By:  Date: 06/30/2008

he National Animal Interest Alliance is very excited to welcome Dr. Lance Baumgard and Paul Mundell as the most recent additions to our Board of Directors. Paul Mundell is the National Director for Canine Companions for Independence and Lance Baumgard teaches Animal and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Arizona, Tucson. Both represent two fascinating areas of animal expertise – assistance dogs and animals in agriculture – that NAIA is proud to include in our diverse membership.

Paul is currently the National Director of Canine Programs for Canine Companions for Independence, a national nonprofit organization that breeds, raises and trains assistance dogs for people with disabilities. Paul joined Canine Companions in 1989 as an instructor, training assistance dogs after receiving a BA from Haverford College and attending graduate school at Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany. Paul has continued his educational excellence and grown professionally to be one of the most highly regarded practitioners in his field of applied animal genetics and breeding. Additionally, Paul is a consultant for the United States Marine Corps (USMC) assisting in a project to develop specialized search dogs that will remotely detect improvised explosive devices in a tactical environment. He also provides the USMC with expertise in the selection, training, conditioning and deployment of dogs for this purpose.

Lance is an Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences and in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at The University of Arizona. His areas of expertise are Nutritional and Environmental Physiology and he has extensively published in both fields. In addition, Lance also writes and speaks on the weak connection between dietary fat and human disease. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees at the University of Minnesota and his PhD from Cornell University. Lance received the 2007 Cargill Animal Nutrition Young Scientist Award and the 2007 Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science Young Scientist Award.

Both have unique perspectives to share and will contribute in meaningful ways to NAIA's broadening base of support.

"Paul and Lance exemplify our greatest strength as an organization," says NAIA Chairman and National Director, Patti Strand, "and that is the animal experts who provide the fact-based, scientific foundation for our public education and advocacy campaigns."

We thank them both for their commitment to the NAIA mission and look forward to working with them as we achieve even greater visibility and national recognition in the animal welfare arena.


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Member Advisory
June 30, 2008
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