Dr. Radcliffe is the owner/President of Town & Country Animal Hospital in Wheeling, West Virginia. Born and raised in Wheeling, being a veterinarian was Dr. Radcliffe’s dream since the age of twelve. He graduated from Triadelphia High School, West Virginia University (B.S. in Animal Science), and Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine (1979).
After working for another local veterinarian for a little over a year, Dr. Radcliffe decided to open his own veterinary clinic in 1981. There he administered veterinary care as a solo practitioner for both large and small animals and provided emergency care 24/7. Due to the addition of another doctor and the upgrading of equipment and diagnostic tools, the animal clinic became Town and Country Animal Hospital in 1986 when it moved to its current location.
Dr. R, as he is called at the hospital, is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), the West Virginia Veterinary Medical Association, the Wheeling Valley Veterinary Medical Association (Past President), and the Scottish Deerhound Club of America.
Dr. Radcliffe has served as an instructor for the Canaan Valley Equine Seminar; Adult Education at Garrett Community College in Oakland, MD; and Bethany College in Bethany, WV. He has also been the guest speaker for the Scottish Deerhound National Specialty; the Whippet National Specialty; The Saluki National Specialty; the Annual Golden Gathering in Wheeling; “Greyhounds Reach the Beach” in Dewey/Rehoboth Beach, DE; “Sandy Paws” in Jekyll Island, GA; the National Mended Hearts Association convention in San Antonio, TX, speaking on the health benefits of pet ownership; and Pfizer Animal Health, speaking on topics such as geriatrics, performance injuries, canine physical rehabilitation, pain management, and Stem Cell Therapy.
Married in 1976 to his best friend, Judy, they have one daughter, Abigail (1981) who was married in 2007. He enjoys the companionship of two greyhounds, Sysco and Angel, and his hobbies include reading, gardening, romping with the hounds, and engaging in FaceTime with his grandsons, Nicholas Joseph Lopez II (Born 2009) and James Anthony Lopez (Born 2011).
Dr. Radcliffe will do two presentations on geriatric issues in greyhounds and one Q&A session that he calls "Rappin' with Radcliffe."
Gillian is a dog behaviorist/trainer with vast experience working with active and retired racing greyhounds. After eight years of waiting, she began the slippery slope into NGA world with her first greyhound, RJ's Theadore, that many may know as Teddy Lee on social media. Being a researcher at heart, she wanted to learn more about the amazing world of greyhound racing and Teddy's trainers, the Piquettes, welcomed her into their kennel, home and family. During her vacations from her full time employment, Gillian could be found at Steubenville Kennel at the crack of dawn doing kennel hand duties and learning the ins and outs of the greyhound racing world.
She is the founder of Gillian's Greyhound Adoption located in Orillia, Ontario. GGA specializes in retirees that may need a little polishing and a little more assistance in the transition from professional athlete to professional pet. GGA also provides behavioral assistance to adoption groups throughout North America.
When not working, looking after her pack of five, and GGA affairs, Gillian works to support the industry in any way she can including legislation session support, education and countless hours of Greyhound Data entry.
Gillian will be doing a one-hour talk on three different days, including some foster care best practices and some of the behaviors she deals with in foster care and with her behavior clients.
Joanne is a volunteer for the Greyhound Adoption League of Texas and serves as the Chair of The Greyhound Project Committee. She is also the editor of the Celebrating Greyhounds calendars. She'll be discussing what goes into creating the Celebrating Greyhounds calendars and offering insight and suggestions to increase the chances of getting your photos selected.
Greyhound Pet Adoptions of Delaware - GPAD will be selling 2023 wall calendars and desk planners at the GRtB registration desk.
John is a 25+year Greyhound adopter, adoption volunteer and adoption group leader. He is the longtime President of the Southeastern Greyhound Club, one of the largest single-breed dog clubs in the country, and also serves as the Chairman of the Advisory Board of its Greyhound adoption program, GPA-Atlanta/Southeastern Greyhound Adoption. He has been a preservationist Greyhound breeder, breeding from racing and coursing Greyhound bloodlines, for the past 11 years.
John acquired his first Greyhound puppy from a breeder friend in 2007. In 2011, he established a hobbyist Greyhound breeding program with the goal of helping to preserve and extend the English open coursing Greyhound bloodlines. Since then, he has bred seven litters of Greyhound puppies, from both coursing and racing bloodlines.
John has previously served as Vice President of Greyhound Pets of America National, and currently serves as its Legal Advisor. He also currently serves as the Coordinator of the GPA Irish Greyhounds to America Program. A retired attorney, John provides pro bono legal counsel to Greyhound adoption groups on legal interpretation and enforcement of adoption contracts. John is also the co-founder and Vice President of the organization Greyhound Adopters for Racing.
John has written articles and essays on Greyhound history, Greyhound sport and legal aspects of Greyhound adoption for Celebrating Greyhounds magazine and Field Advisory News. He has also given presentations on these subjects at national Greyhound gatherings. John has been profiled in the National Greyhound Association’s magazine, The Greyhound Review.
John is the founder and administrator of the 36,000+ member Facebook Greyhound group, “The Greyhound” which is the largest Greyhound forum on social media. He also co-founded the “Greyhound Puppies” group on Facebook. In addition, John hosts, with his friend and producer Michael Burns, the “Greyhound Nation” podcast, the only general interest Greyhound podcast in the world. It is available at www.greyhoundnation.dog
John lives with his wife Laura on SummerWind Farm, their small farm in Coweta County, Georgia south of Atlanta, with their 14 Greyhounds, 1 Whippet and 3 horses.
John will be speaking on two subjects: “Who Will Breed – and Test – the American Greyhound in the Future?” and “The Irish Are Coming – Rehoming Irish Greyhounds in North America.”
Dr. Erin Giza is the owner of Pets On The Shore Veterinary Hospital in Salisbury, Maryland. Dr. Giza received her DVM in 2007 from University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and received her BS in 1997 from Salisbury State University.
She moved back to the Eastern Shore in 2007 where she worked in small animal general practice, mixed animal general practice and emergency medicine.
She has furthered her credentials with certifications in acupuncture and chiropractic from the Chi University. Pets On The Shore Veterinary Hospital offers wellness, medicine, surgery, dentistry, radiology including ultrasound, laser therapy, acupuncture and chiropractic.
Dr. Giza resides in Cambridge, MD with her menagerie of rescued animals including horses, dogs, cats and husband.
Dr. Giza will give a brief overview of incorporating traditional Chinese medicine along with Western medicine and will do a demonstration of acupuncture and chiropractic and discuss laser therapy for pets.