Listee Features — Veterinary Science

H. PATRICIA WHALEN-SHAW

Backed by many years of practiced experience in business, H. Patricia Whalen-Shaw, LMT, BCTMB, RCST, serves as the co-founder and the former president of Optissage Inc. Additionally, she excels as a trainer for Integrated Touch Therapy Inc., which specializes in teaching equine, canine and feline massage. With ITT, she is dedicated to the ethical and high-quality instruction in the art of massage for animals. Although she has many highlights throughout her 40-year career, Ms. Whalen-Shaw is especially proud of being selected as a massage therapist for the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta, the 1999 Pan AM Games in Winnipeg, MB, Canada, and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. With a plethora of knowledge at her disposal, Ms. Whalen-Shaw

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ROBIN R. GRANICY

Described as a “Jill of All Trades,” Robin R. Granicy operates a variety of businesses out of her office. Under the umbrella of Granicy Square, she sells all-natural dog and cat food, koi food, bird food and veterinary supplies, including such brands as Nutra Source, Instinct, Zignature, Esscence, Inception, Victor, Taste of the Wild, Prey, Solid Gold and VetsDiet. Over the years, Ms. Granicy has also found success managing a gift shop with various antique, vintage and unique items.. Furthermore, Ms. Granicy gained valuable experience operating a recycling center and offering upcyling materials, as well as renting out moving trucks. She also notably provided her premises as a location for video and photo shoots. Moreover, Ms. Granicy also offers parking

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JENNIFER A. SUTTON

Jennifer A. Sutton, DVM, initially decided that she wanted to focus on veterinary medicine as an undergraduate at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. In the years since, her career has expanded exponentially to engulf a variety of wellness endeavors that relate not only to animals, but to her community at large. After receiving a Bachelor of Science in biology at the aforementioned school in 1992, she continued her studies with a DVM from the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. In 2019, she obtained a Master of Business Administration from Louisiana State University. While she practices as a partner and a veterinarian at Gulf Coast Veterinary Emergency Hospital and Beach View Veterinary Hospital, LLC, Dr. Sutton considers

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KIMBERLY RAE CARLSON

Driven by her desire to make a difference in the world, Kimberly Rae Carlson decided to focus on a particularly vulnerable group: animals. She was inspired to become a veterinary surgeon after volunteering with the Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago. She saw a lot of bad cases of abuse and neglect, and knew she had to do more to help. Dr. Carlson proceeded to obtain a DVM from the University of Illinois School of Veterinary Medicine in 2001 and a diploma from the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2008. She also garnered hands-on experience as a surgical resident at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and as a surgeon at Veterinary Surgical Centers Delta. Today, Dr. Carlson works at North

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Carol Swinford

CAROL M. SWINFORD

The owner and founder of the Shades of Blue Ranch for more than 20 years, Carol M. Swinford strongly believes in alternative medicine and animal therapy. She started her career as a certified nurse’s aide, lending her services to numerous nursing homes over the years. On the side, Ms. Swinford and her husband, Gary, decided to build and open a ranch because they wanted a couple of horses. Every time her husband built a new barn, it ended up being a new shade of blue, hence the ranch’s name. They started with regular-sized horses, but became enamored with miniature horses after buying one at an auction in 1997. She quickly realized there was a perfect way to combine her job

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MARION E. SMART

With expertise in veterinary pathology, clinical pathology and large animal medicine, Marion E. Smart proudly devoted her knowledge and career to guiding her peers and the younger generations. She started as a lecturer for a diploma course in veterinary pathology at the University of Saskatchewan in 1968, and stayed until her retirement in 2014. Some of her other positions at the school include assistant professor and associate professor in veterinary clinical studies, associate professor and professor in the Department of Veterinary Internal Medicine, and professor in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences. She currently holds the distinguished title of professor emeritus. ​ In addition to her tenure at the University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Smart has worked in various other

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