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Veterinary Ophthalmologist Dr. Joshua Broadwater Joins DBL’s National Board

By April 20, 2023No Comments

CENTRAL POINT, OR – On April 18th at Dogs for Better Lives’ (DBL) recent quarterly meeting the National Board of Directors unanimously approved a new member, Dr. Joshua Broadwater (NC).

With this appointment, DBL’s national board moves to 20 voting members, and 22 overall. The board includes members residing in ten states across the country, including Oregon, California, Massachusetts, North Carolina, New York, New Jersey, Tennessee, Texas, Washington State, and District of Columbia. Further, the national board includes two board fellows from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business.

Dr. Joshua Broadwater

“The board of directors is pleased to welcome Dr. Joshua Broadwater onto DBL’s National Board,” stated Board Chairman Dr. Danielle Rose. “With Dr. Broadwater’s expertise in ophthalmology and animal health respectively, he will quickly help to augment DBL’s national board and its diversifying presence nationally and particularly across the east coast.

Dr. Broadwater’s background is in ophthalmology, where he has a special interest in cornea disease and surgery, cataract surgery, and glaucoma surgery. His knowledge and expertise will be valuable to the Board, and he will also be a great resource to DBL leadership and program department.

“As DBL continues to expand the makeup of its national board, Dr. Broadwater will further augment the diverse expertise found across this group,” stated CEO Bryan Williams. “From committee participation to regional networking and advocacy, Dr. Broadwater will play a crucial role in helping to further advance DBL as a national leader in the Assistance Dog world.”

Dr. Joshua Broadwater
Dr. Joshua Broadwater was born and raised in the small coal mining town of Lonaconing, Maryland. He attended the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he studied biology and graduated with highest honors. Dr. Broadwater then attended veterinary medical school at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.

After graduation, Dr. Broadwater completed a one- year rotating medicine/surgery internship at Florida Veterinary Specialist in Tampa, FL. He then completed his 3-year ophthalmology residency at the Animal Eye Specialty Clinics of South Florida. Dr. Broadwater remained in Florida for 9 years before returning to his “second home” in North Carolina in 2016. Dr. Broadwater is currently a veterinary ophthalmologist at Charlotte Animal Referral & Emergency, where he has a special interest in corneal disease and surgery, cataract surgery, and glaucoma surgery.

In his spare time, Dr. Broadwater enjoys playing baseball, hiking, and traveling. He has visited over 40 countries. He also plays piano and enjoys spending time with his wife Jana and their dog Zoey.

Dr. Broadwater enjoys doing volunteer work for many types of wildlife and marine life centers. In Florida, he performed eye surgery on animals such as sea lions at SeaWorld, giraffes at Lion Country Safari, and sea turtles at several rehabilitation centers. In North Carolina, he volunteers his time with the Carolina Raptor Center to help birds such as owls, bald eagles, etc. with various eye diseases/injuries.

“I’m excited to be a part of this great organization,” stated Dr. Broadwater. “I have been extremely impressed with the mission of DBL and the people involved with this group. I hope that I can bring a unique perspective to DBL and help in any way possible to further advance the goals of the organization.”

To learn more about DBL’s National Board of Directors and/or with inquiries in joining the board, visit… https://bit.ly/2BrQZfU. You can also visit DBL’s profile on cariclub and Boardlead to learn more.

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