DR ELIZABETH M. HODGKINS D.V.M., Esq.

Credentials

 

Author: Your Cat: Simple New Secrets to a Longer Stronger Life, St Martins Press, New York, NY, 2007

Co-Author Not Fit for a Dog!: The Truth About Manufactured Dog and Cat Food, Quill Driver Books, Fresno, CA, 93721

Participant:  US Senate Subcommittee to Examine the Pet Food Industry Recall 2007

Participant:  CBC TV, DocZone Documentary 2009, Pet Food: A Dog's Breakfast

Official Vet:  Tracie Hotchner's Cat Chat ® Radio Show

 

Ceva Animal Health, Yorba Linda, California, 2009 to Present

      Director of Veterinary Services

All About Cats Health Center, Yorba Linda, California 2003-2008

    Chief Clinician, Owner and President, Feline Health Services Inc. - a cat-exclusive specialty practice in Orange County, CA.  

Veterinary Pet Insurance, Brea, California

    Executive Vice President, Claims and Compliance 1999-2003

        ·· Managed three departments (Claims, Underwriting and Compliance) comprised of 55 individuals with 5 direct reports and budgets totaling over 2 million dollars. These departments are responsible for adjusting nearly 400,000 claims annually and handling 350,000 telephone calls from VPI policyholders requesting information and assistance. I was also responsible for company compliance with Department of Insurance statutes and regulations, as well as guiding the internal and external human resources staff in employment law-related management issues.

 

Heska Corporation, Fort Collins, Colorado 1996-1999

   Vice President, Marketing and Customer Relations, 1996-1999

         ·· Joined this start-up veterinary biotechnology company to build a customer service support effort around the first of many new products nearing market readiness. Participated in the successful launch of over a dozen new veterinary medical diagnostics and therapeutics over three years. Also participated in the successful IPO of the company on the NASDAQ exchange in July of 1997. Had five direct reports in three functional groups, including technical services, and fifteen indirect reports. Was responsible for a budget of almost four million dollars annually.

         ·· Conducted independent research into the metabolic basis for type-II diabetes in cats. This research led to the successful application and issuance on March 20, 2001, of United States patent #6,203,825 entitled "Method and Composition to protect an Obligate Carnivore From a Disease of Abnormal Carbohydrate Metabolism," with Elizabeth Hodgkins as sole inventor. This patent and  research led to the introduction in June, 2001, of a new ethical feline diabetes management food by one of the world’s largest pet food companies.

 

Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy, University of Kansas School of Law

    Editor in Chief, 1995-96; Staff Member, 1994-95

           ·· As Editor in Chief, was responsible for directing ten-member Editorial Board which supervised twenty-five staff members in article selection, editing, and publication of the Journal. Prepared annual business plan and directed Symposium Editors in the planning and execution of the Journal’s 1996 Spring Symposium.

 

Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Division of Colgate-Polmolive, Inc., Topeka, Kansas

    Director of Veterinary Technical Service & Customer Service, 1987-93

           ·· Simultaneously directed both of this billion-dollar company’s veterinary technical and lay customer service groups. These groups were comprised of forty staff members including veterinarians, information systems support technicians, service representatives, and administrative staff. These departments provided direct technical support for all existing products (48 SKUs) in all customer channels, customer research and product use information in support of new product development and launch, and technical training of Hill’s Professional Service Representatives, veterinarians, and hospital personnel in the use of Hill’s products to manage disease and maintain health in companion animals. Was responsible for all aspects of budgeting and business planning for this multi-million dollar consolidated department and successfully implemented statistical process control and other TQM methods within department.

Additional functional responsibilities assumed during 1985-93 at Hill’s:

        ·· Corporate Media Spokesperson — After extensive training with Hill’s corporate public relations agency in New York, served as exclusive provider of official company and industry-related information to newspapers, magazines, radio, and television interviewers, with special emphasis on technical/nutritional aspects of Hill’s products and services.

        ·· Corporate Regulatory Liaison — assisted Hill’s General Counse in the management of the corporate relationship with agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, American Association of Feed Control Officials, and the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

        ·· Technical Writer — Authored numerous professional and lay- audience articles, as well as two textbook chapters, on various aspects of veterinary nutrition and general veterinary medicine.

 

Hill’s Manager of Technical and Professional Services, 1985-87

        ··Assisted in the development and maintenance of Hill’s relationship with the U.S. and Canadian colleges and schools of veterinary medicine. Traveled extensively to make educational presentations and represent Hill’s before veterinary and paraveterinary groups of all types and sizes.

 

Silverado Veterinary Hospital, Napa, California

    Oncological Specialist and Associate Clinician, 1981-85

 

University of California, School of Veterinary Medicine, Davis, California

    Instructor in Residence in Veterinary Microbiology, 1980-82..

        ··Taught veterinary bacteriology, virology, and parasitology to first-year veterinary students.

  

GRADUATE EDUCATION

University of Kansas, School of Law, Lawrence, Kansas

        ··Juris Doctorate, May 1996.

        ··Kansas University Endowment Association Merit Scholarship, 1993-94

        ··Payne Jones Award in Appellate Advocacy, 1994

        ··Recipient, 1995 National Best Brief Award — Environmental Law National

Moot Court Competition

        ··Editor-in-Chief, Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy, 1995-96

        ··Regional Finalist, Bar of New York National Moot Court Competition-1995

        ··Justice Lloyd Kagey Leadership Award-199

 

University of California, Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Davis, California

   Residency in Veterinary Oncology and Internal Medicine, 1978-80

 

Animal Medical Center, New York City, New York

    Internship in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, 1977-78

 

University of California, School of Veterinary Medicine, Davis, California

    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, June 1977

 

California State Board of Veterinary Examiners, passed and licensed 1977

New York State Board of Veterinary Examiners, passed and licensed 1977

Colorado State Board of Veterinary Examiners, licensed 1998

 

UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION

 

University of California, Davis, California

    B.S. in Veterinary Science, cum laude, June 1975

    Reagent’s Full Academic Scholarship 1973-1977

 

©  Dr. E. Hodgkins, DVM - Updated November 2013