2015 Convention Speakers

Amanda Adams, PhD
adams Dr. Amanda Adams received her PhD in 2008 at the University of Kentucky, Gluck Equine Research Center, in Veterinary Science with an emphasis in equine immunology. She continued her research as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Gluck Center from 2008-2011 and in 2011 she became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Veterinary Science.
Michael Apley, DVM, PhD, DACVCP
Apley 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.
Clark Atkins, DVM, DACVIM
atkins Clarke Atkins, DVM, the Jane Lewis Seaks Distinguished Professor of Companion Animal Medicine (Emeritus) at North Carolina State University and 2004 Norden Outstanding Teacher Award Winner, is board-certified by the ACVIM (Medicine & Cardiology). His research involves canine and feline heartworm disease and treatment of cardiovascular disease in dogs, cats, and horses. He has over 150 publications and has provided well over 1000 hours of continuing education in the U.S. and many countries around the world. Dr. Atkins continues to be active speaking and carrying out clinically-oriented research in retirement.
Heidi Barnes Heller, DVM, DACVIM
heller Dr. Heidi Barnes Heller received her DVM from Michigan State University in 2000, followed by a rotating internship at the University of Illinois. Board certification was obtained from ACVIM following completion of a residency in neurology and neurosurgery in 2004. She was the staff neurologist in a Chicago referral hospital until December 2011, at which point she joined the UW-School of Veterinary Medicine as a clinical assistant professor in neurology and neurosurgery.
Byron Blagburn, BS, MS, PhD, D (Hon.) ACVM (Parasitol)
Blagburn Dr. Byron Blagburn holds the appointment of Distinguished University Professor at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. He received his doctorate in parasitology from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, and is an Honorary Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiology (Parasitology).
Julie Churchill, DVM, PhD, DACVN
Churchill Dr. Julie Churchill is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition and Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Minnesota. She is the director of the Clinical Nutrition Service at Veterinary Medical Center. Her clinical interests include; the role of nutrition in maintaining wellness, obesity prevention and treatment, the nutritional needs of geriatric patients, nutritional management of kidney diseases, and critical care nutrition.
Kristen Friedrichs, DVM, DACVP
Friedrichs After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Kristen Friedrichs spent eight years in private practice as both a dairy and companion animal veterinarian. She returned to the UW for a clinical pathology residency and currently is an assistant professor in clinical pathology with responsibilities in diagnostic service, teaching and research.
Sandra Godden, DVM, BSc, DVSc
Godden Dr. Sandra Godden is a 1993 graduate of the University of Guelph. After two years in mixed practice, she completed a DVSc degree in dairy production medicine. From 1998 to present she has worked at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, student teaching, completing applied research and outreach in dairy production medicine.
Alicea Howell RVT, VTS (Behavior), KPA CTP
Howell Alicea Howell graduated from Purdue University with her Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology in 2003. She received her animal training certification through the prestigious Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior in 2008. Currently, Alicea works as a behavior technician in a small animal and exotic practice in Franklin, Ind., where she has taught puppy classes, clicker training classes, behavior modification and cooperative behavior for more than 12 years.
Mike Hutjens, BS, MS, PhD, PAS
Hutjens Mike Hutjens was raised on a Holstein farm near Green Bay, Wis. His degrees were awarded from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. From 1971 to 1979, Dr. Hutjens was an extension dairy specialist at the University of Minnesota. He has been a member of the University of Illinois Animal Sciences Department as an extension dairy specialist retiring in December, 2010.
Sheila McGuirk, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM
McGuirk With a BS degree from Cornell University, Dr. Sheila McGuirk obtained her DVM degree from the University of Georgia, completed a large animal medicine internship at Ontario Veterinary College, and followed by a residency in food animal medicine and surgery. She has a MS in clinical sciences and a PhD in physiology & pharmacology from The Ohio State University. Dr. McGuirk became board certified in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1982. She joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in 1983, where she currently has joint appointments in the sections of large animal internal and food animal production medicine.
Melissa Newcomb, DVM
Newcomb Dr. Melissa Newcomb graduated from veterinary school at Purdue University in 1996. She then worked in an emergency hospital in Louisville, Ky. before settling into general practice in southern Indiana. For over 15 years, she has been learning and applying behavioral modification, learning theory, and training plans to her patients.
Theresa Ollivett, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Ollivett Dr. Theresa L. Ollivett is an Assistant Professor at the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. Her research involves dairy calf nutrition, as well as respiratory and diarrheal disease. With degrees from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University and the Ontario Veterinary College, Dr. Ollivett has taught courses in ruminant health management and animal health and disease.
Arthur Mueller, DVM
Mueller Dr. Arthur Mueller is known across the state as the hog veterinarian of Wisconsin. He has served as a great resource to a number of pork producers in providing consultations on health related questions and diagnosis'. In addition, he has served as the manager of the Heritage Swine group, providing management and veterinary services to the 7,500 sow, wean-to-finish system.
Paul McGraw, DVM
McGraw Dr. Paul McGraw completed his undergraduate studies at University of Wisconsin-River Falls and obtained his DVM degree at the UW-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 elected as the State Veterinarian for Wisconsin.
Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, MD
Natterson Dr. Natterson-Horowitz is a cardiology professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and lectures on cardiovascular physiology, cardiovascular pharmacology, echocardiography, and bioengineering. She speaks about her concept of "Zoobiquity" to medical groups, educators, and students around the globe.
Darren Osborne
Osborne Darren Osborne is the Director of Economic Research for the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) and Economic Consultant for the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association and several State Veterinary Medical Association. Darren conducts economic research and analyses data in order to provide hundreds of veterinarians and hospital managers with Fee Guides, Economic Reports, Personal Benchmark Reports, Reports on Compensation and Benefits for Associate Veterinarians and Non-DVM Wage Reports. More recently, Darren has introduced a full service accounting service from within the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association. Darren knows that a lecture on economics can be the best prescription for insomnia but he promises to keep you awake with a healthy dose of humor and lots of fodder for debate.
Jason Osterstock, DVM, PhD
Osterstock Dr. Jason Osterstock is the Global Genetics Technical Services Lead for Zoetis with responsibility for supporting the development and commercialization of genomic technologies in beef cattle, dairy cattle, and sheep. He received his BS and DVM from The Ohio State University and completed an internship at Colorado State University prior to working as an associate veterinarian in a mixed animal practice in Nebraska. Dr. Osterstock spent 6 ½ years at Texas A&M University including completion of a PhD in genetic epidemiology, faculty service in the veterinary teaching hospital, and leading ruminant health research efforts as an assistant professor at Texas AgriLife Research in Amarillo, TX. Dr. Osterstock joined Zoetis, formerly Pfizer Animal Health, in 2010 and has worked in various capacities in the genetics and animal health businesses.
Elisabeth Patton, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM
Patton Elisabeth Patton received her DVM degree 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 also began serving as the Tuberculosis Program Manager.
J. Richard Pursley, BS, MS, PhD
Pursley Dr. J. Richard Pursley received both a BS and MS from Kansas State University and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently a Professor of Animal Science in his 20th year at Michigan State University. His research is focused on ovulatory follicle development of dairy cows and how follicular development dictates fecundity outcomes. He co-developed Ovsynch, an ovulation synchronization strategy for dairy cows that allowed for effective use of timed-AI. He now utilizes Ovsynch as a model to test novel fertility programs for dairy cows. The mission of his research is to develop practical solutions for dairy cattle infertility. His extension/outreach program is focused taking these practical solutions to the field to enhance the veterinarian's role in reproductive management of client's dairy herds.
Sheryl Shaw, DVM, MPH
Shaw Dr. Sheryl Shaw is a 1989 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University. She spent 11.5 years in private practice in Wisconsin and then 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 VS. She supervises staff in IA, IL, IN, KY,MI, MN,OH and WI.
Christopher Snyder, DVM, DAVDC
Snyder Dr. Christopher Snyder is a Diplomat of the American Veterinary Dental College and Clinical Assistant Professor and Section Head of the Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating veterinary school at The Ohio State University and completing an internship in western New York, he joined the residency training program in veterinary dentistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Snyder has authored journal articles, textbook chapters and has lectured nationally and internationally. Dr. Snyder's academic interests include: maxillofacial trauma and reconstruction, oral surgery, and improving techniques for regional anesthesia.
Jammie Verstoppen, DVM
Verstoppen Dr. Jammie Verstoppen completed a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from UW-Platteville in 2004, and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. After practicing as an associate veterinarian in mixed animal practice for 6 years, he opened Seymour Veterinary Hospital, LLC in August 2014.
Alice Villalobos, DVM, FNAP
Villalobos Dr. Alice Villalobos is 2005-06 President of the American Association of Human Animal Bond Veterinarians (AAHABV). She is a well-known pioneer in the field of cancer care for companion animals and a founding member of the Veterinary Cancer Society. A 1972 graduate of UC Davis, she completed Dr. Gordon Theilen's first mock residency program in oncology and has served the profession by consulting, writing and lecturing in the rapidly growing field of veterinary oncology and end of life care.
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