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Paul D. Pion

Paul is the Chief Executive Officer and President of the Veterinary Information Network (VIN), an online community and information resource for the veterinary profession he co-founded in 1991. He is also a Director of the VIN Foundation, a 501(c)(3) devoted to the advancement of animal health through the support of the veterinary profession. In recent years, his work has centered around building community within the veterinary profession, and working on ways to combat the severe impact of student debt on veterinary medicine.

Paul holds a B.S. and a D.V.M. from Cornell and he is board certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Specialty of Cardiology). During his days at Cornell, Paul was an avid water skier and windsurfer on Lake Cayuga.  He also annually entered (and strived to lose) the “Anything that floats that’s not a boat” race.

Since completing his D.V.M., Paul interned at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, completed a residency in Cardiology at UC Davis, a post-doctorate in Pharmacology at Columbia University, and coursework and research toward his PhD at UC Davis where he was responsible for breakthrough veterinary medical research on heart disease in cats.

Paul has received a Physician Scientist Award from the National Institutes of Health, a Ralston Purina Small Animal Research Award, a National Phi Zeta Award, a Special Recognition Award from the American Animal Hospital Association, Distinguished Alumni Awards from The Animal Medical Center, UC Davis, and Cornell (Salmon Award) and was the first ACVIM Forum Extraordinary Veterinarian Speaker. 

Paul is co-author of a popular book for cat owners, Cats for Dummies, and served for eight years as Scientific Veterinary Advisor to the Winn Feline Foundation and as a Director of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Foundation.

He currently lives in Davis, CA with his wife, daughter and numerous pets; his two sons are grown and pursuing their own education and careers.