Dr. José Arce, DVM

​District IV AVMA Board of Directors Representative 

AVMA Officers
Biographical Sketch

Dr. José V. Arce was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science from Louisiana State University and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. During his undergraduate years, Dr. Arce worked as a veterinary assistant in Burbank Veterinary Hospital in Baton Rouge and participated in student activities, serving as president of the Pre-Vet Club. After obtaining his bachelor degree, he worked as a research assistant at the Caribbean Primate Research Center. While in veterinary school, Dr. Arce was the class treasurer and a SCAVMA representative for four years and LSU’s SCAVMA treasurer during his sophomore year. He completed an internship in small animal medicine, surgery, and emergency treatment at Rowley Memorial Animal Hospital in Springfield, Mass.
 
In 1998, Dr. Arce moved back to Puerto Rico. Early in his career, he worked as a veterinarian at the Avian and Small Animal Hospital, San Juan Municipal Shelter, Dorado Veterinary Hospital. For seven years, he also worked at the Diaz Umpierre Veterinary Clinic. In 2003, he founded Miramar Animal Hospital, of which he is president and co-owner. His special interests include dermatology, ophthalmology, and ultrasonography.
 
As soon as he moved back to his beloved Puerto Rico, Dr. Arce became active in the Colegio de Medicos Veterinarios de Puerto Rico (PRVMA) and was named to the Ethics and Grievances Committee in 1988. In 1999, he was selected to represent the PRVMA to the AVMA Leadership Conference. In 2000, he was elected as the alternate delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates, a position he held until 2010 when he was elected to his current position as delegate. Dr. Arce has been a board member of the PRVMA since 2000. Since 2001, he has been an active member of the Legislation Commission, of which he has been secretary for the past four years and has lobbied actively for the passage of legislations dealing with veterinary medicine matters with local senators and representatives as well as with US congressmen on behalf of the AVMA. He has also been an active member of the PRVMA Convention Committee since 2009 and has helped achieve record number of participants in the last two annual conventions.
 
Dr. Arce still maintains strong ties to his alma mater. In 2009, he was selected to participate in the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine Stakeholders Summit.
 
In 2011, Dr. Arce was chosen and took part in the AVMA House of Delegates Leadership Development Program. In 2012, he was selected and participated in the AVMA Summit on Governance.
 
Dr. Arce has also been very active in his community of Miramar in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He currently serves on the Board of the Miramar Residents Association, is the PTA President of Perpetuo Socorro Academy, is Assistant Scoutmaster of Miramar’s Boy Scouts of America Troop 29, and has been active for the past 12 years in the pro-statehood New Progressive Party and currently serves as Miramar’s Precinct Electoral Commissioner. He is also active in the sport of soccer, both as a player and team representative. Having served from 2010 to 2012 as Director of the National Masters (over 35) Soccer League of Puerto Rico, he still plays and is team president of the Club de Internacional de Futbol. He lives with his wife (and fellow veterinarian) Dr. Anik Puig and son Diego in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

When things get tough, it’s often the simple things that make the greatest impact on our lives.
     Kathy Smith knows that only too well. She lost her husband Dennis to the effects of Agent Orange exposure he received while serving his country in Viet Nam. Dennis never complained, instead he was proud to have served his country.
     After losing Dennis, Kathy wanted to make his life and his service to our nation meaningful so she founded a non-profit called Dog Tag Heroes to help veterans and their families with quality of life issues, which other organizations often overlook.
     Kathy realizes the importance of helping them get back into the mainstream of society and has used the "simple things" to help that happen. Something as practical as taking care of a pet while the veteran is in the hospital or making sure the person has a Christmas tree can mean a great deal. Other examples may include providing home furnishings, assisting with their short term financial needs, or providing a bicycle to make it possible for them to get to work, a bus station, a doctor’s appointment or just get to the store.
     Because of Kathy's personal involvement, she has single-handedly impacted more lives than veteran organizations that are much larger. What makes her efforts even more remarkable is that she has been performing her generous acts while taking intense chemo-therapy for pancreatic cancer. She is still battling the cancer, although it is currently in remission.
     Despite her personal challenges, Kathy remains focused on her mission to help our veterans by opening a thrift store called Veterans Exchange Store. This will enable Dog Tag Heroes to be self-sustaining while providing expanded services to our veterans and their families.
     Dog Tag Heroes needs to raise $175,000 dollars to make it happen. Your generosity will make it possible to keep Kathy’s dream alive to help America's veterans for years to come.

Dog Tag Hehoes - to donate:  727-577-5455 or link to PayPal on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/dogtagheroes

It was the fall of 2012 when we came up with the idea of a healthy treat for our dogs that only had a single ingredient.  The frustration of going to a pet store looking for a treat that would not pile on the pounds, was good for them and that did not have a whole bunch of additives / fillers.  Toss in that it was not made in the USA and we knew we could not continue to buy these types of products for our best friends.  We went to work and after months of perfecting our first product we introduced our “Sweet Potato Chews”   We are selling our treats through distributors so if you’re here to buy our product we kindly as you to ask your local retailer or have them contact us and we will provide them with the information to get our product.

What makes our product different?  First we source only USA grown potatoes from familiar states like North Carolina and Louisiana.  Second we peel our product as mold can easily find its way on the peel of a sweet potato.  We dry it for hours bringing the moisture content down and making it more like rawhide then a potato.  Dogs can tell the difference and the benefits of our product are numerous.

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SMITHTOWN, NY – (April 6, 2015) – Most people are aware that we have soldiers overseas in Afghanistan. But what most are not usually aware of is that many times they become attached to dogs that they find roaming in the area. For some, it’s the bond they create with those new pets that keep them feeling happy and hopeful. Yet when their tour of duty is over and it’s time to go back home to the U.S., they find themselves having to break that bond and leave the dog behind. Guardians of Rescue, an international animal rescue organization, works to change that by reuniting soldiers with the dogs they had to leave behind.

"Through our No Buddy Left Behind Program, we have helped numerous soldiers to be reunited with the dogs they were caring for in Afghanistan,” stated Robert Misseri, founder and president of Guardians of Rescue. “It’s the least we can do for these soldiers, who miss the dogs and worry about their fate. But we can’t do it alone; we need the public’s help in order to make it a successful mission.”

There are costs involved in bringing the dogs back to the U.S. from the Middle East. This expense is one reason that Guardians of Rescue reaches out to the public for donations in order to help make it possible. The group is working with the only Afghanistan-based animal shelter, Nowzad, to make the mission possible and successful. The dogs will be flown into John F. Kennedy International Airport at the end of April, and then will be transported on to Portland, Ore., where they will be reunited with the soldiers they were with in Afghanistan.

The dogs being reunited were found and rescued by a couple of U.S. Army soldiers. When they spotted the mom she had four puppies and a wounded paw, and they saw the way other stray dogs had been mistreated in the area. They decided to help nurse the wounded leg back to health, and went on to care for and bond with the mother and her puppies. The platoon medic will be adopting her, while another soldier takes two of the puppies, and a third soldier has expressed interest in another one of the puppies.

“These soldiers have given us so much, the least we can do it is reunite them with these dogs they bonded with,” said Dori Scofield, vice president of Guardians of Rescue. “Every little bit helps, and it all adds up to meaning so much for them and the dogs. Together we can save them!”

The cost to bring the dogs back to America and deliver them to the soldiers is estimated at $6,000. Guardians of Rescue is seeking donations from the public to help with this mission. Those who would like to learn more and make a donation can do so by logging onto: http://guardiansofrescue.org/banners-view/no-buddy-left-behind/.

About Guardians of Rescue Based in New York, Guardians of Rescue is an organization whose mission is to protect the well being of all animals. They provide aid to animals in distress, including facilitating foster programs, rehabilitation, assisting other rescue groups, and providing support to families, both military and not, who need assistance due to economic factors. To learn more about Guardians of Rescue, visit the site at www.guardiansofrescue.org.

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"Best in Shelter with Jill Rappaport" Will Celebrate Shelter Underdogs and Animal Adoption

NEW YORK, NY—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is one of three animal welfare organizations nationwide to be featured in this weekend’s primetime television special “Best in Shelter with Jill Rappaport,” which will showcase the special appeal of shelter pets. The program will air locally on NBC® 4 New York on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 7 p.m. ET and on NBC Owned Television Stations and NECN.  Viewers in other markets should check their local listings for airtimes. 
With the help of beloved actress and comedian Betty White, Olympic superstar skier Lindsey Vonn, singer Emmylou Harris and other celebrities, the half-hour special will highlight adoption centers from around the country on a search for the country’s most loveable rescue dogs. NBC correspondent, award-winning animal advocate and author Jill Rappaport is the creator, executive producer and host. 
“Best in Shelter with Jill Rappaport” features categories of dogs often overlooked for adoption such as seniors, pit bulls, mutts and three-legged dogs. At each shelter, these canines will be judged by celebrity animal advocates including: journalist and host of HBO’s® Real Sports Bryant Gumbel and wife and author Hilary Gumbel at Main Line Animal Rescue® in Pennsylvania; teen actor Lou Wegner at the Helen Woodward Animal Center in California; and singer/actress Bernadette Peters at the ASPCA Adoption Center in New York City. One dog from each shelter will be named “Best in Shelter” and rewarded with a year’s supply of a food-filled care package from show sponsor Blue Buffalo.
“Shelter pets should be celebrated and protected, regardless of the circumstances that put them in peril,” said ASPCA President & CEO Matthew Bershadker. "The ASPCA segment features three pit bull-type dogs who were brought to the ASPCA by the NYPD and were rehabilitated and cared for by our staff so that they could be adopted into loving homes.”
Bershadker added: "Jill shares our passion for helping animal victims of cruelty and homelessness find homes, and I have no doubt this program will help save the lives of the many loving and loyal dogs--just like the ones featured--at nearby shelters."
“This show is about saving lives and finding them ALL forever loving homes,” said Jill Rappaport. “It has been my dream for years to do a show that shines a light on the plight of shelter animals, and the wonderful heart and souls they possess!”
Subaru of America, Inc., show sponsor and ASPCA Corporate Partner, has also been a long-standing supporter of animal causes. 
"Since 2007, Subaru has donated $12 million to the ASPCA and organized over 1,200 adoption events at animal shelters and at Subaru retailers nationwide,” said Alan Bethke, vice president of marketing, Subaru of America, Inc. “Animal welfare is an important part of the Subaru brand and we are very proud to support Jill's mission to raise awareness for rescue dogs, especially those under-rescued animals featured in Best In Shelter."
The ASPCA estimates that of the approximately 7.6 million pets who enter animal shelters each year, approximately 2.7 million are euthanized.
About the ASPCA® Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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The Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) encompasses all aspects of the world of dogs ~ showing, performance, behavior, training, health, and the human animal bond. We recognize many kinds of media besides journalism. Artists and photographers have joined our ranks and we include mystery and fiction writers, poets, historians and veterinarians. We have members who host national radio shows and others who appear on TV programs. Blogging, website production, social networking, and videography are among the professional activities of other members.

For publishers and editors, we can recommend professional writers, help with topics for articles, and suggest sources and interview subjects. Our members share ideas for articles, help with interviews, discuss fees and contracts, and otherwise support one another.

The best-known aspect of the DWAA is the annual writing contest that is meant to encourage quality writing about dogs in all aspects of companionship plus the dog sport. The contest is open to all writers, editors, publishers, photographers, artists and others whose work falls into the designated competition categories. Entrants do not have to be DWAA members.

The contest opens in June and runs through August every year for works published from the previous September.

Susan M. Ewing has been "in dogs" for over 35 years, and has written eleven dog books, including Bulldogs for Dummies, Poodles for Dummies, and The Pembroke Welsh Corgi: Family Friend and Farmhand. She writes a bi-weekly pet column for The Post-Journal of Jamestown, NY and has written for many national cat and dog publications. Her latest book, American Pit Bull Terrier, won a Maxwell. She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Dog Writer’s Association of America and Cat Writers’ Association, of which she is president. Her cat flash cards, Cats! Train Your Owner! won a CWA Muse medallion, as well as the coveted President’s Award. She lives in Jamestown, NY with her husband, Jim, and two Corgis, Rhiannon and Gael.

Steve Brooks is one of LA’s most sought-after celebrity dog trainers, the founder of SteveBrooksK9U, and author of the book “Dog Bites with Steve Brooks.”  Steve has been training dogs for over 20 years using force-free based solutions.  He is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, a Canine Behavioral Expert and licensed presenter of Family Paws and Parent Education. 

 

Beginning February 12, visit Steve at the Doggie Spa Vendors area at the Hotel Pennsylvania for his “Dog Bites” cooking demonstration and training tips he’s used on Hollywood’s A-list canines! See Steve that night at the NY Pet Fashion Show where he will be judging and signing copies of his new book.

 

More information: www.SteveBrooksK9U.com

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Roanna Sabeh-Azar was born in Toronto, Canada. Since an early age she was placed in a French school and French became her second language. At the age of 16, Spanish became a great interest to her and hence, it was learned; followed by Italian and now she is studying Portuguese and Chinese.

 

Roanna’s creative spirit was always powerful even as a child. Her energy was always vibrant and strong. She believes that energy should be harnessed and a person should evolve as a spiritual human being. Her countless hours aiding charities and similar organizations remind her everyday how very lucky she is.

 

After graduating high school with honours, she studied Psychology for one year at Western University. Studies of human behaviour and philosophy are a passion of hers, but of course so were many other things in Life. She went on to graduating with a degree in Hotel & Food and Beverage Management.

 

Her first business was an import/export company featuring high quality house wares from Mexico selling to the trade and through her own retail store and restaurant. While still running Barroco, she began Neo-Paws™ International, a company dedicated to Safety apparel for dogs inspired by her first dog, Mex, from Mexico!

 

For the past 20 years, she has diligently worked to make Neo-PawsTM International, the number one apparel company world-wide. She is dedicated to helping pets and their owners live healthier and happier lives. This business is her passion because

it meets all of her demands and allows her to play every day.

 

Somehow however, life presented a twist and Roanna’s energies were put to use in a different way. Finally another of her life-long desires took shape. She was called and offered a chance at hosting her very own television show called ‘Entrada’, Journies through Latin Americain Cuisine & Culture that now airs on many different channels worldwide.

 

Neo-PawsTMhowever demanded her full attention but her desire to continue landing new roles in different television shows or producing her own was always prominent and hence Doggie Style TVTM was born.

 

There is so much available for dogs and their owners these days and this show highlights the best of the best, industry leaders, great places to go, doggie fitness, health & nutrition, sports, products, trade shows, events and so much more!

 

We hope you enjoy what we bring to your screen and are always open to constructive feedback.

 

Yours,

 

Roanna Sabeh-Azar & the DSTV Team!

 

 

Co-Chairs Ada Nieves & Gregg Oehler invite the all "Media" to cover our 11th Annual     
              
 New York Pet Fashion Show Presented by TropiCleanKick off "Westminster Weekend" with the coolest Animal Rescue benefit in the country!Celebrities and Models on Runway and Award Recipients

 Super Model Kristy Hinze Clark of Victorias Secret & Sports Illustrated Swimsuit fame, Bravo's Chantelle Fraser from Blood Sweat & Heel's, PIX11 Lisa Mateo, Melinda Toporoff Executive Producer of the Animal Planets Puppy Bowl, Hamptons Pet magazine Travel Editor Loren Morrissey(Lulu), Kate Stoltz, model, actress from TLC's Breaking Amish 


        ~~ A "Rescue Revolution" Peace, Love, and Animal Rescue" ~~
                     A Tribute to the 60's & 70's in Fashion, Music & Attitude!
 Welcome to the biggest  Pet Fashion and Animal Rescue benefit in the country!
 
The 2015 NYPFS is a celebration of the 60's & 70's in Style, Dress, and to the iconic sounds and music that changed a generation forever! Woodstock, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Motown, and more ..Be cool be hip, and be there!Hippie Chic, Bohemian,  Retro, Mod,  designer eyewear, and hats, inspired by  Coco Chanel, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, Versace, etc..  500 hundred people and over 150 pets that include dogs, cats, and even a bearded lizard strut their stuff at the show and on the runway!

 Three  "Revolutionary" Runway shows: Humans and Pets in 60's & 70's Attire!
1."Rescues on the Runway" - Rescues,People, and some TV personalities 

2."Designer Couture Retro Show" - Designers, Rescues, Pets...
 

3."Best in Show" Costume Contest-over 30 contestants dressed to impress

Our show will  benefit The Mayor's Alliance of NYC 150 Alliance Rescue partners

        The Best In Show winner will take home over $3,000 in  prizes!

.          Our MC Maria Milito from Q104.3 will Host our Runway Shows

The N ew York Pet Fashion Show  now in our 11th year, on Thursday February 12th,  2015,  from  6-10PM at the Historic  Hotel Pennsylvania   in NYC.            Bravo's Chantelle Fraser & Jewel Morris  Co-Host the Red Carpet!
  
                    The NY Pet Fashion Show Golden Paw Awards
 Humanitarian of the Year - Super Model Kristy Hinze Clark  Television Producer of the Year- Melinda Toporoff- Puppy Bowl Animal Planet

 

 Air Rescue Award - Pilots N Paws/Debi Boies

 Surgical Animal Care - David Crouch DVM Surgeon
 Integrative Vet - Dr Marty Goldstein
   Life Time Achievement - Bocker Labradoodle

 

 More awards to  be announced soon!
MEDIA:  To be placed on our VIP Media Guest list please email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. " href="mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.%20" target="_blank">Info@NYPetFashionShow.com

 

TICKETS:  $50 in advance/$60 at the door

 

ADDRESS:  401 Seventh Ave, 33rd Street, New York, NY. 10001

 

WHERE:  Hotel Pennsylvania 18th Fl. Penntop Ballroom

 

WHEN:  Thursday February 12th, 2015 from 6 p.m. - 11

Schedule of Events: Thursday, February 12, 2015 • 6 to 11:00 pm

 6:00pm-7:00-  Red Carpet, Cash bar opens

 6:30pm-9:00pm -complimentary Hot & Cold Food 

7:00pm-7: 30pm –Introduction and Rescues on the runway Awards

 7:30pm-8:30pm–Awards part 1, Designer Couture Runway Show 

 8:30pm -9:30pm -Awards part 2, "Best in Show" Costume Contest

 9:30pm-9:45pm Crowning of "Best In Show"


*Cash Bar, complimentary food, music and vendors selling some of the best and coolest pet products in the market today.


2015 New York Pet Fashion Event Sponsors

         An Oehler Media ProductionGregg R. OehlerChairman, NY Pet Fashion Show,   Oehler Media Inc
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