|CCI's Paul Mundell Appointed to NAIA Board of Directors|
Paul Mundell, National Director of Canine Programs recently was appointed to the Board of Directors for the National Animal Interest Alliance (NAIA). NAIA is an association of business, agricultural, scientific, and recreational interests dedicated to promoting animal welfare, supporting responsible animal use and strengthening the bond between humans and animals.
NAIA's board members are volunteers from a wide variety of animal fields, including dog and cat associations and sports, animal agriculture, rodeo, medical research, veterinary medicine, wildlife management and hunting associations, entertainment and education.
Paul is currently the National Director of Canine Programs for Canine Companions for Independence, a national nonprofit organization that breeds, raises and trains assistance dogs for people with disabilities. Paul joined Canine Companions in 1989 as an instructor, training assistance dogs after receiving a BA from Haverford College and attending graduate school at Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany. Paul has continued his educational excellence and grown professionally to be one of the most highly regarded practitioners in his field of applied animal genetics and breeding. Additionally, Paul is a consultant for the United States Marine Corps (USMC) assisting in a project to develop specialized search dogs that will remotely detect improvised explosive devices in a tactical environment. He also provides the USMC with expertise in the selection, training, conditioning and deployment of dogs for this purpose.