VIN Consultants and Editors

Specialty: Student Debt

Associate Editor

Paul Pion

Paul Pion

Board Certification

  • American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) Cardiology, 1988


  • Residency in Cardiology, UC Davis, 1987
  • Internship in Small Animal Medicine, Animal Medical Center, 1984
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, 1983
  • Bachelor of Science, Cornell University, 1979

Honors and Awards

  • National Phi Zeta Award – 1989
  • Ralston Purina Small Animal Research Award – 1989
  • AAHA Special Recognition Award – 1995
  • ACVIM Extraordinary Veterinarian – 2010
  • UC Davis Alumni Achievement Award – 2011
  • VetPartners Pioneer Professional Award – 2013
  • Daniel Elmer Salmon Award for Distinguished Alumni Service – 2015

Current Professional Activities

  • President and co-founder Veterinary Information Network
  • Director, VIN Foundation

Past Professional Activities

  • Cardiology Referral Practice
  • Staff Cardiologist - West Los Angeles Veterinary Medical Group
  • Staff Cardiologist - Veterinary Cardiology Services, Sacramento, CA
  • Staff Cardiologist - UC Davis
  • Instructor in Cardiology and Physiology - UC Davis
  • NIH Physician Scientist Award
  • Veterinary Advisor, Feline Winn Foundation
  • Co-author, Cats For Dummies
  • Medical Consultant, Dogs For Dummies

Marital Status

  • Married to my best friend Carla


  • Luca (born 1989)
  • Joel (born 1998)
  • Silke Michelle (born 2004)


  • Pearl - lovely sheltie
  • Zephyr - fun loving 10 pounder -- Pearl's dog
  • Gus - the white-footed dog cat
  • Leo - the lion hearted cat
  • Remi - the black-footed obnoxious cat
  • Bobby the Goffin Cockatoo – what did I do (or not do) that my wife needs this?
  • Could be any of a zillion other creatures roaming our home on any given day. Yes - I have lost control of my domain :)


  • Flying
  • Jet Skiing
  • Water Skiing
  • Hydrofoil esurfboarding
  • Boating
  • Spending time with Carla and the kids
  • Working (I've never had a job)

Favorite Quote

"A false conclusion once arrived at and widely accepted is not easily dislodged and the less it is understood, the more tenaciously it is held." Georg Cantor - 19th Century Mathematician, developer of the concepts of "continuity" and "infinity".

What I Like Most About VIN


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