AKC Canine Health Foundation Board of Directors Elected


The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent, treat and cure diseases in all dogs, is pleased to announce that at a board meeting on March 6, 2016, the AKC Canine Health Foundation elected the following new Directors:

  • 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 (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.

    Dr. Duane Butherus congratulating new CHF chairman, Dr. Charles Garvin

In addition, 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.

“I am excited to take on this challenge of following those who have led this organization so successfully these past two decades. 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,” said Dr. Garvin.

To learn more about the AKC Canine Health Foundation board of directors, please visit our website


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