Let’s Talk Animals 6/24/21: How Pet Products are Developed

Producer/Host: Dr. John Hunt

-Using the development of a new dental chew as an example
-Developing the concept of the dental chew
-Steps in taking the concept to a prototype to be tested
-Marketing, pricing, safety, production aspects of getting the product to market

Guest: Mark Bennett, a mechanical engineer, who is project coordinator for product development at a large veterinary company

About the host:

Dr. Hunt is a retired veterinarian that practiced small animal medicine and surgery for 32 years. For twenty six of those years he owned and operated the Bucksport Veterinary Hospital. He graduated from Michigan State University Vet School in 1982, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Conservation from the University of Connecticut in 1974, and a Masters in Zoology at Michigan State in 1976. Although he took special interest in pet behavior problems his primary interest was helping pet owners care for their pets by not only helping them when they were sick but educating, counseling and supporting the family to achieve good pet care.

Dr. Hunt was also a track coach at Bucksport High School for 20+ years, raised his 3 children and loved being part of the Bucksport community. His has written 2 books and currently teaches at the Veterinary Technician program at York County Community College.