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Marcia Rafter Ritchie, LVT, CPDT, VTS-Behavior
Marcia Rafter Ritchie graduated from SUNY Delhi with an AAS in Veterinary Science in 1977. She worked in private veterinary practices for 20 years, where her passion for animal behavior was cultivated by the veterinarians she worked with.
Marcia has been an obedience and conformation dog show competitor since 1979, and is an occasional breeder of Pembroke Welsh Corgis. She is a volunteer for Mayflower and North Coast Ohio Corgi Rescue Groups and Distinguished Doberman Rescue.
She has been a professional pet obedience instructor in the Buffalo, New York area since 1984. Marcia was in the first group of 120 instructors to receive national certification through the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), of which she is a charter member. She is a member of the organizing committee of the Academy of Veterinary Behavior Technicians, which recently was granted specialty status by National Association of Veterinary Technicians of America (NAVTA).
Marcia teaches group classes, private instruction, assists veterinarians with behavior modification and does pet selection counseling. She is a consultant for the Erie County SPCA, a volunteer 4-H leader in the dog program, and has been teaching children dog bite prevention since 1978. Marcia has been a product specialist for Premier Pet Products since 2004.
In addition to her passion for dogs, Marcia is an avid gardener who custom grows heirloom vegetables, herbs and edible blossoms for area restaurants.