.
Answers Pet Food
Billy Hoekman is the Natural Science Coordinator for Answers Pet Food. He is involved in R&D, product development, working with farms, science education, and does a majority of their health and 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 is a frequent contributor to Dogs Naturally Magazine. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Emily and their dog Lua.
Truth About Pet Food
I joke that I am an ‘Ellie Mae Clampet’ (if you are old enough to remember the TV show The Beverly Hillbillies); ‘critters’ have always been a big part of my life. My first dog as a child was a red Doberman named Duke. My grandfather used to take me to obedience classes each week, and I competed with him in obedience trials. Back then, it was standard to teach dogs using force (do this or I’ll hurt you methods). Even at 11 years old, and in defiance of those who were teaching me ‘how to train my dog’, I refused to hurt my best friend. My kind methods of training paid off, out of a possible 200 points, we consistently scored 199 and 199 1/2 in competitions. Duke was my best friend and he was treated with respect; he returned the love ten fold.
At 15, my parents bought me a horse for my birthday. I went from showing dogs to showing horses. And yes, Duke went to the barn with me almost every day. My respect of animals continued with my horses; I had the number one Quarter Horse gelding (neutered male horse) in the State of Kentucky for several years. I went to college on a horsemanship scholarship; taking three horses with me to school. A good friend teases me that ‘normal’ girls go to college with three hair dryers, I preferred three horses.
Down the road a few years, at 27 years old, I started my own business, The Pet School in Louisville, KY. The Pet School was a dog obedience school that did things differently; I taught basic obedience lessons to spoiled rotten house pets. The very same kind and respectful methods I used to train my own pets. Needless to say, there were many other pet owners who wanted to treat their dogs respectfully in training; my business did well.
Within a few years I added a boarding kennel to my business. Using the same logic I always had with my animals, I wanted a kennel to be different than what was offered at the time; a facility that kept the dogs and cats safe, but that was as close to home as possible. I’m proud to say that my kennel was the very first all indoor/all suite pet boarding facility in the U.S. Every ‘room’ had a window, and every pet got to play each day during their stay.
My number one assistant, was Sam, a female spoiled rotten Rottweiler. I’ve been blessed with many special animals in my life, Sam was one of the extra special dogs. She was commonly a headrest for my children growing up; she even helped them learn to walk. And, she worked with me every day, being the ‘demo’ dog in all my obedience classes. She had a sense of which dogs were intimidated; she’d wiggle over to them and kiss them to calm their fears. Alternatively, if another dog attempted to be a little bossy with their classmates, she quickly let them know she was top dog in the classroom.
When Sam was eight years old, I noticed a lump on her pelvic area. A trip to my trusted Veterinarian showed it was bone cancer; I had two weeks to tell her good-bye. The worst news was the veterinarian I had known and trusted since I was a child, told me the probable cause of Sam’s cancer was from the chemical preservatives in her food. The food that I gave her.
I couldn’t believe what my veterinarian, Dr. Bruce Catlett, was telling me. This dog food was the number one pet food in the U.S.; it was a ‘trusted’ company. What I did next, changed me forever.
Dr. Catlett told me that these chemical preservatives were (and still are) added to pet foods to extend their ‘shelf life’; to keep them fresh for longer periods of time for retail purposes. I called the pet food company; I asked them what the shelf life was on this food. I’ll never forget it – they told me the shelf life was “25 years”. That’s more than three times as long as my dog lived.
The chemical that killed Sam – was ethoxyquin; it is still commonly used in many dog foods, cat foods, and pet treats. The pet food company that killed her, is still one of the top pet food companies; although they no longer use ethoxyquin in their foods, they use many disease causing ingredients including dangerous chemicals.
Dr. Catlett came to my home and put Sam down. I dug her grave. Her most favorite thing to do was play ball. She had a ball in her mouth when she took her last breath; and she was buried with it.
Sam’s death changed me forever. From that day forward, I have studied pet foods, pet food ingredients, and the regulations that govern them.
Today I hold advisory positions on two AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials – those that develop pet food regulations) committees – the Pet Food Committee and the Ingredient Definitions Committee.
And how did the ‘Caped Crusader for Safe Pet Food’ get started? A few years into advocating for safe pet food, a dear friend gave me that name and it stuck. My youngest daughter drew the Caped Crusader image.
But TruthaboutPetFood.com isn’t just one person – it’s thousands of people who work together helping to make pet food safe. The brightest veterinarians and scientists, along side of thousands of determined petsumers – we are all part of the TruthaboutPetFood.com team.
Andersen Sleater Sianni Law Firm
Jessica Sleater is a class action attorney, who represents individuals that have suffered harm from companies that have defrauded them in state and federal courts across the country. She is currently representing the plaintiffs and a class of purchasers of a high-end pet food, Evanger’s, that was falsely advertised as “human grade” and “USDA inspected” that led to the sickness and the death of one of the plaintiffs’ dogs. She is also representing customers, who purchased animals from one of the largest pet store retailers in this country, Petland, in a racketeering class action. The animals from Petland were falsely certified as healthy and some later died. She works with animal advocates and non-profit organizations to fight for the rights of pet owners and animals.
Before starting her own firm, she practiced at a preeminent plaintiff class action firm for many years. She also served as an Assistant Attorney General in Missouri and at Metropolitan Transportation Authority-New York City Transit.