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The Pet Doctor, Your Pet Health Matters on PetLifeRadio.comBernadine D. Cruz, DVM, host of The Pet Doctor

Bernadine D. Cruz, DVM

Man Bites Dog and the
Country Celebrates….

Dr. Jose Arce on Pet Life Radio........

..Dr. Jose Arce............................


It is estimated that Americans bite dogs at the rate of over 7 billion times between Memorial day and Labor Day with the highest concentration being in the month of July.  Those statistics may seem alarming and have been compiled by a very reputable organization, the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.  Every year, Americans eat an average of 60 hot dogs each and not all of those are eaten at your local Costco.

Though dogs have been deemed to be one of our dearest companions, it has been estimated that dogs will bite man, and woman and too often children 4.5 million times a year.  Are they all bad dogs?  Were they are mistreated as pup?  What do we do to aggravate the situation?  My guest is Dr. Jose Arce.  He is a delegate to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s House of Delegates representing Puerto Rico where he co-owns Miramar Animal Hospital.

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Dr. Jose Arce, D.V.M, 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. Dr. Arce moved back to Puerto Rico in 1988, and early in his career, he worked as a veterinarian at the Avian and Small Animal Hospital, San Juan Municipal Shelter, Dorado Veterinary Hospital.  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 Dr. Arce had returned to Puerto Rico, he became active in the Colegio de Medicos Veterinarios de Puerto Rico (PRVMA), and was soon named to the Ehtics and Grievances Committee in 1988. By 1999, he was selected to represent the PRVMA to the AVMA Leadership Conference. In 2000, he was elected as an 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. As of 2001, Dr. Arce has been an active member of the Legislation Commission, for which he has lobbied for the passage of legislations dealing with veterinary medicine matters with local senators, representatives, and US Congressmen on behalf o the AVMA. Currently, Dr. Arce is also a member of the PRVMA Convention Committee and has been since 2009. He has helped achieve record number of participants in the last two annual conventions.    


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