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WIVC 2017 Speaker List

This year's sessions will include topics such as Small Animal/Pocket Pets, Exotics, Equine, Production Animals, Business Management, and Wellness in the profession.


Keynote speaker

Dr. Mark Stetter graduated with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 1988 and then completed an internship in medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York. From there, he served as Associate Veterinarian at the Audubon Zoo and the Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans. He then completed a residency in zoological medicine at the Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation Society and joined Disney as a staff veterinarian in 1997 to later become the Director of Animal Programs for the Disney Company.

He is a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine, and served as president of that organization. He is a recent member of the Wildlife Scientific Advisory Board for the Morris Animal Foundation and is founder and President of the Elephant Population Management Program.

Prior to coming to Colorado State University as Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Dr. Stetter said that he had the unique opportunity to travel and observe the world through the eyes of not only a veterinarian, but as someone who cares deeply about “what we leave for our children”.

Keynote lecture: From Disney to Dean: How to thrive in the veterinary profession?


Dear Conference attendees, I am so excited to join you in St Kitts this November. I am looking forward to meeting you and sharing my thoughts about our wonderful profession. I believe we are at a critical juncture and we must work together to solve the challenges ahead. [...] We must look to positive solutions in order to combat this critical issue.

- Dr. Mark Stetter
Expert Speakers

Dr. John Anastasio: Emergency and Critical Care
Dr. Anastasio comes from New York City, where he earned his undergraduate degree in Biology at the City University of New York. He then attended Ross University and completed his clinical year at the University of Pennsylvania. After a rotating internship at the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan, he was accepted into the Emergency/Critical Care Residency Training Program at Tufts University. Board certified, Dr. Anastasio is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care and his interests include respiratory medicine, hemodynamic optimization and trauma. He serves as Medical Director at VRC outside Philadelphia, PA.

4 things I've Learned in the ER
Diagnosis & Management of Bacterial Pneumonia (with a focus on antibiotic therapy)
Cardiopulmonary-Cerebral Resuscitation: Updates from the RECOVER Initiative
Approaches to the Acute Abdomen

Dr. Elpida Artemiou: Wellness in the Veterinary Profession
Dr. Artemiou began her professional career at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in counseling and continued to teach communication and professional skills upon completing her PhD in Medical Education with an emphasis on clinical communication, simulation-based teaching and learning and outcome assessments. She is currently Assistant Professor of Clinical Communication. Dr. Artemiou has focused her career in incorporating blended learning in the classroom. She has also developed and implemented outcome assessments to evaluate students’ communication competence and established the role of simulated clients as raters. Her interests further encompass a variety of areas relevant to veterinary medical education including workplace learning and assessment, leadership development, diversity programs, human-animal interactions, the principles of relational coordination in academia and practice, and the One Health approach. Through her many roles at Ross Vet, Dr. Artemiou encourages a culture of personal wellness and mindful, reflective daily practice.

Current Findings Surrounding Wellness and Student Perspectives  (with Dr. Jennifer Bradtke, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine Counseling Center)
The “Nuts and Bolts” of Practicing Wellness (with Dr. Jennifer Bradtke, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine Counseling Center)

Dr. Fairfield Bain: Equine Medicine
Dr. Bain is a member of the Equine Veterinary Technical Services team at Merck Animal Health. He received his DVM from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. He completed a Large Animal Internship at North Carolina State University, a residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Florida, and a residency in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology at Kansas State University.  He is board-certified in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, and the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. His career has included time in private referral hospitals (Peterson & Smith Equine Hospital, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, and Littleton Equine Medical Center) as well as University hospitals in the US (University of Pennsylvania, Washington State University) and Australia (University of Queensland).  Prior to joining Merck Animal Health in April 2016, he was a Clinical Professor of Equine Internal Medicine at the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  He is known for his work in diagnostic ultrasound, perinatology, neonatal intensive care, pathology, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. He also holds an MBA from the New York Institute of Technology. He and his wife reside on their family farm in southeastern Virginia along with a Yorkie, Jack Russell Terrier, and their pet chickens. He enjoys traveling the world, Virginia history, outdoor photography, and archery.

Ultrasound examination of the colic patient
Examination of the neonatal foal
Managing PPID
Biosecurity / Managing Infectious Diseases in Equine Practice

Dr. David Bartram: Wellness in the Profession; Veterinary Business Management
Dr. David Bartram graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London, in 1988. After three years in mixed practice, he moved into the pharmaceutical industry where he has worked, in both human and animal health sectors, for over twenty years. He is currently Director of Outcomes Research for Zoetis International Operations with responsibilities for ruminants and aquaculture, a role which concerns investigation of the economic, clinical or quality-of-life value of healthcare interventions. David has been actively involved in academic research and intervention into mental health and wellbeing in the veterinary profession for which he was awarded David was awarded the diploma of Fellowship of the UK Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) (2009) and the British Veterinary Association Chiron Award (2013) for outstanding contributions to the veterinary profession. He is an elected member of the Council of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (UK) and a board member of European College of Small Ruminant Health Management.

Enhancing personal mental wellbeing
Veterinary professional wellness and support – a UK perspective
Vet futures – exponential technologies with potential to transform veterinary practice
Vet futures – ruminant medicine 2.0

Dr. Jennifer Bradtke: Wellness in the Veterinary Profession
Dr. Jennifer Bradtke is the Director of the Counseling Center at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Prior to joining RUSVM, she was the Director of Satellite Programs at Insight Behavior Health Centers in Chicago, Illinois and developed their Partial Hospitalization Program for eating, mood, and anxiety disorders. She established The Office of Health and Wellness for Northwestern University in Doha, Qatar and was the Director of Research for the Sleep and Behavior Medicine Institute. Dr. Bradtke’s clinical interests include working with culturally diverse populations, group psychotherapy, and best practices in clinical supervision.

The “Nuts and Bolts” of Practicing Wellness (with Dr. Elpida Artemiou, Assistant Professor of Clinical Communications)
Current Findings Surrounding Wellness and Student Perspectives (with Dr. Elpida Artemiou, Assistant Professor of Clinical Communications and Ross Student Panel)

Dr. Katherine Chope: Equine Sports Medicine and Diagnostic Imaging
Dr. Chope graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. She worked in mixed private practice for two years prior to completing a two year fellowship in Equine Cardiology and Ultrasound under Dr. Virginia Reef at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center. She remained at New Bolton Center for an additional year as a lecturer before joining Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine to establish a dedicated large animal ultrasound service there. Kate is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Equine Ultrasound Service at The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. She is board certified in the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. She has lectured and taught wet-labs on equine ultrasound at national and international conferences and has contributed to several clinical articles in peer reviewed veterinary journals. A lifelong equestrian, Kate competed extensively on the hunter /jumper circuit as junior and amateur rider and now enjoys helping her daughter in the eventing world.

Getting the most out of your ultrasound : Tips for improving your image, avoiding pitfalls and monitoring during rehabilitation
Ultrasound of the Equine Pastern
Ultrasound of the Suspensory ligament and Management of Proximal Suspensory Injuries (with Dr. José Garcia-Lopez, Equine Sports Medicine and Diagnostic Imaging)
Selected Equine Distal limb lameness Cases-Case presentations with interactive discussion (with Dr. José Garcia-Lopez, Equine Sports Medicine and Diagnostic Imaging)

Dr. Jim Flanders: Small Animal Surgery
Dr. James Flanders received his DVM from the University of California, Davis. He did a rotating Internship and a Surgical Residency at Cornell University. Dr. Flanders is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and is the Chief of Soft Tissue Surgery at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals in Ithaca, New York.

Update on Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome
Aural surgery, from scope to TECA
The Perfect PU, an illustrated guide to a successful feline perineal urethrostomy
Urinary tract surgery in the dog, foolproof cystotomy and urethral surgery in the male dog


Dr. Hilari French
: Bovine Reproduction
Dr. Hilari French is a third generation veterinarian, following in her father and grandfather’s footsteps into the profession. She attended the School of Veterinary Medicine at Louisiana State University and received her DVM in 2009 and PhD in 2011. She then moved to the University of Illinois and completed a large animal theriogenology residency as well as a second residency program for the Food Animal Practice of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. Dr. French is currently Assistant Professor of Theriogenology at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. She joined the American College of Theriogenologists in August 2014. Her research interests focus on infectious disease animal models and uterine health and immune responses.

Updates in Dystocia Management: New Tools and When to Use Them?

Dr. Klibs Galvão: Bovine (dairy) Health, Reproduction and Economics
Dr. Klibs Galvao received his veterinary degree from the Federal University of Goiás in Brazil in 2002. Then did a Masters of Preventive Veterinary Medicine and a Residency in Dairy Production Medicine at UC-Davis, and then moved to Cornell University in 2006 where he got his PhD in reproductive physiology. He took a position as an Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University in 2009 where he stayed for 1 year before joining the faculty at University of Florida in 2010 where he is now Assistant Professor of Food Animal Reproduction and Medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Galvao’s research interests include reproductive physiology and management, dairy production medicine, transition cow health, particularly the immunology and microbiology of cows that develop uterine disease, and economics of dairy production.

Association between immune function and development of uterine disease in dairy cows
Uterine microbiology of healthy cows and cows that develop uterine disease in dairy cows
Risk factors for uterine disease in dairy cows
Identifying and treating uterine disease in dairy cows

José M. Garcia-Lopez, Equine Sports Medicine and Diagnostic Imaging
Dr. Garcia-Lopez obtained his VMD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996 and went on to complete a 1-year Equine Internship at Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center (Ringoes, New Jersey, USA) followed by a 3-year Large Animal Surgical Residency with special focus on Equine Sports Medicine at Tufts University in North Grafton, Massachusetts.  He became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2001.  Following his residency José obtained a Lecturer position in the Section of Equine Sports Medicine and Imaging at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania where he remained for 2 years.  In 2002, he returned to Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine as an Assistant Professor in Large Animal Surgery and in 2010, he was promoted to Associate Professor.   While at Tufts, he has continued to concentrate his work in the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal disorders as well as the use of advanced imaging in the equine athlete.  In 2010, he also became a faculty member of AO VET North America.  He became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2013. Dr. García-López specializes in equine orthopedic surgery including arthroscopy and fracture repair, upper respiratory surgery, lameness diagnosis and treatment, and advanced imaging.  He regularly lectures and provides consultations at the national and international level.

Medical and surgical management of conditions of the back in the horse
Ultrasound of the Suspensory ligament and Management of Proximal Suspensory Injuries (with Dr. Katherine Chope, Equine Sports Medicine and Diagnostic Imaging)
Selected Equine Distal limb lameness Cases-Case presentations with interactive discussion (with Dr. Katherine Chope, Equine Sports Medicine and Diagnostic Imaging)

Dr. Julio Giordano: Bovine (dairy) Health, Reproduction and Economics

Dr. Julio Giordano, DVM, MS, PhD - is Assistant Professor of Dairy Cattle Biology and Management in the Department of Animal Science at Cornell University with a dual appointment in research and teaching. His expertise is in dairy cattle reproductive physiology, management, and the implications of reproductive performance on the economics of dairy farms. His research integrates basic and applied science to enhance the reproductive performance and productivity of cows. Dr. Giordano’s basic research focuses on the elucidation of physiological mechanisms controlling the establishment and maintenance of pregnancy, and understanding the implications of pregnancy loss on ovarian function. His applied program is focused on developing new and simplifying established reproductive and health management programs for dairy cattle. Through the improvement in cow performance, his program intends to improve the economic viability of dairy farms.

Optimizing First Service Postpartum in Lactating Dairy Cows
Management Strategies for Second and Greater AI Services in Lactating Dairy Cows
Reproductive Management Strategies to Optimize Performance of Dairy Heifers
Economic Implications of Reproductive Management Strategies for Dairy Heifers

Dr. Rob Gilbert: Bovine Reproduction
Dr. Robert Gilbert received his veterinary education in South Africa at the University of Pretoria. He spent time in private practice and corporate practice (artificial insemination) before returning to the University for post-graduate study. He later completed a residency in theriogenology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before returning as a faculty member to the University of Pretoria (Onderstepoort).

He has been a Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists since 1986. From 1988 through 2016 he served on the faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University, where he also held various administrative positions. He joined Ross Vet in 2016 as Professor and Head of the Department of Clinical Sciences. Dr. Gilbert’s research interests focus on animal reproduction, especially diseases of the postpartum uterus, postpartum ovarian function, utero-ovarian communication, early embryo development.

Causes, Consequences and Cures of anovulation in dairy cows.

Dr. Dan Johnson: Exotic Companion Animals
Dr. Johnson earned his BS in Biology from North Carolina State University in 1988, and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from NCSU-College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. He worked in small animal and emergency medicine for 4 years before starting North Carolina's first all-exotics practice. Dr. Johnson serves as an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at NCSU-CVM. He is Board Certified in Exotic Companion Mammal Practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) and is past president of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV). Dr. Johnson publishes and lectures nationally about avian and exotic animal medicine. His areas of special interest include surgery, orthopedics, zoological medicine, and exotic animal dentistry.

Exotics 101 for the General Practitioner
Pet Birds: What You Need to Know
How I Treat Reptile and Amphibian Diseases
Tips for Treating Ferrets, Rabbits, and Rodents

Dr. Allyson McNaughton: Aquatic Animal Medicine
Dr. Allyson McNaughton received her veterinary degree from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2011, completing her clinical year at Oklahoma State University.
She combined her previous experience and bachelor’s degree in marine biology with her veterinary work with a two-year internship in Aquatic Animal Medicine and Research at Mystic Aquarium, in Mystic Connecticut.
Between graduation, the internship and starting at Virginia Aquarium, she also worked in private practice with companion and exotic animals. Dr. McNaughton is the staff veterinarian at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center in Virginia Beach, VA.

Introduction to aquatic animal medicine and how veterinary principles are applied to fish health

Dr. Sydney Moise: Small Animal Ultrasound Techniques and Cardiology
Dr. Moise is Professor of Medicine in the Section of Cardiology at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University. She received her DVM degree from Texas A&M University and the Masters from Cornell University. She is board certified in the ACVIM in cardiology and internal medicine. She has performed clinical cardiology for more than 30 years with extensive experience in echocardiography. She is involved in teaching, clinical practice, and research. Her research has centered on spontaneous cardiac rhythms in dogs including ventricular arrhythmias and sinus node dysfunction. Her focus now concerns the patterning and beat-to-beat heart rate variability of normal and abnormal rhythms. She also has orchestrated collaborative studies to understand the mechanisms of degeneration of the mitral valve in dogs.  She was awarded the AVMA research award for arrhythmia studies and the Bourgelat Award for international contribution to the clinical practice of veterinary medicine. Dr. Moise was Editor-in Chief (5 years) and Associate Editor (2 years) of the international Journal of Veterinary Cardiology. She was a co-author of the textbook Canine and Feline Cardiology with Dr. Philip Fox and Dr. David Sisson.  She teaches veterinary students and trains cardiology residents. Dr. Moise is extensively involved in the international aspects of academic veterinary cardiology including speaking world-wide, international organizations and training.  Currently she is involved in writing a 2-part book on electrocardiography and arrhythmias with Dr. Roberto Santilli and Dr. Romain Pariaut.

Echocardiographic views: understanding structure and understanding technique
Echocardiographic examples of disorders and diseases
Review and challenge of echocardiography
Advanced echocardiography

Dr. Michael Podell: Small Animal Neurology
Dr. Podell is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology) with a Certificate of Recognition in Neurosurgical Expertise since 1993. Dr. Podell is from the beach resort of Wildwood, New Jersey. He received his BA in Psychology with Honors at the University of North Carolina, a Masters of Science from Tel-Aviv University in pharmacology and physiology, and his DVM degree from Tufts University in 1988. Dr. Podell completed his internship at The Animal Medical Center in New York City in 1989 and his neurology residency at The Ohio State University in 1992, where he remained as a Full Professor and Director of the Comparative Neurology Service until 2002, when he started the first neurology and neurosurgery specialty practice in Chicago. Dr. Podell has clinical expertise in all aspects of medical and surgical neurology, with a special interest in the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy. He is currently an Adjunct Full Professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois and a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Academy of Neurology, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, and the Illinois and Chicago VMA. He has published numerous articles and book chapters and lectured worldwide on various topics in veterinary neurology and neurosurgery. He enjoys spending his free time with his family, including his dogs, Phoebe and Julie, and cats, Lucy and Desi.

The Da Vinci Approach to the Neurologic Exam: Using All of Your Senses
How to Deal with Those “Pain in the Neck” Cases
Canine Seizure Management:  Update on the ACVIM and IVETF Consensus Statements

Dr. Juan Samper: Equine Sports Medicine
Juan C. Samper graduated from veterinary school in 1982 in Colombia, and later on did a residency and earned his Masters and PhD degrees from the University of Minnesota and then became board certified with the American College of Theriogenologists. Dr. Samper served on the Faculty of the Ontario Veterinary College, Kansas State University and recently at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (Ross Vet). In addition to the academic career, Dr. Samper has been an equine practice owner in Vancouver, British Columbia, for over 20 years. Dr. Samper has consulted extensively in North and South America and in Europe. He is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences, has published extensively in referred journals and book chapters in equine reproduction. He is also the editor of two editions of Equine Breeding Management and Artificial Insemination and co-editor of Current Therapy in Equine Reproduction. Juan is an active member of the AAEP and was a board member and past-president of the Society for Theriogenology, and the North East Association of Equine Practitioners. Currently Juan serves as chairman of the International Symposium on Stallion Reproduction and on the board of directors of the American College of Theriogenologists. Dr. Samper has also served a consultant for Sexing Technologies. For the last two years Dr. Samper has served as the Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs at Ross Vet and is interested in developing strategies to help veterinary students better understand the relationships they must foster when entering practice.

Breeding Sport horse mares, why do they have lower fertility?

Dr. Don ThrallSmall Animal Imaging
Dr. Thrall graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University and completed a radiology residency and Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees at Colorado State University.  He has held faculty positions at the University of Georgia, the University of Pennsylvania, Ross University and North Carolina State University.  He is currently an Emeritus Professor at North Carolina State University and also a radiologist and Quality Control Officer in teleimaging with IDEXX Telemedicine, Inc.  Dr. Thrall is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Radiology in both diagnostic radiology and radiation oncology, and has served as President of the College in both capacities.  Dr. Thrall has authored or co-authored over 200 publications, and served as Editor of the journal Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound for over 30 years.  He is currently the Editor of the Textbook of Veterinary Diagnostic Radiology, 6th Edition, and Co-Author, with Dr. Ian Robertson, of the Atlas of Normal Radiographic Anatomy and Anatomic Variants in the Dog and Cat, 2nd Edition, both published by Elsevier.

The Complementary Roles of Imaging and Clinical Pathology for Diagnosis of Small Animal Disease - Parts 1-5 (with Dr. Mary Anna Thrall)

Dr. Mary Anna Thrall: Small Animal Laboratory Diagnostics
Dr. Mary Anna Thrall is a professor of veterinary clinical pathology at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to Joining RUSVM in 2010 she was a faculty member at Colorado State University for 32 years. She is active in continuing education for veterinarians and pathologists, and has provided more than 300 scientific presentations and continuing education programs.  She is author or co-author of numerous scientific publications, abstracts, proceedings, and book chapters, and is the primary author of a clinical pathology textbook, Veterinary Hematology and Clinical Chemistry. Dr. Thrall is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP), and served as the president of that organization.  Dr. Thrall’s awards include the Association for Women Veterinarians Distinguished Service Award (1987), a CSU Distinguished Faculty Award (1988), the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine Distinguished Alumna Award (2004) and the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology Lifetime Achievement Award, 2008.  She was named a “Pillar of Pathology” by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 2012, and was the recipient of the National Pfizer (Zoetis) AAVMC Distinguished Teaching Award, in 2013.

The Complementary Roles of Imaging and Clinical Pathology for Diagnosis of Small Animal Disease - parts 1-5 (with Dr. Don Thrall)

Dr. Peter Weinstein: Veterinary Business Management
Dr. Peter Weinstein attended Cornell University undergraduate and the University of Illinois to receive his DVM.  After graduation, he worked as an associate for three years before opening his practice. As he was running his practice he identified the need for increased business acumen to make his practice successful. Thus, while managing and practicing full time, he attended the University of Redlands to receive his MBA. As a result of the MBA, he was able to relocate, expand and sell his practice to a corporate consolidator. Politically, he served as President of the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association and the California Veterinary Medical Association and President for VetPartners, the national consultants association. Additionally, he acted as Medical Director overseeing the Claims Department for Veterinary Pet Insurance. Dr. Weinstein has provided small business and corporate consulting via his company, PAW Consulting. Presently, Dr. Weinstein is the Executive Director for the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Weinstein has spoken and written extensively on practice management, team building, leadership, collegiality, marketing, and other topics focused on making the veterinary profession better for all those affiliated with it. Most recently, he co-authored with Michael E Gerber, “The EMyth Veterinarian- Why Most Veterinary Practices Don’t Work and What to Do About It”.

A System in the Solution:
Part 1- The Foundation for Practice is Success
Part 2- The Client Experience and The Staff Experience
Part 3- Creating Systems to Ensure a Consistent Experience