Critical Care Veterinarian to Speak at USF about Opioid Exposure in Police Dogs

March 13, 2018

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Dr. Paula Johnson from Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine will be presenting a seminar on Friday, March 23 entitled: “A Day in the Life of the Purdue Emergency and Critical Care Doctor.” The lecture will take place at noon at the University of Saint Francis North Campus auditorium, 2702 Spring Street.

An emergency and critical care veterinarian, Dr. Johnson will speak about her career, present emergency veterinary cases to the audience, and talk about her role in training K-9 police dog handlers how to administer the opioid-reversal drug, Narcan, to protect police dogs from opioid overdose.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Amy Obringer at 260-399-7700, ext. 8210 or

Founded in 1890 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, the University of Saint Francis offers more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and School of Creative Arts. In addition to its traditional programs, USF designs focused curricula for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point and online. In 2016, the University of Saint Francis expanded its presence to downtown Fort Wayne. USF Downtown houses the university’s business and music technology programs while offering enhanced internship and networking opportunities for students. The University of Saint Francis campus experience includes 16 athletic programs boasting two individual and four team NAIA national championships, and is recognized as an NAIA Five-Star Champion of Character institution. Approximately 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF.