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America’s Veterinarian to Give CVM
Commencement Address

Dr. Marty Becker“America’s Veterinarian,” Dr. Marty Becker, will address the College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2011 on Friday, May 13, during commencement ceremonies. The program will begin at 1:30 p.m. in Jesse Hall on the MU campus. A reception will follow at the Reynolds Alumni Center.

A pioneer in the movement to recognize the positive link between pets and people, Becker began talking about the strength and healing power of the human-animal bond before he even left the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1980. Becker is the veterinary contributor to ABC-TVs Good Morning America, the resident veterinarian on The Dr. Oz Show and the pet expert for the American Association of Retired Persons. Along with his writing partner, Gina Spadafori, he is a regular contributor to Parade magazine and the syndicated pet-care expert for Universal Uclick.

He is co-author of the fastest-selling pet book in history, “Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul,” and authored or co-authored other top-selling books, including “The Healing Power of Pets: Harnessing the Amazing Ability of Pets To Make and Keep People Happy and Healthy,” and “Fitness Unleashed: A Dog and Owner’s Guide to Losing Weight and Gaining Health Together!” With Spadafori, he is co-author of the New York Times best-seller, “Why Do Dogs Drink Out of the Toilet?” as well as their newest release, “Your Dog: The Owner’s Manual: Hundreds of Secrets, Surprises, and Solutions for Raising a Happy Healthy Dog.”

Becker is an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, as well as at his alma mater, Washington State University, and the College of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University. Additionally, he has lectured at every veterinary school in the United States. The Delta Society and the American Veterinary Medical Association named him Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year. He practices at Lakewood Animal Hospital in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, and North Idaho Animal Hospital in Sandpoint.

Becker and his wife reside at the Almost Heaven Ranch in northern Idaho.


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