About the BFCA Health Committee


Articles appearing on www.bichonhealth.org may have been previously published by a member of the Health Committee in one of the following places: www.bichon.org, BFCA Health Times (in the members only area) or The Bichon Frise Reporter, www.bichonfrisereporter.com a privately published magazine for Bichon owners.

Vickie Halstead RN, CVNS, CCRN, CEN, LNC

Vickie has been actively involved in breeding and showing Bichons since 1990. She has been a member of BFCA since 1997 and has been chair of BFCAs Health Committee since 2003. Also, she is a member of Bichon Frise Club of Canada and has published articles in The Bichon Frise Reporter. Vickie has been practicing as a Registered Nurse since 1973, currently employed as an ER nurse, and in the past experience in intensive care and as a flight nurse. She also has a business involved in independent teaching of classes for nurses and legal nurse consulting.

Anne Jones RN (retired), BSNE

Anne has been actively involved with Bichons since 1978.
Anne has served BFCA on several committees, as a board member, President of the club (1991-1995), Chairman of the Health Committee (1996-2003) and is still a committee member. She published BFCA Health Times and/or has written for that publication as well as author of articles for www.bichon.org and in The Bichon Frise Reporter.

Nancy McDonald RN, BSN

Nancy McDonald acquired her first show-quality Bichon in 1982 and has been showing in conformation and obedience since that time as well as maintaining a limited breeding program. She was instrumental in establishing the Bichon Frise Club of Greater Houston in 1984, joined the BFCA in 1986 and was a charter member of the Bichon Frise Club of Dallas in 1987. In 2006 she became a member of the BFCAs Health Committee. Nancy is a graduate of Indiana University School of Nursing. She has worked in medical/surgical nursing, was a volunteer with her community medical emergency service, taught first aid classes for the Girl Scouts of America, and retired in 2002 as a surgical assistant in a general surgery partnership.

Lisa Des Camps

Lisa has been involved in the sport of purebred dogs since 1996. Lisa got her first Bichon Frise six years ago and has been actively involved in showing in conformation, Obedience and breeding the Bichon Frise since that time. She a member of the Bichon Club of America and is also a lifetime Member of the Bichon Frise Club of San Diego. Lisa is a contributing editor of the Pictorial Review V and has written articles for The Bichon Frise Reporter. She is currently the Executive Vice President of Galco international a sporting goods manufacturing company. Some of her main duties include overseeing all of the computer application software and hardware configurations as well as maintaining 6 active websites.

Paula Hendricks BSN, RN, CSN

Paula Hendricks been involved "in Bichons" for about 12 years. She Joined the BFCA in 2007. She became interested in showing, agility and then in breeding. The Puppies are her favorite aspect of being in the sport of dogs. She has been working for 23 years as a Special Education school nurse with severely mentally and physically challenged students aged 3 to 26 years. She is married, and has three grown children. She welcomed her first grandchild, Sasha, in January of 2007.

Loretta D. McDonald JD

Loretta got her first Bichon twelve years ago and has been involved with the breed since that time. She joined the Bichon Frise Club of San Diego in 1994 and has held many positions including: President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, Show Chairman, Trophy Chair, Editor of the Bichon Beat and Editor of the Pictorial Five. She has been a member of the Bichon Frise Club of America since 1999 and is starting her third assignment as Trophy Chair. While in law school, she was on Law Review, published two articles and won several awards for research and writing. She also published several articles in Dogs in Review.