About Us

How It All Started

The Scoop was established in 2015 by Dr. Pete VanVranken of Dickman Road Veterinary Clinic in Battle Creek, Michigan. As a veterinarian for more than 45 years, Dr. Pete saw major health issues in pets caused directly, and indirectly by the foods they were being fed. His own dog Cookie, a rescue dog from a local shelter, passed away due to ingestion of manufactured food that contained copper, which built up in Cookies system and eventually caused her death. Dr. Pete took a stance. He wanted to provide a place where pet owners could get quality, safe food and informative pet education.

We believe that every pet deserves quality, safe food! Not all pet foods are good for your pet. Be sure you are feeding your pet, not only the right amount and kind, but food that is produced by companies with integrity, those doing everything in their power to ensure there is nothing in their pet food that can harm your 4-legged family member. Promise yourself—next year at this time, your pet will be on a diet of only safe food! We are here to help you keep that promise. 

Our dedicated and experienced team.

We are proud of the team that we have assembled in order to provide you with the highest quality dog food that is truly safe for your pet.


Philip “Pete” VanVranken, DVM
Practicing Veterinarian for over 40 years.

Animal Husbandry B.S.
Michigan State University 1971
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Michigan State University 1974

Associate Veterinarian
Beckley Road Veterinary Clinic 1974
Founded Dickman Road Veterinary Clinic 1975
Founded DRVC on Columbia. 2017
Study Investigator on 44 FDA trails 1988 – 2019
Pilot and Pivotal studies involving pharmaceutical and pet food companies.

Member American Veterinary Medical Association 45 years
Member Michigan Veterinary Association 43 years


Daniel Langlois. BS, DVM, DACVIM
Assistant Professor – MSU Small Animal Clinical Sciences

BS, Louisiana State University, 2004
DVM, Louisiana State University, 2009
Internship, The Ohio State University, 2009-2010
Residency, Michigan State University, 2010-2013
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 2013


Copper-associated liver disorders in dogs
Copper chelation for cancer treatment
Companion animal endocrinology


Tim Vande Giessen
Pet Food Scientist

BS Animal Science - Michigan State University
BS Food Science - Michigan State University
MA Business Management - Nazareth College

30 plus years of industry experience in human and companion animal food product and process development, from a start-up venture to Fortune 100 companies.

23 plus years supporting R&D projects for the Kellogg Company and Kraft Foods Global improving ready to eat cereals including iconic brands like Frosted Flakes, Froot Loops, Cocoa Krispies, Frosted Mini Wheats, Honey Bunches of Oats, Shredded Wheat, Honey Combs, Grape Nuts and Trail Mix Crunch. Led international activities located in Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, Asia, India, and in the US.

6 plus years formulating companion animal foods, making prototype diets, conducting clinical research studies to support nutritional claims for Hill’s Pet Nutrition, a division of Colgate-Palmolive Company. Developed and launched Science Diet Sensitive Skin and Sensitive Stomach dry formulas. Renovated Science Diet canned foods improving palatability and texture. Developed a Prescription Diet food using a unique hydrolyzed protein source and process to address food allergies for dogs.

Tim is an inventor and patent holder of US and World patents for both human and companion animal food processes and compositions.

Active member of the Bohemian Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Club of America dedicated to maintaining the future of the Cesky Fousek breed in North America.

Avid outdoors person and we have a very special tri-colored French Brittany – Macey, that is currently the youngest member of our family.

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