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Veterinarians

Dr Ana Oliveira

University of Lisbon, Portugal

Ana Oliveira

Ana Oliveira graduated from the University of Lisbon, Portugal, where she obtained her DVM degree in 2013. After a short experience in small animal practice, Ana is now working in research while completing a Master of Science in Veterinary Biomedical Sciences at Kansas State University. She is particularly interested in the interface between animal and human health, as she believes that ultimate well-being can only be achieved through a One Health approach. She loves traveling while pet sitting – the perfect way of combining two of her passions.

Dr Gemma Gaitskell

Royal Veterinary College, London, UK

Gemma Gaitskell

Gemma Gaitskell, BVetMed MSc MRCVS, graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2010. She was determined to be a vet from a young age and loves animals, especially dogs and horses. Now based in Madrid she has recently completed a Masters degree in equine reproduction and is looking to undertake a PhD. In addition to this she has a keen interest in nutrition and veterinary education. Gemma believes that access to good quality information is vital to help improve the welfare of animals. At home she enjoys spending time with her five dogs and retraining her ex-racehorse.

Dr Stuart Fitzgerald

University College Dublin, Ireland

Stuart Fitzgerald

Stuart Fitzgerald, MVB MANZCVS, graduated from University College Dublin in 2001. He has spent the past 16 years performing first opinion and referral small animal work, and owns a small animal hospital in rural Ireland. In 2014, he was recognised for his clinical expertise by admission to the Australian & New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. He is passionate about promoting animal health and welfare through education of vets and owners alike, and is the Feline Medicine mentor for a large group of veterinary practices in the UK. In his spare time, he enjoys sourdough baking, and distance running with Sasha, his Labrador-Foxhound cross.

Dr Christine Bernsdorf

University of Queensland, Australia

Christine Bernsdorf

Christine is an Australian veterinarian who studied at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. Christine is a life-long dog aficionado, whose first dog was a much loved, large, stuffed-toy named Barkley. Christine’s second dog was a jubilant, naughty Boxer named Rocky. During the past 12 years Christine has travelled extensively from California to Australia, and all throughout Australia, with a gorgeous, timid, storm-phobic, completely talentless, food-obsessed, belly-rub craving dog named Gracey. Gracey is a cross between a Labrador, German Shepherd, Newfoundland and Afghan Hound, as determined by DNA testing.

DogZone Staff

Kimberly Bayliss

Editor of DogZone

Kimberly Bayliss

Kimberly Bayliss, Editor of DogZone, completed her undergraduate education at the University of California, Irvine in English and Linguistics. She eventually moved to the UK where she further completed a Master’s of Research in Applied Linguistics at Birkbeck, part of the University of London, where she analysed gendered language use on Twitter. When she’s not editing content, Kimberly is most likely out with her beagle, Dunder. The two of them volunteer together for a local beagle charity that rehomes beagles in the UK, checking whether applicants might be suitable owners for the sweet, yet often mischievous breed.

Dunder the Beagle

Chief Product Tester & Snoozer

Dunder the beagle

Dunder the beagle is the chief product tester and snoozer here at DogZone headquarters. His favourite games include tug, tag and find it. Dunder is a keen swimmer and has a knack for finding trouble, but his owners have found that the more tired he is, the less troublesome. As a result, Dunder spends a few afternoons a week with a pack of beagles, burning off some of that crazy energy. On weekends, he likes to go ‘adventurising’ with his humans in the English countryside. Whilst Dunder’s great grandfather won ‘Best in Breed’ at Crufts in 2002, Dunder says he'd rather be chasing squirrels in the great outdoors.