W. Jean Dodds became a veterinarian in 1964 after graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College, and has spent more than five decades as a clinical research veterinarian. From 1965 to 1986, she was a member of many national and international committees on hematology, animal models of human disease, veterinary medicine, and laboratory animal science. Dodds was a grantee of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NIH) and has over 150 research publications.
She started Hemopet in 1986, the first nonprofit national animal blood bank. Today, Hemopet’s range of nonprofit services and educational activities include: providing canine blood components and related services; adopting retired Greyhound blood donors as companions; and the Hemolife diagnostic division focused on hematology and blood banking, immunology, endocrinology, nutrition and holistic medicine.
In 2011, Dodds released NutriScan, a food sensitivity and intolerance diagnostic test for dogs, cats and horses. NutriScan, the new gold standard for pets, tests for 24 of the most commonly ingested foods.
Dodds is also Co-Trustee of the Rabies Challenge Fund, a nonprofit project to assess the duration of immunity and safety of current rabies vaccines for animals.
Dodds actively participates in the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA) and the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Foundation. She co-authored two books with Diana Laverdure, The Canine Thyroid Epidemic: Answers You Need for Your Dog, which was rewarded the Dog Writers Association of America, Best Care and Health Book for 2011 and the Eukanuba Maxwell Canine Health Award. Her second book, Canine Nutrigenomics: Foods that Heal Your Dog, was published in January 2015. Dodds also holds 25 patents.