Dr. Dodds received the D.V.M. degree with honors in 1964 from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Toronto. In 1965 she accepted a position with the New York State Health Department in Albany and began comparative studies of animals with inherited and acquired bleeding diseases. Her position there began as a Research Scientist and culminated as Chief, Laboratory of Hematology, Wadsworth Center.
In 1980 she also became Executive Director, New York State Council on Human Blood and Transfusion Services. This work continued full-time until 1986 when she moved to Southern California to establish Hemopet, the first nonprofit national blood bank program for animals.
From 1965-1986, she was a member of many national and international committees on hematology, animal models of human disease, veterinary medicine, and laboratory animal science. Dr. Dodds was a grantee of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NIH) and has over 150 research publications.
She was formerly President of the Scientist's Center for Animal Welfare; and Chairman of the Committee on Veterinary Medical Sciences and Vice-Chairman of the Institute of Laboratory Animal Resources, National Academy of Sciences. In 1974 Dr. Dodds was selected as Outstanding Woman Veterinarian of the Year, AVMA Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado; in 1977 received the Region I Award for Outstanding Service to the Veterinary Profession from the American Animal Hospital Association, Cherry Hill, New Jersey; in 1978 and 1990 received the Gaines Fido Award as Dogdom's Woman of the Year; and the Award of Merit in 1978 in Recognition of Special Contributions to the Veterinary Profession from the American Animal Hospital Association, Salt Lake City, Utah.
In 1984 she was awarded the Centennial Medal from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. In 1987 she was elected a distinguished Practitioner of the National Academy of Practice in Veterinary Medicine. In 1994 she was given the Holistic Veterinarian of the Year Award from the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. She was the Editor of Advances in Veterinary Science and Comparative Medicine for Academic Press, and is an active member of numerous professional societies. She was recently a member of the National Research Council/BANR Committee on National Needs for Research in Veterinary Science, which released its report in July 2005. She is an inventor on numerous patents.
Hemopet began in 1986 and its range of nonprofit services and educational activities include:
Providing canine blood components, blood bank supplies, and related services
Adopting retired Greyhound blood donors as companions through Pet Life-Line
Contributing to the social needs of the less fortunate in our society by volunteer and interactive programs with the Greyhounds
Consulting in clinical pathology through Hemolife
Teaching, animal health care professionals, companion animal fanciers, and pet owners on hematology and blood banking, immunology, endocrinology, nutrition and holistic medicine, nationwide and overseas
U.S. Patent 5,196,311 ELISA Test for von Willebrand Factor U.S. Patent 5,202,264 ELISA Using Multi-Species Antibodies for Detection of von Willebrand Factor in Multiple Species U.S. Patent 5,486,685 Oven with Food Presence Indicator U.S. Patent 5,830,709 Detection Method for Homologous Portions of a Class of Substances U.S. Patent 6,287,254 Animal Health Diagnostics U.S. Patent 6,537,213 Animal Health Care, Well-Being and Nutrition U.S. Patent 6,730,023 Animal Genetic and Health Profile Database Management U.S. Patent 7,029,441 Animal Health Care, Well-Being and Nutrition U.S. Patent 7,548,839 System for Animal Health Diagnostics U.S. Patent 7,552,039 System for Animal Health Diagnostics U.S. Patent 7,865,343 Method of Analyzing Nutrition for a Canine or Feline Animal U.S. Patent 7,867,720 Food Sensitivity Testing in Animals U.S. Patent 7,873,482 Diagnostic System for Selecting Nutrition and Pharmacological Products for Animals (with Bruno Stefanon) U.S. Patent 7,892,763 MultiStage Nutrigenomic Diagnostic Food Sensitivity Testing in Animals U.S. Patent 7,794,954 Detection and Measurement of Thyroid Analyte Profile (with Ferdie Ongchangco) U.S. Patent 7,799,532 Detection and Measurement of Thyroid Hormone Autoantibodies (with Ferdie Ongchangco)