Welcome To Animal Necessity!

Our Mission:
To help animals live healthier lives, by providing our comprehensive approach to animal wellness. We incorporate current research with supplements to create products of the highest quality and purity. We drive advancement in animal wellness by developing our veterinary dietary supplements through natural, holistic and scientific methods.
Our Vision:
Animal Necessity is at the forefront of the development and promotion of holistic, protocol-based approaches to animal wellness, integrating Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) with traditional medicine. Our standard of support of animal wellness is based on three core values:

Use of the highest quality ingredients
Formulations backed by sound scientific research
A holistic approach to animal wellness

Animal Necessity focuses on delivering high-quality supplements and services to veterinary health professionals and pet owners around the world. We know that the well being of animals worldwide depends on the purity, quality, and integrity of our supplements. Our holistic approach to health maintenance has been developed over the past 40 years by Dr. Norma Pestano, an orthomolecular nutritionist. Dr. Pestano's extensive research in the development of supplements and wellness protocols helps maintain health.

Dr. Pestano has partnered with leading doctors of veterinary medicine (DVMs), including board-certified veterinary specialists, to apply many of these human-based protocols to companion animals and marine mammals. Animal Necessity values and respects the human-animal bond, and we are committed in our efforts to provide relevant information that veterinarians and pet owners need to support animal health.

Read about our Veterinary Advisory Panel below!

Meet Our Veterinary Advisors
Johanna Mejia-Fava, DVM, PhD
Co-Founder, Chief Medical Veterinarian, and Master Formulator, Animal Necessity, LLC.
The Irma Dolphin Veterinary Consultant, Secretary on the Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Responder BOD, Dolphin DVM (The Dolphin Vet), Marine and Zoo Holistic Consultant.

Johanna Mejia-Fava, PhD, DVM, is a graduate of the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her PhD in marine mammal ophthalmology, testing intraocular pressures in the California sea lion (Zalophus californianus) to establish a normal reference range. She spent a year working at the Miami Seaquarium and then was accepted to an aquatic internship at Cayman Turtle Centre. She then completed a residency in zoo and aquatic medicine at the University of Georgia and Georgia Aquarium. She currently works with Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Responder (DPMMR) as a mammal mammal nutritional and holistic medicine advisor, Veterinary consultant, Research Associate, Development Consultant, and Secretary on the DPMMR BOD. Her research interests include ophthalmology, nutrition, supplementation, and discovering ways to better support geriatric animals naturally. She is the co-founder of Animal Necessity, LLC, where she devotes her time to researching the benefits of natural supplements in domestic, zoo, and aquatic animals. “Dr. Jo” (as we call her) is always trying to find the best holistic, diagnostic, and treatment protocols to provide preventive medical management for animals.

Dr. Norma Pestano
Consulting Physician for Animal Necessity

Dr. Norma Pestano completed her medical degree from the Universidad Central del Este, San Pedro de Macoris, DR. For the past 40 years, her passion has been to research nutritional deficiencies that lead to various diseases. She is certified as an orthomolecular nutritionist developing a holistic supplement protocol approach based on sex, age, weight, disease state, and nutritional status. Her medical interest in the immune system and cancer has led her to complete various studies in both humans and animals, using an immune modulator, Imuno-2865®. She continues to research and seek the most current herbal combinations to make formulations that are safe and effective.

Listen to her livestream on WADO 1280 AM, New York City!

Carmen Colitz, DVM, PhD, DACVO, MBA
Consulting Veterinarian for Animal Necessity
Co-Founder, Animal HealthQuest LLC

For Dr. Carmen Colitz, every day is a blessing and an opportunity to use her veterinary skills to improve the lives of animals.

Her passion for helping animals exudes not only from her work as one of the world's leading veterinary ophthalmologists, but also at her home that she shares with eight pets: three dogs and five cats, some named after football players.

Terri McCalla, DVM, MS, DACVO
Consulting Veterinarian for Animal Necessity
Co-Founder, Animal HealthQuest LLC

A board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist since 1989, Terri McCalla, DVM MS DACVO has a strong interest in retinal pathology with an MS in Comparative Veterinary Pathology. She is a co-founder of Animal HealthQuest LLC, the creator of the Ocu-GLO™, and also owns Animal Eye Care LLC, a private referral ophthalmology practice in Bellingham, Washington.

"Restoring vision to an animal, or preserving vision where it could have been lost, is a wonderful thing to witness and share with the pet owner," she said. "I see exciting trends in how veterinary ophthalmologists are now embracing CAM - complementary and alternative medicine - which may help support the health of animal eyes. I strongly believe that integrative medicine, including carefully designed supplements, can help our pets' health, just as they can help people."

Debby Smith, RPh
Co-Founder, Animal HealthQuest LLC

Debby Smith, RPh, holds degrees in pharmacy and chemistry and is a registered pharmacist in Seattle, Washington. As the owner of multiple pharmacies since 1982, she applied her interest and research in health supplementation and its benefits to become a pioneer in the study and application of antioxidants and amino acids for her patients. She was responsible for the development of numerous specialty compounds for both human and animal use.

Her premier pharmacy (Ballard Plaza) specialized in compounded medications for the veterinary arena, including multiple zoos, and was recognized as the most respected veterinary provider in the greater Seattle area. Debby Smith brings over 36 years of experience in compounding medications and medicinal chemistry.

Amanda Ardente, DVM, PhD
Consulting Veterinarian for Animal Necessity

Dr. Amanda Ardente's passion is animal nutrition, specifically when it comes to marine mammals. She completed her veterinary degree at North Carolina State University and her PhD in nutrition at the University of Florida. Her PhD research focused on optimizing the diet of bottlenose dolphins.