March 19, 1920 ~ April 28, 2006

The Dalmatian Club of America Foundation has established the Betty Garvin Memorial Speaker Fund through the generosity of Betty’s many friends and her family. The fund will underwrite an honorary stipend for a prominent speaker at the annual Specialty Show of the DCA.

The goal is to attract renowned and relevant speakers to provide a valuable educational and entertaining opportunity to those who attend the National. The yearly honoree will be selected by a small committee of members of the Boards of Directors of the Dalmatian Club of America and the Dalmatian Club of America Foundation.

The speaker series commenced in 2007, honoring Danika Bannasch, DVM, PhD, the world-renowned canine geneticist and long-time Dalmatian fancier. The speech was held on Sunday, April 29, 2007, at the Drawbridge Inn, Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, in conjunction with the Dalmatian Club of America National Specialty.

The Betty Garvin Memorial Speaker at the 2017 DCA National Specialty will be Jason Gagne, DVM who will be discussing "Nutritional Management of Canine Epilepsy and Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome." This will be held upstairs at the Purina Center on Tuesday evening May 23, 2017 at 8 p.m. As always, admission is free, and all are welcome.

This tradition honoring Betty Garvin, has continued each year at the National Specialty:

    2007 ~ Danika Bannasch DVM PhD, Suzy Hughes DVM, & Mary-Lynn Jensen PhD: "A Seminar On Dalmatian Urate Stones"

    2008 ~ Keith Murphy PhD: "A Tale of Canine Genetics: A Dog's Life is Getting Better All the Time"

    2009~ Eddie Dziuk: "CHIC, OFA, Dalmatians and Health Testing."

    2010 ~ Terry Warren, CEO: AKC Canine Health Foundation

    2011 ~ Tim Robbins: "Following The Dalmatian Standard Around the World: 1905 - 2011"
    Click here for presentation and handouts on the DCA Members Education page.

    2012 ~ Kirk Esmond, DVM: "I Want Puppies"

    2013 ~ 2013 Melinda Fleming, DVM

    2014 ~ David Waters, DVM PhD: "Whole Organism Thinking: The Challenge of Successful Aging and Cancer Avoidance in a U-Shaped World"

    2015 Robert Hutchison, DVM

    2016 Michael Halpern, PhD

    click here for informational links on the DCA Members Education page.

Betty Garvin was a long-time friend of the Dalmatian breed. She served on the Board of Directors and as Secretary of the Dalmatian Club of America, and she was one of the first female delegates to the American Kennel Club where she served for many years. She attended 40 consecutive DCA Specialties, and her family's Korcula Kennels, Reg. produced some of the top winners and producers in the breed.

Donations to the fund can be made through the Dalmatian Club of America Foundation, a 501.C(3) organization, to:
    Sheila Wymore
    PO Box 268
    Cornville AZ   86325
    Email Sheila

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