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Wordless Wednesday 44

Influence Positively Interview - Dr Tiffany Bierer

Tiffany Bierer Mars PEDIGREE

Tiffany Bierer is manager of health sciences and nutrition in the research and development group for Mars Petcare US, headquartered in Franklin, Tenn. In this position, she is responsible for providing nutritional expertise for all the pet food brands at the U.S. operations of the world’s largest petcare company.  

Dr. Bierer’s focus in her current role includes driving nutritional innovation for all of Mars Petcare US’ pet food brands, which include PEDIGREE® Brand Food for Dogs, CESAR® Brand Canine Cuisine, WHISKAS® Brand Food for Cats, THE GOODLIFE RECIPE® Brand and Exclusive Brands private label pet food. She also provides nutritional direction for Mars Petcare’s dog food brands globally, including PEDIGREE®, the number one dog food brand in the U.S. and the world.  

During her 15 years with the company, Dr. Bierer has produced several publications and presented many studies that include the use of diets containing green-lipped mussel to manage arthritis symptoms, the use of high protein diets to promote weight loss, and oral biometrics and the improvement of oral health through diet in dogs and cats.  She also holds several patents and has been a global internal Mars “Make the Difference” award winner.

Dr. Bierer received her bachelor’s degree in animal sciences from the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana and doctorate degree in food sciences with an emphasis in nutritional biochemistry from there as well. Her thesis work focused on carotenoid metabolism.

Dr. Bierer lives in Nashville, Tenn. along with her two cats, Coconut and Cricket. 

What is your idea of perfect happiness? I have two cats at home and one of my cats, Coconut, loves to cuddle up to me every morning before I get up.  He comes running up to the head of my bed and plops down with his front legs around my neck and his cheek against mine and purrs and snoozes with me until it’s time to get up.  Just a little bit of perfect happiness for both of us to start each day!

If you could come back as a dog or a cat, which one would it be & why? I think I would come back as a dog.  The reason is because the office where we work allows people to bring their dogs to work with them and I would love to be able to come to work with my human companion during the day, play with other dogs, meet new people, test out new foods being developed and then go home to spend the night with my family.  I see the dogs in our office every day and they always look so happy to be there! Of course, I love that they are here too!  Makes the days fun for all of us.

What is your pets most treasured possession? I think if I asked Coconut, he would say I am his most treasured possession because he is like my little shadow every moment of every day.  When he can't find me, he cries and cries until I call to him and tell him where I am!  Cricket, on the other hand, is my aloof little princess cat.  Her treasured possession is a pillow at the end of the couch where she perches every night and watches Coconut run around the house (he is a little crazy!).

Your proudest achievement so far? One of my proudest achievements happened this year when we launched our new PEDIGREE Diets.  An incredible amount of work went into the development of these diets to make sure we were producing diets that provide leading nutrition for every dog.  Being able to see them enter the market this year and then being able to share the passion we all have for the PEDIGREE Brand with many different people has made me so proud of what we have done.  Especially when I see all the dogs that are thriving because of what we do every day.  It has been absolutely incredible.  My passion in life is making pets healthier and it makes me incredibly proud to work for a company that puts the needs of pets first and that lets me do what I am passionate about every day.

Who are your heroes in real life? People that I consider to be real heroes are the people serving in our military.  These folks have stepped up to protect our country and the people that live here.  No matter what politics you believe in, you have to admire them for what they do for us every day.  A big heartfelt thanks to all of them from me and my family!

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