Anindita Bhadra, PhD, is a behavioural biologist, working with free-ranging dogs in India. She uses the dogs as a model system to explore interesting questions in behavioural ecology, and to understand the evolution of the dog-human relationship. She is particularly interested in the social lives of dogs that live as free individuals in the human dominated environment. Anindita is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Biological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata. She is actively involved in both undergraduate and postgraduate level teaching and in various outreach activities. She is the founding chairperson of INYAS, the young academy of India. Webinar, April, 2017- The Great Indian Joint Families of Free-Ranging Dogs
Nina Bondarenko has been training and working with dogs, and many other species for over 20 years. She is the author of “Hearts, Minds and Paws” and co-author of “Partners for Life. Nina has speaking and training engagements in many countries and is sought after for her knowledge and skills in the behavior and training of assistance and detection dogs. In many countries she is known as the “Dog Guru.”
Recorded OnDemand Lecture: Temperament Assessment for Function or Friend
Dr. Nancy Brandt, DVM, CVC, CVA attended the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical School and graduated with honors in 1990. Before attending medical school she attained a a 5 year triple BA degree in biology, chemistry and physics. In 1998 she began her studies in acupuncture, Chinese medicine, chiropractic mdeicine, naturopathic modalities like homeopathy and pioneered the field of veterinary aromatherapy.
In 1999 she founded the Natural Care Institute, an exclusive holistic veterinary practice focusing on Traditional Chinese Medicine and other modalities for animals. She has a truly integrative approach to health. She has traveled worldwide promoting a holistic approach to healing.
She is the mother of 3 lovely children, 18, 16 and 11. It has been her lifelong dream to be an educator for medical practitioners. She i has spent years integrating multiple medical modalities into her practice of healing. She hope so create better communication skills for those she teaches, Educating the client creates the healing they come to professionals for.
Recorded OnDemand Lecture: The Use of Intravenous Nutrition in Pets-IV Nutrition for Dogs
Mia Cobb is a canine researcher and science communicator. She holds a BSc(Hons) with a focus on animal behaviour from Monash University and is nearing completion of a PhD researching the welfare, enrichment and work performance of kenneled working dogs as part of the Anthrozoology Research Group in Australia. Her research was awarded the RSPCA Australia Alan White Scholarship for Animal Welfare Research in 2009. Cobb’s work in various animal industry contexts, including over a decade in shelter and working dog facilities, has given her unique insight to a range of human-animal interactions and animal welfare issues. She led the working dog group within the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy, a federal government initiative to improve the welfare of all Australian animals and founded the Australian Working Dog Alliance in 2013, a not-for-profit organisation working with industry to improve the welfare of Australia’s working and sporting dogs. Cobb regularly attends and presents at scientific conferences, professional development workshops and public information/education sessions. She believes in helping scientific research escape academic journals and founded the popular canine science blog, Do You Believe in Dog?, with fellow researcher, Julie Hecht, in 2012. She is co-host of the Human Animal Science podcast series, has written for ABC The Drum and has been the focus of Dumbo Feather: Conversations with extraordinary people.
Twitter: @doubelieveindog Web: www.doyoubelieveindog.com
Ethology and Canine Behavior lecture: Why is Animal Welfare Important to Dogs?
Karen M. Davis, PhD. started her interest in animal behavior as an undergraduate at Purdue University by studying and working with socialized wolves at Wolf Park in Battleground, IN. She learned about ethology and wolf behavior from Dr. Klinghammer and eventually hand raised her first set of wolf pups. She continued to learn about training and animal behavior as a zookeeper and later studied crayfish aggression for her Master’s with Dr. Robert Huber in Bowling Green, OH. Then she moved on to study cognition and behavior of turtles with Dr. Gordon Burghardt at the University of Tennessee. Her PhD work included training for turtles to visual discrimination tasks in order to study their learning and memory capabilities. Presently she is teaching Comparative Animal Behavior and is conducting post-doctoral research on the comparative development of canine play with Julie Albright DMV and Dr. Gordon Burghardt at the University of Tennessee. Karen’s applied experience includes training a variety of species including sea lions, lynx, wolves, dogs, bears and turtles. Furthermore, she worked for Clever Critters for a few years as a behaviorist and currently works as a behaviorist for Adopt-a Golden of Knoxville dog rescue in her spare time.
Ethology and Canine Behavior lecture, April, 2013: The Ethology of Play and What Canines Can Teach Us