The International Partnership for Dogs
The International Partnership for Dogs (IPFD) is a non-profit organization leading a global, multi-stakeholder effort to enhance dog health, well-being, and welfare.
~ Our People - IPFD Board, CEO, CFO and Consultants ~
Our People - IPFD Board, CEO, CFO and Consultants
IPFD Officers and Board
Marc Ralsky – CEO, International Partnership for Dogs – Canada
Marc joined IPFD as its new CEO on October 3, 2022.
He has broad experience as a not-for-profit leader and has worked extensively with fundraising and corporate sponsorship with various organizations.
Marc is a board member of the Canadian Kennel Club. He owns and breeds Siberian Huskies, and co-owns Toy Manchesters, and Samoyeds and shows them in conformation shows worldwide. Marc is also an experienced writer on dog-related topics.
Pekka Olson – Chair, IPFD Board – Sweden
Veterinarian 1975, DVM, DR. h.c. (Honorary Doctorate Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences) 2013. Clinician/lecturer at the faculty of veterinary medicine, SLU, 1976 – 1996. Worked at Agria Animal Insurance from 1996 to 2017, where he has had various roles including Veterinary Manager, Marketing Manager, Managing Director of Agria Pet Insurance, in the UK.
Board member, Hundstallet (Swedish dog shelter and humane organization)
On the boards of the Agria/SKK Research Fund
Former Chair, Swedish Kennel Club, board member of the Swedish/Norwegian horse research foundation, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), and Trofast AB (an IT company providing service to 50% of Swedish veterinary practices).
Bill Lambert – Vice Chair, IPFD Board – UK
Bill Lambert is Health, Welfare and Breeder Services Executive at the Kennel Club, where he has worked since 2005. He has overall responsibility for their numerous health and welfare initiatives, which include the Breed Health and Conservation Plans, tools for breeders to help breed healthy dogs and the numerous health schemes that the Kennel Club are involved in as well as having overall responsibility for Kennel Club Breed Rescue.
In addition, he is the chief Kennel Club spokesperson, and as such represents the KC both in the media and on internal and external committees and groups, including in Parliament. He is an IEMA approved Lead Auditor and formulated the process for assessing breeders’ premises on behalf of the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme – the Kennel Club is the only body worldwide currently able to provide UKAS certification to dog breeders.
Bill is also a recognised authority on the Bull Terrier Breed, is a successful breeder and judge, and was former Vice-Chair of the Bull Terrier Club as well as being a volunteer for The Bull Terrier Club (UK) Welfare Trust. He has lobbied for changes to the Dangerous Dogs act since its inception in 1991.
His previous career involved providing customer service where he has a long history in raising and applying accreditation standards as well as being involved in the specialised IT and print industries, where he ran a successful printing business for a number of years as well as being employed in the advertising industry, where he was responsible for the delivery of the world’s largest newspaper advertising campaign.
Currently: Health, Welfare and Breeder Services Executive, The Kennel Club
Peter Friedrich – IPFD Board Member – Germany
Education and Profession Studies in Psychology and Biology; Professor for Psychology and Criminology: Analysis of extremely violent actions, especially cases of murder in the context of investigations, when the offender is unidentified, in the context of interrogation and questioning of accused, suspects and witnesses, in the context of court cases, in the context of prevention
Memberships: Allgemeiner Deutscher Rottweiler Klub since 1980, Deutscher
Windhundzucht- und Rennverband since 2000, Deutscher Doggen Club 1888 since 2005 Breeding and Racing Society 2008 - 2011
Working Judge (IPO, FH, BH) since 1990; Specialist Breed Judge since 2008
Honouring : Großes Hundeführer-Sportabzeichen mit Kranz of the German Kennel Club (VDH) 1989
Kennel Rottweiler "vom Sternbogen" together with Elvira and Reinhold Mühle and Manfred
Mayer; Tahuara's Greyhounds and Sloughis , Owner: Heide Friedrich (Teamwork)
President of the German Kennel Club (VDH) since 2009
Professor for Psychology and Criminology
Kirsi Sainio – IPFD Board Member – Finland
Education: Ph.D., University of Helsinki, Faculty of Medicine 1998
Adjunct Professor in Developmental Biology, University of Helsinki 1999 - ; Principal Investigator, Institute of Biomedicine, Biochemistry and Developmental Biology 2003 – ; Senior University Lecturer, Institute of Biomedicine 2008 –
Research Activities: 50 original scientific articles; Other publications: 15 (chapters in books, reviews); Supervisor of numerous Ph.Ds and master’s thesis
Public Relationships: Specialist in Radio Broadcasting and TV news and special programs (Finnish Broadcasting Company News, Finnish Broadcasting Company Prisma-program; Swedish Radio Vega etc.), interviews to Newspapers; Numerous articles in magazines
Member of the Board of The Finnish Kennel Club 2008
Finnish Kennel Club: Chair of the Breeding and Scientific Commission
Finnish Kennel Club: Chair of the DNA-group
Nordic Kennel Union: Chair of the Scientific Committee and DNA-group
Fédération Cynologique Internationale; Scientific Commission, member
Fédération Cynologique Internationale; Breeding Commission, member and secretary
Finnish Kennel Club: conformation judge (FCI group 3; Terriers)
The Skye Terrier Club of America, Health Committee Chairperson
Skye Terriers since 1974, breeder (prefix of Skyeline).
Dave Eikelberg – IPFD Board Member – USA
Dave Eikelberg lives in Knoxville, Tennessee in the USA and has been married 38 years to his wife Kennetha. They have one son (an attorney in Boston, Massachusetts), and Dave and Kennetha are expecting their first grandchild in January of 2020.
Dave grew up on an apple orchard in Indiana and learned the value of hard work. He later joined the United States Navy as a propulsion engineer and served in the Pacific and Atlantic fleets earning commendations and an honorable discharge. From the Navy, Dave went directly into industry refueling commercial nuclear power plants and eventually went on to work at the Department of Energy as a nuclear safety analyst, where he currently works.
Throughout those years Dave earned a Master’s degree in Information Technology and completed all his coursework for a PhD in Business specializing in Project Management. He also became a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute.
Throughout all those years, Dave and Kennetha enjoyed raising and breeding dogs of many types including Maltese, Boxer, Bull Dog, Afghan Hounds, and currently, they breed Black Russian Terriers. Their four Black Russian Terriers, Zeus, Enya, Hunter, and Saphira keep them busy and passionate about responsible breeding, health testing advocacy, and the future health of canines throughout the world. His work with the Black Russian Terrier Club is an example of his dedication to canines of all types as he is developing a health research program in cooperation with various U.S. institutional research organizations to benefit the BRT.
Dave looks forward to bringing his business, financial, and practical dog breeding and rearing experience to the IPFD and helping to further the position of the IPFD as the global leader in canine advocacy.
Marty Greer – IPFD Board Member – USA
Dr. Marty Greer received her Bachelor of Science in 1978, her DVM in 1981 from Iowa State University, and her JD in 2010 from Marquette Law School.
Dr. Greer and her husband, Dr. Dan Griffiths, own Veterinary Village and International Canine Semen Bank WI-IL. She has a special interest in Pediatrics, Small Animal Reproduction and behavior. They have 2 married grown children, Katy (Tim Anderson) and Karl (Kelly) and one grandson, Jorin. In addition, they raise and show Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Danish-Swedish Farmdogs (and Bengal cats in the past). Her family has raised six puppies for Canine Companions for Independence, a bona fide service dog program that trains all varieties of assistance dogs except those for visually impaired handlers. She is Director of Veterinary Services at Revival Animal Health, a catalog company. Dr. Greer practices law part-time with her law partner, Sheila Kessler, at Animal Legal Resources, LLC. Her passion is to educate clients and keep puppies and kittens healthy.
Dr. Greer's work on education and outreach extends to a wide range of breeders, e.g. through her work with AKC on the Bred by Heart program, as well as commercial breeders on topics of theriogenology, breeding standards, and kennel management.
She is a serious foodie, loves beer, cooking, knitting, and photography. Dr. Greer has recently published the book: Canine Reproduction and Neonatology – for Veterinarians, Veterinary Staff, and Breeders.
Veterinarian, Co-owner Veterinary Viillage, Lomira, WI; Law partner at Animal Legal Resources LLC.
Barbara Thiel – IPFD Board Member – Germany
Education and Profession: Veterinarian, graduated in 2000 at the Justus-Liebig-University, Giessen. Worked for Royal Canin since being a student, then in the department for training and development as well as in the private label department at Fressnapf / MaxiZoo for seven years. Since 2013 and ongoing employed at Bewital petfood.
Rassezuchtverein für Hovawart-Hunde e.V. since 1991, Deutscher
Windhundzucht- und Rennverband since 2002, De Greyhound Club (NL) since 2018.
Co-Breeder of "Koseilata’s"-Whippets from 2003 – 2018. Doing temperament tests for breeding licenses in many different breeds for the VDH and the DWZRV since 2012.
Former Head of the Breeding Board of the German Sighthound Association (DWZRV)
R & D, training and development, Bewital petfood, Germany
Liaison for IPFD at the German Kennel Club (VDH)
Alexandre Balzer – IPFD Board Member – France
Alexandre is a vet practitioner in his clinic in France. A prolific writer, he frequently authors articles on pet health and collaborates on training resources for vets, breeders, and dog trainers, and he is the author or co-author of a several books and numerous scientific articles. Alexandre often works with the Société Centrale Canine (SCC) and with breeders on health issues, and he has considerable experience talking to owners and the public about dog health and well-being. He and his wife breed Newfoundlands and Golden Retrievers.
DMV, Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Toulouse
CEAV (Advanced Veterinary Studies Certificate), Internal Medicine
DU, Veterinary Psychiatry
Président, Société Centrale Canine (SCC)
Member of CNEAC, CUNSE, and the SCC Scientific Commission
Président, Association Canine Territoriale du Bourbonnais
Président, Club Canin de Sauvetage Aquatique
Eva Lejdbrandt – IPFD Board Member – Sweden
Elected to IPFD Board in December 2022. Bio to come.
Ulf Uddman – CFO – Sweden
Ulf is former CEO of Svenska Kennelklubben (SKK), a position in which he served since 1984. Before that he was employed at EY (firm of accounts) after studying economics at the Stockholm University. Ulf has been the SKK representative in a number of governmental investigations regarding animal issues e.g. animal protection, disease control and import of pets. Representing the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) in various international working groups e.g.: the development of an ISO-standard for chips for pets, FCI Task Force 2010 producing an operational plan for a modernization of FCIs activities.
Member of the board of the animal insurance company, Agria Pet Insurance
Member of several election committees for non-profit organizations
Katariina Mäki – Business and Project Coordinator – Finland
Katariina joined IPFD as Business and Project Coordinator in August, 2021. She served as Acting CEO from November, 2021 until September 2022.
Katariina is a researcher who previously worked as a breeding expert for the Finnish Kennel Club. She studied animal breeding and genetics in the University of Helsinki. Her dissertation dealt with dog breeding (‘Breeding Against Hip and Elbow Dysplasia in Dogs). She is specialized in population genetics (genetic diversity and small populations), canine hereditary disorders and breeding value estimations.
During her kennel club career, Katariina was actively engaged and involved with the scientific committees of the kennel club and the Nordic Kennel Union. She was also a permanent contributor of the kennel club magazine ‘Koiramme’. She was the main developer of the general breeding strategy, which was introduced for all breeds in 2012. She was also responsible for the estimation of breeding values for hip and elbow dysplasia and spondylosis.
In 2019, Natural Resources Institute assigned Katariina to write a dog breeding investigation commissioned by The Finnish Food Authority. The Investigation, ‘Improving the implementation of animal welfare legislation in animal breeding. Part II: Preliminary analysis of problems and means of intervention in the breeding of dogs’, was published in 2020. The work led to the award of the Act of Animal Welfare 2020 by SEY Animal Welfare Finland. The award was given to Katariina and her colleague Riitta Kempe, who worked as the project administrator. During 2021−2022 Katariina works with a follow-up of the investigation.
Katariina is at her best when working in and between scientific research and practical advisory work, taking the results of science to the field. Her extensive cooperation network with various stakeholders guarantees her work a multi-stakeholder approach.
Katariina lives in the countryside with her family and their four horses, two dogs (a Hovawart and a Jack Russell – Lancashire Heeler mix) and two cats.
Aimee Llewellyn-Zaidi – HGTD Project Manager – USA
Aimee is responsible for maintaining the quality and completeness of data in the Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs database. This includes updating the generic phenes (test) information. Aimee coordinates the Breed Relevance Rating and is close communication with our Collaborating Experts.
In addition, Aimee fields queries from our DogWellNet.com members and breeders on issues related to genetics and genetic counselling.
You can contact her: Aimee.Llewellyn-Zaidi@IPFDogs.com
Formerly Head of Health and Research at the Kennel Club, Aimee provided bespoke advice to Kennel Club clients, and developed evidence-based canine health resources and engagement programmes for the public and professional.Aimee's experience at the Kennel Club included: development of the Health Team, active engagement and involvement with committees of the Kennel Club and British Veterinary Association (Canine Health Schemes); direct collaboration with international universities, and the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust, and engagement with exciting external projects such as Vet Compass (RVC), and as a speaker at BSAVA Congress, as well as numerous publications and media engagements. Aimee was also involved in the initial development of the journal “Canine Genetics and Epidemiology,” and remains active as an editorial board member. When not working on Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs, Aimee spends her time walking her Pembroke Corgi, McDuff.
Ann Milligan – DogWellNet Website Content Manager – USA
She spearheads collaborative efforts to build breed-specific content and to expand our Breeds Database and and maintains the ever-increasing wealth of information on DogWellNet.com.
Ann's youth involved spending many weekends with her parents training Labrador Retrievers and attending AKC Field Trial events; so dogs, the sport of purebred dogs and AKC events have always been a big part of her life. As an adult, Ann's involvement with Bernese Mountain Dogs started when she purchased her first Berner in 1983, and shortly after, became a part of the BMD community when she joined the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Southeast Wisconsin and the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America in 1984. From 1985 through 2003, Ann was active in showing and breeding BMDs under the kennel name BonMead; the breeding program focused on breed temperament, soundness, health and longevity, produced 23 home bred litters. Ann has served in many different roles in Bernese Clubs since 1984, working in breed education, rescue, and website development/management. Experiences gained while working with dog clubs include event hosting execution, graphic and print arts branding, and fundraising at Regional and National levels. She became an AKC Conformation judge for BMDs in 2006 and judged intersex at the 2018 BMDCA National Specialty.
Dave St. Louis – Communications Specialist – Canada
Dave is a seasoned communicator with more than two decades of diverse experience in communications, public relations, and marketing. As a member of the IPFD/DogWellNet Team since 2014, he helps develop and manage website content, produces DogWellNet Digest and IPFD's Annual Reports, and co-manages IPFD's social media accounts.
In addition to being one of Mindy the Golden Doodle's favourite humans, Dave enjoys spending time with his wife, his horse Thor, and his extended "barn family".
Robert Simons – Provisionists – Web Management
Provisionists provides IT support and management for DogWellNet.com
Michael Edwards – Coding Jungle – PHP Programmer
Developer for DogWellNet.com
IPFD Founding CEO (Retired)
Brenda Bonnett – Founding CEO (Retired), International Partnership for Dogs – Canada
Ever since Dr. Brenda Bonnett proposed the development of a canine health and welfare information network in 2011, she has been the driving force behind the IPFD and DogWellNet.com.
As IPFD’s first Chief Executive Officer, Brenda was responsible for the development and operation of the IPFD including its technical infrastructure, partnership building, programs and projects, and more. She stepped down from the CEO role on 31 October, 2021 and continued to share her expertise with the international dog community as IPFD’s Veterinary Science Officer until July 2022. The wealth of information that Brenda and IPFD the team created during her tenure remain on DogWellNet.com as an enduring resource to support the health and welfare of dogs.
Formerly tenured faculty at the Ontario Veterinary College, Brenda is a veterinarian and Consulting Epidemiologist. Her research and projects in Europe and North America have included the development of national and international programs with kennel clubs; extensive work with / publications on animal insurance data; human-animal interactions, numerous pet welfare initiatives spanning the National Council on Pet Overpopulation (1993) and for the American Humane Association: Cat Welfare Forum (Sept. 2013) and Keeping Pets (Dogs and Cats) in Homes: A Three-Phase Retention Study. As Lead Scientist at Morris Animal Foundation (2010) she assisted in development of the (now titled) Golden Retriever Lifetime Study.
Brenda played a major role in organizing and presenting the first four IPFD International Dog Health Workshops (IDHWs) and subsequent virtual IDHW sessions on canine genetics. She has also been a frequent speaker on topics of animal health, welfare, and human-animal interactions at scientific meetings, as well as to many stakeholders in the dog world (i.e., breed and kennel clubs, judges, and veterinarians). Most recently, Brenda made virtual presentations at the April 2022 Embark Canine Health Summit and the July 2022 Symposium on Healthy Dog Breeding (presented in collaboration with the Canadian Kennel Club and Canadian Veterinary Medical Association).
We are hopeful Brenda will have many opportunities to continue supporting the health and welfare of animals with her extensive knowledge and experience. We invite our members to leave their best wishes for Brenda in the comments area below (login required) or through her IPFD email account, which will remain active in the near term.
On behalf of IPFD’s Board, Consultants, and Partners, we thank Brenda for her tireless efforts in the creation of IPFD and for her immense contributions in advancing dog health, well-being, and welfare.
Other affiliation: President, B Bonnett Consulting, Canada
DogWellNet.com is the online platform for IPFD and is a curated information hub as well as housing resources to support actions by IPFD and its Partners and Collaborators.
International Dog Health Workshops
The IPFD's signature events, the IDHWs bring together decision makers from professional, regulatory, national and regional, welfare and other organisations that are stakeholders in dog health, well-being and welfare and human-dog interactions under the tagline 'From Information and Collaboration to Action'.
Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs Database
The HGTD Database catalogs information provided voluntarily from genetic test providers (GTPs) including information on their company and services, quality measures and expertise, tests offered and more. We are continually engaging more GTP participants. IPFD has collated and assembled existing and new resources for genetic counselling and education; and provided the foundation for further developments.
As of March 2023, our Pedigree Dogs Database lists 183 breeds: information includes breed standards, population data, club newsletters, breed databases, videos and much, much more. Sections on Native Breeds and Additional Resources including Agria Breed Profiles, Globally Relevant Integrated Health Profile (GRIHP) articles which describe the Big Picture of health on (all) conditions that are of interest within a breed GRIHP and associated IPFD WSAVA Meet the Breed articles are available. Many thanks to breed experts and clubs for sharing information on their breed with the DogWellNet.com Community.