NCRC constantly seeks the counsel of leaders in the fields of science, animal services, animal welfare, the law, and community relations. 


Our current board of advisors includes: 


Cynthia BathurstCynthia Bathurst, Ph.D., is co-founder and executive director of Safe Humane Chicago, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit registered in the state of Illinois. The Safe Humane concept that a humane community is safer grew out of her work with D.A.W.G.(Dog Advisory Work Group), which she co-founded as a nonprofit in 2000 and then started a court advocacy program for court cases involving animal abuse. In 2007, Safe Humane Chicago programs were piloted. In 2008, after more than twenty-five years in contract mathematical analysis, Ms. Bathurst joined Best Friends Animal Society as national  director of Project Safe Humane, which was designed to fully implement the successful model, first in Chicago and then in other cities.  In 2009 the American Veterinary Medical Association awarded her their Humane Award, an award given to a non-veterinarian who has advanced animal well-being, shown exemplary dedication to the care of animals, and contributed to the community and society. In 2010 a new program for Court Case Dogs was implemented. This successful program for victims of animal abuse and neglect showcases Safe Humane programming for at-risk youth and companion animals in communities challenged by crime and lack of needed resources. Ms. Bathurst has served on numerous public safety, community policing and animal welfare boards and task forces. Ms. Bathurst currently serves as president of the Chicago Animal Shelter Alliance and vice-chair of Chicago’s Commission on Animal Care and Control.



Bill Bruce recently retired from his position as Director of The City of Calgary's Animal & Bylaw Services, which he held from 2000 to 2012. During his tenure, Mr. Bruce was instrumental in the creation of a model “responsible pet ownership” community, which made Calgary one of the most companionable cities in North America for both people and their pets. Mr. Bruce addresses public officials, animal control conferences and humane associations throughout North America on the success of what has become known as “The Calgary Model of Responsible Pet Ownership.” He is currently completing a book on the subject.



Kristopher Irizarry received his Ph.D. from the department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UCLA where he developed computational methods to identify functionally relevant genetic variations in the human genome. After completing his doctoral work, he accepted a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Neuropsychiatric Institute in the College of Medicine at UCLA and focused his efforts on identifying specific genetic variants that were associated with susceptibility to depression, in an attempt to develop genetic diagnostics that could be used to predict patient response to antidepressant treatments. His work led to the identification of specific genomic regions that predicted clinical patterns of anxiety and depression. The results of that work were ultimately patented by the University. Afterwards, he accepted a genetics faculty position at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences where he is the Director of The Applied Genomic Center, which studies comparative mammalian genomics with an emphasis on decoding the behavioral and anatomical information encoded in animal genomes. In 2009, his research expanded when Dr. Irizarry and a team of colleagues were awarded funding to sequence the genome of an endangered species, the Snow Leopard. The goal of the Snow Leopard Genome Project is to create genetic diagnostics that can be used to identify ideal breeding pairs, with a long term goal of improving the health and fitness of this endangered species through genetically informed captive breeding efforts within American zoos. 


Bonnie Lutz, Esq

Bonnie Lutz, Esq. has practiced law for over 11 years and is a Shareholder in the Orange County office of Klinedinst PC. She is past president of the American Veterinary Medical Law Association (AVMLA) and a current Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association's Animal Law Committee. Prior to becoming an attorney, she was the supervising microbiologist of the Mycology department of the Orange County Health Department. Previous to that, she owned a medical device manufacturing company and served as the company’s scientific and regulatory affairs director. Lutz’s practice consists of defending veterinarians in litigation and administrative actions in addition to providing general counsel services for humane societies throughout California. Due to her unique practice areas, she has extensive knowledge of the California Veterinary Medicine Practice Act and the laws which regulate humane societies. She is also an experienced litigator and has defended over 100 veterinarians and humane societies. She also assists other animal rescue organizations and occasionally defends owners in dangerous dog hearings. Lutz is an accomplished lecturer and writer and speaks frequently at conferences and seminars held by the American Veterinary Medical Law Association (AVMLA), Southern California Veterinary Medical Association (SCVMA), California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), and VetPartners, in addition to speaking to veterinary and law students. She has published articles in The Pulse, California Veterinarian, and Veterinary Economicsand has been interviewed for articles in Sheltering Magazine. She is an advisor to the State Humane Association of California. Lutz was born in Massachusetts and attended the University of Massachusetts and California Western School of Law.


Professor Adam Miklósi, Ph.D., DsC, MSc, is the leader of the Department of Ethology at the Eötvös University in Budapest (Hungary). In 1994, with Vilmos Csányi and József Topál, he started the Family Dog Project ( for the purpose of studying human-dog interaction from an ethological perspective. They hypothesized that during the process of domestication dogs had gained skills that allow specific behavioral adjustments in the human social environment. In their research, they have showed that dogs develop specific attachment relationships with their owners, that dogs are able to communicate with humans using a range of fine-tuned visual and acoustic signals, and that dogs are also able to learn through observation and to utilize the knowledge gained for their own benefit. One of the largest such research groups in the world, the Family Dog Project has published more than 150 scientific papers, and organized several conferences. In 2008 researchers and experts gathered for the first time in Budapest ( to share their results and insights on dogs and their relationship with humans.

In 2007 Miklósi published Dog behavior, evolution and cognition (Oxford University Press), summarizing the dog oriented research that had appeared up to that time. A second edition will be published in 2014.

Victoria Lea Voith, Ph.D., DVM, DACVB is a charter diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Behavior. Dr. Voith is one of the pioneer researchers and clinicians in the fields of applied animal and veterinary medical behavior. She has served as President of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviorists, the American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians, and is currently an AAH-ABV director. She is a Professor of Animal Behavior at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences.