Barry Kipperman, DVM, DACVIM, MSc

Dr. Kipperman recently completed a master’s degree from the University of Edinburgh in animal welfare, ethics and law, as well as board-certification in animal welfare. He serves on the Board of Directors of the HSVMA and the California Veterinary Medical Association animal welfare committee.
Dr. Barry Kipperman is a 1987 graduate of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. He completed an internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York, a residency at UC Davis, and became board-certified in internal medicine in 1994. He is staff internist and founder of VetCare, a 24-hour referral/emergency practice in Dublin, Calif.

Dr. Kipperman has published numerous articles on the topics of animal welfare and veterinary ethics. He teaches an undergraduate course in animal welfare and ethics for the University of Missouri, and is a guest lecturer in the ethics course at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. His particular interests include farm animal welfare, the influence of economics on animal welfare and veterinarian well-being in small animal practice, and the ethical dilemmas of veterinarians.




Paula Kislak, DVM


Her noteworthy career has involved work with the San Diego Humane Society and The Humane Society of Greater Miami, as well as positions in private practice in California. She currently serves as a relief veterinary practitioner and is both a consultant and lobbyist for animal welfare issues.
Dr. Paula A. Kislak graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida in 1984, after pursuing degrees in both psychology and zoology at George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Dr. Kislak has been a powerful advocate for animals over the years, acting as an expert witness on a variety of animal related issues and participating in a number of advisory boards and activist organizations. She has published research articles for the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association and given numerous presentations both nationwide and overseas.

She has been affiliated with several professional veterinary organizations in her career, most notably the Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights, which she served as both president and board member of for many years. She is currently on the Board of Directors for Humane Society of the United States.