2016 Convention Speakers

Michael Apley, DVM, PhD, DACVCP
Apley.Mike 0128 Dr. Michael Apley is a veterinarian with a PhD in physiology (pharmacology), and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology. His practice background includes general practice in central Kansas and a feedlot consulting/contract research practice based in Colorado. Dr. Apley was on the faculty at Iowa State University through 2005 and is currently a professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Kansas State University.
Ellison Bentley, DVM, DACVO
Bentley 7 Dr. Ellison Bentley graduated from University of Florida in 1993 and completed a small animal internship at NCSU in 1994. In 1997, she did an ophthalmology residency at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and subsequently joined the faculty there in 2001. She is currently a Clinical Professor and section head of Comparative Ophthalmology at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine.
Nigel B. Cook, BSc BVSc Cert. CHP DBR MRCVS
NigelCook 2014 Dr. Nigel Cook is a Professor in the Food Animal Production Medicine section of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. He qualified as a veterinarian in 1992 and worked in a large food animal clinic in Southern England for four years before moving to the Royal Veterinary College, Hertfordshire, where he spent three years as lecturer and head of the Large Animal Ambulatory Clinic. Since 1999 he has been in Wisconsin, teaching veterinary students, performing research and developing outreach to improve dairy cattle well-being. His particular interests include lameness prevention, cow comfort and improving facility design. He developed The Dairyland Initiative – a resource to drive the creation of welfare friendly cattle housing in 2010. He is currently Chair of the Department of Medical Sciences and Past President of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners.
Day Dr. Thomas Day is board certified in the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (1993) and the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (1998). Dr. Day founded Louisville Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Services in 1998 and served as owner until moving to the Madison area to join Veterinary Emergency Service (VES). He is a mentor for an ACVECC residency training program at VES and his clinical focus includes not only emergency and critical care medicine, but also clinical anesthesia.
Alison Diesel, DVM, DACVD
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Dr. Alison Diesel is a graduate of Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine. Following a residency at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she achieved her Diplomate status with the American College of Veterinary Dermatology. She is a clinical assistant professor at Texas A&M University.

Andrew Gendler, DVM, DACVR
WVMA headshot Gendler Dr. Andrew Gendler has been part of WestVet's team for five years, first working as an emergency veterinarian and now serving as a Board Certified Veterinary Radiologist. His clinical interests include the use of CT and MRI for the diagnosis of musculoskeletal disease, neuroimaging, and diagnostic accuracy in medical imaging. He has published and presented research on CT imaging of feline oral squamous cell carcinoma and CT arthrography in the canine elbow joint.
Travis Henry, DVM, DAVDC
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Dr. Travis Henry graduated from Michigan State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. He started Midwest Equine Services in 2003, a dentistry based practice in Elkhorn, Wis. He completed a dentistry and oral surgery residency at UC Davis in 2014, becoming board certified in 2015 with the AVDC.

Paul Kunde, DVM
Kunde Dr. Paul Kunde is a Veterinary Medical Officer with the USDA, APHIS, VS, National Import Export Services (NIES) in Madison, Wis. He received his DVM from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. In his current position, Dr. Kunde works primarily with exports from the State of Wisconsin. More specifically, the majority of his time is spent working with stakeholders in the bovine semen and embryo industries. Along with reviewing health certificates, he also coordinates many of the facility inspections in the Upper Midwest. Before joining the USDA, Dr. Kunde worked in private practice in Madison, Wis.
Jordan Lamb, JD

Jordan Lamb is a partner at DeWitt Ross & Stevens. s.c. law firm in Madison, Wisconsin. Jordan's law practice focuses on environmental law and government relations. Her practice is enhanced by her love of all things written and her strong public speaking skills. Her ability to connect with others through her writing and public speaking provides the platform for her practice. Jordan assists clients with making critical connections between business and Wisconsin state government. Her clients are from diverse industries including agriculture, bioscience, insurance and business.

Paul McGraw, DVM

Dr. Paul McGraw completed his undergraduate studies at University of Wisconsin-River Falls and obtained his DVM at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. McGraw worked in private veterinary practice for 16 years before coming to DATCP as Assistant State Veterinarian in 2004. In April 2013, Dr. McGraw was appointed as the State Veterinarian for Wisconsin.

Elisabeth Patton, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM

Dr. Elisabeth Patton received her DVM from Colorado State University in 1991. In 1996, she completed a combined Master's and large animal medicine residency from the University of Wisconsin-School of Veterinary Medicine and is board certified with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She received her PhD in Immunology from Cornell University in 2000. She has been working at DATCP as the Johne's Program Manager for the state of Wisconsin since 2003 and in 2011 she began serving as the Tuberculosis Program Manager.

Molly Rice, MS, DVM
Molly Rice Dr. Molly Rice graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. Following her internship at Wisconsin Equine Clinic she worked at Lodi Veterinary Hospital. She continued to advance her skills in equine dentistry and joined Dr. Travis Henry at Midwest Equine Services, a dentistry based practice, in 2011.
Cecilia Robat, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Robat Dr. Cecilia Robat graduated from Liege, Belgium in 2005. She then completed a rotating small animal internship before moving to Madison to pursue an Oncology internship and residency at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. She became board certified in 2011. She worked at University of Wisconsin Veterinary Care until April 2016, when she joined the Oncology team at VES/VSC in Middleton, Wis.
Ilona Rodan, DVM, Dipl. ABVP (Feline)
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Dr. Ilona Rodan graduated from Washington State University in 1978, and is ABVP certified in feline practice. She was the medical director and owner of the Cat Care Clinic in Madison, Wis. from 1978-2015. She co-edited Feline Behavioral Health and Welfare, lectures internationally, and consults to improve feline veterinary visits.

Eric Rooker, DVM
Rooker Photo Dr. Eric Rooker graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. He has been working in general dairy practice at Dairy Doctors Veterinary Services in Plymouth, Wis. for the last three years.  Dr. Rooker specializes in facility and ventilation design as well as IT support for his practice and their clients.
Lisa Schiller, PhD, APNP, FNP-BC
Schiller Lisa 2015 Dr. Lisa Schiller is an Associate Professor / Nurse Practitioner at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire.  She is certified in Agricultural Safety and Health by the University of Iowa.  She is interested in research and program development focused on rural and agricultural health and remains active in family practice.
Sheryl Shaw, DVM, MPH
Shaw Dr. Sheryl Shaw is a 1989 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University. She spent 11 years in private practice in Wisconsin and Montana. Dr. Shaw has been with the USDA since 2000, spending time in Food Safety (FSIS) and then APHIS Veterinary Services as an export veterinary medical officer and area epidemiology officer in Minnesota. Dr. Shaw completed a master's of public health at the University of Minnesota in 2008 and the USDA Graduate School Executive Leadership Program in 2011. Dr. Shaw began her duties as the area veterinarian in charge in Wisconsin in November 2012 and currently serves as Director of Service Center 3 within National Import Export Services in Veterinary Services. She supervises staff in IA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MN, OH and WI.
Geoffrey Smith, DVM, PhD
GeofSmith Dr. Geof Smith received a BS in animal and dairy science from Clemson University in 1994. From there he received a MS in toxicology from University of Illinois in 1996 and a DVM in 1998. Following graduation, Dr. Smith remained at the University of Illinois for another four years while he completed an internship and residency in ruminant internal medicine along with a PhD in physiology. Dr. Smith joined the faculty at North Carolina State University in 2002 and is currently a Professor of Ruminant medicine in the Department of Population Health & Pathobiology. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) and his primary clinical and research interests revolve around clinical medicine of ruminants with a specific focus on calf health.
Laura Snyder, DVM, DACVP
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Dr. Laura Snyder is a graduate of Tufts University and a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. She completed an internship and practiced small animal medicine prior to a residency in clinical pathology at North Carolina State University. She has been employed at Marshfield Labs since 2011 and works at a satellite lab located within the Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center.

Todd Tams, DVM, DACVIM
Todd Tams DVM Dr. Todd Tams received his DVM from The Ohio State University in 1977 and then entered into a mixed practice in Vermont from 1977-78. He then completed an internship at the West Los Angeles Veterinary Medical Group in 1978-79, followed by a residency in internal medicine at Colorado State University from 1979-81. He was a staff internist at the Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston from 1981-84, and achieved board certification in internal medicine in 1982. Dr. Tams returned to Los Angeles in 1984 and in January 1987, West L.A. became the first VCA hospital. He is currently Chief Medical Officer for VCA Inc., as well as a part-time staff internist at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital.
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