AKC Canine Health Foundation Elects New Board Of Directors

The AKC Canine Health Foundation elected new members to its board of directors at a meeting on March 6. The new members are award-winning journalist Sue M. Copeland, veterinarian Wayne Jensen, DVM, PhD, MBA, and AKC delegate, board member, and ophthalmic surgeon J. Charles Garvin, MD, as the chairman of the board. 

“I am excited to take on this challenge of following those who have led this organization so successfully these past two decades," Dr. Garvin said. "Working together with the board, staff, donors, and volunteers, we have the opportunity to expand the reputation, engagement, and influence of the AKC Canine Health Foundation throughout the canine world."

More information on the new members:

  • Sue M. Copeland is an award-winning journalist, former editor of Horse & Rider magazine, and author of more than a dozen books for both the horse and dog worlds. She is a successful conformation competitor, and owner of GCH Derby's Toast With Gusto, “Gus,” the top-winning Greater Swiss Mountain Dog in breed history in conformation.
  • Wayne Jensen, DVM, PhD, MBA, brings more than 30 years of experience in the animal health industry, including veterinary practice, research, product development, business development, and research grant funding. Dr. Jensen is professor and interim head in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Colorado State University and owner of a veterinary practice with his wife, Tracey, also a veterinarian. He trains and competes in retriever field trials and hunt tests.
  • J. Charles Garvin, MD was elected as the Chairman of the Board. Dr. Garvin is an active ophthalmic surgeon and has been president of a 72-physician medical practice for 25 years. Dr. Garvin has been closely associated with Dalmatians since the 1960s, having served as president of the Dalmatian Club of America (DCA) multiple times, as well as a member of their board for nearly 35 years. A life member of DCA, Central Ohio Kennel Club and Marion Ohio Kennel Club, Dr. Garvin has been an AKC Delegate since 1990 and currently serves as President of the DCA Foundation and Marion Ohio Kennel Club. He is also a member of the American Kennel Club Board of Directors.