Born in Atlanta, Brenda Hudlow graduated Cum Laude with a BBA in Marketing at the University of West Georgia and is a member of the International Honor Society, Beta Gamma Sigma. With
over 20 years of office management, marketing, and human resources experience, she is regarded as a passionate advocate for conservation medicine which studies the relationship between human and animal health, and environmental conditions .
Her journey with GROW Wildlife began when she and her daughter found a suffering baby raccoon that had been hit by a car. She discovered there were no wildlife veterinary hospitals in Georgia to treat critically injured animals. In addition, she was unable to find a veterinarian that would provide medical treatment for this animal because raccoons, skunks, foxes, bobcats, bats, coyotes, and woodchucks have been identified as the most common carriers of rabies. Further research revealed that many Georgia counties legally kill all rabies vector species that are captured with no research to find out how many of these animals actually have contracted the rabies virus. Based on a strong belief that sick and injured native wildlife should not be forced to suffer and that killing all captured rabies vector species is overkill for some of our most beautiful native wild mammals, Brenda decided that she would do everything possible to advance native wildlife medicine and native wildlife disease research. Brenda Hudlow founded the organization in December of 2003.
Her animal health background includes the care and public education of exotic mammals, reptiles, and birds as co-owner of Pet-A-Fair, Inc. She was Founder of The American Miniature Pig Association, a national registry and information source for Vietnamese Potbellied Pigs when first imported from Canada in the late 1980s. She has served on the Board of Directors for Executive Women International as well as fundraising event committees for The United Way, The Georgia Council on Child Abuse, The Holyfield Foundation, The Michael Bolton Foundation, and The Tom Glavine Field of Dreams Golf and Tennis Tournament.
D. J. Fulton has been a Georgia CPA for over 30 years as Proprietor of the firm, D. J. Fulton, CPA. He is a former director of the Georgia Society of CPAs and the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce, and Past President of the Clayton County Rotary Club. He has served as Treasurer of his church, the Fellowship of Concerned Churchmen, the Clayton County Library Foundation, and Rotary District 6900. D. J. is a graduate of Eastern New Mexico University and the University of West Florida. He was an adjunct faculty member at Clayton State University for approximately a decade.
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Born in England, Stephen Divers graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 1994. He obtained the Diploma in zoological medicine from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), is an RCVS recognized Specialist in Zoo & Wildlife Medicine, a Diplomate of both the American and European Colleges of Zoological Medicine, a European Veterinary Specialist in Zoological Medicine, an International Fullbright Specialist in zoological medicine, and obtained his RCVS fellowship by thesis (PhD) for his work in zoological endoscopy and endosurgery.
He is a past-president of the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians, scientific editor of the Journal of Herpetological Medicine & Surgery and an associate editor for the Journal of Zoo & Wildlife Medicine. He has served on the ABVP subspecialties in small mammal and herpetological medicine, and was involved with the establishment of the new zoological companion animal (exotic pet) examination through the ACZM, and the new European College of Zoological Medicine, herpetology subspecialty.
Dr Divers has lectured at over 50 national or international conferences across the Americas and Europe, and has twice received the Best Speaker Award at the North American Vet Conference and the International Conference on Exotics. He was voted “Exotic DVM of the Year” in 2006. Stephen heads the Zoological Medicine Service (with Joerg Mayer) and supervises the ACZM zoological residency program at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia. He has over 100 publications to his name including various editorships, book chapters, and scientific journal papers.