The Boo Boo That Started the Chinese Pet Healthcare Revolution

Dr. Bernadine Cruz  on Pet Life Radio

The population of China tops 1 billion people.  The US has about 320 million residents.  US pets, livestock and industry are served by approximately 100,000 veterinarians with China boasts between 300,000 to 1 million doctors of veterinary medicine. So why did an American born woman from New York feel the need to start the first government sanctioned companion animal referral center in Beijing?  The story and what she has accomplished is fascinating. My guest is Mary Peng, the CEO and founder of the International Center for Veterinary Services, Beijing, China.


Mary Peng created the first full-service international standard animal hospital and pet care facility in the PRC. Developed a professional international veterinary learning exchange program bringing foreign and local veterinarians together to help improve animal healthcare and public health - One Health. Created shelter management training programs, shelter medicine programs, adoption programs, canine obedience training programs, Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs and rabies vaccination programs to improve animal welfare in China. Provide internships for undergraduate and graduate students, veterinarians and animal welfare and healthcare professionals from China and around the world to deepen knowledge and understanding of the animal healthcare and welfare situation in China. Foster and strengthen the human-animal bond and improve animal welfare through responsible pet ownership public awareness campaigns, school programs and pet owner education.