We were so excited to see the announcement of Gayle’s membership on the Baker Institute for Animal Health’s Advisory Council in the Institutes’ Annual Report. The Institute does amazing research on animal viruses, immunity, reproduction and genetics. If you aren’t familiar with the Baker, as it is known, this is where the canine distemper and hepatitis viruses were first isolated and where today’s modified-live parvovirus vaccine was created during the parvo outbreak in the early 1980s. Faculty have included well known canine researches as Dr Gus Aguirre and Dr Vicki Meyers-Wallen.
Baker Institute’s IVF Puppies
Most recently, the Baker Institute’s Dr Alex Travis announced the birth of the world’s first in vitro puppies, conceived in a petri dish and born to a surrogate dam in the Fall of 2015. Gayle got to meet Alex and the pups at her first Council meeting in September! As she played with these puppies, all she could think of was how this breakthrough could be used to improve the lives and health of future dogs. Wow! Check out her video of two of the pups playing below.