2020 Conference Speakers

Dr. Ameet Singh (Vets)
Dr. Judy Rochette (Vets)
Dr. Michele Gaspar (Vets/Team)
Dr. Louis-Philippe de Lorimier (Vets)
Dr. Jinelle Webb (Vets)
Monique Feyrecilde (Techs, Support Staff)
Tasha McNerney (Techs)
Candice Hoerner (Techs)
Debbie Lawrence (Support Staff)
Susan Savage (Managers)
Dr. David Andrews (Team)
Dr. Cindy Adams (Managers/Team)
Dr. Shelley Burton (Techs)
Dr. Sandra McConkey (Techs)
Ellen McMahon (Techs)



Dr. Ameet Singh

Dr. Ameet Singh is an Associate Professor of Small Animal Surgery at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. His clinical and research interests include minimally invasive surgery and surgical site infections. Dr. Singh is currently the President of the Veterinary Endoscopy Society and is an ACVS Founding Fellow of Minimally Invasive Surgery. He has published over 80 journal articles and taught numerous workshops and surgical courses internationally. Dr. Singh received his DVM from Atlantic Veterinary College and completed his surgical residency training at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph.



Dr. Judy Rochette  

Dr. Rochette is a specialist in veterinary dentistry and oral surgery. When she is not working at her referral hospital, West Coast Veterinary Dental Services, she acts as a consultant for the Veterinary Information Network, and reviews articles for the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery and the Journal of Veterinary Dentistry. She also publishes articles on veterinary dentistry and is a valued speaker at conferences.



Dr. Michele Gaspar 

Dr. Gaspar is a Chicago-based feline specialist and psychotherapist and runs a private psychotherapy practice. She is a Diplomat of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Feline Practice) and consults on Feline Internal Medicine for the Veterinary Information Network. Michele has worked in private practice and animal shelters and holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling. Dr. Gaspar facilitates an annual mindfulness meditation course for VIN and provides an annual retreat for veterinarians. As a member of the VIN Vets4Vets team she offers help to colleagues with professional and personal issues.



Dr. Louis-Philippe de Lorimier

Following his B.Sc. from McGill and his DVM from the Universite de Montreal, Dr. de Lormier practiced small animal medicine before enrolling in a medical oncology training program at the University of Illinois where he stayed as an assistant professor until 2007. He is a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in Oncology and is currently one of the specialists at Hopital Veterinaire Rive-Sud. He is an oncology consultant on the Veterinary Information Network and sits on several oncology related committees and boards.

He has authored or co-authored 40 scientific papers and 12 book chapters. His interests include novel cancer therapies, comparative oncology, pain control and palliative and supportive care for cancer patients.



Dr. Jinelle Webb

Dr. Webb received her DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2001 and followed with a DVSc and board certification in the American College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005, both at OVC. She then joined the Mississauga-Oakville Veterinary Emergency Hospital where she developed the Internal Medicine Service and where she now serves as medical director. She has lead internship and medical residency programs and serves as Adjunct Professor at OVC. She is a published author and speaker and her interests include the use of laboratory testing and imaging to detect occult disease, developing novel approaches to internal medicine procedures, and reducing ways to reduce the invasiveness of procedures.



Monique Feyrecilde

Monique’s interest in animal behavior and intelligence began as a child with her first dog. She apprenticed with a local trainer and entered the veterinary profession as an assistant. By 1997 she was offering private consultations in training and animal behavior. In 1999 through “Teaching Animals” she began offering in-home consultations as well as group classes at the Seattle Agility Center. Since 2001 she has offered behavioral consultation in a hospital setting. She received her Licensed Veterinary Technician designation in 2001 and her VT Specialist in Behavior in 2011.

She is the former President of the Veterinary Behavior Technicians and Past President and Committee Chair of the Academy of Veterinary Behavior Technicians, the governing body for VTS certification. She has also worked in wildlife rehabilitation and release, and with evaluating, rehabilitating and matching dogs with their new families.



Tasha M. McNerney 

Tasha has more than 15 years as a Certified Veterinary Technician. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology and an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology. She became a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner in 2015 and received her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Anesthesia and Analgesia in 2016. She has authored articles on anesthesia and pain management and co-authored a chapter in the textbook “Pain Management for Veterinary Technicians” and hosted the web-based series “Coffee on the Couch” in partnership wit DVM 360.



Candice Hoerner

Candice has been a Certified Veterinary Technician since 2004 and received the designation of Veterinary Technician Specialist in Dentistry (VTS) in 2011. She is currently President of the Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians and is Past-President of the Big Sky Veterinary Technician Association. She enjoys sharing her passion for dentistry through lectures, wet labs, and in-clinic training sessions internationally through her company, Big Sky Veterinary Dentistry Education LLC.



Debbie Lawrence  

Debbie Lawrence is a life and business coach and President of Abundant Living Inc. She has spent more than three decades gaining experience as a coach, teacher, consultant, and facilitator. She authored “Standing in Your Light: Women and Entrepreneurship”, and is the former director of the Professional Ethics Review Committee for the International Association of Coaches. She has also written for the Nova Scotia Business Journal and other publications. She has been a college principal, and has worked for IBM and Gulf Canada, was Vice President of KeyCorp Inc. and is the recipient of the Nova Scotia Champion Ambassador Award for Workplace Education. She is now fully dedicated to her coaching practice.



Susan Savage

Susan is a graduate of North Central University and holds a doctorate in Business Administration with a specialization in Human Resources and recently competed a study on employee engagement for her doctoral dissertation. She began as a Certified Veterinary Technician over 30 years ago and pursued practice management while working as Practice Manager for Clermont Animal Hospital for 20 years. She received her CVPM designation in 2004 and her PHR in 2013. She has been active on VHMA where she has served on the Board of Directors for almost 10 years. She is currently the Candidate Liaison to the Certified Veterinary Practice Manager program.



Dr. David Andrews  

Dr. Andrews served more than 21 years on active duty with the United States Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force. He was deployed four times before being seriously wounded-in-action while serving as combat advisor in Afghanistan. After retiring for medical reasons due to his wounds, he served as Senior Intelligence Officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency where his duties included working with Joint Staff and NORAD-US Northern Command. He was named the 2015 Department of Defense Civilian Employee with a Disability. Dr. Andrews is currently President of the Remount Foundation, an organization that helps veterans and their families to heal through the use equine assisted learning. He founded and is President of Purple Heart Consulting which specializes in resilience, leadership and organizational culture. He has served two terms as Colorado’s elected commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. He is also the recipient of the Purple Heart. He has met with government leaders including the President to discuss the challenges facing wounded warriors.

Dr. Andrews has a PhD in Management and speaks frequently on resilience, suicide awareness and prevention, and overcoming adversity. He also serves as a university adjunct professor in management and strategy. He credits his recovery to his wife and four children who encouraged him to get better and to adjust to life with injuries.



Dr. Cindy Adams

Dr. Adams is a professor in the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Science at the University of Calgary School of Veterinary Medicine where she directs the Clinical Communications Program for the first 3 years of the DVM program, and conducts research related to communication in veterinary practice settings, veterinary education, and human-animal interactions. She also assists veterinary and animal health technology schools across North America to design their communication programs.

She founded and chairs the International Conference on Communication in Veterinary Medicine, founded and sits on the board of the International Veterinary Communication Institute, and is a faculty member for the Institute for Healthcare Communication, New Haven Ct. She is also the author of the handbook: Skills for Communication in Veterinary Medicine.



Dr. Shelley Burton 

Originally from Saskatchewan, Dr. Burton is a graduate of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. Following six years in private practice she did her clinical pathology training at the Atlantic Veterinary College and is board certified in clinical pathology by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. She is currently a professor at the Atlantic College where she teaches, does diagnostic work and research.



Dr. Sandra McConkey 

Dr. McConkey is a native of Montreal and is a graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College. After nine years in private practice, she completed a clinical pathology residency and a PhD in clinical pharmacology at the University of Prince Edward Island and is boarded in clinical pathology by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. She is an associate professor at the Atlantic College of Veterinary Medicine where she teaches, does diagnostic work and research.



Ms. Ellen McMahon 

A native of Chatham, New Brunswick, Ellen completed a BSc at Dalhousie University and a Registered Technologist Diploma at the Nova Scotia Institute of Technology. She is lead chemistry technologist at the AVC Diagnostic Services. She has extensive knowledge of urinalysis and other laboratory tests and enjoys teaching technical procedures.



Last update: December 7, 2019