Rhonda Smetana, DVM, MS

Dr. Rhonda Smetana is a 1999 graduate of Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia.  Prior to attending veterinary school she received her Bachelor's Degree (Magna Cum Laude) from Towson State University in 1995.  During her undergraduate career she became a member of the TriBeta National Biological Honor Society and received a research grant for her involvement in the field of endocrinology.  During her senior year she was the recipient of the Industrial and Academic Partnership Board Student Research Award as well as the Lois D. Odell Award for the Outstanding Biology Senior.

After achieving her veterinary doctorate, Dr. Smetana moved back to Maryland with her husband where she has practiced small animal clinical medicine ever since.  Feline internal medicine is one of her special interests and she enjoys educating cat owners about behavior and care.  Several years later she attended a lecture about animal cruelty and forensics during an continuing education conference which sparked her interest in this newly emerging specialized field.  Three years later, in the spring of 2017, she completed a Master's Degree in Veterinary Forensics from the University of Florida.

that same year, Dr. Smetana became a member of the HSVMA and testified before the Maryland State Senate Committee in support of a bill to require mandatory reporting of animal abuse and animal fighting by veterinarians.

Dr. Smetana's professional memberships include: AVMA, Maryland Veterinary Medical Association, Association of Feline Practitioners, International Veterinary Forensic Sciences Association and the HSVMA.

Dr. Smetana resides in Harford County, Maryland with her husband and six cats.

Nicholas Dodman, BVMS, DACVB, DACVAA

Dr. Nicholas H. Dodman

Dr. Nicholas Dodman attended Glasgow University Veterinary School in Scotland where he received a BVMS (DVM equivalent). He is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists and the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists.

In 1981, Dr. Dodman immigrated to the United States where he became a faculty member of Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts. Shortly after his arrival, Dr. Dodman became interested in behavioral pharmacology and the field of animal behavior. After spending several years in this area of research, in 1986 he founded the Animal Behavior Clinic—one of the first of its kind—at Tufts. Since 1990 he has devoted all of his time to his specialty practice of animal behavior. He received board certification in animal behavior from the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists in 1995. Dr. Dodman is currently Professor Emeritus at Tufts University and Chief Scientific Officer at the Center for Canine Behavior Studies.

Dr. Dodman is one of the world’s most noted and celebrated veterinary behaviorists. He has written five acclaimed bestselling books and has authored two textbooks and more than 100 articles and contributions to scientific books and journals. He also holds 10 U.S. patents for various inventions related to the control of animal behavior. Dr. Dodman appears regularly on radio and television as a behavioral expert.

Dr. Dodman is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists, the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, Veterinarians for Equine Welfare, and he is a Leadership Council member of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association.