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Mia Cary

Mia Cary, DVM

CEO & Change Agent

Big Picture Session: Leadership Through Innovation #youdoyou

Speaking on Friday, March 6, 2020

Dr. Mia Cary is CEO and Change Agent for Cary Consulting. Her purpose is activating individuals, communities, and organizations to thrive. She does so by providing consultation, coaching, presentations, and workshop facilitation specializing in leadership, communication, strategy, teamwork, innovation, energy infusion, and wellbeing. Upon completing a bachelor’s degree from Murray State University in 1990 Dr. Cary began a six-year stint in the field of marine mammalogy. This journey included an internship with Dr. James G. Mead at the Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC and research in diverse locations such as the Dominican Republic and Barrow, Alaska.

After graduating with honors from the UF College of Veterinary Medicine (Go Gators!) in 1999, Dr. Cary worked in private practice in Gainesville, FL as an associate veterinarian (and before and during veterinary school as a veterinary technician). She then joined Novartis Animal Health where she held a variety of positions including Territory Manager, Key Customer Consultant, Regional Trainer, District Manager, National Sales Training Manager, and Brand Manager.

Dr. Cary joined Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) in June 2004 as a Professional Service Veterinarian to help launch the newly formed Pet Division and over the next nine years held leadership roles in sales, professional services, and marketing. Next up in Dr. Cary’s career journey, she became a champion of organized veterinary medicine as the Vice President of Corporate Relations at the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) in February 2014. In February 2016 Dr. Cary was named NAVC’s first-ever Chief Innovation Officer. In May of 2017 this position evolved to Chief Collaboration Officer and included oversight for all NAVC educational offerings and her role as Executive Director of the Veterinary Innovation Council (VIC).

In October 2017 Dr. Cary joined the staff of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) where she served as the organization’s first Chief of Professional Development and Strategic Alliances. She held that role until March 2019 when she transitioned into her current position as CEO and Change Agent for Cary Consulting. She served as the 2017 President for the American Association of Industry Veterinarians (AAIV) and currently serves as the CEO for the Pride Veterinary Medical Community (PrideVMC) as well as a champion for Pet Peace of Mind (PPOM). Dr. Cary resides in Greensboro, NC with her husband John, three bonus kids Dakota, Carson, and Grant, Lucy the dog, and wundercats Louie and Leo.

Debbie Hill


Owner, Sharing Success...Management Solutions

HR - What's Hot in 2020

Speaking on Saturday, March 7, 2020

Debbie Hill, CVPM SPHR SHRM-SCP CCFP enjoys all things management and has spoken nationally at VHMA, FVMA, Wild West, ACVC, Uncharted and to veterinary manager groups around the country each year. She entered the profession at the front desk of a one doctor practice in Denver in 1989 and has worked in 10 hospitals with 4-45 employees in 3 states, often managing multiple-practice settings. She is an active hospital administrator for a veterinarian with 4 practices in Florida and has been an instructor for Patterson Management University since 2008.

In addition to this experience, Debbie attends multiple veterinary conferences annually to stay current. As her hospitals grew, she achieved her Certified Veterinary Hospital Manager in 2005. She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resource (SPHR and SHRM-SCP) and Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional and uses these certifications to help manage her own teams. Debbie served 6 years on the Veterinary Hospital Manager Association's Board of Directors, is a member of VetPartners and the CVPM Board of Directors.

Realizing she has been privileged with a wealth of exposure to management experience and education, Debbie has a strong desire to share with others who strive to maintain healthy teams, quality patient care and client service with solid business systems.

Kate Boatright

Kate Boatright, VMD

Associate Veterinarian, NVA Butler Veterinary Associates and Emergency Center

The Veterinary Team

Speaking on Saturday, March 7, 2020

Dr. Kate Boatright is a 2013 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Veterinary School. She currently works as a small animal general practitioner and emergency clinician in western Pennsylvania at Butler Veterinary Associates and Emergency Center, where her clinical interests include feline medicine, surgery, internal medicine and emergency.

In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Boatright is a freelance writer who currently authors the “Finding Balance” column for Today’s Veterinary Practice. She speaks at conferences and veterinary schools around the country on team building, communication, and the unique challenges facing recent graduates.

Dr. Boatright remains active in organized veterinary medicine and enjoys advocating for the profession on issues such as mental health, pharmacy relationships, and legislative issues. She currently serves as secretary to the Northwest PVMA, District One Trustee to the PVMA, Pennsylvania’s Alternate Delegate to the AVMA, and is a founding member of the Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA) Alumni Committee.

When she is not working or traveling, she can be found running, playing board games, or on the couch reading or watching movies with her husband, Cory, son, Connor and three cats, Lance, Gambit, and Echo.


Tom Garg

Tom Garg, VMD

PA Veterinary State Board Chair

Regulatory Track: Medical Record Keeping and Scope of Practice Review

Speaking on Saturday, March 7, 2020

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 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.

Dominic Johnson

Dominic Johnson

Group Supervisor, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

Regulatory Track: Record Keeping and Proper Disposal of Controlled Substances

Speaking on Saturday, March 7, 2020

Dominic D. Johnson began his career with the DEA in 2004 as a field Diversion Investigator assigned to the DEA Las Vegas, NV Resident Office. Since that time, Mr. Johnson has worked as a field Diversion Investigator in the Columbia, SC District Office and Harrisburg, PA Resident Office.

During his 14 year career, Mr. Johnson’s primary focus has been the investigation of DEA registrants and non-registrants who have engaged in violations of the Controlled Substances Act and United States Code. These investigations have resulted in administrative, civil and criminal penalties based on the mishandling of legally manufactured controlled substances and listed chemicals.

Mr. Johnson has spoken to various community, private and government organizations about the DEA Diversion Control Division and its ongoing efforts to combat the prescription drug problem. His experience as a field Diversion Investigator provides him with first-hand knowledge of the correlation between illegal and illicit activities and the laws and regulations that govern them.

Mr. Johnson is a proud graduate of Morgan State University, in Baltimore, MD, where he received his undergraduate degree. Mr. Johnson has been recognized throughout his DEA career by Senior Management for his successful investigations, displays of leadership, and overall representation of DEA.