"My goal is to create change by communicating challenging concepts both intellectually and emotionally.
Change may be commissioned by the head, but is carried out by the heart."
Dr. Ernie Ward
Ernie Ward, DVM, CVFT
Dr. Ernie Ward is an internationally recognized veterinarian known for his work in the areas of general small animal practice, life extension and longevity, practice management and leadership, long-term medication monitoring, special needs of senior dogs and cats and pet obesity. He has authored three books, including “Chow Hounds: Why Our Dogs Are Getting Fatter.” Dr. Ward has been a frequent guest on television programs and served as the resident veterinarian for the “Rachael Ray Show” from 2007 until 2014. He has over 100,000 followers on Facebook, and serves over 20,000 on his Twitter accounts, Off Label Veterinary News, two YouTube channels, and popular weekly podcast, Veterinary Viewfinder (iTunes, Android, Stitcher, TuneIn). He also authors "The Vet Is In" monthly column for Dogster Magazine, and is a highly sought after veterinary media expert.
Dr. Ward is the founder of Seaside Animal Care, a National Practice of Excellence Award-winning small animal veterinary clinic and DogGone Healthy, a practice dedicated to nutritional, behavioral and integrative care in Calabash, North Carolina. He also owns an international veterinary consultancy, E3 Management, LLC. Dr. Ward has authored and been featured in more than 100 practice management and peer-reviewed medical journal articles in 11 countries, co-authored the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Weight Management Guidelines, co-authored the peer-reviewed Veterinary Clinics of North America Small Animal Obesity textbook, and is a 1992 graduate of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.
He was awarded the Speaker of the Year award for both the North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC - Orlando) and Western Veterinary Conference (WVC - Las Vegas) and has spoken at every major North American veterinary conference as well as throughout Europe, South America, and Asia and has been a guest lecturer at most U.S. veterinary schools. He has received numerous awards and designations from various veterinary medical organizations.
He created the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention in 2005 and is a Founding Member of VetPartners Practice Management Organization and the International Veterinary Senior Care Society. He serves as a Scientific Committee Chairperson (2016- ) and Practice Management Chairperson (2012- ) for the Southern European Veterinary Conference (SEVC) held in Spain. He serves on the Advisory Board for The North American Veterinary Community magazine, "Today's Veterinary Business." He is the Founder of the Project 25 Pet Life Extension and Enhancement Initiative in 2015. He has also completed multiple Ironman triathlons and has been a Certified Personal Trainer and USA Triathlon accredited coach. He ran for North Carolina State Senate in 2014. He lives on a small North Carolina barrier island with his wife of over 24 years (note: the couple began dating in February 1986 as college freshmen), two teenaged daughters, two dogs, a cat, and over 20 surfboards.
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(CVFT = Certified Veterinary Food Therapist, Chi Institute)