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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 - Dr. 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.

Keynote lecture

  • Global impact and importance of working donkey and horses

Expert Speakers

Dr. Matt Brunke, DVM, Dip. ACVSMR, CCRP, CVPP, CVARehabilitation Medicine

Drs. Ryan Cavanaugh, DVM, Dip. ACVS, and Brian Husbands, DVM, Dip. ACVIMMedical and surgical approaches to cancer treatment

Dr. Bill Draper, DVM, Dip. ACVIMNeurology

Professor Sarah FreemanEquine Medicine and Surgery

Dr. Susan Lana, DVM, MS, Dip. ACVIM Oncology

Dr. Katharine Lunn, BVMS, MS, PhD, Dip. ACVIM - Small Animal Internal Medicine

Dr. Elizabeth Settles, DVM, Dip. ACVIM, JD - Legal aspects of the Veterinary Profession

Dr. Danny Scott, DVM, Dip. ACVIM, Dip. ACVP (honorary)Dermatology (feline and equine)

Dr. David Williams, MA, VetMB, PhD, CertVOphthal, FRCVS - Ophthalmology

More expert speakers to be announced...

Meet our WIVC2018 speakers

Dr. Matt Brunke, DVM, Dip. ACVSMR, CCRP, CVPP, CVARehabilitation 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

Dr. 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)

Dr. Bill Draper, DVM, Dip. ACVIMNeurology

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

Dr. 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)

Dr. Susan Lana, DVM, MS, Dip. ACVIM Oncology

Dr. Lanan 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

Dr. 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

Dr. 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, focussing 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

Dr. 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”?