Dr. Robin Downing: Human Animal Bond Association Conversation


Courage, Integrity, Curiosity, Brilliance – all words I use to describe the woman I get to introduce A LOT, Dr. Robin Downing. And I will get that privilege again on Thursday, May 21 at 8:30 ET,7:30 CT,6:30 MT as I interview Dr. Robin Downing, with my co-presenter Dr. Liz Bales. This talk is sponsored by the Human Animal Bond Association, and it’s free to watch and to ask questions; join us HERE.

How much does she seek to learn more? I don’t even understand all the letters after her name but Dr. Downing – no question – has more letters after her name than I have in my name. For the record, it’s Robin Downing,  DVM, MS, DAAPM, DACVSMR, CVPP, CCRP. And for all I know she’s also a CPA and  CIPE (for certified in plumbing engineer).

The American Veterinary Medical Association just announced that Dr. Downing, owner and medical director of the Downing Center for Animal Pain Management and Windsor Veterinary Clinic, has been named the 2020 Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year for her outstanding work in protecting and promoting the human-animal bond.

Dr. Downing is an evangelist for topics which are important to her, from ethics in veterinary medicine….we’ll talk about why she is staunchly against declaw to her fierce support of LGBTQ rights.

She’s one of the experts on the planet in identified pain in companion animals and in rehab medicine.

And her passion is evident. Using data as a backbone, she is able to create a narrative as few can to tell a story, to make a point, and often to change minds. As a result, her voice is one of the most influential in veterinary medicine.

Last year, at a conference just before we both walked on stage, a veterinarian walked up to Dr. Downing and she introduced herself, and added “You are my role model….I’ve always wanted to meet you. You changed the way I practice medicine.”

Like all these video interviews with legends Dr. Bales and I have – it’s more a conversation than an interview. Here’s one we did recently with Dr. Marty Becker. Personally, I can’t wait to see what Dr. Downing says unplugged.

A brief clip of Dr. Robin Downing speaking with me at the Fetch Veterinary Conference in San Diego, 2019: