Robbe C. Lyon, Ph.D.
The Board is pleased that Robbe C. Lyon, Ph.D. has agreed to serve as Scientific Consultant for the Foundation. Rob is currently serving on the YTCA Board as Vice President and is the Board liaison to the YTCAF. He is also the President of the Mount Rainier Yorkshire Terrier Club. Previously, he was the President of the Yorkshire Terrier Club of the Nation’s Capitol and he served as the YTCA Show Chair in New York for nine years.
Rob grew up in Washington State and Southern California. He earned a Master’s degree in Physics and his doctorate in Biochemistry from Washington State University. During his scientific career, he worked at Stanford University, the National Institutes of Health and the finally the Food and Drug Administration. Rob developed innovative methods for monitoring the quality of pharmaceuticals during manufacturing and completed an extensive study on drug stability. Following his retirement, Rob and his wife, Gloria, moved back home to Washington State. During retirement, Rob has kept busy with woodworking, landscaping, investing and of course showing Yorkies.
Rob and Gloria are Breeders of Merit and have been breeding Lynworth Yorkshire Terriers for 42 years.
Larry Snyder, DVM
Dr. Snyder was raised in Kansas and graduated from Salina High School. He attended Kansas State University and graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1976. Dr. Snyder practiced large and small animal medicine and surgery in Wetmore, Kansas for 15 years and founded University Bird and Small Animal Clinic, PA in 1984. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Kansas Veterinary Medical Association, the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, and is licensed in Kansas, Colorado and California. Dr. Snyder was trained in veterinary acupuncture at Colorado State University and has a special interest in alternative/complementary medicine and adipose stem cell therapy. Dr. Snyder is a certified Stem Cell practitioner and through University Bird and Small Animal Clinic, has been involved in over 50 stem cell cases ranging from arthritis, muscle, tendon, and ligament injury, to immune mediated diseases, kidney failure and other degenerative conditions on dogs and cats. Dr. Snyder has a strong working relationship with local Ferret Rescue groups and maintains a good working knowledge of this interesting species’ unique problems.
Dr. Snyder and his wife, Jeanine, live near Topeka and have raised and shown AKC Yorkshire Terriers for several years. He was our first President of the YTCA Foundation and a YTCA member while he and his wife were actively involved in showing Yorkshire Terriers.
Dr. Snyder was the Foundation’s first educational webinar presenter on the subject of Adipose Stem Cells – The New Frontier of Healing.
Dr. Snyder’s interests range from natural, drug-free healing methods to stained glass and antique car restoration.
Nicholas J. Valenti, DVM
Dr. Valenti’s passion for animals began as a youngster growing up on Long Island where he volunteered at a veterinary hospital in Port Jefferson.
He attended SUNY Farmingdale, obtaining an AAS in Animal Science, and then went on to Kansas State University where he earned a BS in Biology and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Additional training was done at Tennessee Veterinary College with special focus in Opthalmology.
His interest in preventative medicine lead to veterinary research at Plum Island Disease Control Center on Long Island and the Vaccine Institute in Switzerland. He graduated in 1991 and practiced as a small animal doctor in Northern New Jersey.
In 1992 he started Mobile Health Care Services and today he continues to provide mobile veterinary service for Suffolk County.
He is a relief veterinarian for a number of animal hospitals and emergency care facilities in Suffolk and Nassau counties. He is also a member of LIVMA/NYSVMA/AVMA. In addition, he is a Leaders 2000 member for NYSVMA.
His personal interests include showing and judging dogs, gardening and traveling. Dr. Valenti is a current member of YTCA and a past Director with the YTCA Foundation for several years.