Companion Animal Tracks

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John Anastasio, DVM, DACVECC

Medical Director, VRC Specialty Hospital, Malvern, Pennsylvania

Dr. Anastasio hails 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.


Brady Beale, VMD, DACVO

Clinical Ophthalmologist, Chief Medical Communications Officer, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dr. Brady Beale is a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist with special interests in corneal disease, cataract surgery and glaucoma. Dr. Beale is a Clinical Instructor of Ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania and serves as the Chief Medical Communications Officer for the hospital. She also works in private practice at PETS in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Dr. Beale received her veterinary diploma from the University of Pennsylvania where she also completed a year-long internship in medicine and surgery. She then completed a 3-year residency in comparative ophthalmology at North Carolina State University. Prior to pursuing her veterinary studies, Dr. Beale obtained her undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College, and she has interned at numerous animal care locations including The New England Aquarium and The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. She is currently the consulting veterinary ophthalmologist for the Philadelphia zoo, where she recently surgically removed cataracts restored vision to a 62-year-old Andean condor. Recently the Chair of the Public Relations committee for ACVO, Dr. Beale has a passion for communication and outreach. She was recently featured in Animal Planet’s docu-series, Life at Vet U, filmed at Penn Vet in 2016. Her website,, is used in clinics throughout the country to share inspiring stories of blind animals when restoration of vision is not possible. She is also active in youth STEM programs and recently gave a TEDx talk to help young students explore their interests.


Philip Bushby, DVM, MS, DACVS

Marcia Lane Endowed Chair of Humane Ethics and Animal Welfare, Professor Emeritus, College of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, 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.



Julie Byron, DVM, MS, DACVIM (SAIM)

Associate Professor - Clinical, Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Dr. Byron is an Associate Professor in Small Animal Internal Medicine at The Ohio State University. She received her DVM from OSU in 1998, completed a rotating internship at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at OSU in 2004. She was a faculty member at University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine for 6 years and joined OSU’s faculty in 2011. Her Master’s research involved diagnosis and treatment of urinary incontinence, and she continues to be active in the field of urology and nephrology today. She has received a number of teaching honors, including the Norden/Pfizer Teaching Excellence Award in 2011.



Stephen Cole, VMD, MS

Clinical Microbiology Fellow, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Prior to becoming a proud PennWe, Dr. Cole earned his Master's Degree in Microbiology from the College of William and Mary in Virginia in 2011 while researching emerging fish pathogens. He went on to earn his VMD from PennVet in 2015 and stayed on in Dr. Shelley Rankin's lab as the first-ever post-doctoral fellow in clinical and molecular microbiology. He is currently in his third year of the fellowship. Dr. Cole's current research aims to better diagnose and treat companion animal skin (particularly the atypical ones) and urinary tract infections. He is passionate about the judicious use of antibiotics and preventing the spread of zoonotic disease. In 2016, Dr. Cole was named a One Health Scholar by the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges. Dr. Cole's favorite thing to do is discuss antimicrobial options with practitioners.


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Richard Goldstein, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM), DECVIM-CA

Executive Director and Chief Medical Officer, US Diagnostics, Zoetis


Dr. Goldstein currently is the Executive Director and Chief Medical Officer of US Diagnostics at Zoetis. Prior to taking this position in February 2018, Dr. Goldstein was Chief of the Division of Medicine at The Animal Medical Center in New York City 2011 through January 2018 and a faculty member at Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences from 2001 through 2011. He earned his veterinary degree at the Koret School of Veterinary Medicine, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel in 1993 and competed an internship at the same institution. He also completed a residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the University of California, Davis, in 1998. He is board certified in Small Animal Internal Medicine by both the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Companion Animals. Prior to joining the faculty at Cornell, Dr. Goldstein spent two years in a private specialty practice in Southern California. Dr. Goldstein currently serves on the Editorial Review Board for multiple veterinary journals and is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Endocrinology Society Research Award and the Norden Distinguished Teaching Award. A respected researcher author, lecturer and teacher, Dr. Goldstein has published over 60 research papers and textbook chapters to date. He is internationally recognized for his expertise in infectious diseases in dogs and cats, especially those that affect kidneys, such as Lyme disease and Leptospirosis.


Meryl P. Littman, VMD, DACVIM

Professor Emerita of Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Dr. Meryl Littman, Professor Emerita of Medicine, trained at the University of Pennsylvania and stayed on as a Clinician-Educator for almost 40 years. Her interests include tickborne diseases, leptospirosis, protein-losing diseases, hypertension, and genetic kidney diseases. She chaired the 2006 ACVIM Lyme Consensus Statement and the 2018 ACVIM Lyme Consensus Update. She served on the IRIS Canine Glomerulonephritis Study Group and the PA Board of Health Task Force for Lyme Disease and Related Tick-Borne Diseases. She is also interested in genetic diseases of Soft-coated Wheaten Terriers (SCWT), e.g., protein-losing nephropathy (PLN), protein-losing enteropathy (PLE), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Addison’s disease (typical and atypical), and renal dysplasia, aka, juvenile renal disease. Dr. Littman, along with geneticist Dr. Paula Henthorn, identified the first podocytopathy discovered in dogs, making available a DNA test for the PLN-associated variant alleles in SCWT and Airedale Terriers.


Elizabeth Lutz, DVM, MS

Veterinary Ophthalmologist, Hope Veterinary Specialists, Malvern, Pennsylvania







Matthew Paek, VMD, DACVR

Veterinary Radiologist, Synergy Veterinary Imaging Partners, Clarksville, Maryland

SPONSORED BY  Synergy Vet Imaging Partners

Dr. Matthew Paek, originally from the Philadelphia, PA area, graduated the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. After completing a 1-year rotating internship in medicine and surgery at a large private practice in New Jersey, he returned to the University of Pennsylvania for residency and completed his board certification as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology in 2014. He currently works in the Washington DC area for Synergy Veterinary Imaging Partners, the only veterinary radiology specific company in the region, performing ultrasounds and reading teleradiology cases. Dr. Paek enjoys all aspects of diagnostic imaging including radiology, contrast studies, ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). His clinical areas of interest are advanced imaging of musculoskeletal injuries, central nervous system disorders, and oncological conditions. He has authored scientific articles, a textbook chapter, and has presented at multiple regional and national continuing educational conferences. In his spare time, Dr. Paek enjoys spending time with his family including wife, two young sons, and Yorkshire Terrier, as well as traveling, and watching Philadelphia sports teams.

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Dr. Michael Rossi DVM, MNS, ACVD

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Dermatology Director of Clinical Studies


Dr. Michael Rossi was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He obtained his bachelor’s of science degree from the Southeastern Louisiana University before performing research with the Tulane National Primate Research Center in Covington, Louisiana. This further increased his interest in animal welfare and scientific research. He then went on to complete his Master’s degree and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After veterinary school, he finished a one-year rotating internship at the Regional Veterinary Referral Center in the Washington, D.C. area. Thereafter, he completed a specialized veterinary dermatology internship at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine (NCSU-CVM) in Raleigh, NC. Upon completion of this internship, he participated in a two-year veterinary dermatology residency with NCSU-CVM and clinical work with the Veterinary Referral Center of Colorado (VRCC) in Englewood, CO. He remained on staff at VRCC following his residency before moving back to the Gulf Coast region to head the beginning of Coastal Veterinary Dermatology. Dr. Rossi has been board certified by the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD) and is one of approximately 250 board certified veterinary dermatologists in North America.


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Elizabeth Rozanksi, DVM, DACVIM, DACVECC

Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Sciences, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, North Grafton, Massachusetts

Growing up outside of Chicago, near the Brookfield Zoo, Dr. ElizabethLiz Rozanski developed a love for veterinary medicine from age five. As a member of the Foster Hospital for Small Animals' Emergency and Critical Care team, she treats animals at one of the nation's busiest academic emergency rooms. She is board-certified in both internal medicine and emergency and critical care. Dr. Rozanski graduated from the University of Illinois with her DVM degree. After completing an internship at the University of Minnesota and then a residency at the University of Pennsylvania, she was drawn to Tufts by the position's combination of research, teaching, and service. She teaches toxicology and respiratory medicine throughout the four-year Cummings School DVM curriculum, and lectures in others. I love the students, she says. They are a continued source of inspiration and enthusiasm. She has also been involved in student efforts to provide free rabies vaccinations in low-income housing in the City of Worcester, serves as a faculty mentor for summer student research projects, has raised funds for the American Heart Association (with her dog, Brie, named after one of her favorite cases at the Foster Hospital) through the Central Massachusetts Heart Walk, and lectures often at continuing education and community events. She is also the past president of the Veterinary Comparative Respiratory Society. Dr. Rozanski's primary research interest is in respiratory function in small animals, and she recently co-authored, with the help of fellow faculty member Dr. John Rush, A Color Handbook of Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Medicine (Manson, 2007). She lives near the school's Grafton campus with a menagerie of pets—all rescues.



Howard Seim, III, DVM, DACVS

Professor of Small Animal Surgery, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado

Dr. Seim graduated from Washington State University, completed an internship in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada, and a surgical residency at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. He obtained Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1983. He is currently on the surgical staff at Colorado State University. He was recipient of the Merck AGVET Award for Creative Teaching, the CSU Award for Instructional Innovation and selected as the North American Veterinary Conference’s Small Animal Speaker of the Year in 2009. Dr. Seim is founder of VideoVet a Veterinary Surgery Continuing Education video series.



Craig Webb, PhD, DVM, DACVIM

Professor, Internal Medicine, and Head of Small Animal Medicine Section, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado

Dr. Craig Webb is a Professor in the Clinical Sciences Department at the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, where he is Head of the Small Animal Medicine Section. Dr. Webb received his PhD in Neuroscience prior to completing his DVM degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Webb did his internship at Alameda East in Denver Colorado, spent a year in private practice, and then went on to complete his Small Animal Residency at CSU, where he has been ever since. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, and specializes in Clinical Gastroenterology. Dr. Webb presents annually at the ACVIM Convention and lectures throughout the United States and in Europe on current topics in Small Animal veterinary medicine. Dr. Webb’s research interests include stem cell therapy in GI disease and the role of oxidative stress and antioxidants in small animal diseases. Dr. Webb is most famous for having married way above himself to the beautiful and super-smart Dr. Tracy Webb, and as the father of future Olympians, Collette and Domonique Webb.


Equine Tracks


Stephanie Caston, DVM, DACVS-LA

Associate Professor and Section Head, Equine Surgery, College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

Dr. Stephanie Caston's current position is Associate Professor and co-Section Head, Equine Surgery. She grew up in south east Texas and completed undergrad at McNeese State in Lake Charles, LA. She then returned to Texas to attend Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. After a surgical residency at Iowa State then 2 years as an emergency surgeon, she took a faculty position at ISU. Her current research and interests include, equine neoplasia, CD47 and other immunotherapy, soft tissue surgery and wound healing, veterinary education and simulator training. Competes in three day eventing with her own horses. Stephanie and her husband run a small farm where they breed sport horses, as well as board and train horses.


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Claire Underwood, VetMB, MA, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Large Animal Imaging, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, New Bolton Center, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Claire Van Eps graduated from the Cambridge University Veterinary School in the UK. Claire completed fellowship training in equine cardiology and ultrasound with Dr Virginia Reef at New Bolton Center. Claire then moved to Australia for a Phd focused on pharmacology, and also developed and led the clinical equine ultrasound and cardiology section at the University of Queensland Equine Specialist Hospital, before returning to New Bolton Center in 2017 as Clinical Assistant Professor of Large Animal Imaging.


VanEps Andrew 

Andrew Van Eps, BVSc, PhD, DACVIM

Associate Professor, Equine Musculoskeletal Research, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Andrew Van Eps Andrew graduated from the University of Queensland School of Veterinary Science in Australia, where he also completed his PhD studies under the supervision of Chris Pollitt. Andrew completed a large animal medicine residency at New Bolton Centre, before returning to the University of Queensland as a faculty member for 7 years. Andrew returned to New Bolton Center in 2017 to focus on laminitis research as Associate Professor of Musculoskeletal Research.


Exotics Tracks


Colin McDermott, VMD, CertAqV

Exotic and Aquatics Veterinarian, Mount Laurel Animal Hospital, Mount Laurel, New Jersey

Colin McDermott, VMD earned his veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. After graduation, he remained at Penn where he completed two years of specialty internship in Exotic Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery Service. From there, he took a position as the Helen Swearer fellow in Aquatic Science and Veterinary Medicine at the National Aquarium in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. He currently works at Mount Laurel Animal Hospital, a 24 hour emergency center in Mount Laurel, NJ where his practice is limited to exotic and aquatic patients. His professional interests include exotic veterinary medicine for small mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians, with a special interest in reptile/amphibian and aquatic animal medicine.


Integrative Medicine Tracks


Kristin Rothermel Edwards, VMD, CVA

Veterinary Acupuncturist, Plains Animal Hospital, Plains, Pennsylvania

Dr. Rothermel Edwards grew up in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania without pets. She graduated with a BA from Haverford College in 1986 and continued onto the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School from where she graduated in 1990. She accepted a job in the Wilkes Barre-Scranton area in 1991 because of 2 classmates who were already there. In 1998-1999, I took the acupuncture course through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) and finished her certification process in 1999. Since then, she has been performing more acupuncture and slowly decreasing the amount of small animal Western Medicine that she practices. She needles all species, including farm animals.


Practice Management Tracks

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Bash Halow, CVPM, LVT

Partner, Halow Consulting, New York, New York

SPONSORED BY  Petplan Color   

Bash Halow is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and of the Veterinary Management Institute series at Purdue University. A veterinary professional for 18 years, he managed a practice in New York City before advancing to a regional manager position for Healthy Pet Corporation (later VCA) and finally the Administrator for the Princeton Animal Hospital and Carnegie Cat Clinic in Princeton, New Jersey.  He is a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager and a Licensed Veterinary Technician. His strengths are client service, team building, morale, practice finances, new client acquisition, and digital marketing.



David McCormick, MS, CVA

Veterinary Practice Appraiser, Consultant, and Transaction Facilitator, Simmons Mid-Atlantic, Boalsburg, Pennsylvania

SPONSORED BY  1a2f722edb050eb6e5c307dae2f45c5e5

David McCormick, MS, CVA is an experienced veterinary practice appraiser, transaction specialist and practice management consultant. As a speaker/teacher, David presents nationally and internationally on practice financial management, practice value, and practice ownership entrance/exit. He has over 15 years experience in practice appraisals and has facilitated over 100 successful buy-sell transactions. He operates the veterinary practice appraisal and brokerage firm Simmons Mid-Atlantic with his partner and father, Larry McCormick, DVM, MBA, CBA.


Kellie Olah, PHR, SHRM-CP

Human Resources Consultant, Veterinary Business Advisors, Whitehouse Station, New Jersey

Kellie Olah, PHR, SHRM-CP, serves as the human resource consultant for Veterinary Business Advisors (VBA). This company offers a wide range of practical services to veterinarians and their advisors, nationwide, including legal, human resource, and practice management services. Kellie provides consulting services along the full spectrum of human resource administrative functions, covering the entire employee lifecycle. She also consults on organizational operations. She manages all operational and administrative aspects of VBA, including client services, marketing, computer support, database management, product innovation, and technology development. She also offers communication, emotional intelligence, and leadership coaching for all levels of staff. Kellie earned her degree from Rutgers University and is a certified professional in human resources. She has 15 years of experience, combined, in legal and human resource fields, previously serving as the head of human resources for a large technology company. She actively volunteers for causes she supports.

Production Animal Tracks


Paul Fricke, MS, PhD

Professor of Dairy Science, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, Wisconsin

Dr. Paul Fricke was raised on his family's row crop and dairy farm located near Papillion, Nebraska where his father and uncle continue to farm today. After receiving a B.S. degree in Animal Science in 1988 from the University of Nebraska, Paul went on to complete a M.S. degree in 1992 and a Ph.D. degree in 1996 in Reproductive Physiology from the department of Animal Sciences at North Dakota State University. Paul worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1995 to 1998 and then joined the faculty on July 1, 1998. Dr. Fricke was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2004 and to Full Professor in 2009. His current position includes 70% Extension and 30% research appointments in dairy cattle reproduction. Dr. Fricke’s research program focuses on understanding the biology underlying the many reproductive problems of dairy cattle. Dr. Fricke has authored or co-authored 83 peer-reviewed scientific publications, 112 abstracts, and 5 book chapters. He has mentored 12 M.S. and 4 Ph.D. students, and his research program has attracted over $3 million in research funding. In 2014, Dr. Fricke was awarded a six-month research sabbatical as a visiting scientist at the Teagasc Moorepark Animal & Grassland Research Innovation Centre in Fermoy, Co. Cork, Ireland. The goal of Dr. Fricke’s extension program is to improve reproductive efficiency of dairy cattle by applying scientific research to develop practical management strategies and assess new reproductive technologies. Dr. Fricke is a sought after speaker and has spoken to over 500 audiences in Wisconsin since 1998. In addition, Paul has presented at conferences in 34 U.S. states and 6 Canadian provinces and has been an invited speaker for international meetings in 25 countries spanning 5 continents around the world. Dr. Fricke is the recipient of several campus and national awards recognizing his innovative applied research and extension programs including the Midwest Section ADSA Outstanding Young Extension Specialist Award (2006), the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Pound Extension Award (2006), the ADSA DeLaval Dairy Extension Award (2008), and the Wisconsin Association of County Agriculture Agents Second Mile Award (2010).



M. Daniel Givens, DVM, PhD, DACT, DACVM (Virology Subspecialty)

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama

M. Daniel Givens, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, performed undergraduate studies at Western Kentucky University before obtaining a D.V.M. degree from Auburn University in 1994. After two years of clinical practice in central Kentucky, Dr. Givens earned a Ph. D. degree from Auburn University and completed a clinical residency that culminated in board certification in the American College of Theriogenologists—recognizing his clinical expertise in animal reproduction. He then achieved board certification in the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists (virology subspecialty) while performing NIH-funded, post-doctoral research. Since 2000, Dr. Givens’ efforts in applied research regarding infectious diseases that affect reproduction of cattle have resulted in over 85 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, five book chapters and two international patents. Simultaneously, for his classroom lectures in basic sciences as well as clinical instruction in the large animal teaching hospital, Dr. Givens received six teaching awards since 2007. Dr. Givens passionately enjoys opportunities to investigate, apply and discuss factors that impact animal health and disease and factors that impact the competency of graduating veterinarians.



Brooke Pace, DVM, MS

Team Lead, Livestock/Equine Veterinary Services, Veterinary Medical Information and Product Support, Zoetis, Exton, Pennsylvania


Brooke R. Pace, DVM, MS is the Team Lead of the Livestock and Equine Veterinary Service Team with Zoetis’s Veterinary Medical Information and Product Support group. In this role she leads a group of nine veterinarians. She graduated from Mississippi State University’s College of Agriculture with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science (Magna Cum Laude) prior to graduation from Mississippi State’s College of Veterinary Medicine with a DVM in 1999. After veterinary school, Dr. Pace went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Dairy Production Medicine also from Mississippi State University. As part of her work towards this degree Dr. Pace spend a year at various internships with prominent veterinary clinics, dairy consultants, and large progressive dairies across the United States and Canada. Prior to joining Zoetis, Dr. Pace was in private practice for seven years in a mixed animal veterinary practice in Oxford, PA. In this capacity she was primarily a large animal practitioner with a focus on dairy medicine, production medicine and surgery, with additional work in beef, equine and small animal medicine and surgery. Dr. Pace has been with Zoetis’s VMIPS team for ten years, where she supports the cattle business with technical support for both veterinarians and producers in the dairy, cow-calf, stocker and feedyard industries. Her special areas of interest include food safety, residue avoidance and preventative medicine. Additionally, Dr. Pace’s duties include regulatory reporting and investigation into adverse events involving Zoetis products for the FDA, USDA and EPA. Dr. Pace continues to do a small amount of private practice with local beef and dairy herds and also does volunteer work for the local 4H Clubs and the Cecil County Fair. Dr. Pace lives in Northern Maryland with her husband and teenage son along with 2 dogs, 2 cats and 2 fish tanks . In her spare time she enjoys boating, gardening, and cheering on her son in soccer, the Mississippi State Bulldogs and Pittsburgh Steelers.


Regulatory Tracks

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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 in Malvern, PA since the practice opened in 2004. He is currently a member of the State Board of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to his appointment to the board, Dr. Garg served on PVMA’s Board of Trustees. He was also very active in PVMA as Chair of the Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Committee.


Kornreich Michael 

Michael Kornreich, DVM

Assistant Director, District 1, New York/New Jersey/Pennsylvania, USDA, APHIS, Veterinary Services, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania








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.


Telehealth Tracks


Michael Bailey DVM, DACVR, AAAS/ AVMA Fellow

Radiologist/Radiology Project Manager, IDEXX, and District II Representative, Board of Directors,
American Veterinary Medical Association







Aaron Massecar, PhD

Executive Director, Veterinary Innovation Council, Senior Vice President of Learning, North American
Veterinary Community, Program Manager, Veterinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship , Adjunct Associate
Professor of the Practice, Texas A&M, College of Veterinary Medicine and Co-Founder, Drip.Vet








Sandeep Pulim, MD

Chief Innovation Officer, Medici







Aaron Smiley, DVM

Chief of Staff, Devonshire Veterinary Clinic and Geist Station Animal Hospital, Indiana






Veterinary Technology Tracks


Vicki Byard, CVT, VTS (Dentistry), CVJ

Dentistry Department Coordinator, Rau Animal Hospital, Glenside, Pennsylvania

Vickie Byard, CVT, VTS (Dentistry), CVJ has worked at Rau Animal Hospital in Glenside, PA since 1985.  Vickie was an adjunct instructor at Manor College. She is a charter member of the AVDT. In 2010 Vickie was selected as the Veterinary Technician of the Year for Pennsylvania. In 2013 she was honored as NAVTA’s Veterinary Technician of the Year.  Vickie is the founder of, and frequent blogger for, PetED™ Veterinary Education and Training Resources. 




Stephen Cital, RVT, SRA, RLAT, VTS-LAM (Research Anesthetist)

Chief Operating Officer, Veterinary Anesthesia Nerds and Executive Director, Academy of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians and Nurses

Stephen originally started college to become a registered human nurse but did not enjoy working with humans as patients. Instead Stephen became an RVT and then obtained certification as a Surgical Research Anesthetist through the Academy of Surgical Research followed the designation of a Registered Laboratory Animal Technician through the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science soon after. Stephen is Executive Director for the Academy of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians and Nurses. His regular daytime position is most recently at Silicon Valley Veterinary Specialists, as well as a private contractor for several research organizations. Stephen also holds positions at the Oakland Zoo and the San Francisco Zoo. He occupies his remaining time writing book chapters, book reviews, blogs for VetBloom and lecturing internationally. He enjoys teaching and serves on advisory boards for local Vet Tech colleges, is on the Aratana Technician Council of Pain Experts, helps run the Veterinary Anesthesia Nerds and Veterinary Cannabis Academy Facebook and webpages and is on multiple speaker bureaus. Stephen serves as the Past President for the Society of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians, Vice President and current liaison for the California RVT Association and member at large for the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America.



Liz Hughston, MEd, RVT, CVT, VTS (SAIM, ECC)

Owner and Head Technician, VetTechXpert, San Jose, California

After a career in professional administration, Liz returned to her first love – veterinary medicine – eleven years ago. Liz graduated from the Foothill College Vet Tech Program and became an RVT in 2006 and hasn’t looked back, becoming a VTS in Small Animal Internal Medicine and Emergency and Critical Care in 2012. In 2013 she was honored to be named CaRVTA’s inaugural RVT of the Year in recognition of her contributions to technician advancement and education. She is a member of CaRVTA, NAVTA, AIMVT/ACVIM, AVECCT/VECCS, IVAPM, and IAAHPC. She lives in San Jose with her husband, three dogs, and a cat.



Kenichiro Yagi, MS, RVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM)

ICU Manager and Blood Bank Manager, Adobe Animal Hospital, Los Altos, California

Over the 18 years in practice, Ken has discovered and refined his role as a veterinary technician by promoting compassionate and progressive care for the patients and their family. He obtained his VTS certification in emergency and critical care as well as small animal internal medicine and obtained his master's degree in Veterinary Science. He is currently the ICU Manager and Blood Bank Manager at Adobe Animal Hospital, and is the Program Director for RECOVER CPR Initiative. Ken has co-edited the Manual of Veterinary Transfusion Medicine and Blood Banking and has published over 25 text chapters and articles in publications such as the Veterinary Team Brief and Today’s Veterinary Nurse. He speaks internationally and has given over 800 presentations. Ken works to encourage further recognition of the vital role of the veterinary nurses and technicians through work with organizations such as the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America co-chairing the Veterinary Nurse Initiative, and serving as a board member of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians, and the Veterinary Innovation Council. He pursues these goals by showing the value of the profession’s perspective in veterinary medicine. Ken invites everyone to ask “Why?” to understand the “What” and “How” of our field, and to constantly pursue new limits as veterinary professionals and individuals.


Wellbeing Tracks

Jurney Carrie 

Carrie Jurney, DVM, DACVIM

CEO and Neurologist, Jurney Veterinary Neurology, Redwood City, California

Carrie likes to refer to herself as a "tragic extrovert." She brings enthusiasm to anything that she takes on. As a passionate speaker about mental health, she brings this energy and humor to what otherwise can be a rather challenging and somber topic. Because of her work as the Director of Forum Moderators for the board of NOMV, she's sought extensive continuing education in crisis counseling and suicide prevention. She brings this knowledge, and her experience doing peer to peer interventions with members of our group, to her lectures. When she's not managing the day to day activities of the NOMV forum, she is a practicing veterinary neurologist, wife to Chris and zookeeper of three rambunctious cats.


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Keystone Veterinary Conference (KVC) is a regional veterinary conference that offers high-quality continuing educational topics with nationally recognized speakers in a state-of-the-art setting. Keystone Veterinary Conference will host the following tracks: companion animal, production animal, equine, veterinary technology, practice management, integrative medicine, wet labs, exotics and more!.