Heidi Meinzer, JD, CPDT-KA, CNWI


Heidi Meinzer, JD, CPDT-KA, CNWI

Heidi has served on the Board of Directors for APDT since 2016, and is currently the APDT Board Liaison to the APDT Foundation.

In 2000, Heidi graduated from Georgetown University Law Center and started her legal career as a public defender in Alexandria. After six years as a public defender, she joined a law firm in Northern Virginia where she practiced civil litigation for seven years. While at the firm, Heidi’s practice naturally gravitated to animal law. In 2013, Heidi’s animal law practice expanded sufficiently to enable her to establish her own law firm in Alexandria.

As Heidi’s animal law practice has developed, she has focused her efforts to companion animal law issues and civic service. Heidi has served in numerous leadership roles, including as Chair of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Animal Law Section and on companion animal law related work groups organized by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Heidi currently serves on the boards of the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies and Homeward Trails Animal Rescue, Inc.

In 2011, Heidi started working as a dog trainer with award-winning Fur-Get Me Not in Arlington, Virginia. Since 2013, she has been a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and a Certified Nose Work Instructor. Heidi teaches general manners and specialty classes and conducts private training sessions at Fur-Get Me Not. Heidi also teaches introductory K9 Nose Work classes at Fur-Get Me Not and advanced K9 Nose Work classes with Canine Copilots, LLC. She shares the company of a beautiful German Shepherd mix, Sophie, who has made great strides with reactivity and confidence issues. Heidi’s other canine companion is Boomer, an English lab who achieved his NW3 Elite title in 2017.

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