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dr. jules benson, bvsc, mrcvs, graduated from the University of Liverpool School of Veterinary Science before moving to the United States in 2004 to work in a Bucks County, PA, small animal practice. As Petplan’s Chief Veterinary Medical Officer, he is regularly consulted by a broad range of media outlets to provide pet health advice to pet parents nationwide. He serves on the Board of Trustees for the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA) and still finds time to practice veterinary medicine at home, where he is both dad and vet to four cats, three rats, one rabbit and a leopard gecko. dr. sophia yin, dvm, ms, is a veterinarian, applied animal behaviorist and author of many books and textbooks, including Perfect Puppy in 7 Days: How to Start Your Puppy Off Right. She earned her veterinary degree in 1993 and her Master’s in Animal Science in 2001, both from the University of California, Davis. She currently sees behavior consults, writes for popular magazines and Petplan’s Vets for Pets blog, serves as an executive board member of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, and creates books and instructional materials with the goal of helping vets, animal trainers and pet parents. dr. nina mantione, vmd, is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. After working in Philadelphia for several years, she is now in private practice in central Pennsylvania. An art major as an undergraduate, Dr. Mantione fills her creative needs by writing, painting and gardening, while being supervised by four helpful kids, three lively dogs and three arrogant cats. She spends her down time (what’s that?) riding her horses and hanging out with her (very patient) husband, John. ernie & eenie, meenie & miney heidi jeter trained as a journalist at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, and has worked as a writer and editor since 1995. An avid animal lover, she was the Director of Communications for Morris Animal Foundation, a nonprofit organization that funds veterinary science, for 10 years. She became a freelance writer and editor in 2013, and she continues to produce content on the foundation’s behalf. She lives in Milwaukee, WI, with her husband, daughter and their sweet-natured tabby, Pandora, who at 18 years of age still runs around like a kitten. dr. kim smyth, dvm, is a 2004 graduate of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Smyth first began practicing veterinary medicine in a small animal clinic close to Philadelphia, PA. Possessing a knack for giving great pet health advice, Dr. Smyth has authored hundreds of pet health essays and is a contributing expert on Petplan’s Vets for Pets blog. Dr. Smyth and her husband, Matt, have two sons, Wyatt and Cooper, and two crazy cats, Joe and Charlie. nicole larocco, cpdt-ka, moved to Philadelphia in 2008 to become the Director of Animal Behavior and Training for the Pennsylvania SPCA, where she specialized in retraining and rehabilitating fighting pit bulls. She continues that work today as owner and operator of Philly Unleashed, and as the Director of Behavior Programming for New Leash On Life-USA. She also sits on the board of directors for the Certification Counsel for Professional Dog Trainers. She resides in Philadelphia with her husband, Tim, and their two rescued dogs; Uluru, an Australian Cattle nicole & Dog mix, and Porterhouse, a Border Collie mix, who both compete in obedience, rally and agility. uluru kim & katie nina & ben dr. ernie ward, dvm, is a 1992 graduate of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2005, he founded the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) to help raise awareness on the dangers of excess weight in dogs and cats. Dr. Ward is a frequent author and lecturer on pet health and is a member of the Veterinary Economics Editorial Advisory Board. He has been featured on Animal Planet and has appeared on numerous other television and radio talk shows and newscasts around the country. jules & jethro contributors to this issue dr. nicholas h. dodman, bvms, mrcvs, dacva, is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, and Professor, Section Head and Program Director of the Animal Behavior Section of Clinical Sciences at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. He is a world-renowned animal behaviorist and the best-selling author of the immensely popular The Dog Who Loved Too Much and The Cat Who Cried for Help, and has appeared on “Oprah,” the “Today” show, “Good Morning America,” CNN and Animal Planet, among many others. Dr. Dodman lives near Tufts with his wife, fellow veterinarian Dr. Linda Breitman, their children and dogs, Rusty and Jasper, and deaf cat, Griswald. 4 the shiny happy pets issue


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