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contributors to this issue dr. pippa elliott, bvms, mrcvs, graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Glasgow in 1987. Over her 27-year career in companion animal practice, Dr. Elliott’s patients have included four-leggers of all shapes and sizes, ranging from an obese bearded dragon and hatchling tortoises to Armed Forces sniffer dogs and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. Dr. Elliott has a special interest in social attitudes toward animals and the role pets play in our lives, both now and throughout history. She lives near London, England, and is housekeeping staff to five cats, two guinea pigs, two sons, one bearded dragon and a husband (not listed in order of importance!). carol borchert trained as a science journalist at Colorado State University’s Department of Journalism and has worked as a writer and editor since 1985. Her love of animals and interest in their welfare led her early on to focus her writing on veterinary medicine and animal wellness. She founded Connect! Communications, a science-based marketing and communications company. Most recently, she worked as a science writer at Colorado State University before becoming director of communications at Morris Animal Foundation. Carol has two grown children and lives in Fort Collins, CO. 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. dr. jules benson, bvsc, mrcvs, graduated from the University of Liverpool School of Veterinary Science before moving moved to the United States in 2004 to work in a Bucks County, PA, small animal practice. He joined Petplan in 2008, and as 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 one dog, four cats, three rats, one rabbit and a leopard gecko. 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 have two children, two crazy cats (Joe and Charlie) and one very old dog (Lester). dr. nina mantione, vmd, is a 1995 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. After working in Philadelphia for several years, she has been in private practice in central Pennsylvania since 2001. Along with gardening and dressage, Dr. Mantione is enthusiastic about pet owner education and gives lectures to local physicians about issues regarding pets and children. She’s no stranger to the subject, either — she and husband John have four children, two horses, three dogs and three cats! jules & jethro kim & lester nina & archie dr. deborah shores, dvm, is a 2008 graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. A horse-crazy child, she decided to become a veterinarian at the age of 13 after watching her beloved mare have eye surgery. Dr. Shores’ clinical experience includes caring for cats, dogs, rabbits, dairy cattle and non-human primates. She enjoys working alongside patients in the hospital and creating educational materials for clients and for Internet media. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, traveling with her growing family, cuddling her two feline “fur babies” Hummer and Piper and volunteering at the local animal shelter. pippa & widget deborah & danger 4 the surf & turf issue


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