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Just Like Us: A Veterinarian's Visual Memoir of Our Vanishing Great Ape Relatives by Dr. Rick Quinn

Foreword by Jane Goodall

Just Like Us: A Veterinarian's Visual Memoir of Our Vanishing Great Ape Relatives by Dr. Rick Quinn

Just Like Us

A Veterinarian's Visual Memoir of Our Vanishing Great Ape Relatives

Just Like Us: A Veterinarian's Visual Memoir of Our Vanishing Great Ape Relatives
A stirring account of hope and survival for the planet's endangered great ape species.
Just Like Us: A stirring account of hope and survival for the planet's endangered great ape species.

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Rick Quinn
Rick Quinn
Co-Founder

Rick Quinn graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario, Canada in 1981. Following several years of general practice, he returned for a residency and graduate work in ophthalmology at the University of Guelph. He completed a Doctorate of Veterinary Science in Ophthalmology and became a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist in 1996. Following five years of teaching veterinary students, residents, and graduate students, he returned to private referral practice in 2002 and continues to manage eye problems in his animal patients. Rick is an adjunct Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. He serves on both the Canadian and global boards of the Jane Goodall Institute and is the co-founder and a director of Docs4GreatApes. He continues to lecture globally about veterinary ophthalmology and great ape conservation. An avid wildlife photographer, he has trekked the rainforests of Africa and Indonesia photographing Great Apes and is the author of Just Like Us—a Veterinarian’s Visual Memoir of Our Vanishing Great Ape Relatives. Rick is passionate about humanitarian, conservation and social justice issues in developing countries and a strong proponent of the One Health approach to attain optimal health for people, animals and the environment. He and his wife Diane, a family doctor, have four adult children.

David Ramsey
David Ramsey
Co-Founder

David completed his veterinary degree at Auburn University in 1991, an internship in Small Animal Medicine & Surgery at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1992, and a residency in comparative ophthalmology at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. The recipient of numerous teaching awards, he was an associate professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University (1995-2002). He currently manages the medical and surgical needs of his animal patients as a veterinary ophthalmologist in private referral practice in Williamston, Michigan. He has served on numerous committees of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and is currently a member of the Board of Regents of that organization. David has authored numerous scientific publications and textbook chapters, and continues to provide continuing education lectures nationally and internationally. David and Rick Quinn traveled together to Africa to work with the staff veterinarians at the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project in Rwanda and to teach veterinary medical students at Makerere University in Uganda—an experience that led to the founding of Docs4GreatApes. He has trekked in the natural habitat of Mountain gorillas and chimpanzees and is passionate about great ape conservation. David enjoys woodworking, cooking, working outdoors and spending time with his wife and two children. He has two Golden Retrievers, a Corgi, a Pug, a Cockatiel, cats, rabbits and horses.

Mike Cranfield
Mike Cranfield

Doctor Cranfield graduated from the University of Guelph in 1977. After completion of the first residency program between that university and the Toronto Zoo, he became the head veterinarian at the Baltimore zoo in Maryland. During his tenure at the zoo he became Director of Animal Management, Research, and Conservation and was a part time faculty member in the Department of Comparative and Molecular Pathobiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital, an appointment he still maintains. In addition to his work at the Maryland Zoo, he became the Director of the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project in 1998. He held both positions until 2009 when he became a full-time employee of the University of California leading Gorilla Doctors until his retirement in 2017. In 2006, Dr. Cranfield won the Dr. Emil P. Dolensek award from the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians for exceptional contributions to the conservation, care and understanding of zoo and free ranging wildlife. In 2009, he won the Schalm award from UC Davis for recognition of outstanding contributions to conservation medicine. In 2017, he was awarded an honorary PhD from the University of Guelph for his work with wildlife. He has authored 12 book chapters and over 150 refereed publications. He is presently the African Director Emeritus and chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee of Gorilla Doctors.

Vera Eames
Vera Eames

As a veterinarian, Vera Eames has enjoyed a diverse career—ranging from traditional clinical mixed domestic animal practice in Canada and England to field work with NGO’s, private enterprise, the United Nations, and the International Committee of the Red Cross in Asia and Africa. From hamsters to camels, Vera appreciates the challenge of providing health care to many animal species. She has had the privilege of living and working for many years in Thailand, Cambodia, and several African countries on livestock and livelihood security programs. Vera has trekked in the Virunga mountains of Rwanda observing and photographing mountain gorillas in their natural setting. A dedicated board member of Docs4GreatApes, Vera co-chairs the Wildlife ConserVet Education Project and sees her work as an avenue to further her passion of getting a little closer to One Health for all. Vera and her husband Jeff are allowed to share their home with their two cats and two horses near London, Ontario, Canada as long as they provide great food and unlimited attention. In their spare time they like to orienteer (Vera’s sport) and sail (Jeff’s sport). Vera still enjoys traveling and discovering different cultures and hopes that she can leave her mark, in some small way, making the world a better place.

Brendan Ginty
Brendan Ginty

Brendan developed his business acumen over a 39 year span at the Veterinary Purchasing Company Limited in St. Marys, Ontario. The “not-for-profit’ company warehouses and distributes animal health products and hospital supplies to veterinary practices mainly in Ontario. The company accounts for 85% of all sales to Ontario veterinarians. Brendan started his career in 1975 as Purchasing Manager, when the company’s annual sales were $1.5 million. He became the CEO in 1984 and retired in 2014 with annual sales in excess of $270 million. In 1989, Brendan established and chaired a committee that researched, wrote and published the first ever Compendium of Veterinary Products. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI) and has chaired and sat on numerous sub-committees over a span of 18 years. Brendan was awarded a Honourary Membership in 1995 from the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association. In 2010 he received the CAHI ‘Recognizing Its Leaders’ Award. For 25 years Brendan served on the Executive of the St. Marys Memorial Hospital, the Hospital Foundation and the Wellness Centre in St. Marys, Ontario. He was also an active Kinsmen in the St. Marys club for 17 years.

Rita Ricciatti
Rita Ricciatti

A graduate of the Pharmacy Program of the University of Toronto, Rita Ricciatti’s early career included working as a hospital pharmacist and in retail pharmacy. Always in search of the next challenge, Rita accepted a posting with a veterinary pharmaceutical company that had a small compounding business, dispensing medications in unique dosage forms to enable ease of administration across species. Rita eventually acquired the compounding business, shaped it into a flourishing compounding pharmacy accredited by the Ontario College of Pharmacists, and enjoyed creating medications for penguins, injured bears, snakes, ferrets, lions and, of course, the beloved family pet. Medications were dispensed to small animal practices, zoos and Ministries of Natural Resources across Canada. Rita was appointed to the Livestock Medicines Advisory committee by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, the advisory committee for the Professional Compounding Centres of America, worked as Global QA Manager for a veterinary vaccine manufacturing company, and as a consultant for Agriculture Canada to help develop their quality programs. Rita serves as the co-chair of the Wildlife ConserVet Education Project and hopes that her work as a Docs4GreatApes board member will make a difference to the health and welfare of animals and humans in Africa. Since retiring, Rita enjoys spending time with family, her dog and grand-dogs and gardening.