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photo Larry Baker Dr. Baker is a University of Illinois graduate. He became an AVDC Diplomate in 2005. In addition to Northgate Veterinary Dentistry, he has four other pet-related businesses, including a Clinical Studies Building which has hosted over 50 animal studies over the past six years. He has traveled extensively as a speaker in many states, as well as traveling to Ethiopia to work on protection dogs and produce an Ethiopian film involving canine dentistry. His working pet center is comprised of three buildings in Decatur, Illinois.
Your profile image Jan Bellows Dr. Bellows received his undergraduate training at the University of Florida and Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University. After completing a small animal internship at The Animal Medical Center, he returned to south Florida where he still practices companion animal medicine surgery and dentistry at ALL PETS DENTAL, in Weston Florida. He is certified by the Board of Veterinary Practitioners (canine and feline) since 1986 and American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) since 1990 He was president of the AVDC from 2012-2014 and is currently president of the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry. Dr. Bellows’ veterinary dentistry accomplishments include authoring five dental texts- The Practice of Veterinary Dentistry …. A team effort (1999), Small Animal Dental Equipment, Materials, and Techniques (2005, second edition 2019) and Feline Dentistry (2010, second edition 2022). He is a frequent contributor to DVM Newsmagazine and a charter consultant of Veterinary Information Network’s (VIN) dental board since 1993. He was also chosen as one of the dental experts to formulate AAHA’s Small Animal Dental Guidelines published in 2005 and updated in 2013 and 2019.
Your profile image Ethan Biswell Originally from Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Had always wanted to be a veterinarian, but decided to specialized in pathology after taking 2nd year pathology courses in vet school at Purdue University. For hobbies he enjoys playing the piano, Tae Kwon Do, bowling, drawing, and traveling. Has been lucky enough to travel across the world (Brazil, Galapagos islands, Tokyo, Austria, to name a few) to study veterinary medicine and pathology. Is relatively new to Kentucky and the Louisville area, but is enjoying getting to know the city and travel/hike all around the state.
Your profile image James Bogan James Bogan received his DVM from The Ohio State University and his MVS in Conservation Medicine through Murdoch University. James is the owner/operator of a mobile veterinary practice, The Critter Fixer of Central Florida. In addition, he is the Chief Veterinary Officer for the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens as well as the Director for the Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation.
Your profile image Jacquelin Boggs Dr. Boggs obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. She then completed a medicine and surgery internship at Peterson & Smith Equine Hospital in Ocala, Florida. Upon completion of her internship, she completed an equine medicine residency and attained a master’s degree (MS) in Clinical Sciences. Dr. Boggs is a large animal internal medicine specialist with Board Certification from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM-LA). She has worked in private practice, referral hospitals, in academia and industry for nearly 20 years. Dr. Boggs joined Zoetis as an Equine Technical Services Veterinarian in 2011. Currently, as a Senior Veterinarian for Zoetis, provides scientific guidance to Zoetis Equine biologicals R&D, marketing and sales teams. Her main areas of interest and expertise include equine infectious disease and neonatology, with additional interest in equine ophthalmology and veterinary wellbeing. She serves on multiple committees for the American Association of Equine Practitioners, including the Infectious Disease Committee, Member Engagement Committee, and the Wellness Committee. She is passionate about solving the challenges our veterinary profession is facing and is actively engaged in wellbeing working groups and committees and speaks on the topic of sustainability of our profession.
Your profile image David Bradley David Bradley, DVM, FASLMS graduated from UF in 1987. He has practiced for over 30 years in Mixed, SA, Equine, and Exotics with a special interest in surgery. Dr. Bradley began using Lasers in private practice in 1999. Shortly thereafter, he began training and education in laser physics and tissue interaction. He is a well-respected laser consultant and is a Fellow of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery. He has authored numerous articles and a chapter in each of two recently published texts related to Laser Therapy and Laser Surgery, respectively, published by Wiley. Dr. Bradley’s years of laser experience includes working with all the major laser companies currently marketing to the veterinary community as well as many human companies. He has had the opportunity to use many different types of surgical, dental, aesthetic, and therapeutic Lasers. He has consulted with dozens of laser specialists and thousands of veterinary and human physicians. Dr. Bradley has lectured nationally and internationally on veterinary laser use.
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Your profile image Petra Cerna Dr. Petra Cerna is currently a Small Animal Internal Medicine Resident at Colorado State University, USA. She graduated from the University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Brno, Czech Republic in 2018. She completed a Small Animal Rotating Internship at Vets Now Referral Hospital, Glasgow, UK in 2019 and Small Animal Medicine Internship at The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, UK in 2020. Dr. Cerna obtained an ISFM Advanced Certificate in Feline Behavior with Distinction in 2018 and has particular interest in feline medicine and is currently doing a Ph.D. degree at Colorado State University in feline infectious peritonitis (FIP).
Your profile image Mike Corcoran Mike Corcoran is a 2008 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University (Go Cougs!). His practice history has included small animal emergency medicine and exotic animal exclusive practice. He is a certified aquatic veterinarian and a board-certified specialist in Reptile and Amphibian Practice with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. Dr. Corcoran has served on the board of the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV) for more than 5 years, including 1 year as President of the organization. Dr. Corcoran currently resides in sunny Southern California and is practicing part time while acting as a consultant for numerous practices and remaining active in teaching, lecturing, and mentoring the Reptile and Amphibian resident at Arizona Exotic Animal Hospital.
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Your profile image Lorelei D'Avolio Lorelei is the practice administrator of New York City's only stand-alone exotic pet practice, the Center for Avian and Exotic Medicine. She received her BA in journalism from Boston University, and after earning a second bachelor's degree in Veterinary Technology from Mercy College in 2001, she has been working exclusively with exotic pets. Lorelei has lectured at many national and international veterinary symposiums and is an educator at a veterinary assistant program in Cape Cod. She also has authored and edited text book chapters, journal articles, and professional publications. Lorelei is a charter member and past president of the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Clinical Practice (AVTCP). She is also a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM), a Certified Fear Free Professional, and in 2016, she was awarded the Veterinary Technician of the Year award from the New York State Association of Veterinary Technicians. She enjoys affecting change through committee work and has served on many boards in AVTCP, CVTS, and more.
photo Scott Dee Scott Dee earned a DVM, MS, and PhD from the University of Minnesota, is board-certified in veterinary microbiology, and past President of the AASV. After 12 years in both swine practice and academia, Scott joined Pipestone Veterinary Services as Director of Applied Research. He has been awarded > 12 M in research funding and published 170 peer reviewed papers, including the initial publications on the proof of concept of PEDV transmission in feed and the transboundary survival of ASFV in feed. He received the AASV Practitioner of the Year and Howard Dunne Memorial awards, the Leman Science in Practice award, a Warrior Chip from the FBI, and is a Master of the US Pork Industry. In 2022, he guest edited a Special Issue on Feed Risk in Transboundary and Emerging Diseases.
photo Clare Deming Dr. Clare Deming graduated veterinary school in 2001 from The University of Florida and has been working in emergency medicine ever since. She completed a rotating internship at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls, New Jersey and then worked at a smaller ER before helping to start two new emergency practices. Dr. Deming completed her ABVP certification in 2016 and currently serves as an ER clinician and Medical Director at Blue Pearl's Paramus, New Jersey location. She is particularly intrigued by trauma and toxicity cases, soft tissue surgery, and feline medicine. In her free time, Dr. Deming enjoys writing fiction, competing in fencing and triathlon, and spending time with her husband and five cats.
photo Ravinder Dhaliwal Dr. Ravinder S. Dhaliwal grew up in Punjab a northern province of India now is a US citizen. Graduating with his DVM in 1992 through an ECFVG program at Iowa State University, he joined University of Illinois for a residency and MS program in small animal clinical oncology. In 1998 he obtained board certification in Oncology and later in 2002 ABVP awarded him the board certification in the category of canine and feline practice. He is the author or co-author of 23 refereed publications, 8 research abstracts, and few book chapters. A sought after speaker, Dr. Dhaliwal has given lot of scientific and professional presentations. He was a selected participant at Molecular Biology of Cancer workshop, sponsored by American Association for Cancer Research in 1996. Dr. Dhaliwals’ research interest includes drug resistance in canine lymphoma, improving clinical outcome in patients with oral cancer and his special clinical interest is in clinical hematology.
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photo Jack Easley Jack Easley received a DVM degree from Tuskegee University in 1976. After completing a Large Animal Internship at Oklahoma State University, he served as an Associate Professor of Surgery at Kansas State University from 1978 to 1980 where he completed an Equine Surgical Residency and received a Masters Degree in Surgery. He was an Associate Professor of Surgery at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, 1980-1982. In 1982, he was certified as a Diplomate for the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Equine) and continues this recertification. Since 1982, he has been in private practice in Shelbyville, Kentucky where he has an exclusive equine only practice with an emphasis on dentistry. In 2014, he became one of 14 in the world, board certified by the American Veterinary Dental College as an equine dental specialist. To date, he champions and provides residencies for veterinarians wanting to pursue this specialty board. For over 40 years, Dr. Easley has lectured extensively on and promoted equine veterinary dentistry throughout the world. He has written hundreds of articles for publication in professional as well as lay equine journals, textbooks, and periodicals. He serves on the editorial review boards for Equine Veterinary Education, Equine Veterinary Journal, and the Veterinary Dental Journal. Dr. Easley is the co-editor and major contributor of Equine Dentistry, 1st, 2nd and 3rd editions and Equine Dentistry and Maxillofacial Surgery (due for publication March 2023) Easley is an active member of The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) having served on various committees--as an executive board member and Treasurer (2015-18), dental committee chair and lecturer. He is a committee member for the AAEP Foundation and Ethics Committee, Chairman of the AAEP Student programs Task Force, Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association, member of the American Veterinary Dental Association, Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association, Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners (past president and current board member). At home in Shelby Co, he has served on various boards throughout the year including the Shelby Community Foundation and Chamber of Commerce.
Your profile image Scott Echols Dr M Scott Echols is a board certified avian specialist veterinarian working primarily in the US. Dr Echols graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995 and completed his residency in avian medicine and surgery at the Medical Center for Birds in 1999. He is an internationally recognized author, speaker, researcher, adjunct professor, visiting professor and practitioner. His artwork has been featured on several magazine covers and in numerous galleries in the US, Europe and other locations. Awards include Recipient of the TJ Lafeber Avian Practitioner of the Year Award, 2005; Recipient of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association 2007 Non-Traditional Species Practitioner of the Year Award; Wellcome Images Award 2017 Finalist and Texas A&M 2018 Distinguished Alumnus Award. Dr Echols has numerous inventions in the field of imaging which are currently being used in animal and human medicine.
Your profile image Keith Erlandson Keith Erlandson MS, MBA, DVM, DABVP (SHM) Dr. Keith Erlandson received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa in 2004. He has also earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science (2000) and a Masters Degree in Veterinary Microbiology (2004) from Iowa State University. In 2011 he became a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in the Swine Health Management specialty. In 2015 he earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of South Dakota. Dr. Erlandson has worked as a private swine consultant, staff veterinarian for a swine production company, and a professional services veterinarian for a pharmaceutical company. For 5 years, he was the Director of Swine Veterinary Medicine for a Top 3 Pork Producer in China before joining Zoetis in June, 2020 as a Technical Service Veterinarian in the swine Division. Dr. Erlandson served five years in the United States Army's 82nd Airborne DIvision prior to college. In his spare time, he enjoys wood working, archery, jiu jitsu and his family.
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Your profile image Brenna Fitzgerald Dr. Brenna Fitzgerald is a 2007 graduate of Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her residency in avian practice at the Medical Center for Birds in Oakley, California, and in 2012 achieved Diplomate status with ABVP. She practiced exclusively avian medicine at the Medical Center for Birds for 13 years before relocating to the Denver, Colorado area in 2021. She now cares for avian patients at Homestead Animal Hospital in Centennial, Colorado. She has also established Avian Exclusive Veterinary Consultation (AEVC), providing a variety of remote and in-person consultation services for avian practitioners throughout the United States.
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Your profile image Jon Geller Dr. Geller is a graduate of Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating, he practiced as an emergency clinician in Colorado for 20 years, and started up 4 emergency clinics. He became Board Certified as Veterinary Practitioner in Canine and Feline Medicine in 2010. In 2015 he founded The Street Dog Coalition, a non-profit charity, which currently has teams in around 50 US cities across the US providing free medical care to pets of the homeless. He was named Veterinarian of the Year by the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association for 2019, and is currently enrolled as an MPH candidate at the University of Minnesota.
Your profile image Cheryl Greenacre Dr. Cheryl Greenacre is boarded in both Avian Medicine and Exotic Companion Mammal Medicine through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. Prior to joining the University of Tennessee in 2001, she held a similar position at the University of Georgia for 10 years, and has been teaching avian and exotic animal medicine to veterinary students, interns, residents, and private practitioners for over 30 years. Her current research interests include toxoplasmosis in turkeys, and surgical prostheses in rabbits. Dr. Greenacre’s service includes past Chair of UT IACUC, current Chair of the AVMA Avian Working Group on the Panel of Euthanasia, past Delegate representing the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV) on the AVMA’s House of Delegates, and Past-President of the AAV. The second edition of her book titled, “Backyard Poultry Medicine and Surgery - A Guide for Veterinary Practitioners” is now available.
photo Tamara Grubb Dr. Tamara Grubb is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia & Analgesia with a strong focus in pain management. She owns an anesthesia/analgesia/continuing education consulting practice which serves both small and large animals (VetAACE). Dr. Grubb is a national/international educator and lecturer, a certified acupuncturist, an Adjunct Professor of Anesthesia & Analgesia at Washington State and is President-Elect of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management’s (IVAPM). She is co-author of two books, including ‘Veterinary Anesthesia & Pain Management for Nurses & Technicians’. Dr. Grubb’s favorite achievement is winning the Distinguished Teaching Award at two Universities.
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Your profile image Charlotte Hansen Charlotte Hansen is an economist at the American Veterinary Medical Association. She uses statistical methods, geospatial analysis, and applied research in providing timely and relevant veterinary insights through different media outlets. She is published in several journals and has been a part of several different industry news and educational resources in the equine and veterinarian space. Before joining the veterinary economics division in 2016, Hansen obtained her master’s degree at the University of Kentucky in Agricultural Economics and received her B.A. in Geography from Virginia Tech. Her areas of specialty include veterinary, equine, and agricultural economics, and geospatial analysis.
photo J Jill Heatley Biographical Sketch: J. Jill Heatley DVM, MS, Dipl. ABVP (Avian, Reptilian, Amphibian) DACZM A native Texan, Dr. Heatley graduated from Texas A&M University with the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1995. She practiced privately for three years as a small and exotic animal and emergency veterinarian. She completed an Internship in Wildlife, Zoo & Exotic Medicine at Louisiana State University, a Residency in Zoological Medicine and Master of Science degree in Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Louisiana State University. She was Assistant clinical professor of Zoo & Exotic Animal medicine at Auburn University for 4 years. Dr. Heatley is currently Associate Professor of Zoological Medicine at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Her research interests include the application of emergency and critical care techniques to zoological species, ecosystem health monitoring through native species, assessment of clinical pathologic analytes for use in exotic and wildlife species and oil spill response. Dr. Heatley is board certified in avian, reptilian, amphibian and zoological medicine.
Your profile image Merrilee Holland BIO I was born in Ft. Collins, Colorado while my parents were attending college. I grew up in Northern Kentucky, outside of Covington in a small town of Ryland Heights. I attended Simon Kenton High School and participated in the marching band. I received a scholarship and attended a local community college before transferring the University of Kentucky in 1977. I graduated with a BS in Animal Science in 1981 from the University of Kentucky. I was accepted into the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1981 and graduated in 1985 with a DVM. After participating in an informal internship in Cincinnati Ohio, I was recruited to become a radiology resident at Mississippi State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. After completing my master’s degree in 1991, I became a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Radiology in 1992. I was awarded promotion and tenure from Mississippi State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. I served as head of the radiology department for several years before accepting a position at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. I was awarded tenure while at AUCVM in 2000 as an associate professor. I currently live on a small farm in Waverly Alabama with Steve, my significant other of nearly 20 years.
Your profile image Scott Huggins Scott Huggins, DVM, MBA earned a BS degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina, a DVM degree from the N.C. State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and an MBA from the Bryan School of Business and Economics at UNC-Greensboro. He has nearly 30 years of experience in multiple areas of veterinary medicine including private practice in NC, UT, and NV; animal health industry experience with Novartis Animal Health and Nutramax Laboratories; academia; and consulting. Dr. Huggins is currently a veterinary industry consultant with Blue Heron Consulting, and has given over 250 RACE-certified presentations, providing over 500 hours of continuing education to veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
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Your profile image Bill King Bill King, PhD, has over 15 years of experience in regenerative medicine, medical device development, and clinical research, including prior work in the medical device industry at Biomet. Bill has published numerous scientific articles on stem cells, biomaterials, and osteoarthritis. Bill holds a B.S. in Bioengineering from University of Toledo and M.S. and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Bill performed post-doctoral research at the University of Michigan.
Your profile image Micah Kohles Dr. Micah Kohles, DVM, MPA, earned his DVM from Kansas State University in 2001 and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2010. Dr. Kohles joined Oxbow Animal Health as VP of Technical Services and Research in 2006. Additionally, he is owns and actively practices at Woodland Animal Hospital and serves as an adjunct professor appointment at the University of Nebraska School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Kohles is a frequent lecturer at veterinary schools and conferences domestically and internationally and was VMX Exotics speaker of the year in 2020 and Western States Veterinary Conference Exotic speaker of the year in 2021. He is an active member of many professional organizations and serves World Pet Association Board of Directors, Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) Board of Directors, past-chair of the Nebraska Board of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery and previously was president of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians and served on the boards of the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association and the Lincoln Children’s Zoo. Most importantly he enjoys spending time with his wife Ashley, daughter Taiya, and two boys, Tegan and Kai
photo Rachel Kreisler Rachael Kreisler is an Associate Professor of Shelter Medicine and Epidemiology at Midwestern University and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine as well as its specialty in Epidemiology. She is currently the Immediate President of the Association of Veterinary Informatics (AVI). Rachael teaches Shelter and Community Medicine, public health, epidemiology and understanding the veterinary literature. Her work outside of the classroom includes driving a 33-foot mobile veterinary clinic and providing surgical and medical service to shelter and community animals. She has over 20 publications on topics that inform clinical decision-making, affect shelter and at-risk animal populations and improve veterinary student education.
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Your profile image Angela Lennox Angela M. Lennox is a graduate of Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, and has practiced exclusively exotic animal medicine since 1991. She is the owner of the Avian and Exotic Animal Clinic of Indianapolis. She is a diplomate in the American Board of Veterinary Practitioner (ABVP) in both Avian and Exotic Companion Mammal Medicine, and a diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine, Small Mammal Medicine. Dr. Lennox is an adjunct professor at Purdue University Department of Clinical Sciences.
Your profile image Eric Lindquist California native, BS Zoology Humboldt State University (1990) DMV University of Bologna, Italy (1996), 4 years general practice and surgery in California and Connecticut Exclusively mobile clinical sonography (2001 to present) in New Jersey. DABVP (Canine & Feline Practice) 2003, recert 2015. Developed the international teleconsultation/education company SonoPath.com in 2010. Certified: International Veterinary Ultrasound Society (IVUSS) & 3-time IVUSS president. Cofounder of the published UGELAB procedure for ultrasound-guided laser ablation of transitional cell carcinomas. Founder of the trademarked SDEP ultrasound protocol.
Your profile image Gregory Lisciandro Dr. Gregory Lisciandro, DVM, DABVP, DACVECC, attended Cornell, completed an internship at The Animal Medical Center, New York City, and emergency and critical care residency at the Emergency Pet Center, San Antonio, Texas. He has practiced veterinary medicine as a general practitioner, emergency veterinarian, and then as a specialist in emergency and critical care. He developed AFAST® and TFAST® in 2005, and Vet BLUE® and Global FAST® in 2010. Global FAST® ultrasound is a unique ultrasound examination used to rapidly screen both the abdominal and thoracic cavities including heart and lung. He has authored over 20 peer-reviewed Global FAST®-related clinical studies. He is chapter author and editor of Point-of-care Ultrasound Techniques now in its 2nd edition and has served as an ACVECC At-large Regent, member of the Scientific Committee, and the Student Certification Committee. He has lectured and directed Global FAST® ultrasound scanning workshops around the world and continues to lead in publishing clinically relevant, point-of-care ultrasound research.
Your profile image Erin Lowe Erin Lowe is the Associate Director of Data Integration and Performance within the Integrated Health Management team at Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health. In her role, she facilitates the adaptation of customer processes to implement and enhance the adoption of digital tools into pork production systems. She is a swine veterinarian, a graduate of the Executive Veterinary Program, and recently completed her master's degree in Information Management. She lives in central Illinois, with her husband Jim, and is an avid Illini basketball fan.
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photo Laurie Mack Laurie Mack is the Head of Animal Welfare at The Kraft Heinz Company, where she partners with suppliers and customers to “Make Life Delicious.” She is responsible for the animal welfare program across the global supply chain which includes poultry, eggs, beef, pork, and dairy. Additionally, she is developing and implementing environmental and social sustainability programs for US procurement. She is currently a member of the North American Meat Institute Animal Welfare Committee, the National Turkey Federation Animal Health and Welfare Committee, and the Sustainable Dairy Partnership Working Group. Prior to joining Kraft Heinz in 2017, Laurie served as a field operations manager for American Humane. She earned a PhD at Purdue University in Animal Sciences where her research focused on sow gestation housing and stress. At the University of Pennsylvania, she conducted post-doctoral research focused on alternative sow housing during gestation and farrowing.
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photo Tessa Marshall Tessa Marshall Biography Grew up on a dairy farm in New Zealand. Went to vet school in New Zealand and worked for a few years in a large animal practice before coming to the USA to do a Food Animal Medicine and Surgery Residency and Masters at the University of Illinois. I have had several years of experience in mixed large animal and small animal practices in the Midwest, including managing the relocation of a 1500 cow dairy herd from California to Tennessee. I am currently working as a Lecturer in the Farm animal clinic at the University of Illinois. I have a strong interest in small ruminant herd health and management.
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Your profile image Holly Moore Brown Dr. Holly Brown received her veterinary degree from the University of Georgia and worked in small animal practice before returning for a residency and PhD in clinical pathology. Dr. Brown remained as a faculty member at UGA where she served as a diagnostic pathologist, instructor, and collaborative researcher before joining VCA Metzger Animal Hospital’s general, referral, and emergency practice in Pennsylvania in a unique position as an on-staff clinical pathologist. There she is able to add her expertise patient-side to a wide variety of clinical cases and enjoys opportunities to provide education on maximizing laboratory diagnostics.
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photo Jason Nickell Dr. Jason Nickell was raised in Stanberry, Missouri and attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1999 and 2003, respectively, from the University of Missouri-Columbia. After four years of mixed animal practice in Missouri, Dr. Nickell pursued a PhD in Epidemiology at Kansas State University. Dr. Nickell serves as Director of Insights and Outcomes for Merck Animal Health. Dr. Nickell is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, the Academy of Veterinary Consultants, and the American Association of Bovine Practitioners. Dr. Nickell, his wife Stacey (who is also a veterinarian), and three children (Brooke, Will, and Paige) live in Parkville, Mo.
photo Jacqueline Nobles Dr. Jacqueline Nobles, DVM, Dipl. ACVECC, obtained her DVM degree from Auburn University in 2009, completed a small animal rotating internship at MedVet in Memphis, TN, and an emergency and critical care internship at Florida Veterinary Specialists in Tampa FL. Following internship training, Dr. Nobles completed an emergency and critical care residency at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Tampa, FL, becoming a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2015. Dr. Nobles has served on the Board of Directors of the International Veterinary Point-of-care Ultrasound Society (IVPOCUS.org) and participated as a speaker at their symposiums. In addition to teaching, lecturing, and leading workshops (emergency surgical procedures, CPR, and ultrasound) with interns, residents, and veterinary medical associations, Dr. Nobles has also served as an assistant instructor at the IVECCS and IVPOCUS Symposium's Global FAST® wet labs. She is passionate about using ultrasound as an extension of every physical exam from seeing how it benefits patient care. Her mission is to share that enthusiasm with as many veterinarians as possible. Other interests and publications have included toxicology, immune-mediated disease, sepsis/SIRS, anesthesia, and pain management.
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Your profile image Terry O'Neill PROFILE Terry O’Neil is the partner-in-charge of Katz, Sapper & Miller’s Veterinary Services Group. With over 30 years of experience, Terry helps veterinary hospitals grow by providing them business, financial, and tax advice. He helps clients determine growth strategies, effectively manage labor and expenses, identify and manage operational efficiencies, improve profitability, and ensure their hospital is financially sound. Additionally, Terry specializes in the acquisition or sale of veterinary hospitals, buy-sell agreements, and business valuations. Terry is also responsible for the management of the Veterinary Study Groups’ database of veterinary hospital financial data for over 600 hospitals across the country, allowing KSM to identify key industry trends and opportunities. Terry often speaks at conferences regarding profit improvement, veterinary business valuation, succession planning, financial benchmarking, and other business topics. In addition to representing numerous veterinary medical practices over the last 30-plus years, Terry was previously the CFO for a group of eight veterinary medical practices and was a stakeholder in the business. He was also a regional financial analyst for a national veterinary medical practice. Terry assisted with the sale, purchase, integration of new acquisitions, and the preparation of regional and national budgets. His work as a CFO and with the national organization allowed Terry to gain valuable insight on how the private and public veterinary medical practices operate. EDUCATION Terry received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Manchester College. ASSOCIATIONS AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT Terry is a member of the Indiana CPA Society, the American Institute of CPAs, and the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts. He has previously served as president, treasurer, and board member of the Venture Club of Indiana. Additionally, Terry has been a volunteer soccer coach for various leagues for several years.
Your profile image Ashleigh Olds-Sanchez Dr. Sanchez obtainer her DVM from the University of California at Davis, with an emphasis on the Equine track. She then completed an internship in Equine Medicine and Surgery at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Following her internship, Dr. Sanchez worked in several referral veterinary practices in Colorado before opening her own practice in 2006. She managed Aspen Creek Veterinary Hospital for many years, growing the practice to a busy 6 veterinarian mixed animal practice. In 2018, Dr. Sanchez sold this practice to move to New Mexico and start a new adventure back as a solo practitioner focused on Equine Sports Medicine and Advanced Equine Dentistry at her current practice. Dr. Sanchez has advanced training in equine dentistry and enjoys standing surgery and consulting on equine cases with colleagues. In 2013 Dr. Sanchez became board certified in Equine Practice through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. She has been serving as the Equine Regent for ABVP since 2019. Dr. Sanchez enjoys public speaking, teaching, and mentoring, and has spoken at numerous conferences including the American Association of Equine Practitioners, American College of Veterinary Surgeons, and many state VMA conferences (Colorado, Idaho, and Pennsylvania) in addition to teaching at Animal Control CE events.
photo Frederic Ouedraogo Dr. Ouedraogo is an applied economist and a specialist of the U.S. market for veterinary services. Dr. Ouedraogo joined the AVMA in 2015 as Assistant Director of Economics. His research focuses on the structure, the conduct, and the performance of the U.S. market for veterinary services, the drivers of supply and demand of animal healthcare services, and the efficiency of veterinary service production and delivery systems. Dr. Ouedraogo is also passionate of big data statistics and online marketing analytics. In his spare time, he enjoys reading political essays and outdoor activities.
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photo Sarah Probst Miller Please shorten depending on amount of time: https://agcreate.com/live-training-and-speaking/ Dr. Sarah Probst Miller Early in her career as a pig veterinarian, Dr. Sarah Probst Miller realized she could not make a difference in the lives of animals without educating folks on-farm and motivating behavioral change in people. How do you stimulate a new electrical connection in a human’s brain that motivates action? How do we ensure knowledge is not just in our heads but in our hands and alive on farm as well? After exploring the science underlying these questions, Probst Miller founded AgCreate Solutions, Inc., a company focused on creating innovative learning and marketing experiences. AgCreate Solutions has created and delivered immersive learning experiences across many species that implement a “See it. Do it. Teach it.” concept. Through AgCreate, Probst Miller and her colleagues create videos, imagine and design immersive e-learning experiences, develop websites, design logos, coordinate photo shoots, train future leaders and more! Probst Miller and her AgCreate colleagues have created hundreds of learning experience for the pork, dairy, aqua, beef, and veterinary world. Probst Miller also founded Agrischool Pty Ltd which delivers online training to the ag industry. Its #1 product is Pork Avenue Training Portal which has over 170 learning experiences in English and Spanish across all aspects of pork production. Not only is it a library of lessons, it is an online training record keeping system. Pork Avenue is used by hundreds of farms around the world to train staff. Probst Miller also enjoys speaking on a variety of people management subjects including Applying the Science of How Adults Learn, Assessing your Welfare Competencies, and other team building and leadership development topics. She has coordinated educational seminars and competency certification programs throughout North America, and her work has also led her team to China, Japan, Australia, Europe, Brazil, and other parts of the world. Dr. Sarah Probst Miller grew up on a pig farm in Sigel, IL. She graduated from Eastern Illinois University (where she was captain of her Division 1 basketball team her Jr. and Sr. year). She completed her DVM at the University of Illinois in 2001 and earned an Executive Veterinary Program certificate in 2009. Dr. Sarah has served as an on-farm pig vet for over 20 years. She still serves pig farms around the world as an on-farm training and leadership development consultant. She loves putting on her veterinary hat when asked and enjoys working alongside veterinary teams to coordinate training with their veterinary consulting work. Sarah enjoys reading, writing, and playing the piano. For more information, check out AgCreate’s website at www.agcreate.com or Pork Avenue Training Portal www.porkavenuetraining.com.
photo Catherine Putney Catherine Putney is an economist at ITR Economics. She provides economic consulting services for small businesses, trade associations, and Fortune 500 companies across a spectrum of industries. With her economic insight and forecasting experience, she plays a key role in maintaining ITR Economics’ 94.7% accuracy rating. Catherine specializes in business cycle trend analysis and in applying the resulting insights at the company level. She and the team at ITR Economics have put their expertise to work for companies in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, chemicals, fibers, healthcare, distribution, real estate, construction, and technology. As a key member of ITR’s Leading Indicator Team, Catherine applies her skillsets when forecasting company and market data and when sharing those findings – and their business relevance – with ITR clients. Whether in a meeting with key business leaders or in front of an audience of hundreds, Catherine effectively demonstrates how economic insights can be translated into strategic and effective business decisions. Catherine earned a master’s degree in economics from the University of New Hampshire. She has been featured on The Wealth Formula Podcast, in Foodservice Equipment Industry’s State of the Industry report, and in local New Hampshire publications.
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Your profile image Jessica Quimby Dr. Quimby is board certified in small animal internal medicine and completed a PhD studying feline CKD. She was faculty at Colorado State University until 2017, and is now an associate professor at the Ohio State University. Current research areas include renal pathophysiology, novel treatment strategies, and feline clinical pharmacology focusing on improving supportive care and quality of life in cats with CKD. Dr. Quimby has received the International Renal Interest Society Award and the AVMF/Winn Feline Foundation Research Award for her contributions to nephrology and feline medicine.
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photo Molly Rice Dr. Molly Rice is a Board Certified Veterinary Dentist (TM) who graduated from the UW School of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. She was in general equine practice until 2011, when she transitioned into a dentistry focused practice. She became board certified in equine dentistry in 2018. In addition to her clinical dentistry work, she enjoys teaching veterinarians, students, and owners about dentistry.
Your profile image Jerry Rusch Jerry Rusch, DVM was raised on a grain and livestock farm in Southern Indiana. In 1991 he received his DVM from Purdue University and then spent two years in dairy practice in Eastern Pennsylvania. In 1993 Jerry and his wife, Dr. Karen, purchased Spring Mill Veterinary Service, a mixed animal practice in Mitchell, Indiana where he continues to practice. Jerry does mostly beef cattle with some sheep, goats and swine in addition to some small animal. In 2000 he became a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Beef Cattle. Jerry is currently president and general manager of the Springville Feeder Auction, which is a local farmer owner feeder calf marketing cooperative. He is also a member of AABP, Academy of Veterinary Consultants and the Society for Theriogenology. Jerry joined Multimin USA in March 2018 as a part time technical service veterinarian and has recently incorporated the role as a sales development consultant. Jerry and Karen have hosted countless veterinary students as externs including two international veterinary students.
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photo Matt Salois Matthew Salois, PhD President Veterinary Study Groups, Inc. Matthew Salois, PhD is currently the President of the Veterinary Study Groups, Inc. (VSG), where he is responsible for enhancing the economic and cultural success of more than 1,800 veterinary member practices. Most recently, Matt was the chief economist and head of the veterinary economics division at the AVMA between 2018 and 2022, where he applied his skills in economics, business, and communication to support the daily lives of veterinarians. From 2014 to 2018, he served as director of global scientific affairs and policy at Elanco Animal Health, supervising a team of scientists in veterinary medicine, human medicine, animal welfare, economics and sustainability. His group devised and executed scientific engagement strategy, and built collaborative partnerships with universities, non-profit associations and scientific societies. Matt is also an adjunct professor of applied economics at the University of Florida, where he previously taught and advised graduate and undergraduate students. He earned his Ph.D. in Applied Economics from the University of Florida and holds an M.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Health Services Administration from the University of Central Florida.
Your profile image Marc Seltz Dr. Seitz is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Diagnostic Imaging at Mississippi State University (MSU). He earned both his B.S. in biochemistry and his DVM from MSU. After graduation, he spent eight years in private practice as both a general practitioner and emergency clinician prior to returning to MSU as an emergency faculty member. In 2014, he earned Diplomate status with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Canine and Feline). Due to his interest in performing and teaching ultrasound, in 2018 he began working towards a second specialty in diagnostic imaging and is now a full-time board-certified radiologist. In addition to clinical practice, he thoroughly enjoys teaching, with the ultimate goal of translating sound medical practices and current veterinary literature into useful clinical skills for both general practitioners and emergency clinicians. His passion for teaching has been recognized through the Zoetis Distinguished Veterinary Teaching Award (2016).
Your profile image Brian Speer Brian Speer received his DVM degree from the University of California at Davis in 1983. Board specialty status was awarded through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in 1996, and he was certified in the European College of Avian Medicine and Surgery (ECAMS – now ECZM) in 1999. He is in private practice; director of the Medical Center for Birds in northern California. He has served the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV) as chair of the Aviculture Committee, as a director of the board, and as president. He has served the ECZM as scientific committee chair, and as a member of the examination committee. Brian is currently a consultant for the Veterinary Information Network for avian medical topics. He is a co-author of The Large Macaws (1995), Birds for Dummies (1999, second edition 2021), and editor for Current Veterinary Therapy in Avian Medicine and Surgery, (2015; co-editor of second volume anticipated 2022).
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photo Gary Thompson Gary Thompson lives and practices in Toledo, Ohio with his wife Susan, daughter Maddie and son Tyler. He founded Foresight Veterinary Partners in 2001 which eventually grew to a six hospital group in Ohio and Michigan. His current practice is limited to orthopedics and in his time away from veterinary medicine he is a proud member of the National Ski Patrol and a ski patroller at Boyne Mountain. He is a struggling golfer and avid cyclist whose mantra is the perfect number of bikes or skis is N plus one.
Your profile image Rachel Touroo Dr. Rachel Touroo joined the ASPCA in 2012, as the director of its Veterinary Forensics program and is currently the Senior Director of Veterinary Forensic Sciences. In this role, she oversees the ASPCA Veterinary Forensic Science Center, assists law enforcement with suspected animal cruelty cases throughout the United States, develops and carries out novel research in the area of veterinary forensics, and teaches Veterinary Forensic Medicine for the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Medicolegal Investigations for Florida International University, where she holds courtesy faculty appointments. Dr. Touroo has assisted with hundreds of animal cruelty cases throughout the U.S. and has been qualified as an expert witness on dozens of occasions in a variety of states, as well as in federal court. She is a Past President of the International Veterinary Forensic Sciences Association, a member of the ASB Crime Scene Investigations Consensus Body, and an active affiliate member of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science, Crime Scene Investigations subcommittee. Dr. Touroo is an associate editor for Forensic Science International: Animals and Environments and has published book chapters, peer-reviewed scientific articles, and routinely lectures at national conferences across the U.S. on Veterinary Forensic Medicine.
Your profile image Lauren Trager Burns Dr. Lauren Trager Burns is a Maryland native and received her DVM from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. She developed a keen interest in sport horse medicine during her time at Virginia Equine Imaging, an equine sports medicine, lameness and diagnostic imaging focused practice in the heart of Virginia horse country in The Plains, VA. She returned to the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine for a three-year combined residency and Master of Science program in Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Equine Sports Medicine at the college. Her research and clinical interests include treatment and rehabilitation of axial skeleton pain, sport horse poor performance and podiatry.
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Your profile image Amy Woods Dr. Amy Woods is a 2004 graduate of Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine and has been engaged in swine specific practice since graduation. Dr. Woods has worked with all sizes and scopes of swine production - from small hobby and niche market farms to show pig producers to large commercial production. She is involved with the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) and Indiana Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA). Dr. Woods is currently employed by AMVC Swine Health Services and resides in Remington, IN with her husband and two kids.
Your profile image Liza Wysong Rudolph Liza Rudolph has been working in veterinary medicine for over 20 years and is a graduate of the Bachelor’s program in Veterinary Technology at St. Petersburg College. She is a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in Canine/Feline Clinical Practice and Small Animal Internal Medicine. Liza provides education and training to veterinary technicians as a webinar instructor, by traditional lecturing and online continuing education opportunities, and publishing informational articles. When not teaching, Liza is an active member of multiple veterinary organizations and practices as a relief veterinary technician, spending most of her clinical time in specialty practices in both the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions.
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Your profile image Ryan Yonkman Ryan Yonkman is a Vice President of producer services and technology sales at EverAg. His focus is on leading EverAgs dairy producer team in the world of managing price risk (CME,OTC and Insurance). As a partner in his family's MI based dairy, he frequently draws from his own experiences, naturally having skin in the game. Ryan is the co-founder of EverAg technologies, software developed in house to help dairies calculate, forecast and track their risk going up to 2 years forward. Ryan received a bachelor's degree in business management from Hope college in 2011 where he got to "live the dream," playing 4 years of collegiate football. Ryan joined the EverAg (Rice Dairy) team in 2011. Outside of work Ryan and his wife stay plenty busy raising their three children in western Chicago suburbs.,
Ryan Yonkman is a Vice President of producer services and technology sales at EverAg. His focus is on leading EverAgs dairy producer team in the world of managing price risk (CME,OTC and Insurance). As a partner in his family's MI based dairy, he frequently draws from his own experiences, naturally having skin in the game. Ryan is the co-founder of EverAg technologies, software developed in house to help dairies calculate, forecast and track their risk going up to 2 years forward. Ryan received a bachelor's degree in business management from Hope college in 2011 where he got to "live the dream," playing 4 years of collegiate football. Ryan joined the EverAg (Rice Dairy) team in 2011. Outside of work Ryan and his wife stay plenty busy raising their three children in western Chicago suburbs.

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