Colonel Gayle Watkins Ph.D. brings an intriguing background as a breeder, scientist, soldier, consultant, teacher, author and analyst to our cruise.  While serving as a career Army officer, Gayle also bred and showed golden retrievers around the world.  In 35 years of breeding, she produced over 60 champions in conformation, obedience, agility and tracking, plus qualified all-age and master hunters.  Many of her dogs also succeeded as working dogs, serving as therapy, service, and search and rescue dogs in the US and Europe.

Gayle has degrees in biology, sociology, business and, for what it is worth, national security.   They include a Ph.D. from Stanford University, an MBA from Harvard and a Master’s degree from the Naval War College.  More than simply titles, these pursuits allowed her to hone her teaching, analytical and research skills.  As a tenured faculty member at West Point, the United States Military Academy, Gayle became known as a dynamic presenter, engaging teacher and gifted researcher.  Today, she applies these skills to her real passion, dog breeding and rearing.

Always one to question the status quo, Gayle authored a critique of the American Military (The Future of the Army Profession) before her retirement.  Since then she has turned to examining how we breed, rear and train dogs to question longstanding methods and bring new science to this wonderful pursuit.  She serves on the Baker Institute at Cornell University board enabling her to work closely with scientists doing cutting-edge immunological and reproductive research.  Through Avidog International, Gayle is a sought-after speaker who translates science and research into doable, practical advice to enable dog enthusiasts to create better dogs.  Today, her greatest pleasure is bringing together breeders, veterinarians and scientists from around the world to create programs that will allow every puppy, regardless of its future, to be as healthy and stable as it can be! 

2017 TOPICS

1.  WHAT DO YOU WANT IN A DOG?  GOAL SETTING FOR BREEDERS AND OWNERS

2.  THE MORE THINGS CHANGE, THE MORE THEY STAY THE SAME:  STABLE AND TWEAKABLE PUPPY TEMPERAMENT TRAITS.

3.  IT BEGINS BEFORE BIRTH:  HOW THEIR PARENT'S LIFE EXPERIENCES AFFECT OUR DOG'S HEALTH AND TEMPERAMENT
Chris is a consultant on canine sports medicine who designs individualized rehabilitation and conditioning programs for canine athletes. She is the award-winning author of the books Peak Performance: Coaching the Canine Athlete, Dog Health and Nutrition for Dummies and The Agility Advantage and co-author of the book Jumping From A to Z: Teach Your Dog to Soar and the DVD Building the Canine Athlete. She co-edited the first ever book on Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, which will be available in April 2013 (Wiley-Blackwell). She has put over 75 titles in Agility, Obedience, Conformation, Tracking, Hunt Tests, and Rally on dogs from the Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier and Herding groups. Dr. Zink was instrumental in establishing the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation as the newest specialty in veterinary medicine. She presents seminars worldwide.

Honors and Awards:
Woman Veterinarian of the Year - 2009
Dog Writers Association of America - Best Publication of the Year - 2008
       (for The Agility Advantage)

Canine Seminars at Sea Topics 2017 – Chris Zink

1. Beyond Conformation : Why Structure Matters & How to Change It.

2. Fit to Be Tied:  Brood Bitch & Stud Dog Conditioning

3. Canine Gait:  Train Your Dog to Move Perfectly.

4. Tips & Tricks for Detecting Injuries Before a Dog is Lame


Dr. Lopate received her BS from Colorado State University in 1984 and a Masters Degree in Reproductive Physiology in 1987 from The Ohio State University. She graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991.

She practiced in a rural mixed practice in Minnesota from 1991 – 1995. She then went on to complete a residency in comparative theriogenology (reproduction) at Purdue University from 1995—1997. She was board certified in Theriogenology in 1997. She continued to teach clinical reproduction at Purdue University Veterinary Hospital for 2.5 more years, and during that time, spent 6 months on sabbatical in Australia, working on horses and companion animals.

Since that time she has been practicing predominantly companion animal and equine reproduction. She has had extensive experience with both large and small stud farms in the equine industry and with both professional companion animal breeders and pet owner/breeders in the companion animal field.

She opened her reproduction specialty practice in November of 2003 and currently provides reproductive services for horses and small animals.

Dr. Lopate has 3 dogs, 2 Corgis and an Australian Shepherd, a Cleveland Bay gelding, 2 miniature donkeys and a barn cat. She enjoys hiking, camping, scuba diving, biking and herding sheep with her dogs in her free time.



She is also a member of:
American Association of Equine Practioners (AAEP)
European Veterinary Society for Small Animal Reproduction (EVSSAR)
International Embryo Transfer Society (IETS)
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
Oregon Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA)
Portland Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA)
Northwest Equine Practitioners Association (NEPA)
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2017 TOPICS

1.  GESTATIONAL AGING AND ELECTIVE C-SECTION PLANNING

2.  MALE INFERTILITY

3.  SEMIN EVALUATION AND SCREEN SHIPMENT
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