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Michael Jaffe


Sponsored by:

Friday, September 24

  • Management of Osteoarthritis

  • Canine Osteoarthritis

  • Muscle Injuries

  • Basic GI Surgery

  • Urinary Surgery

  • Perianal/Perineal Disease

Dr. Michael Jaffe is a 1991 graduate of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduation from vet school, he practiced as a primary care veterinarian for 5 years in St. Joseph, MO and Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Dr. Jaffe then completed a 1-year companion animal medicine and surgery internship and a 3-year small animal surgery residency at LSU where he also received his Master’s degree.
Dr. Jaffe practiced for 17 years in specialty surgical practice in Bloomfield Hills, MI; Mesa, AZ; and Glendale, AZ. He entered academia as part of the founding faculty at Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine and remained on faculty for 4 years. During that time, he established the small animal surgical curriculum and developed the year-long student surgical lab as well as many other courses in the new college’s curriculum. Dr. Jaffe pioneered the small animal surgery department at the University’s Companion Animal Clinic developing student rotations through small animal surgery and rehabilitation therapy. Dr. Jaffe is currently an Associate Professor of Small Animal Surgery and Service Chief of Small Animal Surgery at Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Jaffe’s research has included work in clinical stem cell therapy trials. In addition, he spent 3 years in collaboration with engineers at Arizona State University and surgeons at Mayo Clinic researching laser tissue welding, a sutureless method of bonding incised tissue. His current research involves laser tissue welding of bone, biomechanical studies of bone implants in canines and equines, and physical therapy/rehab of patients following orthopedic surgical procedures.
Dr. Jaffe became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2002, and a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner in 2017.

Pamela D. Jones

DVM, Diplomate, ACVIM (Oncology), Diplomate, ACVR (Radiation Oncology)

Sponsored by:

Friday, September 24

  • An Update Mast Cell Tumors

  • Pamela D. Jones , DVM, Diplomate, ACVIM (Oncology), Diplomate, ACVR (Radiation Oncology)

Dr. Pamela Jones underwent her veterinary training in the United States at Colorado State University. She completed a one-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery followed by a three-year oncology residency and a two-year residency in radiation oncology.  She is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in medical oncology and by the American College of Veterinary Radiology in radiation oncology. She has enjoyed specialty practice in the southwestern United States and has served in several capacities in the pharmaceutical industry including her current position at QBiotics as Professional Services Director.

Andrew S. Loar

DVM, DACVIM (Internal Medicine & Oncology)

Sponsored by:

Friday, September 24

  • Clinical Interpretation of Selected Laboratory Finding: Part 1

  • Clinical Interpretation of Selected Laboratory Finding: Part 2

Andy was a graduate of the University of Georgia (’79) prior to completing an internship at LSU and a residency in Oncology at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. He has served on the clinical staff at the veterinary schools of Virginia Tech and the University of Wisconsin, as well as the West Los Angeles Veterinary Medical Center. He received dual board certification with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM: Internal Medicine {’84} and Oncology {‘92}). He was the first veterinary oncologist to practice in southern California and operated oncology referral clinics in Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties from 1985-1995. Dr. Loar completed additional training in clinical pathology at Oklahoma State University. He returned to New York City and, from 2000 until 2012, he owned and directed ALX laboratory at the Animal Medical Center. Prior to starting ZNLabs he was the director of Ethos Diagnostics with laboratory facilities in San Diego and Boston.

During his more than 30 years in various veterinary diagnostic spaces Dr. Loar has served as a cytologist and oncology/internal medicine consultant at Veterinary Reference Laboratories, Professional Animal Laboratory (now ANTECH), IDEXX Laboratories, Ethos Diagnostics and Animal Reference Pathology (ARP). In 2017 he co-founded ZNLabs in Louisville, KY; in late 2019 ZNLabs was acquired by Zoetis and is now part of Zoetis Reference Laboratory. Prior to the pandemic, Dr. Loar had been a frequent world traveler – he has many fine leather-bound books and knows people you know.

J. Catharine R. Scott-Moncrieff


Sponsored by:

September 24 & 25

  • Diagnostic & Treatment Challenges in Canine Hypothyroidism

  • Unraveling CKD and the Hyperthyroid Cat

  • Insulin Treatment of Diabetes Mellitus: An Update on Monitoring in Dogs and Cats

  • Pancreatitis CKD and the Hyperthyroid Cat

Catharine Scott-Moncrieff received her Veterinary Degree from the University of Cambridge in 1985. She completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, and a residency and Master of Science degree in internal medicine at Purdue University. In 1989 she joined the faculty of Purdue University, where she is currently Professor of small animal internal medicine and head of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (small animal), the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (companion animal), and has a Diploma in Small Animal Medicine from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Her research and clinical interests are canine and feline endocrinology and she is an author of more than 70 peer reviewed publications in small animal endocrinology and internal medicine.

Anna Pasternak


Sponsored by:

Saturday, September 25

  • Kentucky Veterinarian Tick Submission Program: Surveillance, Speciation, & Diagnostics

Anna Pasternak received her bachelor’s in environmental biology from Ohio University in 2018. In 2019, she began as a master’s student in Dr. Subba R. Palli’s lab at the University of Kentucky in the Department of Entomology where she began collecting data for Kentucky’s first state-wide tick surveillance project. In 2020, she made the decision to continue her education and thesis work and she is now a Ph.D. candidate. Her research interests include the relationships between insects and One Health with a particular curiosity in insects and other arthropods that act as vectors of disease. Her dissertation work focuses on identifying the distribution and establishment of tick species in Kentucky through speciation and state-wide surveillance with subsequent identification of the prevalence of infection by common disease-causing pathogens such as Rickettsia rickettsii, Ehrlichia chaffeensis and Borrelia burgdorferi.

Kathryn E. Reif


Sponsored by:

Saturday, September 25

  • Tick-borne Pathogens of Dogs & Cats + Tick Distribution

  • Lyme Disease: A Disease of Veterinary & Public Health Importance + Tick Prevention & Control

Dr. Kathryn Reif is an assistant professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University. Dr. Reif’s research interests broadly revolve around vectors and vector-borne diseases of veterinary, medical and agricultural importance, with a primary focus on ticks and tick-borne pathogens of public health and veterinary concern. Some of Dr. Reif’s on-going research projects include: i) developing new approaches for real-time monitoring of tick salivation behaviors, ii) evaluating antimicrobial efficacy to control tick-borne pathogens, iii) investigating the transmission dynamics of bovine anaplasmosis; iv) examining the prevalence of feline cytauxzoonsis; and, iv) tick-borne pathogen vaccine development. Dr. Reif enjoys engaging veterinarians and clients/producers in research projects, and developing and delivering presentations on the importance of ticks and tick-borne pathogens to clinicians and the general public.

Shawna Garner


Sponsored by:

Saturday, September 25

  • What the “Tele”: An introduction to Telehealth

  • Telehealth & Telemedicine: Implementation in the Clinic (Case Examples)

Dr. Shawna Garner is a 2001 graduate of Ross University. She received her Bachelor!s degree in Life Sciences and Master!s in Microbiology from Indiana State University.

After graduating from veterinary school she worked in Indianapolis, IN where she did 2 years in general practice and 5 years as an ER clinician before returning to her hometown, Marshall, IL.

She has published several articles featured in Reader’s Digest, Great Pet Care, Mental Floss, AAA, Daily paws, Forbes, and Martha Stewart Living
In 2017 Dr. Garner began her career in the Telehealth industry. Dr. Garner is a member of the AVMA, Veterinary Virtual Care Association, Human-Animal Bond Association, and The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement.

Karen Von Dollen


Sponsored by:

Saturday, September 25

  • Advanced Canine Repro – Pregant Bitch – C-section Staging, Research in Anesthesia, Mismating

  • Advanced Canine Repro – Pyometra & Breeding Management

Born and raised in California, Dr. Karen Von Dollen attended veterinary school at the University of California-Davis, graduating in 2014. She completed her specialty training in reproduction at North Carolina State University, becoming a Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists in 2018. Her program was funded by the American Kennel Club, the AKC Canine Health Foundation, and the Theriogenology Foundation, which exposed her to the importance of purpose bred dogs and inspired her love of canine reproduction. Her research and thesis towards completion of a Master of Science degree during her residency focused on investigating the activity of antibiotics in uterine fluid, including a model of canine pyometra.

Dr. Dana A. Liska


Sponsored by:

Saturday, September 25

  • Dermatology Diagnostics: Simple Tests for Maximal Yield

  • Itch Scratch Repeat: Case Based Dermatology

Dr. Dana A. Liska received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University in 1999. Following graduation, she completed a rotating internship in medicine, surgery, and critical care at Mission MedVet in Mission, Kansas. Dr. Liska then practiced general, small animal, veterinary medicine for 4 years in Helena, Montana. In 2004 she began a dermatology residency at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. After completion of her residency and achieving Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Dermatology in 2006 she remained at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine as a clinical instructor of dermatology. She then moved to the Dallas area to join the Animal Dermatology Referral Clinic (ADRC). For nine years she practiced clinical dermatology at ADRC and for five of those years she shared partnership with two other dermatologists. In September of 2016 she left private practice to join Zoetis. Currently, she serves as Chair of the North American Veterinary Dermatology Forum. She is certified as Level 3 Fear Free speaker, Human Animal Bond speaker and Feline Friendly speaker demonstrating she is highly motivated by the ideal of protecting the bond between you, your clients and their pets.

Nathan Helgert


Sponsored by:

Sunday, September 26

  • Cytology: An Algorithmic Approach

  • Cytology Wet Lab For Veterinarians

Nathan Helgert is a diagnostic pathologist and assistant professor at Murray State University’s Breathitt Veterinary Center. Dr. Helgert graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. After practicing for 4 years in mixed animal practice in Northwestern Pennsylvania, he completed a residency in anatomic pathology at the University of Tennessee in 2019. Dr. Helgert is a certified anatomic pathologist by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. Dr. Helgert’s professional interests include cytology, dermatopathology, and poultry pathology. A militant cat person, Dr. Helgert lives in Hopkinsville with his wife, four cats, and a grumpy blue-fronted Amazon parrot.

Patrick Odenweller


Sponsored by:

Sunday, September 26

  • Dental Extraction Techniques

  • Dental Extraction Techniques – Wet Lab

Dr. Patrick Odenweller is a 2009 graduate of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. He was a general practitioner for over 4 years in Louisville, KY. He then pursued a residency in private practice for Dentistry and Oral Surgery. This was completed at the Center for Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He moved back to the Louisville area and started the dentistry service at Metropolitan Veterinary Specialists in 2016. He currently lives in Shelbyville with his wife, Sheena Odenweller, and his two sons, Lincoln and Maddox. 

Lynne Cassone


Sponsored by:

Sunday, September 26

  • Necropsy Overview – Accession Form, History, Packaging of Specimens

  • Necropsy Wet Lab

After receiving her undergraduate Genetics degree from UC Davis, Dr. Lynne Cassone worked in a molecular genetics research laboratory at Texas A&M University where she had the distinction of creating and publishing the first genetic linkage map of Sorghum bicolor.  In one of many non sequiturs of her personal and professional life, she eventually crossed the road to attend the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and received her DVM in 1999.   After dabbling in graduate work in teratology, immunology, and avian infectious disease, she completed a residency and was board certified in anatomic pathology, a discipline perfectly suited to her wide-ranging interests.  For the past 20 years she has worked as a diagnostic pathologist and dermatopathologist at Texas A&M CVM, the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, and the University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.   In addition to the highly varied but equine and bovine-predominant diagnostic cases at UKVDL, Dr. Cassone has professional interests in pathology of wild and domestic birds, and dermatopathology.  Personal interests include endurance riding, sustainable agriculture, habitat restoration, and attempting to play the cello.