WIVC2018 Speaker List
This year's sessions will include topics such as oncology, neurology, dermatology, ophthalmology, rehabilitation medicine, equine medicine & surgery and veterinary business & management.
The program is designed to provide relevant information to veterinarians and veterinary technicians for every day practice. RUSVM is delighted to bring together expert speakers to St. Kitts.
Keynote speaker - Paul Lunn, BVSc, MS, PhD, MRCVS, Dip. ACVIM
Dr. Paul Lunn is the Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University, and took up that position on February 20th, 2012. Previously he was a Professor and the Head of the Department of Clinical Sciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University.
Before moving to Colorado in 2003, Dr. Lunn worked as a large animal medicine faculty member, and as Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Director of the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Dr. Lunn hails from Wales, where he grew up in a farming community, before studying veterinary medicine at Liverpool University. After a period in private practice in the UK, he pursued clinical training in Ontario and Wisconsin, and doctoral research training at the University of Cambridge.
As a faculty member, outside of clinical work Dr. Lunn’s interests have been in equine immunology and infectious disease. His research has focused on influenza virus and EHV-1 infection in horses, and more recently on infectious diseases of working equids in low-income countries.
Outside of work, he and his wife Kathy enjoy hiking and raising terriers. Dr. Lunn also fly fishes and skis inexpertly but enthusiastically.
- Global impact and importance of working donkeys and horses
Meet Our WIVC2018 Speakers
Matt Brunke, DVM, Dip. ACVSMR, CCRP, CVPP, CVA – Rehabilitation Medicine
Dr. Brunke is a native New Yorker, growing up in Queens. He received his BS in Animal Science from Cornell University, and his DVM from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts, graduating in 2004. He received his certification in rehab in 2008 from the University of Tennessee CCRP program. He is also certified in pain management (IVAPM) and acupuncture (Chi Institute). He incorporates these into his athletic patients, as well as his hospice/palliative care services.
Dr. Brunke believes in a big picture and practical approach to his patients. He just completed his residency requirements for the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, and successfully passed his boards in January 2018. He works at VOSM (Veterinary Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Group) and lives in the Washington DC area. Penny his 3 year old pit bull running buddy/training partner and Adelaide the 2 year old Newfoundland.
- Intro to Veterinary Rehabilitation
- Pain: Diagnose it, Treat It
- Managing DJD: Beyond the NSAID’s
- Hydrotherapy: Is Water the Universal Solution?
- Laser Therapy in Veterinary Rehabilitation
Laura Buscher, DVM, MT - Veterinary Business & Management
Dr. Laura Buscher is a 1988 graduate of Iowa State CVM. A past practice owner in central Illinois, she successfully sold her practice and moved to Virginia. She then joined VCA as a director of recruiting and professional relations. In July 2016, she joined Compassion-First Pet hospitals as Director of Professional Relations.
In the past, she was involved in rescued animal management as the Livingston County Animal Control Administrator and in shelter medicine when she helped start the Livingston County Humane Society. As a hobby, she has shown dogs (hunting and obedience and confirmation), rabbits, chickens and sheep competitively. Laura has 9 children.
- Come, sit, stay... How to attract, hire and retain in a millenial world
- What do your clients want? Client experience and the veterinary team (with Patrick O'Keefe)
Ryan Cavanaugh, DVM, Dip. ACVS – Small animal surgical oncology
Dr. Cavanaugh attended veterinary school at Colorado State University and upon graduation in 2003, was selected for a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Cavanaugh then remained at the Animal Medical Center to complete a 3-year residency in small animal surgery and became board certified through the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) in 2008. Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Cavanaugh pursued advanced surgical training by accepting a 1-year post-doctoral fellowship in surgical oncology at the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2012, he was recognized by the ACVS as a Founding Fellow in Surgical Oncology. Over the past 10 years, Dr. Cavanaugh has worked as a specialist surgeon in private clinical practice and recently joined Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine as Assistant Professor of Small Animal Surgery.
- Updates in the medical and surgical management of splenic sarcomas (with Dr. Brian Husbands)
Robert Cole, DVM, Dip. ACVR - Small animal ultrasound imaging (wet lab lead instructor)
Dr. Cole is a graduate of Auburn University where he completed both his undergraduate and DVM degrees. After a few years working as a mixed animal practitioner, he undertook his radiology residency at the University of Tennessee and is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiologists. He previously held the position of Clinical Assistant Professor at Texas A& M University College of veterinary Medicine and also worked for 5 years as Imging Director for Animal Imaging, a leading imaging center in Irving, TX with state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging services for all companion animal and equine patients. In 2012, Dr. Cole returned to his alma mater and is now Associate Professor at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.
- Ultrasound for Small Animal practitioners (including the lectures: It's all about the little things)
Bill Draper, DVM, Dip. ACVIM – Neurology
Dr. Draper earned his BS in Biological Sciences from North Carolina State University and his DVM from Ross University. He was an associate in a Small Animal General Practice in Illinois for a time before matriculating to Texas A&M University for his Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship. He then completed a Neurology Specialty Internship at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego. Dr. Draper completed his residency in Neurology and Neurosurgery at the University of Florida in 2012. Dr. Draper joined the veterinary staff at the VCA Animal Specialty Center of South Carolina in August of 2012. Dr. Draper is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Neurology sub-specialty. He has completed the requirements for his Neurosurgery Certificate of Training and is permitted to perform the Cervical Disk Arthroplasty (CDA) surgical correction for Cervical Spondylomyelopathy (Wobbler Syndrome). Dr. Draper is the only Board Certified Neurologist/Neurosurgeon in South Carolina offering this technique. Patients with suspected Wobbler Syndrome can be referred to Dr. Draper at the VCA Animal Specialty Center of South Carolina. Dr. Draper has lectured locally, nationally, and internationally at conferences and at academic institutions.
Dr. Draper goes home to his lovely wife Charla, 2 daughters (Vera, 9 years, and Reagan, 6 years), 2 sons (Sully and Porter, 4 year old twins), Axel the family cat, Pete the farm dog, their quarterhorses Bea and Honey, and Chase the mini pony. He enjoys traveling, golf, homebrewing, and collegiate athletics in his spare time.
- Seizures and Status Epilepticus : Etiologies, Pathophysiology, Diagnostics, and Therapeutics
- The Neurological Examination and Lesion Localization: Making a Neuroanatomical Diagnosis
- Updates on Wobbler Disease, Degenerative Lumbosacral Stenosis, COMS/SM, and MUE
- Small Animal Neurology Case Studies
Ed Durham, CVT, RVT, LATG, VTS (Cardiology) - Cardiology
Currently, Mr. Durham is a Senior Veterinary Technician at the Ross University School Veterinary Medicine in the Anesthesia Service since 2015. Mr. Durham began his work in veterinary medicine in 1976; first receiving licensure in 1986. Mr. Durham previously worked in the clinical Cardiology Service at the University of Missouri, Veterinary Health Center for 18 years; prior to which he held varying technician positions in veterinary practice and research. Mr. Durham is a charter member of the Academy of Internal Medicine for Veterinary Technicians (AIMVT), and has held his VTS since 2008. Mr. Durham is a national speaker in veterinary cardiology and related topics, has first authored several technical articles for veterinary technicians, co-authored several peer received research papers in cardiology and anesthesia, and is the editor and co-author of the newly published Cardiology for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses. He has a passion for educating the next generation of veterinary technicians, as well as the young veterinary doctoral candidates.
- My Dog’s Bad Teeth Gave Him Heart Disease
- Blood Pressure Measurement and Abnormal Blood Pressure
Professor Sarah Freeman, BVetMed, PhD, CertVA, CetVR, CertES, Dip. ECVS, FHEA, FRCVS – Equine Medicine and Surgery
Professor Sarah Freeman qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London in 1994. She worked in mixed practice, before returning to the Royal Veterinary College to undertake an internship, PhD in equine anaesthesia and then an equine surgery residency, before becoming a Lecturer in Equine Surgery in 1999. She was a private consultant between 2002-2005, and became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2005. She joined the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham in 2005, as one of the founding members of staff, and was awarded a personal Chair at Nottingham in 2014. Sarah is currently the Equine Clinical Sub-Dean at Nottingham, leads the equine colic research group behind the ‘REACT’ vet and owner colic educational campaigns, and heads the panel developing BEVA Guidelines for equine clinical practice on wounds.
- Primary assessment of colic in equids
- Critical decision-making in equids with colic
- Primary assessment of wounds
- Clinical guidelines on treatment of wounds
Denny French, DVM, Dip. ABVP (equine) – Production animal medicine
Dr. French graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota in 1978 and began his professional career as an instructor at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine where he did both ambulatory and in-house medicine and surgery. Dennis then went to a private equine practice in Naperville, IL for a period of time before returning to LSU as an Assistant Professor of Large Animal Medicine and Surgery. Dr. French was active in large animal practice during his career at LSU as well as being involved in numerous large animal research projects. He has published over 70 refereed papers on various large animal topics. He has also presented numerous presentations to audiences throughout the world. Dr. French certified as a Diplomate of Equine Practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in 1985, and has maintained his certification in 1993, 2006 and 2014. He was president of the ABVP from 2002-2003 and served as president of the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association in 1998-1999. Dr. French served as the lead shelter veterinarian for the Hurricane Katrina equine relief effort in 2005, spending over 50 days meeting the needs of over 300 rescued horses and was honored as the Veterinarian of the Year in Louisiana in 2007. He joined the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine as a Professor of Large Animal Medicine in 2009 and currently serves as the Head of Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine. He and his bride of 35 years have a small farm that houses a Paso Fino, a donkey and several sheep and goats.
- Welfare or Widgets? How Veterinarians Assist in Feeding the World (parts 1-4)
Wade Gingerich, DVM, Dip. ACVD - Small Animal Dentistry
Dr. Wade Gingerich is a native Floridian who was born and raised in Southwest Florida and attended the University of Florida where he earned a DVM in 2003. In 2009, Dr. Gingerich ventured north to pursue his early passion in veterinary dentistry and began a three-year residency in dentistry and oral surgery at the University of Minnesota. In 2012, he successfully completed the residency and passed boards to become a diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College. Dr. Gingerich currently owns and operates Pet Dental Center, a unique specialty dentistry and oral surgery practice in Bonita Springs near the Southwest Florida community where he grew up.
Brian Husbands, DVM, Dip. ACVIM (Oncology) – Small animal oncology
Dr. Husbands graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. After graduation, Dr. Husbands completed a rotating small animal internship followed by residencies in small animal internal medicine and comparative oncology. He has held specialty practice and academic positions and is currently Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine's Veterinary Medical Center. He teaches veterinary students, interns, & residents, participates in clinical research, and cares for patients.
- Updates in the medical and surgical management of splenic sarcomas (with Dr. Ryan Cavanaugh)
Susan Lana, DVM, MS, Dip. ACVIM – Oncology
Dr. Lana is Professor and Section Head of Clinical Oncology, Stuart Chair in Oncology at the Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University.
Dr. Lana received her DVM from Colorado State University in 1993. She completed a small animal internship at Texas A&M University and then returned to CSU for specialty training in medical oncology. She attained board certification thru the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1997. She has been on faculty at CSU since 1999 and is currently the Clinical Oncology Section Head, overseeing all clinical activities within the Flint Animal Cancer Center. Dr Lana has authored over 50 peer reviewed manuscripts and 12 book chapters.
Dr Lana is primarily involved in clinically relevant translational research. She has an interest in experimental therapeutics and clinical trials. She implemented and continues to run the Tumor Biorepository at the Animal Cancer Center which holds over 25,000 samples obtained from patients with spontaneously occurring cancer. She also is a member of the Canine Comparative Oncology Genomics Consortium (CCOGC) and contributes tumors samples to that national tissue archive. Dr Lana is an Institutional principle investigator in the Comparative Oncology Trials Consortia (COTC) which is part of the Comparative Oncology Program at the National Cancer Institute. In addition, she co-directs the COTC Pharmacodynamic Core Laboratory which functions to provide pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic assay support for clinical trials run via the COTC mechanism.
- Canine lymphoma: what can advanced diagnostics tell us?
- Canine lymphoma: is there anything better than CHOP?
- Mast Cell Tumors: from the straight forward to the deadly
- Osteosarcoma: what is new in local and systemic therapy
Katharine Lunn, BVMS, MS, PhD, Dip. ACVIM - Feline endocrinology
Dr. Katharine Lunn received my Veterinary Degree (BVMS) from University of Glasgow in Scotland in 1985. She then completed a Master's Degree in Veterinary Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1987. Her first residency was in the UK, in Small Animal Internal Medicine and Dermatology, at the University of Cambridge in England. After completing that program in 1991, Dr. Lunn returned to the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received a PhD in Neuroscience in 1996. She then returned to her love of Internal Medicine, and completed a Residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998. She became a Diplomate of the ACVIM (Small Animal Medicine) in 1999 and was a clinical instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison until 2001, when she moved into private practice. Dr. Lunn worked as specialist in Internal Medicine at the Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center in Waukesha, Wisconsin from 2001-2003. During my time in practice she focused on geriatric feline medicine, and set up and ran the first private practice I-131 facility in Wisconsin. Dr. Lunn also oversaw the opening of a second I-131 facility in northern Wisconsin. In 2004, she returned to academia as an Assistant Professor in Small Animal Internal Medicine at Colorado State University. In 2012, she moved to North Carolina State University and is currently an Associate Professor in Small Animal Internal Medicine at that institution. Her clinical interests are in all aspects of internal medicine, but she has focused on renal, endocrine, and metabolic diseases. Research interests have been in renal disease, diabetes, feline acromegaly, hyperthyroidism, hypoadrenocorticism, and canine leptospirosis and influenza. She also has a strong interest in the teaching and mentoring of veterinary students, interns, and residents, and currently serve as the program director for the ACVIM Internal Medicine residency programs at NC State. Her didactic teaching topics include clinical reasoning, communication skills, and clinical endocrinology. She has spoken at many continuing education venues throughout the US and overseas, and served as a VIN consultant for several years.
- Feline Hyperthyroidism: Updates on Diagnosis and Management
Patrick O'Keefe, LVT - Veterinary Business & Management
Patrick O'Keefe is a 1984 Graduate of the University of Maine, Animal Health Technician and has been a Licensed Veterinary Technician since 1984. He previously worked as a GP Technician at Spanish River Animal Hospital in Boca Raton Florida, Technician/ Supervisor at the Animal Medical Center, NYC, Regional Operations Director, Recruiter and Specialty Recruiter for VCA/Antech, Vice President, Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital of the ASPCA and is currently a talent recruiter for Compassion First Pet Hospitals. He is also a Certified Bikram Yoga Instructor.
- How to make the tail wag? Onboarding of new hires
- What do your clients want? Client experience and the veterinary team (with Dr. Laura Buscher)
Andreas P. Pahl, MPA, CAS, MBA, SPHR, CVPM, SHRM-SCP – Veterinary Business & Management
Andreas brings over 25 years of combined veterinary and human health care administration experience to Patterson Veterinary University. He currently works with Burzenski & Company as a Veterinary Consultant, with an emphasis on practice organization, information technology, administration, budgeting, finance, data analysis, planning, purchasing and human resources. Andreas was formerly the Hospital Administrator for a large NY based general practice & emergency hospital. Additionally, his background also includes managing another veterinary hospital, and extensive experience both in human hospital administration and various emergency medical services positions. He is very proud to be a Management Instructor for Patterson Veterinary University’s Practice Management Series, and really enjoys helping other managers to work through their operational challenges, as well help them to advance their careers.
In 2001, Andreas earned a Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Administration. He also earned a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Gerontology in 2003, and a Master’s in Business Administration with a Finance concentration in 2005. In 2008 Andreas earned the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification credential and achieved Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM) certification in 2010. He added the SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) designation in 2015.
His passion for excellence in client care and operational efficiency has inspired him to share his years of hard-learned lessons with others in the veterinary community. National publications such as AAHA Trends Magazine and DVM360 have featured his insight and perspective. As an active member of the VHMA, Andreas has served on the Program Committee, and currently has been serving on the CVPM Board since 2013.
- Common Profitability Pain Points; How to Identify & Mitigate major pain points.
- Service & Product Pricing Structures that make sense; how priorities may soon change.
Denise S. Rollings, AAS, CVT, VTS (Dentistry) - Small animal dentistry
Denise received her Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology from Madison Area Technical College in 2001, graduating with honors. She was subsequently licensed in Veterinary Technology after passing the National Veterinary Technician Examination. After graduation, Denise continued employment at Crawford Animal Hospital in West Allis, Wisconsin where she worked in high school and throughout veterinary technician school, and soon developed her passion for veterinary dentistry. In 2003, Denise joined the team at Wauwatosa Veterinary Clinic and quickly became the Primary Dental and Surgery Technician, vastly improving the quality of veterinary dentistry, anesthesia and pain management. During this time, she also worked at the Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center as an emergency room technician and veterinary dental technician to the veterinary dentist on staff. In the spring of 2014, Denise moved from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Bonita Springs, Florida to work with Wade Gingerich, DVM, DAVDC, at Pet Dental Center, as the Lead Dental Technician and Continuing Education Director. Also in 2014, she became one of the few Veterinary Technician Specialists in Dentistry through the Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians. Denise has lectured and taught wet labs on topics ranging from veterinary dentistry for the technician and veterinarian, to improving standards of dental programs at individual animal hospitals.
- Dental abnormalities
- Home Dental Care for Our Furry Friends
Danny Scott, DVM, Dip. ACVIM, Dip. ACVP (honorary) – Dermatology (feline and equine)
Dr. Scott is a 1971 graduate of the University of California, Davis. His entire 45-year career took place at Cornell University. He is the James Law Professor of Dermatology Emeritus and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathology. Dr. Scott’s professional duties included teaching veterinary students in the classroom and the clinics; mentoring Residents in Dermatology and Pathology; diagnostic dermatopathology; clinical research; consultation service for regional veterinarians; and membership on numerous committees. Dr. Scott has authored or co-authored over 670 scientific publications and presented over 500 continuing education programs in 43 countries around the world. Since retirement, Dr. Scott has continued to supervise the Dermatology Service for one week per month.
- Approach to the Cat with Allergic Skin Disease
- Options for the Medical Management of Pruritus in the Cat with Allergic Skin Disease
- Approach to the Horse with Allergic Skin Disease
- Options for the Medical Management of Pruritus in the Horse with Allergic Skin Disease
Elizabeth Settles, DVM, DACVIM, JD – Veterinary Law
Dr. Elizabeth Settles attended the University of Kentucky from 1982-1986 where she studied Microbiology and Music Performance. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from Auburn University in 1990 and completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at the University of Missouri from 1990-1991. Dr. Settles then completed a dual residency in Cardiology and Internal Medicine at Missouri from 1991-1994. She became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in Small Animal Internal Medicine. She has also completed advanced training in Pharmacology and Immunology. She moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1994 where she practiced cardiology, internal medicine and emergency medicine in private practice for 10 years. During that time she was also the Medical Director of both an independent emergency practice and a 24 hour specialty referral hospital.
In 1999 she began attending the University of San Francisco School of Law. She graduated with her JD and a certificate in Intellectual Property and Internet Technology Law in 2002. From 2004-2006 she worked as an internal medicine consultant with a large regional veterinary diagnostic laboratory. She was associate editor of the American Veterinary Medical Law Association Newsletter for many years and a member of the board of the AVMLA. She is a Past-President of the AVMLA as well as the ACVIM Foundation Board. Dr. Settles has spoken at national meetings on internal medicine and legal topics. She joined Pfizer Animal Health (Zoetis) in 2006 as a member of the Veterinary Specialty Team consulting for R&D as well as teaching sales staff and private practice veterinarians and staff across the United States. In January 2012 was promoted to Associate Director of Global Alliances focusing on Companion Animals and Emerging Infectious Diseases. She left Zoetis in 2014 and worked in private practice on the U.S. West Coast until October 2017 when she joined RUSVM as Assistant Professor of Small Animal Medicine.
- Telemedicine: What IT Was, What IT Is and What IT Shall Be
- Communications and Record Keeping: What makes informed consent “informed”?
David Williams, MA, VetMB, PhD, CertVOphthal, FRCVS – Ophthalmology
Dr. Williams qualified from Cambridge in 1988, aiming to devote his professional life to veterinary ophthalmology. Having worked at the Animal Health Trust and Royal Veterinary College where he gained his certificate in veterinary ophthalmology and a PhD researching in ocular immunology, then returned to Cambridge, studied for his FRCVS with a dissertation of ocular abnormalities in farmed halibut as part of his continuing interest in exotic animal medicine and a VetMD concentrating on age-related cataracts in dogs cats and horses. He now teaches ophthalmology there running the ophthalmology clinic. His other passion is animal welfare and veterinary ethics and he is is a diplomate of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behaviour Medicine. He has a Masters in Education and is currently undertaking a Doctorate in that subject, focusing on the teaching of veterinary ethics and animal welfare. He is a committed Christian keen to see how his faith can impact on his veterinary work.
Lectures: An alphabet of ophthalmology
- Assessing abnormal adnexa
- Beating baffling blindness
- Causes and cures for cataract
- Dealing with ocular discomfort