Darby Affeldt, DVM
(North Star Resource Group, Minneapolis, MN)
Darby Affeldt, DVM, RICP®, is an independent financial advisor with North Star Resource Group. Dr. Affeldt’s previous business and practice ownership inspired her to become a financial planner specializing in veterinarians, practice owners and retirement income planning. The RICP designation equips Dr. Affeldt with the knowledge to effectively manage the transition from asset accumulation during a client’s working years to asset decumulation in retirement. RICP® enables Dr. Affeldt to provide value by delivering smart strategies for creating secure, sustainable income for her clients’ retirement years. Dr. Affeldt co-authored Real-Life Financial Planning for Veterinarians, and her articles are regularly published in multiple industry publications.
Dawn Boothe, DVM, PhD
(College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn)
Megan Brashear, BS, CVT, VTS
Dr. Brashear graduated from Brigham Young University with a BS in animal science. She is currently manager of nursing services at VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists in Portland, Oregon.
Meghan Dakin, CVT, VTS (ECC)
(Port City Veterinary Referral Hospital, Portsmouth, NH)
Dr. Dakin studied pre-veterinary medicine at the University of New Hampshire and has worked in the veterinary medical field for the past 14 years. She has been a Certified Veterinary Technician in New Hampshire since 2008 and successfully completed the arduous process to become a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care in 2017. Her professional interests include cardiopulmonary resuscitation and blood gas analysis, and she is partial to critical care anesthesia, appreciating the challenging nature of these cases. Meghan works with local veterinary technology programs to provide hands-on training during clinical rotations as well as serving as an adjunct instructor.
Jonathon Dear, MAS, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
(College of Veterinary Medicine, University of California/Davis)
(Tyler Enslin International, Colora, MD)
Michele Gaspar, DVM, LCPC, DABVP (Feline)
(Veterinary Information Network (VIN), Chicago, IL)
Dee Griffin, DVM
Dr. Giffin is the past president of the Academy of Veterinary Consultants (AVC) and the winner of the AVC’s Veterinary Consultant of the Year. He received the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) national award for Excellence in Preventive Medicine, the association’s national award for institutional teaching, research and service excellence and also received the Mentor of the Year Award. Mr. Griffin was selected as one of the Top 20 Most Influential Cattle Veterinarians and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) awarded him Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Educator of the Year. He was inducted into the Cattle Feeder’s Hall of Fame in 2017.
Reese Hand, DVM, DACVS
Amanda Hartnack, DVM, MS, DACVS
(College Station, TX)
Janice Huntingford, DVM, DACVSMR, CVA, CVPP, CCRT, CAVCA
(Essex Animal Hospital, Ontario, Canada)
Dr. Huntingford is a 1984 graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, in Guelph, Ontario. She is the owner and medical director of the Essex Animal Hospital in Essex, Ontario. Dr. Huntingford is certified in chiropractic, acupuncture, rehabilitation and pain management. In 2015, she became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, a consultant for the VIN Rehab/Sports Medicine/Chronic Pain board and a survivor of sled dog research at the Yukon Quest in minus 40 degrees Celsius. Dr. Huntingford has lectured nationally and internationally on rehabilitation and pain management to veterinarians and veterinary technicians. She has co-authored several textbook chapters on post-op rehabilitation, neurological rehabilitation and exercise therapy and published several peer-reviewed manuscripts.
Barry Kipperman, DVM, DACVIM
(Ironhorse Veterinary Emergency and Specialist Care Ctr, Dublin, CA)
Michael Lappin, DVM
(College of Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State U., Loveland, CO)
Gary Landsberg, DVM, DACVB,
(North Toronto Veterinary Behaviour Specialty Clinic, Ontario, Canada)
Dr. Landsberg received his DVM in 1976 from the Ontario Veterinary College. He is a diplomate of both the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB) and the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioral Medicine (ECAWBM). He is vice president of CanCog technologies, head of fear-free research, a fear-free practice certification veterinarian and consultant on the Veterinary Information Network. Dr. Landsberg is co-author of Behavior Problems of the Dog and Cat in 2012 and Canine and Feline Dementia from Springer in 2017. He has received awards from both AAHA and WVC for service to the profession.
Courtney Liermann, LVT, VTS (ECC)
Dr. Liermann started in the animal field working in kennels and as a veterinary assistant in 2002. She acquired her first emergency position in 2005 while still in school. Courtney graduated from Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, in 2006, attaining her CVT the same year. She relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2008, continuing her work in Emergency and Critical Care as an LVT. Courtney attained her VTS (ECC) in 2014. She has held teaching positions with Sanford-Brown College and Austin Community College. Her career interests include snake envenomations, trauma, environmental emergencies, technician training and education.
Linda Lord, DVM PhD
(College of Veterinary Medicine, Ohio State, Columbus, OH)
Linda Lord, DVM, PhD, is the Academic and Allied Industry Liaison Lead at Merck Animal Health. She also serves as the Alternate Delegate for the AVMA (Ohio) and as a board member with the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Lord graduated in 1999 from The Ohio State University and earned her PhD in 2006 at the same institution.
Kent McClure, DVM
(AVMA Government Relations)
Jeannine Moga, MA, MSW, LCSW
(College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State U. Raleigh, NC)
Dr. Moga is a licensed clinical social worker practicing at the intersection of human and animal issues. She served as the founding director of Veterinary Social Services at the University of Minnesota’s Veterinary Medical Center (2004-2012) and the founding director of Family and Community Services at NC State University’s Veterinary Hospital (2012-present), where she provides crisis intervention, family consultation, grief counseling, team debriefing and wellness programming. Her practice foci include biomedical ethics, traumatic grief, occupational risk and resilience and animal-assisted interventions. She provides training for social services, veterinary medical and animal welfare workers across the country.
Ashley Morgan, DVM, CAE
(AVMA Government Relations)
Karen Moriello, DVM, DACVD
(College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin)
Dr. Moriello is currently a clinical professor at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin. She joined the faculty in 1986 after completing a dermatology residency at the University of Florida. She is co-editor of the journal of Veterinary Dermatology and past recipient of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology Award of Excellence and the ISFJ/Hill’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Feline Medicine. For the past 30 years, her clinical research interest has been focused on feline skin diseases and, in particular, dermatophytosis.
Ky Mortensen, JD, MBA
Dr. Mortensen is COO of Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center located in the central coast of California. With a background in business and law, combined with two decades of experience in the equine and veterinary industries, he provides strategy and leadership to Alamo Pintado. Ky began his career in the equine industry working on the Kentucky Thoroughbred farm Vinery before completing an internship with Breeders’ Cup. He spent five years with the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) as their director of industry relations prior to an eight-year appointment as director of client relations and advancement for the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Equine Health Studies Program with the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Following a five-year stint with Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery and the veterinary practice management firm Inova Partners in Weatherford, Texas, he joined Alamo Pintado as their COO in the summer of 2018. Ky holds a Bachelor of Science in equine science from Colorado State University, an MBA from the E.J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University and a law degree from Southern University Law Center.
Robert Munger, DVM, DACVO
(Animal Ophthalmology Clinic, Dallas, Texas)
Dr. Munger is the owner and president of Animal Ophthalmology Clinic, Ltd. He also serves as a member of the American Board of Veterinary Ophthalmology.
Debra Nossaman, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC
(Dallas Veterinary Dentistry & Oral Surgery, Grapevine, Texas)
Dr. Nossaman is a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College, a fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry and co-founder of Dallas Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery. She attended Arizona State University and received her bachelor's degree in bio-agriculture and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University. Additionally, Dr. Nossaman is a past member of the Training Support Committee for the American Veterinary Dental College. Dr. Nossaman opened her first hospital in the Phoenix, Arizona, area in 1987. A love for animals and a degree in biology has led her to a very fulfilling career in veterinary medicine.
David Pugh, DVM, MA, DACT, DACVN, DACVM
(Southern Traxx Veterinary Services, Waverly, AL)
Dr. D.G. Pugh earned both DVM and MS (Ruminant Nutrition) degrees from the University of Georgia. He received post-DVM training at Virginia Tech (Equine/Clinical Nutrition) and Texas A&M University (Reproductive Medicine-Theriogenology). He is a Diplomate of both the American College of Theriogenology and the American College of Veterinary Nutrition.
Dr. Pugh has held faculty positions at the University of Georgia (Assistant Professor) and Auburn University (Professor of Large Animal Medicine), was the owner of a multi-person large animal practice in the greater Atlanta, Georgia, area for five years and was a consulting veterinarian for Fort Dodge Animal Health from 2004 to 2009. During his academic career, he taught veterinary nutrition, lectured on reproductive medicine for horses and small ruminants and was a clinician in ambulatory medicine and theriogenology.
He is the author of more than 400 publications, less than 80 book chapters, a textbook (sheep and goat medicine) and a co-author of a publication of the National Research Council of the National Academies of Sciences. He has received five university and three national awards for teaching and was the 2006 recipient of the University of Georgia’s AM Mills Award for contributions to veterinary medicine. He has served on various committees for the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners, the Society for Theriogenology, the College of Theriogenology, the American College of Veterinary Nutrition, the National Research Council, Nutrient Requirement Committee and is an active member of the American Academy of Veterinary Parasitologist.
Sheep and Goat Parasitism and Nutrition
Dr. David Pugh will discuss diet, nutrition and management programs for the diagnosis, treatment and attempted prevention of internal and some external parasites in sheep and goats.
Sheilah Robertson, BVMS, PhD, DACVAA, DECVAA, CVA, MRCVS
(Lap of Love, Florida)
Chris Sanchez, DVM, PhD
(College of Veterinary Medicine, U. of Florida, Gainesville, FL)
Chris Sanchez, DVM, PhD, is a 1995 graduate of the University of Florida, earning her PhD in 2003. She is currently a Professor of Large Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Florida, Gainesville. Dr. Sanchez is a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) and holds certification with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM).
David Sessum, LVT
(Lone Star College—Vet Tech Program, Tomball, TX)
(Founder/CEO of Titan Group, New York, NY)
Jack Teitelman, a retired DEA Supervisory Special Agent, brings his extensive experience in law enforcement to Titan Group, with more than three decades of continuous leadership expertise in government, security, law enforcement and private industry. Jack worked for the Department of Justice/Drug Enforcement Administration for 26 years as a Special Agent and Supervisory Special Agent. While with the DEA, he gained extensive experience in all facets of complex criminal conspiracy investigations and was the recipient of numerous awards and commendations. Jack later went into private industry and directed executive protection for a major corporation in the hedge fund industry. Throughout his career, Jack successfully completed numerous foreign and domestic assignments that established his expertise in investigations, security and protection. Jack has a vast network of leading investigators worldwide to ensure that clients of TITAN Group receive the highest quality compliance and security support and services.
Robert Trimble, DVM
(San Francisco, CA)
Ernie Ward, DVM
(Ocean Isle Beach, NC)
Jessica Ward, DVM, DACVIM
Dr. Ward is a native of Idaho Falls, Idaho, though much of her training took place in North Carolina. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Duke University and her DVM from NC State University. After a one-year small animal rotating internship at Ohio State University, she returned to NC State for her three-year residency in cardiology. Dr. Ward is currently an assistant professor of cardiology at Iowa State University. Her research interests include point-of-care ultrasound, the cardiovascular effects of steroids and the scholarship of teaching and learning.
Craig Webb, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
(College of Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State U.)
Dr. Webb is a professor and head of the Small Animal Medicine Section at Colorado State University (CSU). Dr. Webb has a special interest in gastroenterology and is currently investigating the use of adipose-derived stem cells as a treatment for feline IBD.