Dr. Dodds received the D.V.M. degree with honors in 1964 from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Toronto. In 1965 she accepted a position with the New York State Health Department in Albany and began comparative studies of animals with inherited and acquired bleeding diseases. Her position there began as a Research Scientist and culminated as Chief, Laboratory of Hematology, Wadsworth Center. In 1980 she also became Executive Director, New York State Council on Human Blood and Transfusion Services. This work continued full-time until 1986 when she moved to Southern California to establish Hemopet, the first nonprofit national blood bank program for animals.
From 1965-1986, she was a member of many national and international committees on hematology, animal models of human disease, veterinary medicine, and laboratory animal science. Dr. Dodds was a grantee of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NIH) and has over 150 research publications. She was formerly President of the Scientist's Center for Animal Welfare; and Chairman of the Committee on Veterinary Medical Sciences and Vice-Chairman of the Institute of Laboratory Animal Resources, National Academy of Sciences. In 1974 Dr. Dodds was selected as Outstanding Woman Veterinarian of the Year, AVMA Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado; in 1977 received the Region I Award for Outstanding Service to the Veterinary Profession from the American Animal Hospital Association, Cherry Hill, New Jersey; in 1978 and 1990 received the Gaines Fido Award as Dogdom's Woman of the Year; and the Award of Merit in 1978 in Recognition of Special Contributions to the Veterinary Profession from the American Animal Hospital Association, Salt Lake City, Utah. In 1984 she was awarded the Centennial Medal from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. In 1987 she was elected a distinguished Practitioner of the National Academy of Practice in Veterinary Medicine. In 1994 she was given the Holistic Veterinarian of the Year Award from the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. She is an active member of numerous professional societies.
Today, Dr. Dodds is actively expanding Hemopet's range of nonprofit services and educational activities. The animal blood bank program provides canine blood components, blood bank supplies, and related services throughout North America. Hemopet's retired Greyhound blood donors are adopted as pets through the Pet Life-Line arm of the project. On behalf of Hemopet, she consults in clinical pathology nationally and internationally, and regularly travels to teach animal health care professionals, companion animal fanciers, and pet owners on hematology and blood banking, immunology, endocrinology, nutrition and holistic medicine. She was also the Editor of Advances in Veterinary Science and Comparative Medicine for Academic Press.
U.S. Patent 5,196,311 ELISA Test for von Willebrand Factor
U.S. Patent 5,202,264 ELISA Using Multi-Species Antibodies for Detection of von Willebrand Factor in Multiple Species
U.S. Patent 5,486,685 Oven with Food Presence Indicator
U.S. Patent 5,830,709 Detection Method for Homologous Portions of a Class of Substances
U.S. Patent 6,287,254 Animal Health Diagnostics
U.S. Patent 9,419,192 Animal Genetic and Health Profile Database Management
U.S. Patent 9,898,193 Animal Health Care, Well-Being and Nutrition
Like I was so bummed out, I had to work the day of the seminar. So, I said to my hubby, "Heck, you're not doing anything, why don't you go in my place?" Grumble. Grumble. "It's not exactly on my list of things to do," he said. But as a dutiful husband of almost 30 years he attended with a girlfriend of mine.
When I arrived home from work Wayne talked my ear off until I fell asleep! He loves smart people and he was truly impressed with Dr. Dodds. He brought home a ton of information and at least 10 pages of handwritten notes!!!!!
Plus, the luncheon buffet was outstanding. And, if my hubby says it was outstanding, it must have been something. Even Dr. Dodds said it was the best buffet she had ever had. I asked him how many people showed up. He said about 35. I was floored. I thought he would have said 335.
I will post more in the days to come about some of her research work.