ABOUT YOUR SPEAKERS

Philip Allen, DVM, DACVS-SA
Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists
Houston, Texas
Dr. Philip Allen obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University. He then spent a year performing a rotating medicine/surgery internship at Tufts University. Following his internship, Dr. Allen traveled to Minneapolis to complete a three-year surgical residency at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Allen became board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2019. Prior to joining GCVS in 2019, Dr. Allen worked as a surgeon at a specialty hospital in Kansas City. Dr. Allen’s surgical interests include minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopy, thoracoscopy, fracture repair), joint replacement therapy and interventional radiology procedures.

Julie Andrie, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Cardiology)
CVCA Cardiac Care for Pets
Austin, Texas
Dr. Julie Andrie, originally from a small town in Western Pennsylvania, graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Science and a minor in Chemistry. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts. She completed her clinical year at Oklahoma State University. After graduation, Dr. Andrie completed a one-year rotating internship at Kansas State University. She then joined the CVCA family in 2016 for a three-year residency, which was successfully completed and diplomate status achieved in July 2019. She recently moved to the Austin area to continue her cardiology career with CVCA. Dr. Andrie’s professional interests include management of feline cardiomyopathies and trying to better understand complex feline patients. She also loves dogs of all shapes and sizes and helps to tailor treatment and expectations for each dog’s unique cardiac situation. Focusing on the management of congestive heart failure and working together with clients and their primary care veterinarians, she makes it her top priority to provide the best all-around care for her patients. Dr. Andrie strongly believes that it takes the right combination of client education and analyzing each situation from all possible perspectives to provide each patient with the highest quality of life while managing their cardiac disease. Dr. Andrie is currently seeing patients inside Austin Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center on Ranch Road 2222, as well as at VCA Capital Area Veterinary Specialists on Shoal Creek Boulevard.

Philip Bergman, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM
VCA
Bedford Hills, New York
Dr. Bergman is the Director of Clinical Studies for VCA. He is the principal veterinary investigator for the fully licensed canine melanoma vaccine (Oncept). Dr. Bergman is an adjunct faculty member of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Prior to Dr. Bergman joining VCA, he served as the Chief Medical Officer for BrightHeart Veterinary Centers from July 2007 to August 2011; from 1999 to June 2007 he was the head of the Donaldson-Atwood Cancer Center at AMC. After finishing veterinary school from Colorado State in 1990, he was an intern at Kansas State (90-91), returned to CSU for his medical oncology residency (91-94) and then completed a PhD. He followed with a fellowship in human cancer biology from the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston (94-99). He was previously Chair of the ACVIM Board of Regents and President of the Veterinary Cancer Society.

Dwight Bowman, PhD, DACVIM (Hon.)
College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University
Ithaca, New York
Dr. Bowman became interested in parasitology as an undergraduate at Hiram College. He attended graduate school in the Department of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine at Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine. He then went to the new veterinary school at the University of Wisconsin as a post-doc in the laboratory of Dr. Robert Grieve. He first joined the faculty of the CVM at Cornell University in 1987. He has worked on products funded by the EPA, USDA and from veterinary industrial partners. Besides publications, he has produced the sixth through 11th editions of Georgis' Parasitology for Veterinarians.

Walter Burghardt, DVM, PhD, DACVB
BluePearl Specialty & Emergency Pet Hospital – Stone Oak
San Antonio, Texas
Dr. Burghardt earned his BA and MA in Psychology from Florida Atlantic University, his DVM from the University of Florida and his PhD in Biopsychology from the University of Maryland College Park. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. He has experience in behavioral research and in private and referral behavioral practices. He led the Behavioral Medicine and Behavior Residency Training Program for the DoD Military Working Dog Program and was an Adjunct at the University of Texas San Antonio. Dr. Burghardt is currently the behavioral specialist at BluePearl ™ Specialty Pet Hospital in San Antonio.

Michelle Coleman, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (LA)
College of Veterinary Medicine – TAMU
College Station, Texas
Dr. Michelle Coleman is a 2007 graduate of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed an internship at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Kentucky, prior to starting a residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine at Texas A&M University. Upon completion of her residency, she completed a PhD with a focus on equine infectious and endocrinologic disease. Dr. Coleman is currently an Assistant Professor in Large Animal Internal Medicine and Associate Department Head for Academic Programs at Texas A&M University. Her current research focus involves the role of the gastrointestinal tract in both asthma and obesity in horses.

Jessica Colborn, DVM
Magnolia, Texas
Jessica Colborn, DVM, is a graduate of Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine who lives in Magnolia, Texas. Dr. Colborn practices as a relief and emergency veterinarian. She is particularly interested in dermatology, soft tissue surgery and emergency and critical care. Dr. Colborn also enjoys working with senior pets and looking for ways to improve their quality of life. She is a member of the American Heartworm Society and the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. In her free time, Dr. Colborn enjoys swimming, hiking, camping and gardening with her husband and daughter. Their family also includes a standard poodle, Phoebe, and Simon, a boxer puppy.

Trey Cutler, JD
Cutler Law Firm
San Luis Obispo, California
Trey Cutler graduated from the University of Texas with his law degree in 1987. Trey holds bar memberships in both Colorado and Texas. He has been the Founder and Principal of the Cutler Law Firm since 2002. His practice area is in veterinary transactions such as veterinary practice purchase and sale transactions, partner transaction, real estate transaction, non-veterinary ownership structures, employment agreements and other contractual matters.

Johnathon Dodd, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC 
College of Veterinary Medicine – TAMU
College Station, Texas
In addition to Dr. Dodd’s extremely busy workload, he has conducted more than 290 speaking engagements and dental wet labs throughout the country on a multitude of veterinary dentistry-related topics. He speaks at both national veterinary meetings, local and veterinary paraprofessional meetings. He is involved in multiple national and local committees and memberships and was honored as the 2004 Academy of Veterinary Dentistry Fellow of the Year. Additionally, he received the 2006 TAVP Clinical Referral and Consultation Award, the 2008 TVMA Medical Specialty Practitioner of the Year Award and the 2009 TVMA Faculty Teaching Award. In 2018, Dr. Dodd received the TAMU College of Education’s Dean’s Roundtable Transformational Leader Award and the Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching from the TAMU Association of Former Students. In February 2019, the second Edition of Wigg’s Veterinary Dentistry: Principles and Practice was published, of which he was co-editor. He is extremely passionate toward advancing the level of dental care and providing practitioners practical and easily implemented procedures to utilize in everyday practice.

Lorrie Gaschen, DVM
School of Veterinary Medicine, LSU
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Dr. Gaschen received her DVM from the University of Florida, was in private practice in Florida for two years, after which time she did a diagnostic imaging residency at the University of Bern in Switzerland and became a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging. She received her PhD in renal transplant imaging in animal models at the University Medical School in Utrecht and then returned to the University of Bern, where she became an associate professor upon completion of her work in vascular ultrasound of the canine gastrointestinal tract. She has been a professor of diagnostic imaging in the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, for 15 years and has authored publications and book chapters mainly in the field of gastrointestinal ultrasound, where she has done the majority of her research.

Stephanie Gilliam, RVT, MS, CCRP, VTS (Neurology)
Moberly Community College
Mexico, Missouri
Stephanie Gilliam received her associate degree in veterinary technology from Jefferson College in 2005 and worked in private practice before joining the University of Missouri as the neurology/neurosurgery technician in 2007. She received her certification in canine rehabilitation from the University of Tennessee in 2008 and her bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology from St. Petersburg College in May 2011. Gilliam became a veterinary technician specialist in neurology in 2013. She earned a master’s degree in biomedical sciences with an emphasis in veterinary medicine and surgery at Missouri University. Stephanie now serves as the Director of the Veterinary Technology Program at Moberly Area Community College in Mexico, Missouri. She shares her home with her husband, Kyle; two sons, Sawyer and Korban; three dogs, Harley, Remington and Payton; and a bunny named GW. She loves to spend free time outdoors.

J. Jill Heatley, DVM, MS, DABVP (avian/reptilian/amphibian), DACZM
College of Veterinary Medicine – TAMU
College Station, Texas
Dr. Jill Heatley is an associate professor at the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University. She graduated from Texas A&M with her DVM degree in 1995 and completed her residency at LSU in 2002. Dr. Heatley’s research interests are clinical pathology and fluid balance of zoological species, emergency and critical care of zoological species and rehabilitation and reintroduction of wildlife oil spill response.

Elizabeth Homerosky, DVM, MSc, DABVP
Veterinary Agri-Health Services
Airdrie, Canada
Dr. Elizabeth Homerosky, DVM, MSc, DABVP, is a consulting veterinarian at Veterinary Agri-Health Services, a beef-cattle specialty practice in Airdrie, AB. She was born and raised on a commercial cow-calf operation in southern Ohio and attended The Ohio State University, where she completed a bachelor's degree in Animal Science in 2008 and DVM in 2012. Dr. Homerosky practiced in western Iowa for one year before being accepted into graduate school at the University of Calgary. There she obtained her Master of Science and became a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Beef Cattle Practice. Dr. Homerosky officially joined the Veterinary Agri-Health Services team in October 2016 and serves as an Adjunct Clinical Instructor through the University of Calgary, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. She has a strong interest in cow-calf and feedlot production medicine and consulting, as well as applied research and teaching and is honored to have been named AABP's 2019 Emerging Leader. Dr. Homerosky also ranches west of Airdie and is currently building up her own Red Simm-Angus commercial cow herd.

Marlaina Hrosch, RVT, VTS (ECC)
Veterinary Emergency Group
Bronx, New York
Marlaina found her passion for emergency veterinary medicine after becoming an RVT in 2014. She obtained her VTS (ECC) certification in 2020. She has published on the topic of emergency trauma care and presents on ECC topics including trauma, toxicology, anesthesia and commonly seen emergencies. Marlaina works for Veterinary Emergency Group as a Veterinary Nursing Development Manager. She is working to provide growth pathways for new and established paraprofessionals within her company. She encourages veterinary team members to always continue learning and seek growth opportunities as there are abundant opportunities for veterinary team members in this field.

Caleb Hudson, DVM, DACVS
Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists
Houston, Texas
Dr. Caleb Hudson is a native of Louisiana. He attended veterinary school at the University of Missouri. After receiving his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2007, he moved to Gainesville, Florida, to complete a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Florida. Dr. Hudson stayed at the University of Florida to complete a small animal surgery residency and a master’s program. After completing his residency, Dr. Hudson spent a year as faculty at the University of Florida. In 2013, he moved to Houston and joined Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists, where he is currently employed as an orthopedic surgeon.

Sharon Kerwin, DVM, DACVS, DACVIM (Neurology)
College of Veterinary Medicine – TAMU
College Station, Texas
Dr. Kerwin is a professor, department head and Tom and Joan Read Chair in Veterinary Surgery at the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University. She graduated from Texas A&M with her DVM degree in 1988 and completed her residency at LSU in 1992. Dr. Kerwin’s research interests are orthopedics, neurology and neurosurgery as it relates to lameness, gait analysis, fracture healing, osteoarthritis and the spinal cord.

Thomas Koenig, LVT
College of Veterinary Medicine – TAMU
College Station, Texas
Tommy Koenig is a graduate of Texas State Technical Institute. He is currently a Veterinary Technician III at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University. He is a charter member of the Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians (AVDT) and presently serves on its examination and education committees. Tommy is a past vice president and secretary of the Texas Association of Registered Veterinary Technicians (TARVT) and has served as secretary of the Capital Area Hospital Managers Association.

Carrie Koonce, DVM
Texas Animal Health Commission
Pampa, Texas
Dr. Koonce has served as a Veterinarian III with the Texas Animal Health Commission since 2019.

Angela Lackie, DVM
Texas Animal Health Commission
Austin, Texas
Dr. Lackie is currently the Assistant Executive Director of Animal Health Programs at the Texas Animal Health Commission.

Patty Lathan, VMD, MS, DACVIM (SAIM)
College of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University
Mississippi State, Mississippi
Dr. Lathan is an associate professor of small animal internal medicine at Mississippi State University. Her primary areas of interest are adrenal function testing, diabetes mellitus and stress hyperglycemia. Dr. Lathan completed an internship at Mississippi State University, followed by a small animal internal medicine residency at Purdue University.

Andrew Mackin, DVS, MS
College of Veterinary Medicine – Mississippi State University
Mississippi State, Mississippi
Dr. Mackin is a professor and department head of the Department of Clinical Sciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University. He graduated from the University of Guelph with his Doctor of Veterinary Science degree in 1994. Dr. Mackin’s clinical and research focus is hematology, hemostasis, immunosuppressive therapy and transfusion medicine.

Tasha McNerney, BS, CVT, CVPP, VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia)
Rau Animal Hospital
Glenside, Pennsylvania
Tasha McNerney is a technician at Rau Animal Hospital in Glenside, Pennsylvania. Tasha is the founder of Veterinary Anesthesia Nerds, a place where veterinary team members can gather to share knowledge and support. A group that started with a few members is now a gathering place for 35,000 people! She shares how to grow your own knowledge as well as how to grow your own position within your practice while raising your standard of care.

Katie Meier, DVM, DACVIM
CVCA Cardiac Care for Pets
Austin, Texas
Dr. Meier graduated from the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. She then went on to complete a year-long rotating post-graduate internship at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her residency in Cardiology at the University of Pennsylvania Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital in 2006. She achieved board certification in 2007 and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, subspecialty of Cardiology. In 2009, Dr. Meier founded Austin Heart Vet, a comprehensive veterinary cardiology practice in central Texas. By offering advanced diagnostics and therapeutics, Dr. Meier hopes to bring the highest quality of specialty care to the largest number of pet owners and patients as possible. In 2018, Dr. Meier merged her practice with CVCA and is excited to bring the best of both businesses to the Austin veterinary community. Special interests include arrhythmia diagnosis and management, diagnosis and interventional therapy for congenital heart disease and long-term management of congestive heart failure.
                                                                                                  
Melinda Merck, DVM
Veterinary Forensics Consulting
Austin, Texas
Dr. Melinda Merck is the owner of Veterinary Forensics Consulting in Austin, Texas. She provides expert case consultations and testimony. Dr. Merck provides training for veterinary, attorney and law enforcement professionals internationally on the use of veterinary forensics in the investigation and prosecution of animal cruelty cases. She serves on the Association of Prosecuting Attorney’s Animal Cruelty Advisory Council. Locally, she volunteers with SAFE, the Austin shelter for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors. She is a contributing author of textbooks on veterinary forensics and animal cruelty investigations.

Beckie Mossor, MPA, RVT
Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts
Southport, North Carolina
Beckie is the program director of Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts and co-host of Veterinary Viewfinder. She is volunteer director of operations 3K9 Working Dogs and a professional responder with the ASPCA Field Investigations Response Team. Beckie is proud to have served on the state and national veterinary technician boards as well as the Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics. She enjoys public speaking, writing and any opportunity to advocate for the advancement of her profession.

Steven Pittenger, DVM, DABVP
Memorial 610 Hospital for Animals
Houston, Texas
Dr. Pittenger is chief of staff at Memorial-610 Hospital for Animals. Dr. Pittenger attended college at Texas A&M University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science. He earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in 1995 from Texas A&M University. His areas of interest include nutrition, orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, ultrasound, internal medicine and computer applications in veterinary medicine. Dr. Pittenger obtained his Diplomate status from the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners with a specialty in Canine and Feline Practice in 2006. Dr. Pittenger is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, the Harris County Veterinary Medical Association, (Past President), the Veterinary Information Network, the American Animal Hospital Association, the International Association of Veterinary Pain Management and past president of the Association for Veterinary Informatics.

Glen Seller, MS, MBA
J.T. Vaughan LA Teaching Hospital, Auburn University
Auburn, Alabama
Glen Sellers completed undergraduate studies in Animal Sciences at Auburn University in 1998. Between 1998 and 2006, he gained valuable experience in pharmacology and anesthesia as a technician in the J.T. Vaughan Large Animal Teaching Hospital providing care for both equine and food animals. While working as a technician, he earned his MS degree from Auburn University in 2006. In 2007, he accepted a clinical lecturer position in Anesthesia in the Department of Clinical Sciences. In the spring of 2009, he also earned an MBA from Auburn University. Between 2005 and 2016, he supervised staff in anesthesia, sterile process and surgery room operations of the Vaughan Large Animal Teaching Hospital. In 2016, his clinical lecturer position expanded to include practice management. He currently provides clinical service in anesthesia to the J.T. Vaughan Large Animal Teaching Hospital and teaches the clinical practice management rotations and business courses at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

David Sessum, LVT
Lone Star College
Tomball, Texas
David Sessum is a trailblazer in the veterinary profession. He’s the Director of the Veterinary Technician Program at Lone Star College in Tomball, Texas, serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners and is an ardent champion of Licensed Veterinary Technician utilization. He was awarded the TVMA RVT of the Year award in 2009 as well as the TVMA LVT of the Year award in 2019. David also serves as the chair of the TVMA Paraprofessional Committee.

Mike Tacker
TBVME
Austin, Texas
Michael Tacker coordinates activities of staff engaged in the investigations of violations of the Texas Veterinary Practice Act and Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners rules. Prior to joining the TBVME, Michael spent 30 years in Municipal and State Law Enforcement. Michael is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, 245th Session, and the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas.

Lori Teller, DVM
TAMU-CVM,
College Station, Texas
Dr. Lori Teller is a graduate of Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (TAMU-CVM), and she is a board-certified diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in canine and feline practice. She worked at Meyerland Animal Clinic for many years, starting at the age of 12 and continuing after graduation from veterinary school. In 2018, Dr. Teller joined the faculty at TAMU-CVM as the clinical associate professor of telehealth. Dr. Teller has been very involved in the veterinary profession and is a past president of both the Harris County and Texas Veterinary Medical Associations (TVMA). She was a recipient of the TVMA's Recent Graduate of the Year Award in 1995 as well as the President’s Award in 2007, 2009 and 2016. Dr. Teller currently serves as chair of the AVMA Board of Directors, where she represents District VIII. She also chairs the AVMA’s State Advocacy Committee. In addition, she is a trustee for the TVMA’s VPAC and helps to raise awareness and funds for political causes important to veterinary medicine.

Ernie Ward, DVM
Ocean Isle Beach
North Carolina
Dr. Ernie Ward is an internationally recognized award-winning veterinarian known for his work in the areas of general small animal practice, pet obesity and nutrition, life extension and longevity, practice management and leadership and the special needs of senior dogs and cats. He has authored several books, including “The Clean Pet Food Revolution,” “Better You, Better Dog, Better Life,” and “Chow Hounds: Why Our Dogs Are Getting Fatter.” Dr. Ward has authored and been featured in more than 100 practice management and peer-reviewed medical journal articles in 11 countries, co-authored the AAHA Weight Management Guidelines, Veterinary Clinics of North America Small Animal Obesity textbook and is a 1992 graduate of the University of Georgia. He is also a certified veterinary food therapist (CVFT).

Canaan Whitfield, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR
College of Veterinary Medicine – TAMU
College Station, Texas
Dr. Canaan Whitfield is a 2006 graduate of the University of Georgia. After graduation, he completed a large animal internship at the University of Georgia followed by an equine surgery residency at Texas A&M University. He then worked in private equine practice in South Carolina and Texas, performing primarily equine surgery and sports medicine. Following three years in practice, he returned to Texas A&M University as a doctoral student and received a PhD in biomedical sciences in 2016. He is currently an associate professor of large animal surgery at Texas A&M.

Zack Wright, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
VCA Animal Diagnostic Clinic
Dallas, Texas
Dr. Wright is a board-certified medical oncologist who grew up and now practices in the DFW area. He is currently the Medical Director of Animal Diagnostic Clinic in Dallas and chair of the VCA Pet CancerCare Alliance, an international collaboration of veterinary oncologists. He lectures internationally, has numerous scientific publications to his name and has grown ADC into a nationally recognized clinical trial site.

Audrey Yu-Speight, DVM, DACVO
Austin, Texas
Dr. Yu-Speight earned her DVM from Texas A&M University as well as her BS and MS in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University. She is the owner of Veterinary Eye Center, PLLC, in Austin. Dr. Yu-Speight is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.