Southwest Region awards second annual Health Services Award

Dr. Fischer helps Canine Companions collect samples for research

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OCEANSIDE, Calif. – Canine Companions for Independence national board of directors has chosen veterinarians from each of the organization’s six regions to receive the second annual Health Services Award. The Southwest Region, with a campus located in Oceanside, California, chose Dr. Julie Fischer.

Dr. Fischer received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada, and a small animal internal medicine residency at Kansas State University. Dr. Fischer served as a clinical instructor at Kansas State before entering private specialty practice in San Jose, California. In 2002, Dr. Fischer established UC Davisu2019s Nephrology, Urology and Hemodialysis Service in San Diego, coordinating the program until 2009 and becoming a nationally recognized expert in upper and lower urinary tract disease. She served on the ACVIM Small Animal Internal Medicine Credentials Committee, and served on and chaired the Small Animal Internal Medicine Residency Training Committee.

Dr. Fischer is passionate about the evolving art of post-doctoral veterinary education, especially the fusion of academic and private-practice advanced training programs. She has published scientific journal articles and textbook chapters on urinary diseases and other internal medicine topics, and speaks locally, nationally, and internationally on topics in nephrology and urology.

For the last 14 turn-ins, Dr. Fischer has graciously assembled volunteer teams of veterinary technicians to help collect blood on dogs for Canine Companions’ research department. With their help, Canine Companions has reduced the collection process on 35-40 dogs from five hours, to a very effective 45 minutes. In addition to treating and diagnosing Canine Companions puppies, dogs in professional training, and graduate dogs at discounted rates, Dr. Fischer has been consulted on many cases, always free of charge. Dr. Fischer has fostered multiple Canine Companions dogs needing medical care in her own home, and even adopted a retired graduate dog with orthopedic issues.

We at Canine Companions couldn’t be more thankful for all the time, immense knowledge, expertise, and network connections Dr. Fischer has awarded us.