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Dr. Chris Adolph Chris Adolph, DVM, MS, DACVM (Parasitology)
Veterinary Specialist, Zoetis, Florham Park, New Jersey


Dr. Adolph received his DVM degree in 1996 from Oklahoma State University. After a year and a half as an associate veterinarian, Dr Adolph moved to Southpark Veterinary Hospital as a partner for 4 years and full owner for 13 years. During his time as a practice owner, He developed a special interest in parasitology and practice management. In blending these two areas of focus, Dr. Adolph attended advanced parasitology and practice management continuing education events, became informed of the most current information available, and developed practice protocols based in sound science that were readily accepted by pet owners. In 2011, Dr. Adolph began a Master’s degree program under the guidance of Dr. Susan Little at Oklahoma State University. For the next 2 and a half years, Dr. Adolph simultaneously worked toward his graduate degree while practicing and managing his veterinary hospital full time. While enrolled in the graduate program, Dr. Adolph was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi honor society, which recognizes academic excellence in fields of higher education. Dr. Adolph graduated with a Master’s degree in 2013, the same year he was named to the 25 veterinarians to watch in 2013 by Veterinary Practice News. Dr. Adolph is a board member of both The National Center for Veterinary Parasitology and The American Heartworm Society. He has authored numerous, peer-reviewed scientific papers, a chapter for an upcoming text book and conducted research in canine and feline parasitic diseases. For the past eleven years, Dr. Adolph has been a popular speaker nationally and internationally, on small animal parasitology and practice management topics. In 2015, Dr. Adolph passed the rigorous parasitology board exams and is now a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists.

Topics (Click here to view topic descriptions)
  • Parasites in Practice
  • Trends in Parasitology: New Solutions to Old Problems
  • Zoonosis: Parasites & Vector-borne Disease Agents: Protecting the 2-legged & 4-legged Family Members
Dr. Bonnie Barr   Bonnie Barr, VMD, DACVIM-LA
Internist, Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. Barr earned her veterinary degree at the University of Pennsylvania. She then completed a one-year internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital and a two-year internal medicine residency at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center. Dr. Barr was a staff member for one year at Texas A&M University before rejoining Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in 2001 as an associate veterinarian specializing in internal medicine. She became boarded in internal medicine in 2003 and in 2014 a shareholder at the practice. Her areas of special interest include equine neonatology, equine infectious diseases and infectious disease control. Dr Barr is the co-author of Equine Pediatrics. In her free time she enjoys riding horses, football and spending time with her husband.

Topics (Click here for topic descriptions)
  • Common Neonatal Foal Problems
  • Managing the Compromised Neonatal Foal
  • Foal Pneumonia: What’s New?
  • Equine Emerging and Re-Emerging Diseases
  • Infection Control on the Farm
  • Diarrhea in the Foal: Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatment
Dr. Michele Barrett   Michele Barrett, DVM
Dairy Technical Services, Zoetis, Geneva, New York


Dr. Michele Barrett graduated from Rutgers University in 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science. Following her graduation from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009, she joined a progressive veterinary practice in the Finger Lakes region of New York. During her 7 years in practice, she focused on Dairy Production Medicine, with a specific interest in milk quality, bilingual employee management, and preventative medicine. While in practice, she also conducted grant-supported research on both Lactococcus mastitis and Salmonella Dublin control measures. Based on her desire to serve the broader dairy industry, and her interest in the role of animal health in public health discussions, she joined Zoetis in June 2016 as a Dairy Technical Service Veterinarian. In this role, she is responsible for supporting the dairy industry and dairy producers in the Northeast U.S.

Topics (Click here for topic descriptions)
  • Maintaining the Full Life Value of Calves: Prevention and Control of Calfhood Disease
  • Creating Evidence-Based Vaccine Protocols
Mary Berg   Mary Berg, LATG, RVT, VTS (Dentistry)
President, Beyond the Crown Veterinary Education, Lawrence, Kansas

Topics (Click here for topic descriptions)
  • A Review of Dental Anatomy and Charting
  • OMG!! What is That? Oral Pathology
  • The Gold Standard for Veterinary Dental Care
  • Dental X-rays Made Easy – Tips and Tricks
  • Block That Pain! Pain Management for the Dental Patient
  • Gaining Home Care Compliance
Dr. Heather Berst   Heather Berst, VMD
DiSC Certified Instructor and Corporate Veterinary Affairs Manager, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Heather Berst graduated from Penn State University with a BS in Animal Bioscience in 1996. She then moved to Philadelphia to attend the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine. She received her VM D from Penn in 2000. She was in small animal private practice in the greater Philadelphia area for five years and continues to practice some weekends. Most recently she practiced at Ivens Veterinary Hospital in Ardmore, PA. In December 2005, she incorporated her veterinary degree and interest in nutrition to obtain a job as a consulting veterinarian with Hill's Pet Nutrition. Heather is currently a Practice Development Veterinarian with Hill's. This job includes teaching technical nutrition lectures to veterinarians and staff members, educating the Hill's sales force and working with private practices to increase compliance and practice health. It gives Heather the opportunity to interact with many veterinarians and gain a better understanding of the needs of many different veterinary hospitals. In 2010, Heather became a DISC certified instructor and teaches sessions on communication at veterinary hospitals. Heather is a member of the Penn Vet Deans Alumni Council (previously VMAS board), is a Pennsylvania Veterinary Foundation board member and the Keystone Veterinarian's communication chair. She resides in center city Philadelphia with her husband, Rich, and their rescue dog, Phoenix.

Topics (Click here for topic descriptions)
  • DiSC Workshop Parts 1-3

Nathan Boob, Esq.   Nathan Boob, Esq.
Senior Assistant District Attorney, Cumberland County Office of the District Attorney, Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Mr. Nathan Boob earned his BS degree in Administration of Justice in 1998, then went on to The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University and graduated in 2001 with a JD degree. He worked at the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office as Deputy District Attorney from 2000 to 2002, then took a position at the Centre County District Attorney’s Office in 2002. After 13 years in Centre County, he became Senior Assistant District Attorney at the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where he currently serves.

Topics (Click here for topic descriptions)
  • Legal Consequences for Veterinarians Involved with Animal Crimes Cases and Expectations of the Court (Boob/Brooks)

Megan Brashear   Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC)
Specialty Technician Trainer, VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists, Clackamas, Oregon

Megan Brashear, BS, CVT, VTS (ECC) graduated from Brigham Young University in 2000 with a BS in Animal Science with an emphasis in Veterinary Technology. She worked during tech school as a veterinary assistant in general practice and made the jump to emergency and critical care in 2000. Megan earned her CVT in Oregon in 2000, and in 2004 became a VTS (ECC). Megan is the Specialty Technician Trainer at VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists in Clackamas, Oregon where she works on the clinical floor with technicians and medical staff providing in-the-moment training and teaching the whys of ECC nursing. Megan has served as a Member-at-Large on the board of the Oregon Veterinary Technician and Assistant Association and is currently the Legal Committee Chair for the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America. She enjoys lecturing on emergency veterinary nursing topics and the opportunity to meet veterinary technicians and nurses around the world. Her special interests include exploring the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, mastering the personality quirks of German Shorthaired Pointers, and helping technicians learn to think critically.

Topics (Click here for topic descriptions)
  • Acute Kidney Failure: Nursing Them Through
  • Canine Heatstroke: Keeping Your Cool
  • Emergency Anesthesia: Planning for the Unexpected
  • Emergency Care for the Seizure Patient
  • Don’t Be Traumatized by Trauma Patients
  • Endocrine Nightmare: Addison’s Crisis
  • Interactive Case Study Lab (Sunday)
Dr. Jason Brooks   Jason Brooks, VMD, PhD, DACVP
Clinical Assistant Professor, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania

Dr. Brooks is a Veterinary Pathologist and a diplomate of the ACVP from the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences at Penn State University. Dr. Brooks received his Bachelor of Science from Juniata College and his VMD from the University of Pennsylvania. He practiced clinical veterinary medicine in a mixed animal practice before beginning his academic career at an agricultural laboratory in Sicily, Italy. Dr. Brooks entered a combined residency/PhD training program in veterinary pathology at The Pennsylvania State University where he later joined the faculty. He has received advanced training in forensic pathology, crime scene analysis, and clandestine gravesite identification and excavation. As a veterinary pathologist, he routinely assists law enforcement with animal cruelty investigations and provides instruction to state and local police officers on how to conduct animal crimes investigations. He conducts research on the estimation of the postmortem interval and the pathology of gunshot wounds and teaches in undergraduate courses in pathology and forensic sciences. Dr. Brooks serves on the board of directors of the International Veterinary Forensic Sciences Association, is a member of the AAFS Standards Board - Wildlife Forensics Consensus Body, is a consulting committee member of the American Investigative Society of Cold Cases, and is an associate member of American Academy of Forensic Sciences. He is currently writing and editing the first textbook in the field of veterinary forensic pathology and has assembled a team of 20 other contributing authors.

Topics (Click here to view topic descriptions)
  • Developing the Response to Animal Crimes by State and Municipal Police Departments (Spada/Brooks)
  • Laboratory Support for Animal Crimes Investigations
  • Legal Consequences for Veterinarians Involved with Animal Crimes Cases and Expectations of the Court (Boob/Brooks)
Dr. Phil Bushby Phil Bushby, DVM, MS, DACVS
Marcia Lane Endowed Chair of Humane Ethics and Animal Welfare, College of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University, Jackson, Mississippi

Phil Bushby is a 1972 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Phil is a Board Certified Veterinary Surgeon who served on the faculty at Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine for 36 years. Although he recently retired from Miss State he still holds the Marcia Lane Endowed Chair of Humane Ethics and Animal Welfare at Mississippi State University and works at the College part-time. His primary focus has been spay/neuter taking junior and senior veterinary students to animal shelters in north Mississippi providing basic wellness care and spay neuter services for animals eligible for adoption for over 20 years. The service significantly increases the adoption rates at the participating shelters, provides the students with an exceptional surgery experience and sensitizes the students to the plight of animals in shelters. His program was honored in 2013 to be a featured display in the Smithsonian Institute’s folk-life festival in Washington DC. Dr. Bushby’s interest in shelter medicine and spay neuter dates back to his internship and surgical residency at the Henry Bergh Memorial Hospital of the ASPCA in New York City. He states that his primary goal is to make sure that the next generation of veterinarians understands the problem of overpopulation of unwanted dogs and cats and recognizes their role in assisting in addressing the problem. Dr. Bushby serves on the Board of Mississippi Spay / Neuter and previously served on the Board of PetSmart Charities, Inc. and the Board of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians. He was a member of the organizing committee for the specialty board in shelter medicine and received the ASPCA’s Henry Berg Award in 2008, the AVMA’s national Animal Welfare Award in 2012 and the Association of Shelter Veterinarians Meritorious Service Award in 2015. A strong advocate of spay / neuter including pediatric spay neuter, Dr. Bushby speaks extensively nationally and internationally on the importance of spay / neuter, efficient spay / neuter techniques and pediatric spay / neuter.

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  • Efficient Spay Neuter Surgery
  • Unusual Spay Neuter Surgery
  • Preventing and Managing Spay Neuter Complications
  • Review of Spay Neuter Research
  • Pediatric Spay Neuter
  • The Association of Shelter Veterinarians’ Medical Care Guidelines for Spay Neuter Programs

Dr. Betsy Charles Betsy Charles, DVM, MA
Owner/Operator, NYC Mobile Vet and Director of Clinical Studies, Assisi Animal Health, New York, New York

Elizabeth “Betsy” Charles, DVM, MA combines a wide variety of professional experiences with her love of veterinary medicine in order to help others be the best they can be. She believes we all have the capacity to be exceptional people of influence by learning the skills sets necessary to become effective communicators, relationship builders and boundary setters. Dr. Charles holds a master’s degree in Organization Leadership and pairs that expertise with veterinary medicine to help veterinary professionals understand how emotionally intelligent servant leaders can facilitate the development of high functioning organizations. She has presented on leadership topics at the state and national level in numerous venues including over half of the veterinary colleges in the U.S., numerous state VMA’s, the AAEP national convention, NAVC, and the AVMA-VLC. She has served on the AVMA’s Council on Communication, the AAEP’s Leadership Development Committee and is just finishing her commitment on the AAEP’s Student Programs Task Force. Her master’s thesis dealt with implementing change initiatives within veterinary practice. She is passionate about helping others understand that change, whether personal or professional, can be difficult but is necessary and exciting. She also believes that veterinary medicine in the 21st century requires new leadership models and strategies in order to thrive. Currently, Dr. Charles is the Executive Director of the Veterinary Leadership Institute. When she takes a break from trying to make a positive difference for the profession, she enjoys spending time with her husband of 25 years, playing with her dogs, Shotzie and Dexter, riding her horse Lenny, reading, hiking, and learning how to cook.
Dr. Deirdre Chiaramonte Deirdre Chiaramonte, DVM, DACVIM, CCRT, CVA
Owner/Operator, NYC Mobile Vet and Director of Clinical Studies, Assisi Animal Health, New York, New York


Deirdre Chiaramonte is a graduate of the class of 1986 then received her DVM from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, Massachusetts in 1997 and completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at The Animal Medical Center from 1997-1998. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2004 after completing a small animal internal medicine residency at The Animal Medical Center. She was a staff Internist and the Director of the Tina Santi Flaherty Rehabilitation and Fitness Unit until 2012. She is the owner / operator of NYC Mobile Vet, a boutique house call practice in NYC. Dr. Chiaramonte is certified in canine rehabilitation through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute and acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. Current interests are in the fields of canine rehabilitation, obesity and geriatrics. She is a member of the AKC Canine Health Foundation Grants Committee, Delta Society Advisory Board, and a past president of The New York City Veterinary Medical Association. She is the Director of Clinical Studies at Assisi Animal Health, as well as a lecturer for VetVine, a veterinary continuing education service. She has been invited to speak at CVC Baltimore, CVC Kansas City, CVC San Diego, ACVC Atlantic City, Veterinary Professional Quest, WVC Las Vegas, Canine Rehabilitation Institute, University of Tennessee/Northeast Seminars and International Veterinary Seminars.

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  • Introduction to Rehabilitation & Modalities
  • Managing Canine and Feline Arthritis
  • Rehabilitation of the Front Limb & Hind Limb
  • Rehabilitation of the Neurological Patient
  • Pain and Modulation
  • Acupuncture

Dr. Craig Clifford Craig Clifford, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology)
Medical Oncologist, Hope Veterinary Specialists, Malvern, Pennsylvania

SPONSORED BY  Boehringer Ingelheim   Stokes Pharmacy

Dr. Craig Clifford is a medical oncologist and the Director of Clinical Studies for Hope Veterinary Specialists in Malvern PA. Dr. Clifford is a well renowned oncologist who has authored/co-authored over 30 papers and book chapters. He was responsible for the creation of resident review sponsored by the Veterinary Cancer Society and the Northeast Veterinary Co-operative Oncology Group. He is a frequent lecturer at major veterinary meetings in the USA and internationally. Dr. Clifford is currently serving on the VCS executive board, the ACVIM Exam Rating Committee, the Residency Training and Credentials Committee and is the Co-chair of the Standards of Excellence in Residency Education Task Force.

Topics (Click here to view topic descriptions)
  • Recent Advancements in Oncology
  • Controversies in Oncology Part 1: Lymphoma
  • Controversies in Oncology Part 2: Mast Cell Tumors
  • Controversies in Oncology Part 3: Metronomic Therapy
  • Tanovea: A New Drug in the Battle against Lymphoma
  • Treatment of Anorexia and Vomiting Through the Eyes of an Oncologist

Dr. Craig Clifford Christopher Cripps, DVM
Owner, Betterbee

Dr. Cripps learned about bees when he completed the Boy Scout Merit Badge in Beekeeping while earning his Eagle Scout Award. At Cornell University, he took 3 beekeeping classes with laboratories as part of his BS curriculum. He worked as a bee inspector for Franklin and Delaware Counties in Ohio while in veterinary school at The OSU. After graduating in 1995, he moved to Greenwich, NY where he worked at Battenkill Veterinary Bovine as a food animal veterinarian. He continued to keep bees, sell honey, and provide pollination while practicing. In 2012, Chris bought Betterbee with his partner from the veterinary practice. They soon brought in another veterinarian as a third partner. Betterbee sells beekeeping supplies, produces nucleus colonies and queen bees, and presents a number of classes to teach people about beekeeping. Chris sold his veterinary practice and is actively involved in the day to day operations of Betterbee. Chris is the President of the Southern Adirondack Beekeeping Association and is the webmaster of the Honey Bee Veterinary Consortium.

Topics (Click here to view topic descriptions)
  • Honey Bees – Need for the Veterinarian
  • Honey Bees – Role of the Veterinarian
  • Honey Bees – Bacterial Diseases
  • Honey Bees – Varroa Mites
  • Honey Bees – Other Disease and Conditions
  • Honey Bees – Getting Started as a Bee Vet

Dr. Peter DiGeronimo   Peter DiGeronimo, VMD, MSc
Staff Veterinarian, Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dr. DiGeronimo earned his VMD from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine in 2010 having also completed a Certificate of Veterinary Public Health and extensive externships with exotics, zoo, and wildlife. He worked in small animal and companion exotic animal private practice in New Jersey for 5 years while completing a MSc in Wildlife and Ecosystem Health through the University of Edinburgh. He completed an internship in zoological medicine at Louisiana State University in 2016 before returning to his alma mater as a staff veterinarian in the Exotic Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery Service. His research interests include infectious diseases of wildlife and advancements in conservation medicine.

Topics (Click here to view topic descriptions)
  • Analgesia in Exotic Pets
  • Avian Radiography
  • Introduction to Amphibian Medicine
  • Rabbit and Rodent Dentistry
  • Hedgehogs and Sugar Gliders
  • Updates on Ferret Medicine
Dr. Tom Garg Tom Garg, VMD
Principal and Emergency Veterinarian, Hope Veterinary Specialists, Malvern, Pennsylvania

Tom Garg, VMD, is a 1998 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine. He is an emergency veterinarian and has been with Hope Veterinary Specialists (formerly the Animal Critical Care and Specialty Group at the Veterinary Referral Center) in Malvern, PA since the practice opened in 2004. Dr. Garg is president of Innovative Veterinary Software Solutions, a company which develops specialized software for referral practices. He is an active member of PVMA and serves as Co-Chair of the Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Committee.

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  • Practicing in Pennsylvania: Regulations and Recordkeeping
Dr. Robert Goodling Robert Goodling, Jr, MS
Extension Associate, Department of Animal Science, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania 

Rob Goodling has been serving as an Extension Associate with Penn State Extension since 2011. He served as a Cooperative Extension Educator before that for 7 years. He has a B.S. in Animal Science from Penn State and M.S. in Dairy Science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His specializations include data and records management, dairy profitability and management, and dairy genetics and reproduction.

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  • Interpreting corn silage analyses of varying qualities, TMR analyses compared to formulated ration, forage and concentrates used compared to production response and income over feed costs as a metric of positive cash flow (with Virginia Ishler)
  • Using DHIA 202 Sheets and Other Records to Determine Bottlenecks to Herd Performance
  • Using SWOT to Evaluate a Case Farm (with Virginia Ishler)
  • Case Farm Group Presentations (with Virginia Ishler)

Dr. Zachary Goodrich Zachary Goodrich, VMD, DACVS-SA
Staff Surgeon, AVETS, Monroeville, Pennsylvania 

Zach Goodrich is a native of Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He obtained his degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009. He completed a one year rotating internship in medicine and surgery at the University of Minnesota in 2010. He then completed a three year surgery residency at Texas A&M University in 2013 and became board-certified in small animal surgery in 2014. He currently resides in Monroeville, PA and is a staff surgeon at Allegheny Veterinary Emergency Trauma & Specialty (AVETS).

Topics (Click here to view topic descriptions)
  • Labradors, Bulldogs, and Yorkies, Oh No! Management of Laryngeal Paralysis, Brachycephalic Airway Disease, and Tracheal Collapse (Parts 1 & 2)
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Laparoscopy
  • Fracture Decision Making for the General Practitioner
  • Wound Management (Parts 1 & 2)

Dr. Zachary Goodrich Kate Hepworth-Warren, DVM, DACVIM (LAIM)
Associate Veterinarian, Rancocas Veterinary Associates, Mount Holly, New Jersey

Dr. Hepworth-Warren is originally from the United Kingdom but grew up in Northern Indiana. She attended Purdue University for both undergraduate and veterinary school and graduated with her DVM in 2010. Following graduation, she completed an equine internship at AVS Equine Hospital in Tallahassee, Florida. Upon completion of her internship she headed back to the Midwest where she completed a residency in equine internal medicine at Iowa State University. She became board certified in 2014, and stayed on at Iowa State as a clinical instructor until 2015. In 2015, she followed her husband, a small animal veterinarian, to New Jersey where he is pursuing board certification in veterinary neurology. Dr. Hepworth-Warren is an associate veterinarian at Rancocas Veterinary Associates, a mixed animal practice in southern New Jersey. In addition to this, she serves as an equine consultant on the Veterinary Information Network and occasionally works as a Lasix veterinarian at racetracks in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Topics (Click here to view topic descriptions)
  • The Basic Colic Work-up: A Refresher for New Grads and Mixed Animal Practitioners
  • Advanced Diagnostics for Colic in the Field
  • The Chronically Coughing Horse: How to Identify and Manage Non-Infectious Lower Airway Disease
  • Outbreak: Dealing With Common Infectious and Contagious Diseases
  • Neoplasia in the Horse
  • Update on Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis
Dr. Rebecka Hess Rebecka Hess, DVM, DACVIM
Professor and Chief of Internal Medicine, Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dr. Rebecka Hess received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1992 from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel. She completed an internship in small animal medicine in 1994 and a residency in small animal internal medicine in 1996, both at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine, where she is currently Professor and Chief of internal medicine. Dr. Hess has received several research and teaching awards. Her research and publication focus on endocrinopathies in dogs and cats, topics of which she is invited to speak on nationally and internationally. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

Topics (Click here to view topic descriptions)
  • I131 for Treatment of Hyperthyroid Cats
  • An Update on Addison's Disease
  • Demystifying the Challenge of Diagnosing Cushing's Disease
  • Treatment of Cushing's Disease
  • How to Treat and Monitor Dogs and Cats with Diabetes
  • Diabetic Ketoacidosis: How to Treat it Best
Virginia Ishler Virginia Ishler, MS
Dairy Extension Specialist, Department of Animal Science, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania

Virginia received her B.S. from Delaware Valley College and her Master’s at Penn State University. She operated the Penn State NIR forage testing van for a year before moving to New York and working for Brown’s Feed Company. She returned to Penn State in 1988 to work in extension and outreach in the Department of Dairy and Animal Science with a focus on dairy nutrition. In 2002 she became the dairy complex manager and shifted her extension focus towards nutrient management and precision feeding. In 2014 she stepped down as dairy complex manager so she could focus her time on extension and on farm research projects. She conducted several educational programs in China in 2014. Currently she develops educational programs examining the whole farm system from crops to cow to cash. She also co-instructs AnSc 451 in the fall and spring, which is an advanced course for students interested in participating in the regional and national Dairy Challenge competition.

Topics (Click here to view topic descriptions)
  • Interpreting corn silage analyses of varying qualities, TMR analyses compared to formulated ration, forage and concentrates used compared to production response and income over feed costs as a metric of positive cash flow (with Robert Goodling)
  • Using SWOT to Evaluate a Case Farm (with Robert Goodling)
  • Case Farm Group Presentations (with Robert Goodling)
Robert James, PhD Robert James, PhD
Owner, Down Home Heifer Solutions, Inc., Blacksburg, Virginia

Bob James recently retired as the dairy extension project leader in the Dept. of Dairy Science with additional responsibilities in teaching and research. He received the University Academy of Teaching Excellence Award in 2010. His research focused on management of growing calves and heifers. A Jersey milk replacer was developed based upon Virginia Tech research. Most recently his research has focused on management of on farm pasteurizers used for calf feeding and automated calf feeding systems. He is a founding member of the Dairy Calf and Heifer Association and served as the conference chairperson several times including the 2016 and 2017 conferences. Bob has made presentations and consulted with calf ranches, dairies and feed companies in over 29 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico, South America, Asia and Europe. Upon retirement, Bob established a consulting service in the area of calf and heifer management and nutrition.

Topics (Click here to view topic descriptions)
  • Is the Calf Program Part of My Practice?
  • What’s New with Colostrum Management? Beyond IgG?
  • Feeding for Biologically Normal Growth
  • What have We Learned from Calf Autofeeders?
Dr. Carrie Jurney Carrie Jurney, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
President, Jurney Veterinary Neurology, Redwood City, California

Topics (Click here to view topic descriptions)
  • Spinal Localization: Tips, Tricks and a Review (Parts 1 & 2)
  • Neonatal and Pediatric Care in the Animal Shelter
  • Don’t Let Vestibular Disease Spin You Around
  • Medicinal Marijuana in Veterinary Medicine
  • Shake, Rattle and Roll: Seizures and How to Treat Them
  • Portrait of a Vertebrae: Spinal Radiology
Dr. Matt Miller Matt Miller, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Director of Cardiology Service, VETMED, Phoenix Arizona


Dr. Miller received his DVM degree from The Ohio State University in 1984 and his Masters of Science degree from the same university in 1993. He completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at the West Los Angeles Veterinary Medical Group from 1984-1985 and a cardiology residency at the Ohio State University from 1985-1988. He became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology) in 1988. He is currently a Senior Professor of Cardiology in The Department of Small Animal Veterinary Clinical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University. He is a Charter Fellow of the Michael E. DeBakey Institute of Comparative Cardiovascular Science and Biomedical Devices. He is currently the director of the Cardiology Service at VETMED consultants in Phoenix Arizona.
Topics (Click here to view topic descriptions)
  • Heartworm University Parts 1-6
Dr. James Noxon James Noxon, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
Morrill Professor, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

Dr. Jim Noxon received his D.V.M. degree from Colorado State University in 1976. After two years of private practice in Denver, Colorado, he completed a residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia (1980) and then joined the faculty at Iowa State University in 1982 where he is currently a Morrill Professor (which is a distinguished professorship in teaching) in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, a staff dermatologist in the Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center, and Section Leader of the dermatology section at Iowa State University. Jim is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and a past president of the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Iowa State University, he provides the core small animal dermatology lectures for Oregon State University. Jim has received numerous teaching awards and is a two-time recipient of the Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teaching Award. He is the 2015 recipient of the Frank Král Award for Achievement in Veterinary Dermatology, an award given by the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology for outstanding achievements and dedication to the veterinary profession and specialty of dermatology. His research interests lie in the area of otology and management of ear diseases.  

Topics (Click here to view topic descriptions)
  • Updated on Demodicosis in the Dog and Cat
  • Important Considerations for the Management of Atopic Dermatitis – Part 1
  • Important Considerations for the Management of Atopic Dermatitis – Part 2
  • Best Practices for Otitis Externa: Getting Started on the Right Foot
  • Best Practices for Otitis Externa: Maximize the Value of Your Treatment
  • Best Practices for Otitis Externa: Selecting and Using the Best Topical Products
Meg Pierson Meg Pierson
Actor, Production Assistant, and Comedic Writer, Cone of Shame


Meg began her stage career in 2004 with Clemson University’s improv comedy group. During her time at Clemson, she trained in Atlanta, Chicago, and Chapel Hill and performed across the Southeast. Meg has performed with the Upstate Shakespeare Festival, Greenville Little Theater, and two regional improv companies. Currently she works as an actor, production assistant, and comedic writer for Cone of Shame. She has appeared in and provided voice over work for a number of videos for IDEXX, Vetstreet, and DVM360. Meg performs regularly as a founding member with Alchemy Comedy in Greenville, South Carolina, and teaches improv courses.

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Dr. Andy Roark Andy Roark, DVM
Founder and Head Cheerleader, DrAndyRoark.com, Greenville, South Carolina


Dr. Andy Roark is a practicing veterinarian, international speaker, author, and media personality. He is the founder of both the Uncharted Veterinary Conference and DrAndyRoark.com. He has been an award-winning columnist for DVM360 and has a successful online training course for veterinarians and veterinary teams. His popular Facebook page, website, and YouTube show reach millions of people every month. Dr. Roark received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and was voted the Practice Management Speaker of the Year at NAVC, one of the world’s largest veterinary conferences, two out of the last three years. Practices where Dr. Roark works were named as finalists in the American Animal Hospital Association’s Practice of the Year Contest in 2013 and 2015.

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Dr. Andrew Rosenfeld Andrew Rosenfeld, DVM, DABVP
Medical Director, Abaxis Global Diagnostics, Union City, California


Dr. Rosenfeld is the Medical Director of Abaxis Global Diagnostics and has spoken on numerous occasions on topics in Emergency Medicine, Small Animal Anatomy and Physiology, and Cardiology. Dr. Rosenfeld has been medical director of many facilities, his last position was medical director of VCA Boston Road Animal Hospital, a specialty, emergency and wellness hospital. He was Director of Technical Education for the Pet’s Choice family of veterinary hospitals and specialty practices. He has practiced small animal critical care and emergency medicine for 25 years. Dr. Rosenfeld is a member of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners and was an adjunct professor at Mesa Community College and Arizona State University. Dr Rosenfeld is also authoring a text for veterinary hospitals called The Veterinary Team Handbook from Blackwell Press. Dr. Rosenfeld is co-authoring a textbook in clinical pathology called Clinical Pathology for the Veterinary Team (Blackwell – 2009).

Topics (Click here to view topic descriptions)
  • The 30 Second Triage Examination
  • Obtaining the Minimal Clinical Database of the Ill-Patient
  • Utilizing Acid / Base in Everyday Practice
  • The Diagnostics of the Vomiting / Diarrhea Patient
  • Urinalysis, Microalbuminuria and Urine Protein Creatine Ratio
  • Ill Patient Jeopardy
Dr. Steven Rosenthal Steven Rosenthal, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Staff Veterinarian, CVCA Cardiac Care for Pets, Towson, Maryland


Steven Rosenthal, DVM joined CVCA in 1994. A graduate of the University of Maryland, Dr. Rosenthal went on to receive his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine. He completed both his small animal internship and cardiology residency at the Animal Medical Center in New York, after which he was a staff cardiologist for one year. Dr. Rosenthal is the cardiology consultant for the Smithsonian Institute National Zoo in Washington DC, the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, and the National Aquarium and has been part of a number of cardiac publications in reference to zoo animal cardiac disease. He has lectured on numerous occasions to students and colleagues alike. Dr. Rosenthal has been involved in the training of numerous veterinary students, interns and cardiology residents. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in Cardiology and has been recognized professionally for various research projects. His interests include the use of biomarker testing in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease, clinical use of new cardiac medications, comparative cardiology within animal species and catheterization techniques for treatment of congenital heart disease. Dr. Rosenthal has been active in the ACVIM College of Cardiology and has served as chairman of the examination, forum, and residency training committees. He is an avid University of Maryland sports fan and enjoys golfing and skiing. Dr. Rosenthal sees patients primarily in our office located inside of the Pet E.R. in Towson, Maryland.

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  • An Epic Change in the Management of Mitral Valve Disease
  • Updated Management of Feline Heart Disease: Pimobendan and Newer Antithrombotic Agents
Dr. Kacie Schmitt Kacie Schmitt, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Associate Cardiologist, CVCA Cardiac Care for Pets, Frederick, Maryland


Dr. Kacie Schmitt was born and raised in Cumberland, MD. She received her Bachelor of Science in Poultry Science from North Carolina State University and graduated Summa Cum Laude. She continued her education at North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. Dr. Schmitt completed a one-year comprehensive medical and surgical internship at VCA Veterinary Referral Associates in Gaithersburg, MD. She continued training as a cardiology resident with CVCA Cardiac Care for Pets and achieved Diplomate status of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology) in 2013. During each phase of her training, Dr. Schmitt enjoyed being involved in various research projects and looks forward to future projects. Her interests include management of congestive heart failure, interventional cardiology, the use of cardiac biomarkers in the emergency setting, and the use of cardiac biomarkers in the management and prognosis of congestive heart failure. Realizing that every patient and family is unique, Dr. Schmitt strives to promote open communication between CVCA, the primary care veterinarian, and clients (“the triad of care”) as well as emotional and financial considerations when developing an optimal treatment plan for each case. In her free time, Dr. Schmitt enjoys spending time with her friends and family, including her horse, Solo, and French Bulldog, Maxine, as well as traveling. She is an avid NC State football fan – GO PACK! Dr. Schmitt sees patients primarily inside our office at CARE Veterinary Center in Frederick, Maryland.

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  • Case-based Approach to Evaluation and Management of Arrhythmias
  • Cardiologist’s Approach to Thoracic Radiography
Dr. Julia Shih Julia Shih, VMD, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Associate Cardiologist, CVCA Cardiac Care for Pets, Towson, Maryland


Dr. Shih received her Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology from Tufts University in 2006 and went on to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. She then completed a small animal rotating medical and surgical internship at Oradell Animal Hospital. After practicing emergency medicine for one year, she returned to Oradell Animal Hospital to pursue a residency in cardiology, and she achieved Diplomate status with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology) in July 2015. She spent two years as a veterinary cardiologist in Philadelphia before moving to Maryland to join CVCA. Julia’s interests include the pathophysiology and medical management of acute and chronic congestive heart failure, management of thromboembolic complications, identification and management of congenital heart disease, and management of pulmonary arterial hypertension. She strongly believes in the importance of educating her clients so that together, they can devise the best treatment plan for their pet and their family. Dr. Shih lives with her husband, their dachshund mix (“Wiley,” a.k.a “Longbody”) and their cat/pseudo-dog (“Miles”). She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, loves trying new restaurants and enjoys traveling. She is an avid Red Sox fan and looks forward to rooting for the Sox when they face the Orioles at Camden Field.

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  • Syncope: Pathophysiology and Differential Diagnoses
  • Syncope: Clinical Approach Through Case Examples
Colleen Shelly Colleen Shelly
Owner, The Animal Crime Institute, New Tripoli, Pennsylvania

Colleen is a graduate of West Chester University with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and a minor in Political Science. She retired honorably from the Pennsylvania State Police in 2013. During her years as PA State Trooper, she dedicated much of her career to animal crimes and animal law issues. Colleen’s post law enforcement career involves owning and operating several animal based businesses, including the Animal Crime Institute, a training and professional development company for agencies and entities involved in the response to animal incidents. She is also the owner of Nexus Natural Dressage, an equine boarding and training business, and most recently, Paws to Ponies, a professional pet-sitting and equine care business. As a PSP Trooper, she served in the Patrol and Criminal Investigation Units in Troop K, Philadelphia, as a Criminal Law Instructor and member of the Tactical Mounted Unit in the Bureau of Training and Education, and as PSP’s first Animal Crimes Investigator, a position within the Bureau of Criminal Investigation/Special Investigations Division. During her tenure with the Pennsylvania State Police, she developed the Basic Animal Cruelty and Animal Law course offered to federal, state, and municipal police officers. Colleen is a member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainer’s Association (ILEETA) and the Organization of Racing Investigators (ORI). She has a particularly strong background in equine issues as they pertain to law enforcement.

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  • Who Enforces What and Who to Call: Challenges of the Multiagency Response
  • Working with Rescues, Animal Ownership, and Liability Considerations
  • Drugs in Equine Industry
 Dr. Robert Silver   Robert Silver, MS, DVM, CVA
Chief Medical Officer, RxVitamins for Pets, Longmont, Colorado

Dr. Rob Silver is one of the pioneers in the field of blending and integrating alternative therapies with conventional practices. He is currently the president of the Veterinary Botanical Medical Association. As a veterinary herbalist in Colorado, he has become expert in the use and applications of cannabinoid therapies. As a result, he is author of the book, Medical Marijuana and Your Pet. Dr. Silver is the Chief Medical Officer of RxVitamins, a veterinary nutraceutical company. Dr. Silver is also the provider of On-Line education to pet owners and veterinarians for CE credit, regarding the use of cannabis in pets.

Topics (Click here for topic descriptions)
  • Nutraceuticals: What Every Veterinarian Needs to Know
  • Integrative Gastroenterology: Using Diet, Nutraceuticals and Digestive Aids to Address Acute and Chronic GI Problems
  • Integrative Oncology: Blending Conventional and Complementary Therapies to Benefit Cancer Patient Outcomes
  • An Integrative Approach to Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Vitamin D: The Preventative Solution
  • Medical Cannabis for Veterinarians
Colleen Shelly Carlo Siracusa, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVB, DECAWBM
Clinical Assistant Professor of Animal Behavior and Director, Animal Behavior Service, Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Born in Italy, Carlo Siracusa got his DVM from the University of Messina, Italy, and his Master and PhD from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain, defending a thesis on perioperative stress in dogs and the effect of pheromone therapy. He completed his residency in Animal Behavior at the School of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania, where he is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Animal Behavior and the Director of the Animal Behavior Service. Carlo is board certified by the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavior Medicine, and the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, where he also serves as a board member. His research interests are focused on stress evaluation in dogs; pheromone therapy; canine and feline temperament evaluation; prognostic factors and treatment outcome of behavior problems; cognitive changes in dogs with mucopolysaccharidosis.

Topics (Click here to view topic descriptions)
  • Low-Stress Handling: The Behavior Body System and the Stress Response
  • Low-Stress Handling: Understanding Canine Communication and Responding Appropriately
  • Low-Stress Handling: Managing the Distressed Canine Patient During Veterinary Visits
  • Low-Stress Handling: Understanding Feline Communication and Responding Appropriately
  • Low-Stress Handling: Managing the Distressed Patient During Veterinary Visits
  • Low-Stress Handling: Understanding How Physical and Medical Conditions Influence the Behavior of Our Patients
Erin Spencer, MEd, CVT, VTS (ECC)   Erin Spencer, MEd, CVT, VTS (ECC)
Assistant Professor, Mount Ida College, Newton, Massachusetts

Erin currently works as an Assistant Professor in the Veterinary Technology program at Mount Ida College. She also works with the HSVMA Rural Area Veterinary Services teaching program which sets up field clinics in underserved Native American communities to provide free spay/neuter and wellness services. Erin has spent the majority of her career in Emergency and Critical Care and in 2011 she earned her VTS in Emergency and Critical Care. She also earned her Master’s in Education in 2015. Erin has lectured both regionally and nationally and is currently working on a book focusing on neonatal and pediatric nursing care.

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  • First Impressions are Lasting Impressions: Triage and Initial Interventions in an Emergency Setting
  • The Hypos: Common Pediatric Emergencies
  • Healthy Newborns: Considerations for Successful Neonatal Resuscitation after C-Section
  • Stayin’ Alive: Tips for Improved CPR Outcomes
  • The Song of My People: The Role of Monitoring Equipment in Critical Care
  • Vampires Have the Right Idea! Uses for Blood as a Treatment in ECC
Corporal Michael Spada   Corporal Michael Spada
Animal Cruelty Officer, Special Investigations Unit, Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Pennsylvania State Police, Department Headquarters, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Cpl. Spada began his career in the Pennsylvania State Police after graduating from the State Police Academy in September of 1994. He has been stationed in Snyder, Lebanon and Lancaster Counties. Cpl. Spada spent most of his career in a Patrol capacity, gaining extra training in DUI enforcement and becoming certified as Drug Recognition Expert. He also trained in emergency response areas such as Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical investigations and Explosives in Transport incidents. Cpl. Spada has also worked in the State Police Bureau of Gaming Enforcement and is certified by the American Red Cross as a CPR/AED and First Aid instructor. In 2011, Cpl. Spada was a participant in the first Animal Cruelty class put together by the State Police Academy. He continued to stay up to date with changes in Animal Cruelty Laws and did not shy away from being involved in animal related investigations. In July of 2016, Cpl. Spada began his current assignment as the Animal Cruelty Officer in the Special Investigations Division of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. He serves as the coordinator for the Department’s Animal Cruelty Liaison Program, as well as in an investigative role out in the field. He has found himself looking into crimes from dog fighting to neglect to hoarding. He believes that with the right education, the right resources and the right attitude, animal cruelty can be investigated properly and successfully prosecuted.

Topics (Click here to view topic descriptions)
  • Developing the Response to Animal Crimes by State and Municipal Police Departments (Spada/Brooks)
Staci Welsh   Staci Welsh
Petplan Pet Insurance, West Chester, Pennsylvania


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  • Take Cost Out of the Equation: Helping Clients Accept Your Best Treatment Options – Every Time
Staci Welsh   David Wolfgang, VMD, MPH, DABVP (Dairy)
Director, Bureau of Animal Health and Diagnostic Services, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

David Wolfgang is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine. He earned his Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree from the Penn State College of Medicine-Hershey. He was in private veterinary practice with an emphasis on food animals from June 1982 through October 1995. From October 1995 through July 2016 he was Director of Field Investigations and an Extension Veterinarian in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences at Penn State. In August 2016 he accepted the position as Pennsylvania State Veterinarian. He has been active in local and state veterinary organizations. He was president of the Pennsylvania State Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA) 2006. He was Chair of the National Mastitis Council-Residue Avoidance Committee (2005-2009). He currently serves as chair of the PA State Board of Veterinary Medicine. His primary areas of professional emphasis include: cost effective preventative health and diagnostic programs for livestock species, on farm food safety and quality, emerging and zoonotic diseases, animal well-being, and continuing education programs for veterinarians.

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  • Nuances of Veterinary Records for PA Large Animal Practitioners
Staci Welsh   Tosha Zimmerman, CVT
Talent Acquisition Specialist, Veterinary Practice Partners, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania


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Tosha joined VPP in September 2016 as the company’s first Talent Acquisition Specialist. Her primary role is to lead recruiting efforts that will further support the growing VPP team and its partner hospitals. Coaching staff members, especially veterinary technicians, to reach their highest potential is her passion. Most recently, Tosha spent two years at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Tampa, FL as the first technician recruiter. Her enthusiastic leadership and strong interpersonal skills successfully supported the hiring efforts of over fifty hospitals. In 2003, she became a Certified Veterinary Technician, which provided years of first-hand experience in a hospital setting. She worked as a Certified Veterinary Technician at Tampa Bay Veterinary Specialists in Largo, FL, and a Licensed Veterinary Technician at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Manhattan. Tosha is a past President of the Florida Veterinary Technician Association. Tosha earned her A.S. in Veterinary Technology from St. Petersburg College in 2002.

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  • Get Down On It: Determining Performance Potential Before Hiring