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Jose Biascoechea, DVM, DABVP

Dr. Biascoechea is originally from San Juan Puerto Rico. He earned his BS and DVM from Kansas State University. He has the distinction of belonging to an elite group of specialists worldwide who has successfully completed the rigorous training and testing to become a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) in Avian Practice, the highest diploma in his field. He founded Exotic Vet Care in 2000 and has been practicing exclusively exotic animal medicine and surgery since. He is the staff veterinarian for The Center for Birds of Prey and provides consulting and relief services for the South Carolina Aquarium and The Turtle Survival Center. His professional interests include Rabbit and rodent dentistry, endoscopy and soft tissue and orthopedic surgery.

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 Saturday, November 3, 2018


Assistant Professor - Clinical Equine Surgery

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

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

Annika McKillop, DVM, MS, DACPV

Owner, McKillop Poultry, LLC. Fredrick, Maryland

Dr. Annika McKillop grew up Watsonville, CA. She decided to become a veterinarian in high school when she worked at a small animal clinic in her hometown. When she was attending college at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo as an Animal Science Major, she lived and worked at the college Poultry Unit, and changed her career path to becoming a poultry veterinarian.

After graduating from California Polytechnic State University, she went to veterinary school at Western University of Health Sciences. She graduated in 2010, and continued her studies in poultry medicine at North Carolina State University. Annika received her Masters in Specialized Veterinary Medicine and finished her residency in Poultry Health Management in 2012, and then became boarded as a Diplomate of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians.

Dr. McKillop has experience working in the layer, broiler and turkey industries. When she relocated to Maryland, she saw a need for small poultry flocks and opened up her mobile poultry practice, McKillop Poultry Medicine LLC, which serves Pennsylvania and Maryland. About 95% of Dr. McKillop’s clientele are small flocks, with the rest comprising of small heritage breeders and commercial egg layer consulting. In her spare time, she enjoys knitting and going to baseball games with her husband and daughter.


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!

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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)

Editor, Journal Feline Medicine and Surgery

Dr. Scherk is a private practitioner who founded Cats Only Veterinary Clinic, in Vancouver, BC in 1986 working there fulltime until June 2008 when she “retired” from active practice. She graduated from the University of Guelph in 1982 with a DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College. In 1995 she became board certified in the specialty of Feline Practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP). After many years of serving on the Board of the American Association of Feline Practitioners she was honoured to be its President in 2007. Since its inception in 1995, she has been a member of the AAFP Feline Vaccine Guidelines Panel, most recently having the responsibilities of being its Chair for the 2013 version. She founded the Feline Internal Medicine folder on Veterinary Information Network (VIN), and through many opportunities on the online medium, has grown to love teaching veterinarians, vet students and veterinary care providers both online and around the world. She has authored numerous book chapters and scientific papers and is the North American editor for the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. One of the things she is most proud of is pioneering the use of the Transdermal Fentanyl Patch for the alleviation of pain in companion animals. She is an advocate of the Paw Project and hopes to end the practice of declawing cats in Canada. She loves to share her love of cats and feline medicine with others, with her focus being the patients’ point of view. She shares her home with her husband Jim, misses her adult children, loves to cook, is a triathlete and is allowed to serve three cats: Nimitz, Jules, and Harvey.

Speaking on Saturday, November 3, 2018

Eric Schroeder, DVM, MS, DACVECC, DACVIM

Assistant clinical professor Veterinary Clinical Sciences, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine


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.

Valarie Tynes, DVM, DACVB

Veterinary Services Specialist, Ceva Animal Health

Dr. Valarie Tynes is a native Texan and received her DVM from Texas A&M University. She worked in private practice for 14 years before returning to academia to pursue a residency in clinical animal behavior at the University of California at Davis in 2000. She has been a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists since 2003 and is currently President of the College. Her special interests are the behavior and welfare of pet pigs, exotic pets and zoo animals. She is a frequent speaker at veterinary meetings around the country and author of numerous articles and textbook chapters. She joined Ceva in October of 2014 as a veterinary services specialist, providing behavior education, training and technical support to the sales force as well as lectures and presentations to veterinarians in the field. In her spare time, she continues to provide consulting services to zoos.

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