Our Speakers

Dr. Mark Acierno with a Greyhound

Dr. Mark Acierno – Internal Medicine and Nephrology

Dr. Mark Acierno received his DVM from Mississippi State University. After an internship in small animal medicine and surgery, he completed an internal medicine residency at Tufts University. Dr. Acierno spent 12 years at the Louisiana State…

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larry adams

Dr. Larry Adams – Nephrology and Urology

Dr. Adams is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in the specialty of Small Animal Internal Medicine. Dr. Adams received his DVM from Auburn University in 1984. He completed a small…

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Dr. Larie Allen with dog

Dr. Larie Allen – Surgery

Dr. Larie Allen is a board certified small animal surgeon. She completed her undergraduate studies at Indiana University and gained early entry into veterinary school. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University…

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Dr. Robert Armentano with a Dog

Dr. Robert Armentano – Internal Medicine

Dr. Robert Armentano is board certified in small animal internal medicine. He is a Chicago native and did his undergraduate studies in animal sciences at the University of Illinois. After obtaining early admission into veterinary…

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Dr. Pedro Armstrong- Internal Medicine

Dr. Pedro F. Armstrong was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He attended Iowa State University for pre-veterinary studies. He graduated from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine. Following veterinary school, Dr. Armstrong…

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Dr Lenore Bacek with a gray and white dog

Dr. Lenore Bacek – Emergency Critical Care

Dr. Lenore Bacek received her DVM from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2007, followed by a one-year internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Louisiana State University. She completed both a residency…

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Dr. Paul Bloom with wife, dog, and horse

Dr. Paul Bloom – Dermatology

Dr. Paul Bloom, Dipl., ACVD and Dipl., ABVP, Canine and Feline Specialty obtained his DVM with high honors from Michigan State University in 1976 and has worked in small animal medicine ever since. He obtained…

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Ashley Bourgeois

Dr. Ashley Bourgeois- Dermatology

Dr. Ashley Bourgeois is a board-certified veterinary dermatologist passionate about providing practical knowledge to general practitioners to help itchy pets! She completed her bachelor’s degree at Iowa State University and graduated from the University of…

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Dr. Benjamin Brainard – Emergency/Anesthesia

Dr. Benjamin Brainard is the Edward H. Gunst professor of small animal critical care, in the Dept. of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Georgia. He received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth…

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holly brown with cat

Dr. Holly Brown – Clinical Pathology

Dr. Holly Brown received her DVM from the University of Georgia and worked in small animal private practice in Colorado and North Carolina. She returned to UGA for a residency in clinical pathology and additionally…

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Dr Dave Bruyette in a Lab Coat

Dr. Dave Bruyette – Endocrinology

Dr David Bruyette received his DVM from the University of Missouri in 1984 and completed an internship at Purdue University and residency in internal medicine at the University of California-Davis. Dr Bruyette was an Assistant…

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Dr. Lindsey Bullen – Nutrition

Dr. Lindsey Bullen earned her BA in Chemistry and BS in Zoology in 2008. She remained at NC State for her post-baccalaureate training where she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2012, completed a…

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Dr. Christopher Byers – Emergency Critical Care

Dr. Christopher G. Byers is a board-certified veterinary emergency & critical care and small animal internal medicine specialist, as well as a certified veterinary journalist, based in Omaha, Nebraska. He received his Bachelor of Science…

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Christine Calder

Dr. Christine Calder- Behavior

A graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Calder has lived and practiced veterinary medicine in both her home state of New Jersey, and Maine for many years. In addition to general…

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Dr. Jenifer Chatfield – Infectious Disease Preventive Medicine

Dr. Jenifer Chatfield is the board-certified Staff Veterinarian at 4J Conservation Center.  She is a diplomate of both the American College of Zoological Medicine (ACZM) and the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (ACVPM).  Dr.…

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Dr. Melanie Church – Ophthalmology

Dr. Church earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from North Carolina State University in 2008, where she was President of her veterinary class all four years and active in leadership roles in multiple clubs and…

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Cital with pet

Mr. Stephen Cital – Cannabinoid Medicine

Stephen Cital is a multiple credentialed veterinary technician specialist with a focus on anesthesia, analgesia and cannabinoid medicine. He is a laboratory manager at Stanford University School of Medicine in the department of Neurobiology and…

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Dr. Craig Clifford – Oncology

Dr. Craig Clifford graduated from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine and received an MS in Animal Science/Virology from the University of Delaware. After completing an internship and a medical oncology residency at the…

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Grayson Cole

Dr. Grayson Cole – Surgery

Dr. Grayson Cole received her Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology and cell science from the University of Florida in 2006, and then earned her DVM in 2010, also from the University of Florida. She…

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Dr. Kathleen Cooney – End of Life

Dr. Kathleen Cooney has been practicing advanced end-of-life care since 2006. She is CEO and Director of Education for the Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy (CAETA). Dr. Cooney is well-known for her work in companion…

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Dr. Peter M. Digeronimo – Zoo Medicine

Dr. Pete DiGeronimo is a native of Jersey City, NJ and studied biology at Drew University prior to earning a VMD and Certificate in Veterinary Public Health from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010. After…

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Stephen J. Divers

Dr. Stephen J. Divers – Reptile and Exotic Medicine

Dr. Stephen Divers graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 1994. He obtained his Certificate and Diploma in Zoological Medicine from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), and is a recognized Specialist…

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Dr. Margaret Duxbury – Behavior

Dr. Margaret M. Duxbury is board certified through the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists.  Her life has been a wild ride through veterinary school (UMN 1981), mixed practice, small animal general practice, 3 kids, behavior…

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Dr Sue Ettinger with a yellow Lab

Dr. Sue Ettinger – Oncology

Dr. Sue Ettinger is a practicing veterinary cancer specialist, international speaker, book author, and vlogger (video blogger). She is one of approximately 400 board-certified specialists in medical oncology in North America and currently practices at…

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Dr Kasie Schmitt Felber with a dog

Dr. Kacie Schmitt Felber – Cardiology

Dr. Kacie Schmitt Felber was born and raised in Cumberland, MD. She received her Bachelor of Science in Poultry Science from North Carolina State University and graduated Summa Cum Laude. She continued her education at…

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Pete Fernandes

Dr. Pete Fernandes – Clinical Pathology

Dr. Pete Fernandes completed his DVM at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, followed by an internship in small-animal medicine and surgery at South Shore Animal Hospitals in Boston. Dr. Fernandes’ residency was in clinical pathology at…

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Dr. Maureen Finke – Internal Medicine

Dr. Maureen Finke received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Texas A&M University in 2002. She completed her internship at the Ohio State University and then worked as an emergency veterinarian in Detroit, Michigan.…

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Dr. Phillip Fox - Vet Continuing Education

Dr. Phillip Fox – Cardiology and Critical Care

Dr. Philip Fox is certified by the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the American Collagen of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. He is also Director of the Caspary Research Institute of…

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Dr. Bronwyn Fullagar – Surgery

Dr. Bronwyn Fullagar grew up in Brisbane, Australia and earned her veterinary degree from the University of Queensland. She started her career in mixed practice in rural northern Australia, then moved to North America to…

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Dr Mary Gardner with a White Dog

Dr. Mary Gardner – Geriatrics and End of Life

A dynamic and engaging speaker, Dr. Mary Gardner is able to draw on a wide range of career experiences and life lessons to educate and motivate diverse audiences. Her presentations cover a variety of topics,…

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Dr. Yanni Giatis – Cardiology

Dr. Ionnis (Yanni) Giatis, DVM, DACVIM, (cardiology) is a board certified Veterinary Cardiologist who joined the MedVet Columbus cardiology team in 2011. Dr. Giatis began his career in veterinary cardiology as an extern in cardiology…

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Tara Hammond

Dr. Tara Hammond – Emergency Critical Care

A specialist in emergency and critical care, Dr. Tara Hammond joined the Tufts VETS staff in 2008. Dr. Hammond earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1999. She attended Cummings School…

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Dr. Donnell Hansen with a German Shepherd

Dr. Donnell Hansen – Dentistry

Dr. Hansen, a Minnesota native, toured through Iowa, Minnesota, and Oklahoma for her various degrees toward board certification in veterinary dentistry/oral surgery. In 2009, Dr. Hansen joined other specialists to form the Moxie Center in…

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Dr. Don Harris with a green and yellow lizard

Dr. Don Harris – Avian and Exotics

Dr. Don Harris is a practitioner who works exclusively avian and exotics. He graduated from Louisiana State University in 1980 and is the owner and founder of Avian & Exotic Animal Medical Center in Miami,…

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Heidi Barnes Heller, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM

Dr. Heidi Barnes Heller – Neurology

Dr. Barnes Heller obtained her veterinary degree from Michigan State University in 2000. Following graduation she completed a rotating internship at the University of Illinois and a residency in neurology/neurosurgery at the University of Florida.…

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Dr. Heidi Hoefer – Avian and Exotic Medicine

Dr. Heidi Hoefer is a 1987 graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and has been practicing avian and exotic medicine exclusively since 1988. Following a small animal internship at the Animal Medical Center…

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Dr. Ann Hoenhaus with a lab

Dr. Ann Hohenhaus – Oncology and Internal Medicine

Dr. Ann Hohenhaus is a third generation veterinarian who is also double board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She is an avid blogger and has written for multiple media outlets including…

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Dr. Jennifer Huck – Surgery

Dr. Jennifer Huck is a 2006 graduate of the The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  She completed a Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship at Michigan State University and then went on to…

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Dr. Michael Jaffe – Surgery

Dr. Michael Jaffe is a 1991 graduate of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduation from vet school, he practiced as a primary care veterinarian for 5 years in St. Joseph, MO…

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Jessica Johnson

Dr. Jessica Johnson – Dentistry

Dr. Jessica Johnson graduated from Texas A&M, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. She spent ~10 years in general small animal practice: day practice, relief, and EC. In 2017, she began a dental residency with…

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