We are pleased to announce that the ACVIM Foundation
lists “Epi4Dogs” as a
Like-Minded Nonprofit Organizations and Respective Resources
ALSO…. if you / your vet is having difficulty getting optimal results from the proper treatment…. the ACVIM also offers a list of American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) Board-certified Specialist in your area !
Definitely worth checking out and sharing with your vet!
American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Conference
Another well-received Epi4Dogs participation at the
2014 Nashville ACVIM Conference !!!
Epi4Dogs had another successful experience at an ACVIM Conference. Each time we are lucky enough to attend a conference, we come away with a different experience from the last conference. This time was no different. The thing that surprised us that most though is that so, so many vets and vet internists, and even some researchers too KNEW who we were ! Many comments were: “they have us book marked, they use our site all the time for info, they send their vets (these were from the internists) to our site/great resource, many said they send all their EPI clients to our site, our support group is very well appreciated. we even got a few “Epi4Dogs and EnzymeDiane are our heroes”. And a few vets even offered to help us with any questions that we might have! There was a big interest in the cat EPI information that we had too. In addition i now have a rather large list of internists and vets that liked our EPI Quick Guide… so i will be emailing the PDF of the EPI Quick Guide to them so that they can easily share the info with their clients. One internist was so appreciative of what we do that she was ready to whip out her check book and make a contribution….. but we had to stop her because we are not a 501c3…. (more on this below). One day we were even stopped by a California Gastroenterologist in the hotel hallway because of the EPI T-shirts we were wearing (Thank You Susan and Ms. Butterbean) who had a long chat with us about our Epi4dogs website and the forum and he ended up taking a picture with us because he wanted to use it in a presentation he was doing
(all because of our epi shirts !!!).
Our conference Table
Paula, Olesia and Diane at the Epi4Dogs table
One of the isles at the Conference
The networking with vet researchers was by far the best at this conference!
In addition to meeting with the vets and internists, we also had a delightful dinner and discussion Wednesday with Dr. David Williams (research developer of the EPI TLI test), who everyone just adored (he is such a nice man!).
Dr. Cyrus from Texas A&M Gastrointestinal Lab also visited with us and more great research discussions ensued. Then we met another geneticist who is very interested in possibly teaming up with Dr. Clark at Clemson with regards to EPI Research in breeds other than the GSD. And last but not least, myself, Dr. Williams and a Bioengineering company are excited about another future possibility working with acinar cell transplantation. Although not feasible at this moment…. still a possibility in the future ….. once some of the technical difficulties can be resolved at a more reasonable cost.
Olesia and Dr. David Williams
Anyway….. this is all just a snapshot of the wonderful opportunities that we had the good fortune to experience because of ACVIM networking.
SO…. about that donation that we put the brakes on ….well… i have been thinking about setting up Epi4Dogs as a “501c3 Not for Profit” for a long time, but have not been in a position to do so. I am now beyond pleased that a wonderful couple, who asked to remain anonymous, has offered to pay the 501c3 filing expense. This is HUGE for Epi4Dogs and is a crucial step in our ability to successfully organize and fund future EPI research. My deepest appreciation to this amazingly wonderful, kind and very caring couple. THANK YOU!
The Nashville Gaylord Hotel was massive! The facility sat on 9 acres of land with 2,881 rooms, 600,000 square feet, there was a river in the middle of the hotel, with boat rides, waterfalls, an atrium and one Epi4Dogs member that kept mumbling “where AM i ??????”. It was like a city under a glass dome. Diane had to literally lead me around like a child… i was so lost!
This is the view from our room
This is the river in the center of the hotel with shops in the center part
and the 44 foot waterfall … inside the hotel
Nashville was great. A city full of energy, the music was amazing and the people were very nice!
Thank you to each and every one of you for being a part of this EPI community, for sharing your time, observations and EPI experiences with others. Because of each of you, epi4dogs has evolved into a well-respected all-encompassing EPI resource center and support group. Because of you, epi4dogs was able to attend the ACVIM FORUM and meet so many wonderful internal medicine vets that appreciate what we are doing, who send their EPI care-givers to our site for support and are very interested in working with us and using our EPI Registry in possible future clinical studies/trials. None of this would be possible with out each of you
So although words don’t even come close to expressing what an amazing difference each of you have made in the lives of so many….. please accept these humble words…. THANK YOU!
American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Conference
We are very pleased that Epi4Dogs was invited to attend the 2012 ACVIM Forum in New Orleans
This was a great opportunity to bring better awareness of EPI4dogs resources to the internal veterinarian medicine community and to let this community know that we provide a support group for EPI clients. In addition, this was a great venue to share Dr. Clark’s EPI Genetic Research and to let researchers know we now have an EPI Registry to assist with future clinical trials.
in photo above is (L to R) Olesia, Dr. Leigh Anne Clark, Dr. David Williams, Diane In attendance at our booth #7:
Dr. David A. Williams, MA Vet MB PhD, Diplomate ACVIM, Diplomate ECVIM-CA, Developer of the TLI test for EPI, Gastrointestinal Consultant at Texas A&M http://vetmed.tamu.edu/gilab/staff
Dr. Leigh Anne Clark, PhD., Ass’t Professor Genetics and Biochemistry, Clemson University SC. (EPI Geneticist) http://www.clemson.edu/genbiochem/people/lclark.php
Diane Sloan of EnzymeDiane http://www.enzymediane.com/
Olesia Kennedy of Epi4Dogs http://www.epi4dogs.com/
OUR SILENT AUCTION ITEM
Box of Epi4Dogs “For the Love of Dogs” wine showcased with Susan’s “Butterbean”
to see the complete list….. please go to http://www.acvim.org/websites/forum2011/index.php?p=589
One of New Orleans famous trolley’s…
Street view of downtown New Orleans at night
An artist’s memorial of Hurricane Katrina