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Vet Education Webinars

The Role and Medical Management of Military Working Dogs in Combat

Free Webinar brought to you by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, USA

Dr. James Giles

Who is it for?
Start Date
May 15, 2019


Military working dogs (MWDs) are utilized in substantial and increasing numbers in current military operations, and play a vital role in both protecting human lives and supporting military objectives. MWDs are trained to perform a variety of important roles such as explosive, mine and narcotic detection, patrol/attack work and are even a component of therapy for Servicemembers with combat and operational stress. Similar to the human Servicemembers they serve, MWDs are susceptible to both combat and non-combat related injuries in the operational environment. MWDs are vital and life-saving assets to current military operations and they may incur severe injuries in performing their duty. Providing advanced medical and surgical care for MWDs in an austere environment is challenging and requires a creative “One Health” approach, with substantial collaboration across veterinary and human echelons of medical care. Veterinary units rely heavily upon the human hospitals for equipment and material support. The MWDs routinely receive advanced care on multiple continents, from multiple providers of various disciplines, to restore them to health and hopefully either a return to duty, or retirement and adoption.

When is it?

Note: This webinar is being recorded. If you are unable to attend the live lecture, a link to the recording will be shared with you a few days following the lecture.


James Giles


Dr. James Giles is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel who spent 18 years as a military veterinarian serving across the globe, including a year in Afghanistan. His final position with the military was as Chief of Surgery for the Military Working Dog Veterinary Service. Dr. Giles grew up raising and training German shepherd dogs, and it was his experience with their medical conditions and an overall love for animals that drew him to veterinary medicine. Dr. Giles is experienced in a variety of surgical procedures. He enjoys arthroscopy and laparoscopy and is particularly interested in orthopedic and neurologic conditions in working dogs, especially surgical management of degenerative lumbosacral stenosis. While serving as a military veterinary surgeon, he became experienced in performing endodontic repairs and advanced dentistry. He also introduced the use of negative pressure wound therapy for use in military working dogs and treated the first dogs in combat with this modality. As a surgical resident, his research involved biomechanical analysis of suture anchors and suture materials.

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