Animal naturopath, Dr. Jeannie Thomason joins national group for pet professionals as pet industry expands.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 30, 2012

SUMMARY: Local businesswoman, certified animal naturopath, Dr. Jeannie Thomason joins national group for pet professionals as pet industry expands.

Contact Information:
Janet Herring-Sherman, Operations and Information
Women in the Pet Industry Network
janet@petindustry.com 503-883-3686
24241 Highway 47, Gaston, OR 97119

Busy Pet Professional, Jeannie Thomason CVND,
Joins Women in the Pet Industry Network as Industry Thrives

Redding, CA – Jeannie (Jeanette) Thomason, CVND, of Redding CA, is working in the pet industry at a prime time.
From 2004 to 2007, the pet industry grew an average of $10 million a year. The same rate is expected in 2012. In the United States, there are more than 80 million pet dogs and 93 million pet cats, according to the American Pet Products Association’s 2009-2010 National Pet Owners Survey.

Dr. Thomason, Co-Founder and Vice President of the American Council of Animal Naturopathy, is a certified animal naturopath. She joined Women in the Pet Industry (WIPIN), because of the chance to connect with women working in many kinds of pet businesses, and because she wants to help raise the level of professionalism in the industry and capitalize on its growth.

“WIPIN is poised to be a force in the pet industry, and I want to be a part of that cutting edge,” said Doctor Thomason. “WIPIN provides a forum for exchanging ideas and for getting the latest news about the pet industry. Being a part of WIPIN,” added Dr.Thomason, is like having a place of our own to gather. With WIPIN, pet women from all over the United States can connect as if they were at a business lunch.”

More than 120 career paths exist within the pet industry. WIPIN members include representatives from most. They include groomers, pet-sitters, animal naturopaths, animal health coaches, pooper-scoopers, artists, trainers, breeders, and pet store operators.

Dr. Thomason’s passion for true natural animal care (aka animal naturopathy) has blossomed into the distance learning educational platform of the American Council of Animal Naturopathy, founded with like-minded colleague, Dr.Kim Bloomer in 2011. Their student base is growing as people seek to learn, share and just be a part of the shift to whole health care for animals. You can reach them by emailing info@animalnaturopathy.org or go to the website to learn more at www.AnimalNaturopathy.org

About Women in the Pet Industry Network

Established in 2010, WIPIN is headquartered near Portland, Ore. It’s headed up by President Shawna Schuh. WIPIN members are part of the go-to network of experts in all parts of the pet industry, said Schuh. “More women are entering the pet niche, traditionally filled by men. It’s an excellent fit,” said Schuh, “since 85 percent of pet parents are female.”

WIPIN affiliates are Black Dog Education, “Animal Wellness Magazine” and PetIndustry TV.com. Schuh can be reached at 503-970-5774 or 877-474-2962; Shawna@petindustrytv.com; or the network website, womeninthepetindustry.com.

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