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"In 1996, after four years of veterinary practice, I took a long, hard look at my life and decided I wanted to seek a higher quality of life both for myself, my family and the pets I served. I was dissatisfied with the status quo and tradition of simply identifying and treating disease and began to focus on preventing disease and optimizing health. Nearly 20 years later, this journey has led me to become a student of human and veterinary physiology, nutrition, wellness and longevity. I am a believer in the "be it, do it, share it" philosophy. My desire is to reach out and help others because the relationships with ourselves, each other and our pet loved ones are the most important reasons for living." Dr. Ernie Ward
Dr. Ernie Ward has spent his entire career practicing, writing about, lecturing on and encouraging better care for dogs and cats. Whether he's discussing the dangers of obesity, how to perform a physical examination, dealing with behavioral issues, answering pet owner's questions about surgery or how to provide better care for aging pets, Dr. Ward's unifying theme is "do what is in the pet's best interest."
Dr. Ward was instrumental in bringing senior pet care guidelines to general veterinary practices in 1999. In 2001, he developed and published protocols for monitoring pets receiving long term medications such as Rimadyl, Deramaxx, Previcox, Zubrin, Metacam, Enacard, thyroid hormone, prednisone and more. His chart for drug monitoring guidelines is found in most small animal veterinary hospitals in the US and Canada. Dr. Ward was an early promoter of mandatory pre-surgical blood testing for dogs and cats, the administration of intravenous fluids throughout the procedure and pre- and post-operative pain management, even for routine surgeries such as spay (OHE) and neuter (orchiectomy). Dr. Ward was an advocate for extended vaccination protocols as early as 1999. He was an early adopter of C02 laser surgery, beginning to use surgical lasers in his practice in 1999. He gave over fifty lectures in the US, Canada and Europe on the importance of three-year vaccines and wrote and produced a veterinary staff training video and guidebook on immunology and vaccinology in 2004. In 2005, he founded the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (www.PetObesityPrevention.com) to help raise awareness on the dangers of excess weight in dogs and cats. He is a certified personal trainer and USA Triathlon certified coach and Ironman finisher.
He is the owner and chief-of-staff of Seaside Animal Care, a National Practice of Excellence Award winning small animal veterinary clinic located in Calabash, North Carolina.
Dr. Ernie has authored and been featured in over fifty-five medical journal articles and is a 1992 graduate of the University Of Georgia College Of Veterinary Medicine. In 2009, Dr. Ward had a series of general veterinary practice articles published in the Beijing Companion Animal Veterinary Journal.
Dr. Ward is a frequent guest on the "Rachael Ray Show" and has appeared on the Today Show, Animal Planet, NBC Nightly News, CNN and numerous television and radio talk shows nationwide. He was awarded the "Speaker of the Year" award for the 2004 North American Veterinary Conference, and has spoken at every major North American veterinary conference and in Europe, Taiwan and China and has been a guest lecturer at most of the nation's veterinary schools. His articles have been published in the US, Canada, England, Japan and China.
He lives with his wife, two daughters, their "beach mutt" Sandy and two cats, Freddie (25-toes and attitude to spare) and Itty Bitty Kitty.
For more information, visit Dr. Ward's website at www.DrErnieWard.com