Dr. Nicholas H. Dodman, BVMS, DVA, DACVAA, DACVB is the Center’s Chief Scientific Officer and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Dodman is one of the world’s most noted and celebrated veterinary behaviorists. He grew-up in England and trained to be a vet in Scotland graduating from Glasgow University Veterinary School in Scotland where he received his BVMS (DVM equivalent). He was a surgical intern at the Glasgow Veterinary School before joining the faculty. At the age of 26, he became the youngest veterinary faculty member in Britain. It was at that time that Dr. Dodman began specializing in surgery and anesthesiology. He received a Diploma in Veterinary Anesthesia from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists and the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. In 1981, Nick immigrated to the United States where he became a faculty member of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. James A. Serpell, BSc, PhD is the Co-investigator with Dr. Dodman in the Center’s inaugural canine behavior study. Dr. Serpell received his bachelor’s degree in Zoology from the University College London in 1974, and his PhD in Animal Behavior from the University of Liverpool in 1980. In 1985 he established the Companion Animal Research Group at the University of Cambridge. In 1993 James moved to the University of Pennsylvania where he lectures on veterinary ethics, applied animal behavior and welfare, and human-animal interactions. His research focuses on the behavior and welfare of dogs and cats, the development of human attitudes to animals, and the history and impact of human-animal relationships. He is the Marie A. Moore Professor of Animal Ethics & Welfare at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine and the Director, Center for the Interaction of Animals and Society (CIAS). Dr Serpell and associates developed C-BARQ (Canine Behavioral Assessment and Research Questionnaire) – a survey to provide standardized evaluations of canine temperament and behavior. C-BARQ is currently the only behavioral assessment instrument of its kind to be extensively tested for reliability and validity on large samples of dogs of many breeds.
Dr. Ian Dunbar, BVetMed, PhD, MRCVS started his career with a Veterinary degree and a Special Honors degree in Physiology & Biochemistry from the Royal Veterinary College (London University). He went on to earn his Doctorate in animal behavior from the Psychology Department at the University of California in Berkeley. Dr. Dunbar joined the Society for Veterinary Ethology (now the International Society for Applied Ethology) over 40 years ago, at which time he was the only member specializing in dog behavior problems. In 1993, Dr. Dunbar founded the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, today know as the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, with a goal of helping trainers improve their knowledge and skills through education; today there are over 6,000 members. Dr. Dunbar was inducted into the Dog Fancy Hall of Fame along with four of his heroes, James Herriot, Konrad Lorenz, Lassie, and Balto. Ian’s academic and professional accomplishments are peerless and in our opinion deem him the Dean of Dogs.
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Dr. Brian Hare, PhD
Associate Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke University (North Carolina) Member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience – a division of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences Chief Science Officer, Canines, Inc. Chair, Scientific Advisory Board, Canines Inc.
Dr. Brian Hare is associate professor of evolutionary anthropology at Duke University in North Carolina and a member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, which is a division of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, founded the Hominoid Psychology Research Group while at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and subsequently founded the Duke Canine Cognition Center when arriving at Duke University.
Dr. Hare has published dozens of empirical articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals including Proceedings of the Royal Society, Current Biology, Nature Neuroscience, Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, PLOS Biology, Animal Behaviour, Animal Cognition and the Journal of Comparative Psychology. His publications on dog cognition are among the most heavily cited papers on dog behavior and intelligence.
His research consistently received national and international media coverage over the last decade and has been featured in the Daily Mail, The Telegraph, The Economist, The New York Times, The New Yorker, National Geographic, Time, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Nature, Wired, Science magazine, CNN and ABC (Australia). He has been a frequent guest on radio programs including the BBC and American National Public Radio. He has also been featured in multiple documentaries from production companies such as National Geographic (U.S.), BBC (U.K.), Nova (U.S.), RTL (Germany), SBS (Korea) and Globo (Brazil). Dr. Hare is frequently invited to give lectures on his research on dog intelligence. For example, in 2009 he gave the keynote addresses at the annual conferences for both Assistance Dog Training Society and Association of Pet Dog Trainers, which are both among the largest dog training societies in the U.S.
In 2004 the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation named him a recipient of the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award, Germany’s most prestigious award for scientists under age 40. In 2007 Smithsonian magazine named him one of the top 37 U.S. scientists under 36.
Dr. D’Arpino is a veterinary behavior specialist whose goal is to improve the welfare and well being of companion animals, with a focus on at-risk pets. Sheila is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists.
Sheila graduated from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1996 and the Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Graduate Training Program at UC Davis in 2005. Sheila has worked at and for universities, a veterinary behavior consultation practice, and animal shelters – most notably, the Animal Rescue League of Boston where she developed/implemented dog enrichment/behavior modification programs, research and educational content for the Center for Shelter Dogs.
Currently, Sheila is Maddie’s Fund’s Director of Research and is the lead instructor for the University of Florida Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program Shelter Animal Behavior and Welfare online course.