Paul S. McNamara, DVM, Diplomate ACVS, is the founder of Odin’s Fund. In addition to fulfilling his duties as Chief of Surgery at Hudson Highlands Veterinary Medical Group in New York, Dr. McNamara is consulting veterinarian for the U.S. Department of Justice/ Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and is a subject matter expert and instructor at the National Center for Security and Preparedness at SUNY Albany and the New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. He has also served as an instructor for the State of New York Division of Criminal Justice Services Municipal Police Training Council.

Currently Dr. McNamara is a tactical veterinarian and Special Deputy with New York’s Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office and previously served for several years as a Special Deputy/K9 handler with the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office.

Dr. McNamara was elected to the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1999, after serving his internship and residency in small animal surgery at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. McNamara also received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, after receiving his B.S. in Animal Science from Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Science.

Volunteer activities have included serving on the CDC’s emergency working group on anthrax exposure for service canines; serving on the Board of Directors of the Danbury Animal Welfare Society; and chairing the Veterinary Science Technology Advisory Council at New York’s State University College of Technology at Delhi.

In addition to serving as a contributing editor to Police K-9 Magazine, Dr. McNamra has published numerous articles for both academic and service dog publications. He has received awards from numerous federal, state and local agencies in recognition of his contributions to the field of working K9 safety, including from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security – Office of Anti-Terrorism, the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators, and the United States Police Canine Association.

Dr. McNamara’s full CV is available here.

Dr. McNamara’s ability to provide K-9 first aid training and to fulfill requests for Odin’s Fund first aid kits is constrained only by the demands of his profession, a considerable commitment.