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Speaking on Saturday, November 3, 2018

David L. Dycus, DVM, MS, CCRP, DACVS-SA

Veterinary Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Group, Junction, Maryland

Dr. Dycus attended Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine for his veterinary degree, Auburn University for a small animal rotating internship, and Mississippi State for a combined surgical residency and master’s degree. His research was focused on developing a model to evaluate oxidative stress on the pathophysiology of osteoarthritis. He also completed a biomechanical study looking at different knotting techniques to for cruciate rupture. To remain on the cutting edge of research, Dr. Dycus holds an appointment on the research committee of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Along with being a scientific reviewer for multiple journals, he serves on the editorial review board for Veterinary Surgery and numerous other veterinary and human orthopedic journals. Dr. Dycus has a strong passion for orthopedics and sports medicine. He is particularly interested in helping patients with arthritis along with fracture mechanics and joint problems. He is trained in the use of arthroscopy, minimally invasive fracture repair, regenerative medicine, as well as a number of orthopedic procedures for the treatment of ruptured cruciate ligaments. Dr. Dycus received his stem cell certification in 2010, and he became a certified canine rehabilitation practitioner through the University of Tennessee in 2015. He is the co-founder and co-director of the Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Institute (VSMRI), an online veterinary rehabilitation learning platform. In addition, he is the founder and CEO of Dycus Veterinary Consulting.


Speaking on Sunday, November 4, 2018

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.


Speaking on Sunday, November 4, 2018

Jonathan Goodwin, DVM, MS, DACVIM

Chief Medical Officer, Goodwin Veterinary Cardiology

Dr. Goodwin received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his veterinary degree from Tuskegee University. He completed both a master’s degree and a cardiology residency at Purdue University, and became board-certified in Cardiology in 2008. He has been in private specialty practice since his residency and has been working with CUVS since 2013. Dr. Goodwin sees appointments for cardiologic evaluations and assessments and performs interventional cardiologic procedures. He collaborates with other CUVS specialists for inpatient cardiologic assessments, and with our emergency and critical care team who manage and treat cardiologic emergencies, providing a continuum of care and expertise 24/7. Dr. Goodwin combines his expertise with a very outgoing, upbeat personality and easy communication style.


Speaking on Sunday, November 4, 2018

Alison Gottlieb BS, CVT, VTS (ECC)

Education Coordinator, Center for Animal Referral and Emergency Services, Langhorne, Pennsylvania

Alison graduated from Towson State University with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Behavior. Acquired certification as a veterinary technician and soon found passion for emergency and critical care. She earned certification in emergency and critical care in 2000. Alison has served on the board of AVECCT as a member at large and as the CE chairperson for her local NJ technician association. Alison is the Co-founder/owner of Four Paws Consulting LLC an education based veterinary consultant. Over the years Alison has published many articles, frequently on pain; as well as authored a chapter on pain in the ICU. Alison has lectured extensively all over the world, with Australia and New Zealand being amongst her favorites.

Currently Ali is the Education Coordinator at CARES in Bucks County PA. Her favorite topics/areas are anything feline, and analgesia as well as low stress handling. In the clinic you can usually find giving the patients cat nip and treats. She spends most of her free time outside with her pit bull or with her cats.


Speaking on Sunday, November 4, 2018

Michael Kornreich, DVM

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

Dr. Michael A. Kornreich is the Assistant Director for USDA, APHIS-VS, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Dr. Kornreich has worked for USDA, APHIS-VS since 2005. Prior to working with APHIS, Dr. Kornreich worked as a mixed animal practitioner for 4 years in the State of Georgia. He received his DVM degree from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and, prior to that, a Bachelors Degree in Microbiology from the University of Georgia. Dr. Kornreich currently lives in Hershey, with his wife and daughter, and love living in loves living in “The Sweetest Place on Earth”.


Speaking on Sunday, November 4, 2018

Dani McVety, DVM

CEO/President/Co-Founder, Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, Tampa, Florida

For some, there is a light that appears at the toughest moments of being a doctor. Dr. Dani McVety found that light early in her career, and it sparked an idea that has become one of the most unique and fastest growing businesses in the veterinary space. Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, a service that has visited the homes of over 50,000 families, is now a nationwide network of over 100 passionate doctors and a full time interdisciplinary support staff dedicated to making the end of life experience for pets, and the people that love them, as dignified and peaceful as possible.

Dr. McVety is Co-Founder and CEO of Lap of Love and co-host of PetCareTV. She frequently writes and speaks for professional and lay audiences around the country and internationally, empowering both parties to seek the highest standards of care and communication. Her talks have quickly garnered the reputation of being “fantastically hilarious,” “bringing humor where it’s needed most,” “incredibly inspiring,” and “refreshingly authentic.”

In her talks, Dr. McVety shares her struggles through veterinary school, how she found her passion in the emergency room, why she felt a calling in the toughest moments of medicine, and how her and her business partner have grown an internationally recognized business. Additionally, as a certified body language instructor, one of her favorite topics is communication. “Communication is the heart of all that we do; it is lifeblood of all our interactions.”

Dr. McVety and Lap of Love have been featured on numerous local, national, and professional media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, Huffington Post, and many more. She proudly graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and is the youngest recipient of both the college’s Distinguished Young Alumni Award (2013) and the Florida Veterinary Medical Association's President's Award (2014). She was honored to also receive the Pet Industry Woman of the Year award for 2017!


Speaking on Saturday, November 3, 2018

Becky Mullis, DVM, DACVN

Associate Manager, Scientific Affairs, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Topeka, Kansas

Dr. Mullis received her DVM from the University of Tennessee in 2010. She then completed a small animal internship at the Regional Institute for Veterinary Emergencies and Referrals in Chattanooga, TN. After working as an emergency veterinarian for 2 years, she returned to the University of Tennessee where she completed a residency in clinical nutrition. She became a diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Nutrition in 2016. Dr. Mullis is currently the Associate Manager of Scientific Affairs at Hill’s Pet Nutrition and the treasurer of the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition.

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Speaking on Saturday, November 3, 2018

Danielle T. Russ, LVT, BS, BA, AS

Hospital Manager, Center of Veterinary Expertise, Suffolk, Virginia

Currently, Danielle is serving as the Hospital Manager of the Center of Veterinary Expertise in Suffolk, VA. She has held this role since its inception in May 2012. Her formal education began at North Carolina State University where she obtained in December 1998, two bachelor’s degrees, one in Chemistry and one in Biochemistry. In 2003, she added yet another degree, Associate in Science of Veterinary Technology from St. Petersburg College and became a licensed veterinary technician in Virginia. Danielle’s 20+ years of veterinary experience covers general practice, academia, research and specialty medicine. The entirety of her time as a licensed veterinary technician has been in specialty medicine, split fairly evenly between internal medicine and cardiology. During this time, she has honed her skills as both a licensed veterinary technician and practice manager, becoming adept in all aspects of running a busy practice with a 24/7 caseload. Danielle continues to serve as a VSPN Board Moderator and Course Assistant, and presented several topics in the Veterinary Technician track at ACVIM Forum (07, 08, 10), as well as at VALVT, Colonial Veterinary Conference (14), First Flight (14), SunNFun(15) and WVC (16), CVC (17), NAVC (18) and management tracks at VSIPP (15) and IVECCS (16). Additionally, she serves on the Advisory Board for Tidewater Community College’s NAVTA approved Veterinary Assistant Program and is currently serving on the Ad-Hoc Committee for their proposed Veterinary Technician Program and was recently elected to the Board of Directors of Veterinary Specialty Practice Alliance (VSPA) in October 2017. Outside of work, you will find her tending to her horses and family pets at Brydelle Farm in Gloucester County.


Speaking on Saturday, November 3, 2018

Margie Scherk, DVM, DABVP (Feline)


Speaking on Saturday, November 3, 2018

Christopher Snyder, DVM, DAVDC

Clinical Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Veterinary Medicine, Middleton, Wisconsin

Dr. Snyder is a Diplomat of the American Veterinary Dental College and Clinical Associate 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 in 2005. Following residency training, Dr. Snyder became boarded in the American Veterinary Dental College and became faculty at UW. He has authored journal articles, textbook chapters and has lectured nationally and internationally. He prides himself on the dental education he provides to students at the University of Wisconsin and the residents he has successfully mentored in the specialty. Dr. Snyder’s academic interests include: maxillofacial trauma and reconstruction, oral surgery, creating innovating techniques in veterinary dental education and improving techniques for regional anesthesia.