2019 Conference Speakers

Dr. David Wilkie (vets)
Dr. Michael Dryden (vets/techs)
Dr. Tom Gibson (vets)
Dr. Michael Willard (vets/techs)
Dr. Chris Mariani (vets)
Dr. Shauna Blois (vets)
David Liss (techs)
Amy Newfield (techs/support staff/managers)
Alison Lambert (techs/full team)
Drs. Cora Gilroy & Shelley Burton (techs)
Bash Halow (managers/support staff)

Mark Crocker (closing performer)



Dr. David A. Wilkie, D.V.M., M.S. | Diplomate A.C.V.O.

Professor, Comparative Ophthalmology
Chair, Veterinary Clinical Sciences
The Ohio State University

Dr. Wilkie was born in Toronto, Canada and obtained his D.V.M. degree in 1984 from the University of Guelph, Canada. He spent one year at the University of Pennsylvania as an intern and in 1985 came to The Ohio State University to begin a 3-year residency and Masters degree in comparative ophthalmology. He received both his Masters degree (MS) and ophthalmology specialty boards (ACVO) in 1988. He was subsequently hired as an Assistant Professor in the department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at The Ohio State University. He was promoted to Associate Professor of veterinary ophthalmology in 1994 and then to Professor. He is currently Professor of Ophthalmology and Department Chair of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. In addition, Dr. Wilkie is a Professor in the College of Medicine at The Ohio State University.

Dr. Wilkie has trained 23 residents who are Board Certified in the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists or the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and 3 Diplomates in Japanese Comparative Ophthalmology. In addition, Dr. Wilkie has provided advanced training in ophthalmology to 20 graduate students and over 34 veterinarian ophthalmologists from 12 countries.

Dr. Wilkie is author of 104 articles, 106 abstracts and 48 textbook chapters, and serves as a research consultant to numerous national and international research facilities. He has served as an editor of several textbooks and is currently a reviewer for 25 Veterinary and Human ophthalmology and research journals and serves on the Editorial Board of 9 Veterinary and Human ophthalmology and research journals. He is the past chairperson of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, Examination Committee and Past-President for the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. Dr. Wilkie currently serves on the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology Foundation board. In addition, Dr. Wilkie has served on the Editorial Review Board and as Associate-Editor for Veterinary Ophthalmology. Dr. Wilkie is currently the Editor and Chief for the journal of Veterinary Ophthalmology. He is an international speaker having presented seminars in the USA, Canada, Japan, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Great Britain, Russia, Slovenia, Finland, Ireland, Taiwan, Portugal, Switzerland, Israel, Slovakia, Hungary, South Korea and the Czech Republic. Dr. Wilkie is a respected teacher both at the University and internationally. He has twice been nominated for the Norden Distinguished Teacher Award and for the Merck/AgVet Award for Creativity in Teaching. He received the Omega Tau Sigma Alumni Gamma Award in 2000, the Dr. Charles W. Fox Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2012, and the National Gamma Award for Distinguished Service in 2014 at Ohio State University. He was awarded the North American Veterinary Conference - Equine Speaker of the Year Award in 2013. He has been twice nominated for the AAVC Faculty Achievement Award (2016/2017) and received the AAVC Faculty Achievement Award in 2017.

Dr. Wilkie's areas of interest include ocular surgery, inflammatory diseases of the eye, ocular pharmacology, cataract surgery, intraocular lens implantation, glaucoma, and comparative ophthalmology. He is married to Dr. Susan Johnson a Professor in small animal internal medicine and they have 2 children in University. In addition to work, Dr. Wilkie plays hockey and enjoys downhill skiing, wilderness canoeing, windsurfing, scuba diving and life at the cottage in Canada.



Dr. Michael Dryden, DVM, PhD

Dr. Michael Dryden is a University Distinguished Professor of Veterinary Parasitology, in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology at Kansas State University. He received his DVM from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1984, spent 2.5 years in private practice and the received his M.S. & Ph.D. in Veterinary Parasitology from Purdue University. Dr. Dryden is the author or co-author of >140 journal articles, 13 book chapters and >100 presentations at scientific meetings. He has lectured in 22 countries, presenting > 1,000 invited seminars at national and international meetings. Current research efforts are directed towards investigating the biology and control of fleas and ticks parasitizing dogs and cats and the diagnosis & control of gastrointestinal parasites. He has received numerous awards for teaching, service and research, including the 2015 American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists Distinguished Parasitologist of the Year and the 2017 American College of Veterinary Microbiology Distinguished Microbiologist of the Year.



Dr. Tom Gibson, BSc, BEd, DVM, DACVS

Tom Gibson graduated from the Ontario Agricultural College at the University of Guelph in 1986 with a BSc in Agriculture. He then graduated from the University of Windsor's teachers college and pursued a career in teaching in York Region for three years. Tom then returned to Guelph and graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1995. After 6 years in small animal general practice, Tom returned to OVC to complete a small animal rotating internship and surgical residency completing a DVSc and becoming board certified with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) in 2006. After almost two years in private referral practice, Tom returned to OVC as an Associate Professor in Small Animal Surgery in 2007 to combine passions for surgery and teaching. Currently Dr. Gibson is an orthopaedic surgeon with an interest in rehabilitation after completing rehabilitation training at the University of Tennessee in 2010. Dr. Gibson achieved board certification with the American College of Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR) in 2018. Dr. Gibson lectures regularly on orthopaedic disease and has presented lectures on the use of rehabilitation methods for treatment of orthopaedic disease and pain management an area of particular clinical and research interest.



Dr. Michael Willard, DVM, Ms, DACVIM

Dr. Willard is a 1975 graduate of the Texas A& University, College of Veterinary Medicine. He did his internship and Masters degree at Kansas State University and his internal medicine residency at Michigan State University. After that, Dr. Willard held faculty appointments at Michigan State University, Mississippi State University, and Texas A&M University. He is currently Senior Professor and Professor Emeritus of Small Animal Clinical Sciences and specializes in gastroenterology, hepatology, pancreatology and endoscopy (flexible and rigid). Dr. Willard has extensive experience with protein-losing enteropathies and gastrointestinal problems of racing Alaskan sled dogs. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Dr. Willard has given over 3,500 hours of invited post-graduate continuing education lectures (nationally and internationally), has over 80 refereed publications, and has over 140 book chapters in print.



Dr. Chris Mariani, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Neurology)

Christopher Mariani was born near Toronto, Ontario, and graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in 1996. He completed a rotating small animal internship at Michigan Veterinary Specialists, followed by one year as an associate veterinarian in Beverly Hills, Michigan. After this he began a residency in neurology and neurosurgery at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. This was followed by graduate work in brain tumor immunotherapy, leading to a PhD in Neuroscience from the College of Medicine, also at the University of Florida.

Dr. Mariani is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology subspecialty) and is currently an Associate Professor of Neurology & Neurosurgery at North Carolina State University. His professional interests include epilepsy, inflammatory brain disease, brain tumor therapy and improving veterinary education.



Dr. Shauna Blois, DVM, DVSc, DACVIM

Dr. Shauna Blois is an associate professor of small animal internal medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. She completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the Atlantic Veterinary College. After graduation, she pursured an internship, residency, and Doctor of Veterinary Science graduate degree at the University of Guelph and became board certified in the specialty of small animal internal medicine in 2008.



David Liss, BA, RVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM), CVPM

David Liss has an incredibly rich and diverse background in the field of veterinary technology. A registered veterinary technician in California, David holds a Bachelor’s in Sociology and an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology. He also holds double board-certifications as a veterinary technician specialist in emergency/critical care and small animal internal medicine and has diverse background in emergency and critical care nursing in addition to being a certified veterinary practice manager (CVPM). He has been technician manager at two different twenty-four-hour referral/specialty facilities in the Los Angeles area, has contributed to numerous veterinary texts and was awarded the Veterinary Technician Educator of the Year award by Western Veterinary Conference. David also holds a Master’s in Biomedical Science. David currently directs the veterinary technology program at Platt College in Los Angeles, works as an ICU technician at VCA Veterinary Specialists of the Valley in Woodland Hills, CA, runs his own consulting business: Veterinary Training and Consulting, Inc., and lectures worldwide.



Amy Newfield, CVT, VTS (ECC)

Amy is currently employed with BluePearl Veterinary Partners as the National Veterinary Technician Training Manager (www.bluepearlvet.com). In 2003 she became boarded as a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care. She currently sits on the Academy of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Technicians board as the President (www.avecct.org).

Amy is well published in over 15 subjects and has over 60 published works (book chapters and articles). She started speaking 10 years ago and is an international speaker who has spoken at over 50 conferences.

She has received numerous awards and is highly involved in her community. Most recently Amy was awarded the Speaker of the Year at the 2014 NAVC Conference as well as the 2015 Western Veterinary Conference Speaker of the Year. She has also received numerous awards for her work as a veterinary technician, promotion of the field and her involvement in disaster medicine including being awarded the Logan Star for her work with Boston Logan International Airport to improve airline travel for pets and the Massachusetts Veterinary Technician of the Year award presented to her by the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association.

She is currently on the National Veterinary Response Team which is the only United States federal animal disaster team. Has been deployed to multiple major disasters including 9/11, Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy to help the animals during large disasters.

Amy has worked as a veterinary technician for 20 years. She has devoted her career to emergency medicine, education and promotion of the veterinary technician. She lives in Massachusetts with her wonderful furry kids.



Alison Lambert, BVSc CMRS MRCVS

Alison is from Yorkshire and her family comes from East Yorkshire where they have worked the land, raised pigs and wasted lots of money on horses. After completing her qualification as a veterinarian from Liverpool University in 1989, Alison worked in practice for several years before pursuing a business career with Hill’s Pet Nutrition and MARS, where she discovered the passion for the customer experience that her award-winning company, Onswitch, is renowned for today. Established in 2001, Onswitch promotes customer-centred practice so pets and horses receive better care; providing research, marketing, CPD and business consultancy with an effective, innovative, straighttalking and client-led approach.

Alison is a lecturer at The University of Nottingham Veterinary School, teaching Customer Understanding. She is published widely and regularly speaks at key international veterinary congresses and events.



Drs. Cora Gilroy (DVM, MVSc, Dipl.ACVP) &
Shelley Burton (DVM, MSc, Dipl.ACVP. Professor, Clinical Pathology)

Dr. Cora Gilroy
A native of Victoria, Prince Edward Island, Dr. Cora Gilroy is a graduate of the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC). Following a 1 year internship and 4 years in small animal practice, she returned to the AVC to train in clinical pathology. She is an American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) board certified clinical pathologist. Dr. Gilroy is an associate professor at the AVC where she teaches and performs diagnostic work as well as research.

Dr. Shelley Burton
A native of Regina, Saskatchewan, Dr. Shelley Burton is a graduate of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. Following 6 years in private small animal practise, she did her clinical pathology training at the University of Prince Edward Island. Dr. Burton is board certified in clinical pathology by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) and is a professor at the Atlantic Veterinary College, where her duties include teaching, diagnostic work and research.



Bash Halow, CVPM, LVT - Bio 2018

Bash is a graduate of the College of William and Mary, a certified veterinary practice manager and a licensed veterinary technician. As a veterinary business advisor and a veteran practice manager with more than 17 years of experience, Mr. Halow has helped dozens of veterinary hospitals understand how to build stronger teams and responsibly and ethically grow their businesses. He is a frequent contributor to Veterinary Economics and DVM 360 and is a member of the editorial advisory board for Firstline Veterinary Management Magazine and the Fetch360 veterinary conferences. He has been an invited speaker at all the major U.S. veterinary conferences including AVMA, AAHA, NAVC, Western, Midwest, CVC, IVECCS; state associations, and international conferences like APVC, OVMA, and the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association. He is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association, the PVMA, founder and member of the New Jersey Veterinary Hospital Management Association, founder of the Big Apple Veterinary Management Association in New York City, and proud member of the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association. Mr. Halow was the 2013 recipient of the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association’s President’s Award for management education in the state of Pennsylvania. He resides in New York City.



Mark Crocker, Comedic Ventriloquist

Mark Crocker is internationally recognized as one of North America's best Comedic Ventriloquists. Having fun with Multiple characters, props, and Audience members. All in good fun, and good taste!

Visit: http://www.markcrocker.ca/



Last update: December 20, 2018