Have you ever dreamed of owning your own dog business? Maybe you’ve considered a career related to dogs but aren’t sure where to start, need some encouragement, resources or just a paw in the right direction.
In 2011, Fidose of Reality started a series titled, “Paw-er Women.” These are women who are following dreams, making a difference, being role models, and more: all in the name of dog. We are making this an annual event, and this year we had so many women in mind for the slots that we are naming ELEVEN Paw-er Women. You can read the paw-er women we chose in 2011 here. We are very honored to kick this series off with our first “Paw-er Woman,” Dr. Jean Dodds.
Dr. Dodds is to me what the Pope is to Catholics. She speaks, I listen, I apply, she is masterful, educated, an eternal lifelong imparter of knowledge, and creating new trails in animal medicine. We’ve written about Dr. Dodds here on Fidose of Reality and we are thrilled she granted us this interview. Here is the first of eleven in the series:
Fidose of Reality: What an honor to have you gracing the pages of Fidose of Reality. Dr. Dodds. For readers who are unfamiliar with you, can you share some more information about yourself?
Dr. Dodds: My name is W. Jean Dodds, DVM and I live in Santa Monica, California. I run Hemopet and teach at seminars for professionals and the pet caring public.
Fidose: What is your business and how long have you been doing it?
Dr. Dodds: Hemopet is the only national canine blood bank serving North America and Hong Kong; we are non-profit and rescue greyhounds retired from the racing industry and adopt them as family companions after serving in our unique, licensed facility (see Greyhound Adoption site on our Hemopet web site for a virtual tour); we have been open since 1991. Hemopet also runs a national and international vet diagnostic program from our Hemolife Division, and recently launched NutriScan, patented salivary diagnostic test for food sensitivity and intolerance. The national Rabies Challenge Fund Charitable trust is run gratis from the Hemopet office.
Fidose: What advice would you give others wanting to pursue their pet/dog-related business?
Dr. Dodds: Stick to your dream goals and aims with passion, integrity and commitment.
Fidose: What is your background with dogs and why this business? Had it been a long-time dream?
Dr. Dodds: I’ve been a veterinarian for almost 50 years, and started as a dog fancier and part-time breeder of sporting dogs (Vizslas, Pointers, and English Setters)while a veterinary student. I went on to be the AKC Delegate for the Pointer Club, worked closely with pet breeders and guardians all these years by focusing on their heritable and other disease conditions. I developed a unique , patented vet diagnostic tests to help pet guardian and dog/cat/horse breeders. I started vaccine titer testing in the late 1990s in lieu of automatic annual booster vaccinations.
(We need to chime in here, we are smitten with Dr. Dodds and learn from her eternally)
Fidose: What are some resources (websites, etc) that you can refer readers to who want to do their own business in the pet sector? In other words, what sites/info helped you?
Dr. Dodds: There are many I consult but it depends on the question being addressed. Do use the AVMA, AHVMA, AHVM Foundation, AAHA and AKC sites plus Google for specific questions.
Fidose: What is the most fun part of what you do?
Dr. Dodds: Everything – but most of all to see pets and their guardians stay well and be happy.
You must learn more about Dr. Dodds. It is because of Dr. Dodds and my dog’s veterinarian, aka hero, Dr. Steven Gloates, that I can honestly say my dogs live longer and healthier lives.
Fidose of Reality also wants to mention Dr. Dodds’ latest book is a resource no dog parent should be without. We are reading it now and it is so educational, is packed with so much information, you will be glad to have picked up a copy. We are so thrilled for our pawer women!