Paws and Whiskers is pleased to welcome Deborah L. Johnson, DVM to the Board of Trustees. Dr. Johnson is a veterinary professional with 19 years experience; 10 years private practice experience including 6 years practice ownership, and 9 years in shelter medicine. She is passionate about providing the best care possible for homeless animals. Dr. Johnson received the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University in 1992 and went to work at the Animal Medical Center of Findlay. After two years in Findlay, she began practicing at Shoreland Animal Hospital in Toledo as Associate Veterinarian. In 1995 she moved to Westside Veterinary Hospital in Toledo and became a partner in ownership at Westside and another practice in 1997. From 1998 to 2002 Dr. Johnson was the practice owner of the Toledo Animal Health Center in Toledo. In June of 2002 she became the head staff veterinarian at the Toledo Area Humane Society in Maumee. As staff veterinarian Dr. Johnson oversees care of 6,000 animals per year and approximately 2,600 surgeries per year. She has developed all medical protocols and forms used, supervises another veterinarian, two veterinary technicians, animal care supervisors and animal care staff. She manages an animal care budget of approximately $130,000. Dr. Johnson is certified in Veterinary Massage & Rehabilitation Therapy and Animal Chiropractics. In 2009 she was part-time staff veterinarian at Humane Ohio. She is an Alternate delegate with the Animal Welfare Committee 2009 – present, a member of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association and on their Board of Trustees, and MVC shelter track planning committee. As a member of the Toledo Veterinary Medical Association, she has been a Board Member, Vice-President, and President. Dr. Johnson also has affiliations with the Association of Shelter Veterinarians, Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Johnson lives in Waterville with her husband, six dogs and three cats. It has been a long time goal of Paws and Whiskers to have a veterinarian on our board to help guide us on the day to day care of our feline friends. Dr. Johnson’s addition to the board with her background in shelter medicine is an exciting step forward in our growth. Emma and her staff are excited about working with Dr. Johnson and getting her input as to possible upgrading of policy and procedures for the care of our feline friends.