2012 Speaker Biographies
As of December 12, 2011
Stay tuned in 2012 to see a complete list of speakers.
Last update: December 25, 2011
As of December 12, 2011
Stay tuned in 2012 to see a complete list of speakers.
Jody Lulich, DVM, PhD
Dr. Jody Lulich earned the DVM degree (cum laude) from Tuskegee University in 1984, and completed an internship (1984-1985), internal medicine residency (1985-1990), and PhD program (1985-1990) at the University of Minnesota were he currently holds the academic rank of professor. He is a diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine certified in internal medicine. He is the co-director of the Minnesota Urolith Center. He is a specialist in nephrology and urology, and has earned an international reputation as a clinical investigator and educator in this field. He is the author or co-author of approximately 500 manuscripts that have been published in journals, textbooks, or scientific proceedings. He has also been a prolific clinical investigator having received approximately $7,000,000 in funded studies. Among his contributions to veterinary medicine is the technique of voiding urohydropropulsion, a nonsurgical method to remove uroliths from the urinary bladder. He has presented approximately 250 seminars in the United States and other countries. In 2007, he was voted as Speaker of The Year at the North American Veterinary Conference held in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Lulich currently holds the endowed Hills/Osborne Chair in Nephrology and Urology at the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Jim Noxon
Dr. Jim Noxon received his D.V.M. degree from Colorado State University in 1976. After two years of private practice in Denver, Colorado, he completed a residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia (1980). Jim is currently a Professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, a staff dermatologist in the Veterinary Medical Center, Section Leader of the dermatology section at Iowa State University, and Associate Chair of Academic Affairs for the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. Jim is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and a past president of the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology.
In addition to teaching at Iowa State University, Jim also has taught dermatology yearly (since 1989) at the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island. He also provides the core dermatology teaching at Oregon State University during an annual visit to Corvallis, and at Washington State University using distance learning technologies. Jim is a two-time recipient of the Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teaching Award and has received numerous other teaching awards. He has a strong interest in using "real" clinical cases for teaching, either as computer models or in laboratory situations using actual clinical case materials, such as cytology slides, etc. With the help of generous private and industry donors, Jim has recently formed an otology study group at Iowa State University, focusing on audiology and hearing problems, as well as medical and surgical management of ear disorders.
Dr. Peter Foley
Dr. Foley was born and raised in Charlottetown, PEI. He completed his BSc in biology at the University of Prince Edward Island in 1990. He went on to complete a Master of Science degree in Biology at Acadia University in 1992.
In 1993, Dr. Foley enrolled in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine programme at the Atlantic Veterinary College and graduated in 1997. He completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech in 1998. He returned to AVC in 1998, and completed a residency in small animal internal medicine there in 2001. He became board certified in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (subspecialty of Small Animal Internal Medicine) in 2002. Since then he has been employed as an assistant professor of companion animal medicine at AVC.
LeeAnn Pack DVM, Diplomate ACVR
Dr. Pack completed a Bachelors degree in Radiologic Technology from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She attended the Louisiana State University where she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1997 and then completed a one year internship in Large Animals at the Atlantic Veterinary College. After a 3 year residency in Diagnostic Imaging at the University of Georgia in 2001, Dr. Pack returned to the Atlantic Veterinary College where she is currently Assistant Professor and Diagnostic Imaging service chief. Her primary interests are in routine radiography, interventional imaging and ultrasound. Dr. Pack is boarded by the American College of Veterinary Radiology.
Dr. Mark Cousins
Dr. Cousins received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1980
Dr. Julius Liptak
Dr. Julius Liptak graduated from the University of Melbourne in Australia in 1992 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science. He worked in private practice for 5 years before completing an Internship at the University of Queensland and a Residency in Small Animal Surgery at the University of Sydney. While at the University of Sydney, Dr. Liptak was awarded a Masters of Veterinary Clinical Studies for his investigation of autogenous grafting of the caudal vena cava in dogs. Dr. Liptak then completed Clinical and Research Fellowships in Surgical Oncology at the Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University. He was a Professor in Small Animal Surgery at the Ontario Veterinary College in Canada prior to moving to his current position as specialist small animal surgeon and surgical oncologist at Alta Vista Animal Hospital in Ottawa, Canada.
Dr. Liptak is a board certified specialist in small animal surgery in Australia (Fellow of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists), North America (Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons), and Europe (Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons). He has published over 50 papers on surgical oncology related topics in peer-reviewed veterinary and human journals, authored over 15 book chapters in veterinary surgery and oncology textbooks, and presented at local, national and international conferences. Dr. Liptak was founding president of the Veterinary Society of Surgical Oncology and was awarded the Stephen J. Withrow Award for Advancing the Art and Science of Surgical Oncology in 2010.
Richard W. Nelson, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM
Abbreviated Biographical Sketch
Dr. Nelson received his DVM degree from the University of Minnesota in 1979, completed a small animal internship at Washington State University in 1980, and a small animal medicine residency at the University of California, Davis in 1982. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Dr. Nelson was a professor of small animal medicine at Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine from 1982 to 1989. In 1989, Dr. Nelson joined the faculty at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, where he is currently professor of small animal medicine and Director of Small Animal Clinical Services in the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Dr. Nelson’s area of expertise lies in the arena of small animal endocrinology. Dr. Nelson’s research is clinically based with a focus on diabetes mellitus, hypothyroidism, and diseases of the adrenal gland in dogs and cats. He has authored numerous research manuscripts and book chapters, and has co-authored two textbooks, Canine and Feline Endocrinology and Reproduction with Dr. Edward Feldman and Small Animal Internal Medicine with Dr. Guillermo Couto. He has lectured extensively nationally and internationally.
David Liss, RVT, VTS (ECC)
David started his career many years ago in general practice. He quickly fell in love with emergency medicine and worked for nearly eight years in after-hours emergency clinics. Yearning for more, David began to work in a 24-hour specialty referral facility and quickly became the technician supervisor. He moved on to manage the ER and ICU departments at another referral facility in Los Angeles. After winning the IVECCS Best Case Report Award in 2009 and obtaining his VTS in emergency and critical care in 2010, David began speaking at national conferences. He has since spoken at some of the largest conferences in the country. David loves to teach and regularly teaches CE class on the Veterinary Support Personnel network. He has also authored articles for Vet Tech and NAVTA magazine and recently published three book chapters in an upcoming book on emergency and critical care nursing. He currently serves as the program director for the veterinary technology program at Platt College in Los Angeles.
Nancy Hogan, MRT
Nancy Hogan graduated from the Prince Edward Island School of Radiography with a Radiologic Technologist diploma. She began work at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital performing general radiology duties. She also worked briefly in Truro, Nova Scotia at the Colchester Hospital, in the Radiology Department. She moved back to the Island and began work in the Diagnostic Imaging Department at the Atlantic Veterinary College where she is now the Chief Technologist. She has been working at the College for the past 23 years and her work consists of teaching the 4th year students in positioning techniques in radiology, assisting the Radiologist with special procedures, ultrasounds, and performing Nuclear Medicine studies.
Tammy MacLeod, RVT VTS ECC
Tammy graduated from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in 2003. She has worked in large referral centers in Toronto and Calgary, mainly emergency and ICU departments. In 2007, she received her certification as a veterinary technician specialist in emergency and critical care. In 2011, Tammy was voted Technician of the Year by the Alberta Association of Animal Health Technologists. Her special interests are fluid resuscitation, and critical care nursing.
Dr. Cornelia Gilroy
A native of Prince Edward Island, Dr. Cornelia (Cora) Gilroy graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in 1997 and went on to complete a small animal internship at Alta Vista Animal Hospital, in Ottawa, Ontario. After enjoying several years as a small animal practitioner, she returned to the Atlantic Veterinary College for a clinical pathology residency and graduate training. Dr. Gilroy obtained her board certification in clinical pathology from the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 2006 and is an assistant professor at the Atlantic Veterinary College, where her duties include diagnostic work, teaching and being the co-coordinator for Diagnostic Update, the newsletter from the Atlantic Veterinary College Diagnostic Services.
Dr. Shelley Burton
A native of Regina, Saskatchewan, Dr. Shelley Burton is a graduate of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. Following 6 years in private small animal practise, she did her clinical pathology training at the University of Prince Edward Island. Dr. Burton is board certified in clinical pathology by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) and is an associate professor at the Atlantic Veterinary College, where her duties include teaching, diagnostic work and research.
Douglas C. Jack
Douglas C. Jack is Counsel to the National law firm of Borden Ladner Gervais, LLP having offices throughout Canada. Mr. Jack’s practice is dedicated to legal matters facing veterinarians throughout Canada in both their personal and practice-related affairs including general commercial matters and complaints and discipline defence. The author of two books on the legal aspects of veterinary practice management and numerous published articles, Mr. Jack is a much sought-after speaker at veterinary conferences throughout North America. He is a founding and charter member of the American Veterinary Medical Law Association, the only Canadian to have served as its President and is currently the Public Regent on the Board of Regents for the American College of Veterinary Opthalmologists. He is a management member of the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association and the Veterinary Hospital Managers’ Association and teaches a course in veterinary jurisprudence at four of the Canadian veterinary colleges. Mr. Jack resides in Fergus, Ontario with his wife, Debbie, and their Havanese puppy. An avid baseball fan, Mr. Jack has completed a decade-long tour of every major league ballpark.
Heather Lowe AHT, MBA
Heather Lowe is an Animal Health Technician and has her MBA. She is on the Board for the Ontario Veterinary College's Pet Trust Fund, where she Chairs the Marketing Committee. She has worked in the veterinary field in various capacities for 30 years – completing her time in industry as Veterinary Business Director for Medi-Cal Royal Canin Veterinary Diet in April 2011. She started Heather Lowe Veterinary Consulting Inc., combining her veterinary and business experience in talks focused on practice management, client service and value, and communication, believing that good business IS good medicine. Heather, her husband, and two daughters are passionate pet owners, with an extended 4-legged family of 3 canine companions and a horse (respiratory allergies don’t permit feline ownership). They are probably too familiar with their small animal and equine veterinarians, emergency, specialty and referral practices (she says with a smile!)
Brenda Tassava is a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager and Certified Veterinary Journalist. She has been the Hospital Administrator at Broad Ripple Animal Clinic & Wellness Center since 2003. Brenda is a member of the Veterinary Hospital Managers’ Association (VHMA), where she serves on the Membership Committee, and is co-chair of the Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM) Board of Directors.
She is one of the co-founders of the Veterinary Management Association of Indiana (VMAI), where she currently serves as an officer and Board Member. Brenda is also a member of VetPartners, and the American Society of Veterinary Journalists.
Brenda has a deep interest in the Owner-Manager Team concept and in training strong management teams that work towards fulfilling the Practice Owner’s vision and goals. Her other passion is social media and how to best utilize this in veterinary practice to make lasting connections with clients. Brenda is the author of “Social Media for Veterinary Professionals“, which was published in 2011
Last update: December 25, 2011