Episode 1

Published on:

14th Jan 2023

The Importance of Accessible and Affordable Veterinary Care

Episode 1 discusses the importance of providing affordable and accessible care to animals, especially pets living in underserved communities. Our guests are:

Myke Davis, Founder and Executive Director of The Animal Health Organization

Jenn Thomas, Executive Director of the Ross County Humane Society

Dr. Andrea Iglesias, a clinical and community psychologist working with underserved communities through a non-profit organization.

The question today is: What is your opinion of "If you cannot afford an animal you should not have one"? Our guests will answer this question and provide their experience-based opinion on the importance of pet ownership and pet retention and how providing resources for veterinary care helps both animals and the community.

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About the Podcast

The Animal Welfare Junction
Veterinary Forensics
The Animal Welfare Junction is a podcast developed to bring awareness to different topics in animal welfare. The host, Michelle Gonzalez (Dr. G) is a veterinarian who provides affordable veterinary care in the State of Ohio, and also a Forensic Veterinarian helping with the investigation and prosecution of cases of animal cruelty and neglect.
The topics presented are based on the experiences of Dr. G and our guests and include discussions about real cases, humane projects, and legal issues that affect animals and the community. Due to the nature of the discussion, listener discretion is advised as some topics may be too strong for some listeners.

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Alba Gonzalez

Michelle González (DrG) was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Her passion growing up was to become a veterinarian. She obtained a B.S. in Zoology at Michigan State University and the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at The Ohio State University, followed by a 1-yr Internship in Medicine, Surgery, Emergency and Critical Care at the University of Missouri-Columbia. In 2006 she founded the Rascal Unit, a mobile clinic offering accesible and affordable sterilization, and wellness services throughout the State of Ohio.
Dr. G is involved in many aspects of companion veterinary medicine including education, shelter assistance and help to animals that are victims of cruelty and neglect.
DrG completed a Master’s degree in Veterinary Forensics from the University of Florida and a Master’s in Forensic Psychology from Southern New Hampshire University. She is currently enrolled at the University of Florida Forensic Science program. She assists Humane organizations and animal control officers in the investigation, evaluation, and prosecution of cases of animal cruelty and neglect.