May 23, 2018
Chief Executive – Dogs for Good
Peter Gorbing is the Chief Executive of Dogs for Good and has worked with the charity for 20 years. Prior to October 2015, Dogs for Good was called Dogs for the Disabled.
Peter has led Dogs for Good to be one of the most innovative organisations in the world working in the field of the human-animal bond. The charity, which employs 70 people and has over 700 volunteers, provides three core services – assistance dogs, family dogs and community dogs.
Peter has given lectures and presentations on all aspects of the charity’s work in the UK and abroad. He has also presented on the wider aspects of dog welfare and wellbeing and the role that dogs can play in the health of humans.
Peter was President of Assistance Dogs International (ADI) from 2007-2012 and is currently a member of the ADI Board and Secretary. ADI is the body responsible for setting standards and accrediting the international assistance dog industry which currently has over 180 member programmes worldwide. Peter was President of Assistance Dogs Europe from 2001 to 2007 and is currently a member of the board.
Peter is Chair of Assistance Dogs (UK).
Peter was a founder Director of Animal Assisted Intervention International (AAII) in 2014 and is a member of the Board and Secretary. AAII is an international umbrella organisation for practitioners in the field of AAI. AAII is working on AAI standards and will, by end 2016, create an international accreditation process.
Peter is Chair of the UK British Standards Institute (BSI) Shadow Committee on CEN 452 (Assistance Dog Standards).
Peter is a member of the UK DWP Working Group on Assistance Dogs.
Peter has an BA(Hons) in Government from the University of Central England and an MBA (Masters in Business Administration) from Cranfield School of Management.
Peter is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Zoe is a European Recognised Specialist in small animal medicine. She has worked in primary, charity and referral practices in the UK and as a clinical lecturer. In 2017 she was awarded a PhD from the University of Nottingham for a thesis which explored how vets and owners make decisions about osteoarthritis dogs. Since then, she has been a researcher at the Centre for Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine, University of Nottingham where her research interests range from the design and validity of quality of life tools to the role of Facebook in owner decision making.
David Glenwright is the Head of training & special projects at Birmingham-based digital agency JC Social Media. A trainer and a speaker with over 5 years experience in social media, David has worked closely with a range of clients including Citroen, Yodel, the University of Birmingham and Nandos. He is one of only 8 trainers in the UK accredited under Facebook’s “She Means Business” initiative; and was also a shortlisted finalist in the 2017 Birmingham Young Professional of the Year. In his spare time David mixes his love of social media with his love for craft ale as the national social media advisor for the Campaign For Real Ale, the largest consumer organisation in Europe.
Chris is a graduate of the University of Sydney and registered specialist in small animal surgery. He spent 8 years in general practice both in Australia and the UK, before returning to Sydney to complete his specialist surgical training. After completion of his residency, Chris remained at Sydney university as a PhD student and later senior lecturer in small animal surgery. He continues to follow his passion for teaching as a tutor for the Centre for Veterinary Education and through his involvement with the AO foundation, a not for profit organisation which aims to improve patient outcomes through worldwide education programs for practitioners and research.
Chris is also a conjoint lecturer at the Prince of Wales Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales, where he contributes to developing innovative solutions to clinical problems with the hope that our small animal patients will also benefit from the latest advances in medical technologies.
When not at work, Chris loves to spend time with his very patient wife, two children, two cats and a King Charles Cavalier named Gypsy.
BSc BVetMed PhD FHEA MRCVS DACVIM DECVIM-CA
Hattie graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London. She completed an internship and residency in small animal internal medicine at Purdue University, USA and then a PhD on feline hypertension back at the RVC. Her main clinical and research interests are in the fields of urology/nephrology and endocrinology. She has contributed to several textbooks in subjects related to these fields including Ettinger and Feldman’s Textbook of Internal Medicine, August’s Consultations in Feline Medicine, Bartges and Polzin’s Nephrology & Urology of Small Animals and the BSAVA Manual of Nephrology and Urology. She is also a (clinical) member of the WSAVA renal standardisation study group and a member of the IRIS board.
Dr. Justine Lee is a board-certified veterinary specialist in both emergency critical care (DACVECC) and toxicology (DABT). Dr. Lee attended veterinary school at Cornell University and completed her internship at Angell (Boston, MA). She completed her fellowship and residency in emergency and critical care at University of Pennsylvania. Previously, she was on faculty at University of Minnesota (2003-2008) and the head of an animal poison control center (2008-2013). She is the founder and CEO of VETgirl, a subscription-based podcast and webinar service offering RACE-approved, online veterinary continuing education.
Jeroen van Dam, MSc. studied Molecular Biology at Wageningen University in the Netherlands after receiving an International Baccalaureate at the Lester B. Pearson UWC in Canada. After receiving his MSc. title he decided not to pursue an academic career and started working within the pharmaceutical world. Not long after he switched to the medical device business by first starting to work for, and later co-owning a development and production company for a disposable semen testing diagnostic device for both veterinarian and human applications. In 2013 this company was sold to a French company where he remained active as a manager for a year. Jeroen now leads the Dutch Veterinarian Cooperative and their E-commerce business www.voormijndier.nl where Dutch vet clinics jointly allow the cooperative to run the E-commerce business. Jeroen lives in the eastern most part of the Netherlands with his wife, 2 kids, and 2 cats.
MS, PhD, Diplomate American College of Animal Nutrition
Senior Fellow Nutrition Scientist, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc.
Dr. Jewell is a Senior Fellow Nutrition Scientist, at Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc., Member of the American Society of Nutrition, Diplomate of the American College of Animal Nutrition, past member of the Nutrition Expert Committee used by AAFCO to establish complete and balanced nutrition for dogs and cats in the U.S.A., established research scientist with over 200 book chapters, patents, peer reviewed journal articles and abstracts, scientific citations exceed 2,800.
Dr. Jewell is a graduate of the University of Georgia (PhD), Pennsylvania State University (MS) and The University of Wisconsin (BS). His research specialty is the nutrition of dogs and cats with emphasis in the control of metabolism.
He is married with three grown children and enjoys time outdoors, reading and all times with the family – especially the grandkids.
Jennifer joined the School of Biosciences at the University of Kent in September 2014 after conducting postdoctoral research with Prof David Gems (University College London) and Prof Keith Blackwell (Harvard). Prior to that, she obtained her PhD from Imperial College London under the supervision of Prof Malcolm Parker. Jennifer’s background covers ageing biology, transcriptional regulation and C. elegans genetics. Her research focuses on the molecules and processes that regulate lifespan and influence life-long health.
Joyce de Vos-Houben was born on April 18th 1983 in Sittard, The Netherlands. After finishing secondary school at the Trevianum in Sittard, she started in 2001 her study “Biological Health Sciences” at the University of Maastricht, The Netherlands. In 2004 she worked as a trainee at the department of Human Biology, at the University of Maastricht and she performed research on the effects of nutrition on cytokine expression in inflammatory bowel disease. In 2005 she graduated on the subject “Redox modulation of DNA repair”. From September 2005 until November 2009 she worked as a PhD student at the department of Health Risk Analysis and Toxicology at the University of Maastricht. The title of her thesis was “Chronic oxidative stress and telomere shortening”. Her research appeared in the local news and she gave a television and radio interview. Since May 2010 she works as a cardiogenetic counselor at the department of Clinical Genetics at Maastricht University Medical Centre+. She focuses on innovative cardiogenetic research and education, improving health- and patient care. In December 2017 she obtained her University Teaching Qualification. Her current position and ambition can be described as a bridge builder between scientific research and health care in practice. She loves to spend her free time with her husband Tim, daughters Sara and Iris and cats Tommy and Lana. She also loves to spend time with friends and she is currently training for the Holy Hill Obstacle run in Sittard. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Katie graduated from the University of Queensland in 2005 and went on to complete a rotating and internal medicine internship at Queensland Veterinary Specialist. Dr Lott undertook her residency training in Small Animal Medicine at the University of Melbourne, finishing in 2014. During her residency Katie completed a Masters in Veterinary Science, with a second Masters in Veterinary Studies involving research on the use of continuous glucose monitoring in managing diabetic dogs and cats. Dr Lott now works at Veterinary Specialist Services at Carrara on the Gold Coast.
Rob Labuc graduated from University of Melbourne in 1982 and travelled to New Zealand to undertake an internship in medicine and surgery (both small and large animal) at Massey University. Once completed, Rob returned to Australia where he worked in general small animal practice in Queensland for 15 months. He was appointed as registrar in small animal medicine at University of Melbourne in 1986, and began accepting referral cases at that time. In the 1990’s Rob was a Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer at Murdoch University, Perth, teaching small animal medicine to undergraduates and also developed a post-graduate course for distance education. At the same time, he taught a Feline Medicine distance education course for what is now known as Centre for Veterinary Education, Sydney. Rob became a Fellow in Canine Medicine in 1993, allowing him to register as a specialist in this field. In 1998, Rob returned to Melbourne, and took up a role as a director and specialist consultant at Melbourne Veterinary Specialist Centre, where he remained until 2017. Rob has lectured and published in the area of small animal medicine extensively over the past thirty years. He has now joined ARH Essendon Fields and Point Cook where he hopes to continue to provide specialist referral service to the veterinary community in the north and west of Melbourne.
Dr. Parker received her DVM from Tufts University. She then completed a small animal internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, followed by a small animal internal medicine residency at Iowa State University and a clinical nutrition residency at Tufts University. She is a diplomate of both the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the American College of Veterinary Nutrition. Dr. Parker’s primary areas of interest include to kidney disease, gastrointestinal disease, and vitamin D metabolism, as well as nutritional management of dogs and cats.