Working Dog Magazine Publishes Article Authored by Dr. Sean McPeck

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Working Dog Magazine recently published an article by Dr. Sean McPeck, Tier 1 Veterinary Medical Center’s owner and founder. Dr. McPeck authored an article on the Advanced Canine Athletic Program (ACAP) he developed in conjunction with Guardian Point and the importance of canine conditioning for working dogs.

The article explains the three pillars that impact a working dog’s ability to perform optimally and healthily: genetics, nutrition, and conditioning. Most working dogs are the result of a long lineage of selective breeding for athletic performance. Furthermore, canine nutrition has been dialed in through extensive research and development by high-end dog food companies. Conditioning, however, remains the most often neglected pillar.

Dr. McPeck explains the physiological response of out-of-shape dogs over-exerting themselves. When a working dog lacks the proper conditioning, they risk injury and decreased performance. The ACAP capitalizes on the dog’s natural ability to rapidly adapt to exercise challenges while providing a steady progression to avoid injury.

In addition to a working dog conditioning program, Dr. McPeck also helped develop ACAP Pet for pet parents and their companions. Similar to how professional athletes and special forces operators aren’t the only people who gain an advantage from conditioning, more than just working dogs benefit from a structured conditioning program.

Read Dr. Sean McPeck’s article here, or by subscribing on Working Dog Magazine‘s website.

Dr. Sean McPeck

A 2010 Graduate of Colorado State College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Dr. Sean McPeck developed his leadership as a Sniper Team Leader and Veterinarian with the US Army Special Operations, 75th Ranger Regiment.

Dr. McPeck has multiple combat deployments, totaling almost 2 years in combat theaters of operation.

He is the recipient of the Combat Action Badge, and is Ranger, Sniper, and Airborne qualified. While serving as an officer in Special Operations, Dr. McPeck was repeatedly recognized for his Honor, Integrity, Courage and Selfless Service in the name of the United States. He was recognized with not one, but two, Meritorious Service Medals.

Under his leadership, Dr. McPeck worked with Working Dog handlers, and canine units, to detain and seize enemy combatants. The canines that Dr. McPeck worked with are credited with savings thousands of United States soldiers deployed in combat areas.

Dr. McPeck authored The RCAP, Ranger Canine Athletic Program, which was the 1st comprehensive Military canine conditioning program.

His specific training and certification classes for Dog handlers to be proficient in Canine Tactical- Combat Casualty Care, and knowledge of current medical equipment and procedures, which led to the successful life saving interventions by handlers in real world operations.

Dr. SaraRose McPeck graduated from Mississippi State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. A Massachusetts native who attended Becker College for her undergrad, Dr. McPeck has lived and worked around the country and even the world. She served four years in the United States Army as a Veterinary Officer, during which she was stationed in Fort Benning, Georgia, and completed a 12-month tour in Afghanistan.

Her time serving in the Army provided her the experience as the primary veterinarian for over 350 Military Working Dogs, in which she provided all emergency, trauma, surgical, critical, and primary care. In addition to caring for animals, she trained, mentored, and led six Non-Commissioned Officers and twelve junior enlisted Soldiers, giving her not only impressive veterinary experience but also exceptional interpersonal and leadership skills.

As a Veterinary Corp Officer, she received a variety of awards, including a Bronze Star, a NATO Medal, a GWOT Medal, two Army Accommodation Medals, among many others. She gained experiences in which she exemplified impressive leadership skills and the ability to adapt to both clinical and combat support situations. Her years of experience serving our country and in veterinary medicine have equipped her with the knowledge and skills to provide exceptional care to our patients.