PLYMOUTH, MA – (Jan. 12, 2006) SmartPak Equine is pleased to announce that Lydia Gray DVM, MA, has joined the
company as medical director and staff veterinarian. In this newly created position, Dr. Gray will help to direct
SmartCare™, SmartPak's new veterinary partnership program, provide technical support, direct research and
development, and enhance existing nutrition educational programs for both staff and customers.
"Dr. Gray brings a unique combination of medical training, clinical experience, and communications expertise," said president and CEO, Paal Gisholt. "Her extensive connections within the veterinary community and horse industry will be an asset to us as we launch SmartCare, our new veterinary partnership program that offers a simpler way for equine practitioners to offer supplements to their clients."
Previously, Dr. Gray was executive director of the Illinois-based Hooved Animal Humane Society. In that position, she wrote business plans and budgets, led fundraising with direct mail campaigns and grant-writing, educated members through the organization's magazine and Web site, served as veterinarian and state-approved humane investigator.
Prior to working at HAHS, Dr. Gray was the first-ever director of Owner Education for the American Association of Equine Practitioners. There she developed methods to deliver horse health information to owners, assisted with the delivery of continuing education to members and nurtured relationships with students.
Dr. Gray came to AAEP from the Tremont Veterinary Clinic, where she practiced for five years after graduating with honors from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. She is a 1990 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, with Bronze Tablet honors. In 2002, Dr. Gray completed a Master's Degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication at the University of Illinois at Springfield.
Elected to the American Veterinary Medical Association's Council on Communication in 2005, she also serves as the Communication Section Coordinator for the association's Annual Convention. Dr. Gray currently chairs the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association's Educational Program Committee, which plans the association's annual meeting. She has been active in the Unwanted Horse Coalition, a newly formed organization dedicated to reducing the number of unwanted horses and improving their welfare. A horse owner and rider, Dr. Gray recently purchased a four-year-old Trakehner gelding that she plans to train and show in dressage.
SmartPak Equine was founded by riders and horse owners who ride and show Dressage, Hunter/Jumper, Polo, Equitation, Eventing, Reining and have logged many miles trail riding. In addition to the SmartPak supplement system, the company offers a broad line of horse health and rider items, dog supplies, and equine and canine pharmacy items sold through the company's catalog and Web site.
For more information about SmartPak, go to www.SmartPakEquine.com or call toll free at (800) 461-8898.
About SmartPak Equine
SmartPak Equine was founded in 1999 with the purpose of simplifying the administration of nutritional supplements and medications to horses. The patented SmartPak™ supplement feeding system has been adopted by thousands of barns and horse owners across the country, who value knowing that their supplements will be fed correctly. It has been embraced by riders from all disciplines and all levels, including seven Olympic medalists. In addition to the SmartPak supplement system, the company offers a broad line of horse health and rider items, dog supplies, and equine and canine pharmacy items sold through the company’s catalog and Web site. In 2006, SmartPak was named to Inc. Magazine’s list of the 500 fastest growing private companies for the second straight year and is the only equine company ever named to the list. The company has also been honored with a Best Bosses award presented by Fortune Small Business and Winning Workplaces. SmartPak also operates a retail store in Natick, MA. For more information, visit www.SmartPak.com.