Expert Bios


Author Doc Halligan’s What Every Pet Owner Should Know


Renowned veterinarian, author, and celebrity spokesperson Karen “Doc” Halligan has developed a distinguished veterinary medical career while establishing herself as a national authority on animals. She was a sought-after pet health expert and featured spokesperson in the media during the pet-food recall crisis and provided veterinary care at ground zero in Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Doc Halligan is the author of the award-winning book Doc Halligan’s What Every Pet Owner Should Know: Prescriptions for Happy, Healthy Cats and Dogs (HarperCollins, 2007) and has authored numerous articles for PARADE magazine and other media. She has appeared regularly on television on the Doctors, Bonnie Hunt Show, Regis and Kelly, the Today Show, the Mike and Juliet Show, iVillage Live, Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers, The Insider, CBS Early Morning Show, Fox and Friends, Dog Tales, Animal Rescue 911 and Extra TV.  On Animal Planet, she frequently appears on Dogs 101, Cats 101 and Americas’s Cutest Pets.

Doc Halligan is an expert in animal-cruelty, having prepared in excess of over one hundred cases for trial as well as testifying as an expert witness.  Additionally, she has presented lectures to law enforcement on the successful use of forensics in animal cruelty prosecution.  For the past three years, she has served on the board of directors of the American Red Cross of Santa Monica and is currently developing emergency service protocols for pet owners that can serve as a national model.

A native of San Diego, Calif., she double-majored in theater and zoology while performing in animal shows at the San Diego Zoo. In 1989, after graduating from the University of California, Davis, Doc became acutely aware of the tremendous pet overpopulation problem and seeking to give a voice to animals and help pet parents everywhere, she moved to Los Angeles in 1993 and began to passionately lobby on animal- welfare issues.

She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio, American Veterinary Medical Association, California Veterinary Medical Association, Southern California Veterinary Medical Association, The Association of Shelter Veterinarians and The American Veterinary Law Association.

Doc shares her life with Kinky and Nathan, two very spoiled and healthy cats.






NY Times Bestselling Author; Founder and Executive Director of Canine Assistants


Jennifer Arnold is Founder and Executive Director of Canine Assistants, located in Milton, Georgia.

Founded in 1991, Canine Assistants is a non-profit organization that teaches service dogs to assist children and adults who have physical disabilities, seizure conditions, or other special needs. Jennifer first recognized the need for this program when she was 16-years-old and diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Understanding the need for physical assistance and companionship, Jennifer pursued the development of a service dog program. She also began working to enhance her knowledge of the extraordinary relationship between humans and animals and how they could best work together. She is the creator of Choice Teaching, a positive reinforcement methodology based on creating a special bond that allows dogs and their human partners to trust and understand one another. Canine Assistants has now placed over 1,000 service dogs with recipients from 48 states and 5 countries and continuously has over 120 dogs in various stages of teaching in an effort to accommodate the more than 2,200 people on its waiting list.

Jennifer is the New York Times bestselling author of Through a Dog’s Eyes: Understanding Our Dogs by Understanding How They See the World published by Random House in 2010, and the subject of a PBS Special of the same name. Her second book, In a Dog’s Heart, was released to critical acclaim in October 2011. She has been featured in The New York Times, London Times, People, Mademoiselle, Family Circle, Atlanta Magazine and various other publications and has been seen on numerous television programs. She has been profiled on CNN’s HLN Leaders with Heart, awarded theJefferson Award for Community Service,WTBS’s Super Citizen Award, Buckhead Woman of the Year, MS Society of Georgia’s Woman on the Move 2011,Atlanta Magazine’s Women Making a Mark,and the Greater Atlanta Veterinary Medical Association’s Humanitarian of the Year Award−amongst other recognitions. This year she was invited to participate as one of 50 Amazing Women in the UN’s International Year of Youth. She and her husband, Dr. Kent Bruner, and their son, Chase, live in Milton, Georgia.






Owner, Way of the Dog


With 27 years of experience as a dog trainer and behaviorist, Brian Lee has worked with over 10,000 dogs.  His methods go beyond basic obedience training and focus more on behavior modification.  His unique and positive approach transforms dogs into balanced, well-mannered members of society.  From puppy mischief to dangerous aggression, Brian is frequently the last stop for dog owners.

Although his specialty is “the family dog,” he has worked with search and rescue, guide, agility and therapy dogs as well.  Members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team, the California Rescue Dog Association and the FBI have used his program.  He has appeared on Animal Planet, NBC and CBS, handling dogs both on and off camera.  Celebrity clients include Janet Jackson, Reese Witherspoon, James Caan and Liza Minnelli.