Carmen was given his first dog by his grandfather when he was five years old. That was the beginning of a lifelong fascination with all aspects of dog behavior, breeding, training and showing. He has personally bred and finished several Champions, Select Dogs, Futurity and Maturity winners. Today, he is considered an expert as well as a highly respected AKC judge of more than 40 breeds.
By education, (holding the Masters and Doctorate from Florida State University), he is a researcher, lecturer and author. His articles have appeared in the "AKC Gazette", "Dog World", "Dog News", "Canadian Shepherd Journal", "South African Dog Magazine" as well as dog publications in Australia and Ireland. Being very active in the dog world, Dr. Battaglia is a Director of the American Kennel Club and has served as Chairman of such important committees as: National Genetics Committee (German Shepherd Dog Club of America), the American Kennel Club Committee for the Future, the Operations and Planning Committee, as well as the Health and Education Delegates Committee. The AKC called upon his expertise in genetics to create and develop their DNA program. He is also a much-sought-after speaker on this topic for television and radio talk shows.
Author of several different books on dog breeding, Dr. Battaglia has gained worldwide recognition, most notably for the program he developed - "Breeding Better Dogs". Popular demand has prompted the creation of a seminar for dog clubs which mirrors his book and a video of this method which has been presented across the country and considered an imperative foundation to any successful breeding program.
Dr Carol Beuchat is a vertebrate biologist with broad expertise and research experience that encompasses physiology, ecology, behavior, and evolution of every vertebrate group except fishes (mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians). She has over 30 years of experience working in both the field and the laboratory, asking questions about the interactions of animals with their environment and the mechanisms they use to cope with particular physiological challenges.
Her background in comparative biology and an interest in the biology of dogs motivated the formation of the Institute of Canine Biology as a means of bringing scientists studying various aspects of canine biology together with the dog breeders and owners who have vast collective experience and knowledge of dogs.
The increasing number of genetic disorders in dogs are a huge concern for breeders, who lack the tools and resources to address these problems. At the same time, there is a revolution in genetic research fueled by the discovery of the dog as a model animal in which to study genetic disease in humans. The possibilities for fruitful interaction between the scientists and the dog breeders and owners are potentially endless.
Carol sits on the Board of the Mongolian Bankhar Dog Project, and she is a member of the Species Survival Commission of the Conservation Breeding Specialist Group (CBSG) at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). She has an English Springer Spaniel from Finland named Finn.
As a litigator and counselor, Lisa Curry represents dog breeders, owners and handlers in contract and ownership disputes (including those in litigation), preparation and review of contracts, and various AKC compliance issues. Lisa has first-hand experience with the dog world, having raised and shown West Highland White Terriers for a number of years. Her interest in dog law grew out of her interest in conformation showing. Lisa�s articles have been published in the AKC Gazette as well as several breed club magazines.
Lisa Curry�s practice also includes general civil litigation, particularly employment law. She handles both defense-side and plaintiff�s side cases, and has won many settlements for her clients, using her keen negotiating skills and her broad knowledge of employment law. Lisa has published numerous articles and is a frequent public speaker on employee rights, discrimination and sexual harassment.
Lisa Curry is originally from Massachusetts. She graduated magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts and she earned her J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law, where she served as Harassment Advisor for the Law School. She clerked for the Honorable Paul K. Allison in the Court of Common Pleas, Lancaster, PA. Lisa is admitted to practice in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania state courts as well as the Federal District Court of New Jersey. She is a member of the West Highland White Terrier Club of America and is the treasurer of the West Highland White Terrier Club of Northern New Jersey. She is also a member of the Executive Board of the National Employment Lawyers of America-New Jersey chapter, the American and New Jersey Bar Associations, the Bergen County Bar Association, and the American Association for Justice.