2021 Webinar Series
Anya and Linda begin with the source of rescue dogs and then describe evaluating them for behavior and health issues, making home visits and fostering and placing them in new homes. Essential supportive issues such as recruiting volunteers and fundraising possibilities are included in their presentation. They provide a valuable, comprehensive overview of the rescue process.
Anya Wittenborg is a board member of both BMDCNV and BERNER, Inc. She became involved with rescue in 1995 following the death of her first Berner. She served on the board of the Massachusetts Animal Coalition and became BMDCNV rescue chair in 2004, dealing with increasing numbers of rescues over the years. She was instrumental in establishing a separate 501(c)3 entity (BERNER, Inc.) for its rescue and education mission.
Linda DeCelles has been involved in rescue since 1996 and after graduating from the San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers and becoming CPDT certified through APDT, she opened a behavior consulting and training business, PhDog. In 2008 she joined the BMD Club of Nashoba Valley and adopted her first very own Berner from Berner, Inc. She has since fostered many Berners and became Rescue Chair for Berner Inc. in 2012.
The Importance of Timing in Successful Clinical Veterinary Applications of Cannabis - Casara Andre DVM
Dr. Andre begins by differentiating the essentials of the cannabis market from the medicine of cannabis. She explains how the endocannabinoid system works and shares clinical recommendations that are research based, experientially informed and patient focused. Two canine case studies illustrate how to think about and when to intervene in a responsible way.
Dr. Andre is the Founder of Veterinary Cannabis Education & Consulting. She serves the veterinary community as the owner of Cultivate, a veterinary co-working community, the Director of the Colorado School of Animal Massage, the President of Care for the Healer and the co-coordinator for Colorado’s Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps. She believes that the use of cannabis in veterinary medicine must be undertaken with scientific rigor? in order to protect the health and well-being of the animals.
New Uses for Old Drugs in Cancer Immunotherapy - Steven Dow, DVM, PhD
Dr. Dow shares his work with using already approved drugs as novel immunotherapies for targeting the tumor microenvironment for metastatic cancer. He discusses three separate concepts: exploiting tumor immune vulnerabilities with reformatted osteoporosis drugs, using blood pressure medications as cancer immunotherapy and the role of stress in tumor metastasis and how it might be reversed with propranolol.
Steve Dow is a Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Colorado State University. His lab investigates immune responses in infectious diseases, cancer and allergic and autoimmune diseases. Currently, his lab is studying the immune modulatory effects of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) and the use of MSC to treat chronic kidney disease, chronic liver disease, and chronic wound infections in dogs and cats.
Low Stress Handling Techniques for Health Care & Grooming - Lisbeth Plant
Your Berner enjoys some care routines while others cause him to exit quickly. Lisbeth describes low stress handling protocols and demonstrates basic care for nail clipping, eye ointment, ear cleaning, tooth brushing and more.
Lisbeth owns Cowichan Canine, is an Associate Certified Member in the Dog Division of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, holds a Certificate in Applied Animal Behavior from the University of Washington, is a Certified Training Partner of the Karen Pryor Academy and is a Certified Behavior Adjustment Training Instructor.
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Lyme Disease 101 - Geoff D'Arcy Lic.Ac. DOM
Bernese seem to have a breed predisposition to Lyme Disease. This coupled with the massive increase in the US of Lyme exposure leads to a growing crisis. Dr. D’Arcy’s thorough presentation covers Lyme symptoms, clinical features, diagnosis and an integrative treatment protocol. Learn how you can naturally protect and support yourself and your Berner against the dangers of Lyme Disease with several treatment possibilities including a Natural Herbal Supplement Protocol developed by NaturalPetRx.
Dr. D’Arcy studied Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in hospitals and colleges in China and received a Doctorate in Oriental Medicine in the United States. He is licensed in traditional Chinese acupuncture and has practiced Herbal Medicine for over 25 years and is the author of the ‘Veterinary World Herb Handbook’. He co-founded two large integrative medical centers in Massachusetts, and is now Director of the D'Arcy Wellness Clinic and president of D'Arcy Naturals and Natural Pet Rx.