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September 15, 2016 – The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study team is pleased to welcome Dr. John Reddington as Morris Animal Foundation’s new President and CEO. Dr. Reddington, along with his wife, Anne, is thrilled to join the family of 3,000+ strong Golden Retriever Lifetime Study participants. And, though they currently don’t have a dog of their own, they hope to remedy that situation once they’ve settled into their home. A veterinarian and researcher by training, Dr. Reddington has nearly 30 years of experience in the animal and human health industries. He always has had a love for animals and, at the Foundation, is able to combine that with a passion for science to improve the lives of animals around the world.

As President and CEO, Dr. Reddington will play an integral role is leading the scientific direction and future of the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. Prior to joining the Foundation, Dr. Reddington worked as a consultant for the biopharmaceutical industry, and was previously chief operating officer for Cambridge Biomedical Inc. John has helped to establish and grow a number of companies, and has held numerous leadership and research and development roles. He received his DVM and PhD in immunology from Washington State University. I sat down with Dr. Reddington to learn more.

What is your role in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study?

My role is to ensure the study is resourced properly, and owners feel honored and appreciated for being part of something of significant importance to science and medicine.

What is your vision for the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study?

The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is a unique and groundbreaking longitudinal study with potential to improve animal and human health for decades to come. Not only will it provide critical insights into cancer, diabetes and other diseases, but it may also shed light on the aging process.

What animal do you remember most from your life?

I guess that would be Tess, a viszla I had when I was going through vet school. She was a great field dog, but a lousy swimmer. As a matter of fact, everyone in my family, including my 88-year-old mother who could not swim, had to save her from drowning…..even in four feet of water. She never caught on to the “doggy paddle” thing and would always try to stand on the bottom with her hind feet. Needless to say, being all muscle and bone, she sunk like a rock.

What type of dog do you see in your future?

I am sure it will be a rescue or shelter dog. I have had golden retrievers, as has my brother’s family, so I have a real soft spot for them. However, I know it will come down to finding a dog that needs a good home.

What is one additional fun fact about you? 

My spirit animal is a rock.