DVM, Dipl ACVECC, Davis, California (USA)
I received my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. After a one-year rotating internship at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, I completed a residency training in emergency and critical care at University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and became board certified in 2015. I am currently working as an associate veterinarian at the emergency and critical care service and also enrolled in a Ph.D. program at University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. In 2020, I am going to move to Raleigh NC to start working at North Carolina State University.
Dr. med. vet., Dipl ECVIM-CA, Berlin (D)
Barbara Kohn, Dr. med. vet., Professor, DipECVIM-CA, German specialist for diseases of small animals / for internal medicine Barbara graduated from LM-University Munich and performed a doctoral thesis in veterinary physiology. Then she worked as an assistant (private clinics) and as a resident in small animal internal medicine (University of Zurich). From 1994 till 1996 she performed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Since 1996 Barbara works at the Clinic for Small Animals of the Freie Universität Berlin, since 2003 as Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine. Since 2003 she is vice director / director of the Clinic. She has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and 25 book chapters, is editor of a journal and of 3 textbooks (haematology & transfusion medicine, canine diseases, feline diseases), and is member of numerous professional veterinary organizations. Her main interests are hematology, transfusion medicine, infectious diseases, clinical immunology, and gastrointestinal diseases.
DVM, PhD, Dipl ACVR, Raleigh, North Carolina (USA)
Donald Thrall graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University and completed a radiology residency and MS and PhD degrees at Colorado State University. He has held faculty positions at the University of Georgia, the University of Pennsylvania, Ross University and North Carolina State University. He is currently an Emeritus Professor at North Carolina State University and a radiologist and Quality Control Officer in teleimaging with IDEXX Telemedicine, Inc. Dr. Don Thrall is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Radiology in both diagnostic radiology and radiation oncology and has served as President of the College in both capacities. Dr. Don Thrall has authored or co-authored over 200 publications and served as Editor of the journal Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound for over 30 years. He is currently the Editor of the Textbook of Veterinary Diagnostic Radiology, 7th Edition, and Co-Author, with Dr. Ian Robertson, of the Atlas of Normal Radiographic Anatomy and Anatomic Variants in the Dog and Cat, 2nd Edition, both published by Elsevier.
Mary Anna Thrall
DVM, MS, Dipl ACVP, Basseterre, St. Kitts, West Indies
Dr. Mary Anna Thrall is a professor of veterinary clinical pathology at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to joining RUSVM in 2010 she was a faculty member at Colorado State University for 32 years. She is active in continuing education for veterinarians and pathologists, and has provided more than 350 scientific presentations and continuing education programs. She is author or co-author of numerous scientific publications, abstracts, proceedings, and book chapters, and is the primary author of a clinical pathology textbook, Veterinary Hematology and Clinical Chemistry. Dr. Thrall is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP), and served as the president of that organization. Dr. Thrall’s awards include the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine Distinguished Alumna Award (2004) and the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology Lifetime Achievement Award, 2008. She was named a “Pillar of Pathology” by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 2012, was the recipient of the National Zoetis AAVMC Distinguished Teaching Award, in 2013, and received an Adtalem Global Education TEACH Award for Teaching Excellence in 2019.
DVM, MS, Dipl ACVS, Gainesville, Florida (USA)
Dr. J. Brad Case is an Associate Professor of small animal surgery at the University of Florida, College of Veterinary medicine. He is an ACVS Founding Fellow in minimally invasive surgery, soft tissue surgery and the 2017-2019, past President of the Veterinary Endoscopy Society. In addition to his clinical research in minimally invasive surgery and liver disease, he is investigating and co-developing novel coronary artery stents that prevent neointimal hyperplasia and restenosis; a common cause of heart attack in humans with coronary artery disease.
Steven De Decker
DVM, Dipl ECVN, London (UK)
Steven graduated in 2005 from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University in Belgium. After graduation, he performed there a Rotating Internship followed by a PhD about disk-associated cervical spondylomyelopathy. Between 2010 and 2013, he completed a Residency in Neurology and Neurosurgery at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London. After becoming a board-certified specialist, he stayed at the Royal Veterinary College and is now Head of Service of the Neurology and Neurosurgery team. Although he is interested in all aspects of veterinary neurology, most of his research and publications focus on spinal disorders and neurosurgery. Steven has more than 70 publications in international scientific journals and presented most of his work at international conferences. He enjoys teaching and is therefore regularly involved in continuous professional development (CPD) events around the world.
DVM, Dr. Vet. Med., Dr. Habil, Mvsc, PhD, Dipl ACVP, Lansing, Michigan (USA)
Dr. Kiupel is an anatomic pathologist and professor in the Department of Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation and the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Michigan State University. He has published more than 300 peer-reviewed papers and numerous book chapters in veterinary and comparative pathology, specifically tumorpathology, including the chapter on hematopoietic pathology in “JKP’s Pathology of Domestic Animals” and the chapters on mast cell tumors and tumors of the alimentary tract in “Meuten’s Tumors of Domestic Animals”. He is also the editor of the “Surgical Pathology of Tumors in Domestic Animals” (former WHO fascicles) series. Dr. Kiupel has a strong interest in training graduate students and has served on more than 30 graduate student committees, on 11 of these as primary mentor. He has been the primary advisor of 20 residents in anatomic pathology. Dr. Kiupel has received numerous honors and awards including the Ernst-Reuter-Award from the Freie University, Berlin, multiple Samuel W. Thompson Distinguished Lecturer Awards, the Robert Farell Distinguished Lecturer Award, the Research Achievement Award of the American Ferret Association, the AAVLD distinguished service award and the Special Recognition Award for Promoting International Understanding from MSU.
Carla Rohrer Bley
Dr. med. vet., Dipl ACVRRO, Dipl ECVDI add Rad Oncol, Zurich (CH)
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine , 2003 Diploma of the American College of Veterinary Radiology, sub-speciality Radiation Oncology (DACVR-RO). Work Address: Division of Radiation Oncology Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Zurich. Since 2008 Consulting Radiation Oncologist( Centro Oncologico Veterinario, Sasso Marconi, BO) 2011 Diploma of the European College of Diagnostic Imaging (DipECVDI add Rad Oncol) 2012 Habilitation( Dr. med. vet habil.), Venia legendi in Oncology 2013-2015 ASAE Master of Applied Ethics (ongoing) Research Focus: Interrelation of tumor microenvironment with various forms of anticancer therapy,especially different radiation fractionation schedules, DNA damage and repair after ionizing radiation, Treatment planning in animal cancer therapy, especially tumors of the nervous system, Use of radiation therapy for non-neoplastic indications
DVM, BVSc, MACVSc, MVS, HDipUTL, Dipl ECVS, Murdoch (AU)
Mark is Associate Professor of Small Animal Surgery at Murdoch University and heads the orthopaedic and neurosurgery referral service. He has a Masters degree in Veterinary Surgery, is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons and is an Australian, European and RCVS recognised specialist small animal surgeon. Mark’s main clinical interests are in small animal lameness, minimally invasive orthopaedic surgery including fracture repair and arthroscopy. His main research interests are in fracture and implant biomechanics. Mark is actively involved in teaching orthopaedics internationally. He is the Chair of AOVET Asia Pacific and is on the AOVET International Board and the AOVET Education Commission.
DVM, PhD, Dipl ACVECC, Dipl ACVSMR, Pennsylvania (USA)
Dr. Otto is a tenured Professor of Working Dog Sciences and Sports Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine. She served as an attending ACVECC clinician in the Emergency Service between 1991 and 2014. Following deployment with PA-TF1 to 9/11, she initiated an AKC-CHF funded longitudinal study of search dogs that worked at 9/11. She is the executive director and founder of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center (www.PennVetWDC.org) where she oversees the fitness and medical care of the detection dogs in the program, provides rehabilitation and conditioning for police and other working dogs and conducts vital research impacting detection dogs. She has published over 60 peer reviewed articles, numerous book chapters and is an internationally recognized speaker in both emergency medicine and working dog medicine. She was named Pennsylvania’s 2002 “Veterinarian of the Year”, received an Alumni Recognition Award in 2006 and the 2008 OSU Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Ohio State University. She received the Philadelphia Kennel Club’s Dog’s Best Friend Award in 2016 and AVMA’s Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year in 2018.
DVM, PhD, Dipl ECAR, Alfort, Paris (F)
Alain Fontbonne graduated from the veterinary school of Nantes (west of France) in 1985, and joined the veterinary school of Alfort (Paris) were he first followed a two years internship in dogs and cats internal medicine.
Alain was appointed in 1993 as a senior lecturer in the Animal Reproduction Department at the veterinary school of Lyon, where he opened a clinical department dealing with dog reproduction and artificial insemination.
In 2000, he was appointed back as an Associate Professor at the Veterinary School of Alfort (Paris), where he is now the head of the small animal reproduction clinic.
Alain has written many scientific and technical articles for French vets and dog breeders on dog and cat reproduction.
He has been also widely involved in raising this topic in Europe, having been the President of the European Veterinary Society of Small Animal Reproduction (EVSSAR). Alain main‘s interests are dog and cat infertility, artificial insemination and a more fundamental research about in vitro maturation and fertilization of dog oocytes. Alain has been invited to lecture in many countries including Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Denmark, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Brazil and the USA. He is a diplomat of the European College of Animal Reproduction (ECAR).
DVM, BVSc, MVetClinStud, FACVSc, Dipl ACVS-SA, Dipl ECVS, Ottawa, Ontario (CA)
Dr. Julius Liptak graduated from the University of Melbourne in Australia in 1992 and then worked in private practice for 5 years before completing an internship at the University of Queensland, a Residency in Small Animal Surgery at the University of Sydney, and Clinical and Research Fellowships in Surgical Oncology at the Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University. He was on faculty at the Ontario Veterinary College in Canada prior to moving to his current position as specialist small animal surgeon and surgical oncologist at VCA Canada - Alta Vista Animal Hospital in Ottawa, Canada. Dr. Liptak is a board certified specialist in small animal surgery in Australia, North America, and Europe. He has published over 100 papers and book chapters on surgical oncology related topics, and presented at numerous local, national, and international conferences. Dr. Liptak was founding President of the Veterinary Society of Surgical Oncology and became an ACVS Founding Fellow in Surgical Oncology in 2012. Dr. Liptak is a co-editor of the 6th edition of Withrow and MacEwen's Small Animal Clinical Oncology and co-author of the 1st edition of A Color Atlas of Surgical Oncology of Dogs and Cats.