2019 Speakers

Christina Naomi Allala, DVM (translator)

Mie Aoki, DVM, Animal Clinic Miavet, Japan (translator)

Kazunari Ibaraki, DVM, Ibaraki Animal Clinic, Japan (translator)

Julie Ann Luiz Adrian, DVM

Dr. Julie Ann Luiz Adrian is an Associate Professor of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. She studies complicated grief, posttraumatic stress disorder and pharmacological therapy in humans’ response to the death of pets and animals; euthanasia in animals; canine cancer natural chemoprevention; pet therapy; economics of pharmacy and veterinary pharmacy education. Dr. Adrian is also involved in One Health through the Department of Health and the Hawaii Public Health Association, as well as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention One Health Campaign – Antimicrobial Stewardship Program and Opioid Crisis Program.

Brian S. Beale, DVM, DACVS

Dr. Brian Beale received his DVM from the University of Florida in 1985. He completed an internship at Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington, D.C., and a surgical residency at the University of Florida. He became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1991. Dr. Beale was an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine prior to joining Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in 1992. Dr. Beale is an adjunct assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, and is a co-author of the industry-defining textbook, Small Animal Arthroscopy. In 2018, Dr. Beale was named a Founding Fellow in Minimally Invasive Surgery – Small Animal Orthopedics (arthroscopy and fracture repair) by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Nancy Brandt, DVM

Dr. Nancy Brandt has 20 years of experience in holistic medicine. She teaches at the Wongu Medical School in Vegas and has lectured for the AHVMA, Animal Wellness Summit for several years, as well as the Animal Conference for YL on use of essential oil in animals.

Robert Duquette, BVSc, PhD, MRCVS

Dr. Robert Duquette earned his PhD and Veterinary Medical and Surgical Degree from the University of Liverpool in England. During this time, he lectured and tutored in the Veterinary, Medical and Dental Faculties. He has authored and co-authored papers, publications and book chapters as well as presented his work at numerous conferences in Europe and North America.
Dr. Duquette practiced companion animal medicine and surgery for 10 years in both the United Kingdom and the United States. Prior to joining the Technical Services Team at Merck Animal Health in 2014, he was the veterinarian for a municipal shelter in California. His practice interests include dermatology, preventative and shelter medicine.

Kim Henneman, DVM, DACVSMR

Dr. Kim Henneman is a 1986 graduate from the Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine. She holds certifications in veterinary acupuncture (IVAS 1990), veterinary chiropractic (AVCA 1992) and Chinese Herbal Medicine (IVAS 2000). She became the 12th Fellow of the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture in 2008 as well as completing Diplomate status in thermography from the American Academy of Thermology (an AMA organization) that same year.  In 2013 and 2014, Dr. Henneman became the first veterinarian to achieve Board-certified Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation in both Canine & Equine species.

Dr. Henneman’s practice is mixed performance equine and companion animal with occasional zoo consulting; it ranges from the Rocky Mountains in the West to New England. It exclusively involves the use of integrative therapies & thermal imaging in sports medicine, rehabilitation and chronic disease. She works on equine athletes of all disciplines as well as agility, obedience, sheep-herding, SAR, police/patrol/detection, sled and avalanche dogs; she is also an 8-year trail veteran of the Iditarod sled-dog race because it’s fun to freeze, not sleep and eat Tuna Helper in the Arctic while caring for dogs. Dr. Henneman is a popular international (UK, Europe, Canada,  China, S. Africa) and national speaker and has contributed to several textbooks, including both editions of the textbook Canine Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation by Zink & Van Dyke (2012, 2018), as well as VCNA-Equine: Rehabilitation (2015). She lives in Park City, Utah with her engineer/pilot husband, Pat, and a wad of horses, dogs and cats.  She enjoys photography and has a new eventing prospect OTQH mare who is currently at the trainer learning how to be a good girl.

Jennifer L. Huck, DVM, DACVS-SA

Dr. Jennifer Huck is a 2006 graduate of the The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship at Michigan State University and then went on to do a post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania PennHIP Research Center. In 2008, Dr. Huck started a residency in small animal surgery at Louisiana State University and completed the residency at Iowa State University in 2011. Dr. Huck became an ACVS diplomate in 2012. After three years of clinical private practice at a specialty practice in New York City, she joined the faculty at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Small Animal Surgery. At Ross, she was able to further enhance a passion for teaching, surgery, and research working closely with colleagues to help develop a rigorous clinical and surgical skills training program. In 2017, she returned to the University of Pennsylvania where she now serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery. Her clinical and research interests focus on surgical oncology and surgical diseases of the upper airway as well as the use and efficacy of models in surgical training.

Don Hulse, DVM, DACVS

Dr. Don Hulse graduated from Texas A&M in 1970 and completed his surgical training at Kansas State University in 1973. He was appointed as a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Texas A&M University in 1984. Presently, Dr. Hulse remains active as a senior surgeon at TAMU as well as a senior surgeon at Austin Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center. He successfully fulfilled the requirements for admission into the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1977. He is a recognized leader in veterinary orthopedics and is frequently an invited speaker at National and International Veterinary conferences. He has developed techniques commonly used for treatment of bone and joint disorders in dogs and is a co-author of Small Animal Arthroscopy. His clinical research interests focus on minimally invasive surgery for joint disorders and for fracture treatment.

Sean Hulsebosch, DVM, DACVIM

Dr. Hulsebosch received his DVM from Michigan State University. Following graduation, he completed a rotating internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City and then worked in private general practice for 10 years in New Jersey. Dr. Hulsebosch completed his residency in small animal internal medicine (2012-2015) at the University of California, Davis
and became board certified in 2015 by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Small Animal Internal Medicine). He is currently a clinical assistant professor of internal medicine at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Hulsebosch’s interests include endocrinology, immune-mediated disease, nephrology, and endoscopy of the urinary,
respiratory, and gastrointestinal tracts.

Yukiko Kuwahara DVM DRIC CVA

“Dr. Youkey” has 40 years of pet industry background including a host of the radio talk show, “The Wild & Wacky World of Pets & Animals”.  She has been known to work around movie and television sets as an On-Set-Vet as well.  Dr. Youkey currently travels around the world lecturing on Laser Therapy and helps to relieve suffering by providing lasers for rent or purchase.  She is currently writing an eBook on Laser Therapy with recipes to how to use the laser. Dr. Youkey also has her mobile laser therapy and laser acupuncture practice in both Colorado & California.  She is known as a very selective mini-distributor selling over 19 different lasers from 7 companies including other veterinary equipment.  Her favorite de-stress activity is to watch the ocean waves or sit by a water fountain enjoying the benefits of the negative ions while spa-zen like music wafts in the air . . . . and then jumps on her 3 – wheeled motorcycle & rides off into the sunset.

Michael Lappin, DVM, PhD, DACVIM

Dr. Lappin graduated from Oklahoma State University and then completed an internship, internal medicine residency, and PhD program in Parasitology at the University of Georgia. Dr. Lappin is the Kenneth W. Smith Professor in Small Animal Clinical Veterinary Medicine at Colorado
State University, is the director of the “Center for Companion Animal Studies” and he helps direct the shelter medicine program. He is the chair of the WSAVA One Health Committee. His principal areas of interest are prevention of infectious diseases, the upper respiratory disease complex, infectious causes of fever, infectious causes of diarrhea, and zoonoses. His research group has published over 300 primary papers or book chapters concerning small animal infectious diseases. Awards include the Norden Distinguished Teaching Award, NAVC Small Animal Speaker of the Year, the European Society of Feline Medicine International Award for Outstanding Contribution to Feline Medicine, the Winn Feline Research Award, the ACVIM Robert W. Kirk Award for Professional Excellence, the WSAVA Scientific Achievement Award, and the AVMA Clinical Research Award.

Timothy B. Lescun, BVSc, PhD, DACVS

Dr. Tim Lescun is Associate Professor of Large Animal Surgery at Purdue University. He earned his BVSc degree from the University of Melbourne, Australia, in 1994. He completed a private practice internship at the Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital in Australia in 1996. Dr. Lescun completed his combined residency and Master of Science degree at Purdue University in 1999 and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2000. He was hired as a faculty member at Purdue in 2002 after working in private practice in Australia since 2000. Dr. Lescun became tenured in 2008 and earned his PhD from Purdue University in 2015. He has been involved in the training of 19 ACVS surgical residents since 2002. He enjoys the hands on teaching of surgery and lameness to veterinary students and residents. His main clinical interests include general surgery, lameness and orthopedic disease in performance horses, orthopedic infections and fracture fixation. His current research interests include fracture fixation methods and fracture risk prediction in racehorses.


Dr. Ronald Li is an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Davis. His research focus includes platelet signalling, neutrophil extracellular traps in sepsis and thrombosis. His clinical interests include management of respiratory failure, thrombosis and acquired coagulopathies. Dr. Li graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph in 2009  and completed a rotating internship in Toronto, Canada the follow year.  Dr. Li then went on to pursue an emergency and critical care residency and Master of Veterinary Medicine degree at the Royal Veterinary College (University of London) in 2011. He became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2014.  Dr. Li received his Ph.D. from UC Davis in December 2017.

Kathryn McGonigle MPH, DVM, DACVIM

Dr. Kathryn McGonigle is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her DVM at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2002, participated in sea turtle field work in Long Island post-graduation, then practiced as a small animal & exotics general practitioner in New Jersey for 4 years. She completed an internship at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in 2008 and a residency at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals in 2011. After a year locum as a clinical instructor at Cornell in 2016, she began her appointment at the University of Pennsylvania as an Assistant Professor. She greatly enjoys the excitement & challenges of working with veterinarians at all stages of their career. Special interests include feline medicine, geriatric care, and infectious diseases.

Sarah McMillan, DVM, DACVIM

Dr. Sarah McMillan attended Purdue University for veterinary school. She then completed a small animal rotating internship at a private practice in Michigan. She returned to Purdue to complete her residency in Oncology. In 2013, Dr. McMillan moved to Hawaii to become the first veterinary oncologist in the state.

Amy Newfield, CVT, VTS (ECC)

Amy Newfield is currently employed with BluePearl Veterinary Partners as the National Veterinary Technician Training Manager. In 2003 she became a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care. She currently sits on the Academy of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Technicians board as the Immediate Pas 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 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.

Carrie Palm, DVM, DACVIM

After graduation from the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Carrie Palm completed a small animal rotating internship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, followed by a three-year residency in small animal internal medicine. She is Board Certified in Small Animal Internal Medicine. Dr. Palm practiced as a small animal internist for one year in a specialty practice, Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group in Ventura, CA. She then left private practice and completed a two-year fellowship in nephrology, hemodialysis/extracorporeal medicine and urinary medicine at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She has since joined the faculty in Clinical Small Animal Internal Medicine at UC Davis. Dr. Palm is interested in all aspects of renal and urinary medicine, but her main focuses are interventional endourology, acute kidney injury and ureteral obstructive disease and extracorporeal therapies (including hemodialysis, hemoperfusion and apheresis).

Carol Reinero, DVM, DACVIM

Dr. Carol Reinero received her DVM from the University of California-Davis.  She completed a Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Rotating Internship at Texas A&M University and returned to UC Davis to complete a Small Animal Internal Medicine Residency.  She received her PhD in Immunology from UC Davis.  She is currently a Professor and the Director of the Comparative Internal Medicine Laboratory at the University of Missouri-Columbia.   Dr. Reinero has spoken nationally and internationally on respiratory diseases in small animals and has published close to 100 peer reviewed scientific manuscripts.  

Kevin Stepaniuk, B. Sc., DVM, DAVDC, FAVD

As a Diplomate of the AVDC, previous faculty and section chief of Dentistry and Oral Surgery UMN, and scientific journal and textbook author and reviewer, Dr. Kevin Stepaniuk has become an invited international and national renowned lecturer/instructor. He is an Executive Board member of the AVDC, and past-president of the AVDS. He is the owner of Veterinary Dentistry Education and Consulting Services, and recently decided to focus his clinical practice on development of two entrepreneurial veterinary dentistry and oral surgery businesses.

Dr. Stepaniuk is a dynamic and enthusiastic speaker who has a passion to educate in order to improve each veterinarian and veterinary technician’s knowledge and clinical skill in veterinary dentistry. He believes every veterinarian should be able to recognize and diagnose common dental and oral pathology and provide services to alleviate the insidious pain and suffering in the pet population.

Joshua A. Stern, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Cardiology)

Dr. Joshua Stern is an Associate Professor and Chief of Service for Cardiology at the University of California, Davis. His clinical interests include canine and feline cardiomyopathies. Dr. Stern is an active researcher in veterinary cardiology, canine & feline genetics and pharmacogenomics. He operates a cardiac genetics laboratory that trains graduate students in addition to cardiology residents. Dr. Stern has authored more than 70 publications and frequently lectures internationally on the topics of veterinary cardiology and genetics. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine where he also completed a small animal rotating internship. Dr. Stern completed his cardiology residency through North Carolina State University and earned his PhD through research and graduate studies with the Washington State University Veterinary Cardiac Genetics Laboratory. 

Thomas Tully, DVM, MS, DABVP (Avian), ECZM (Avian)

Thomas Tully, DVM, MS, DABVP (Avian), ECZM (Avian) is a Professor of Zoological Medicine in the Veterinary Clinical Sciences Department. He also serves as Service Chief of the Zoological Medicine Service. Dr. Tully co-edited six books (including 1 second edition), co-authored one (second edition published) as well as authoring and co–authoring numerous chapters in other veterinary medical texts. Most recently published in January 2016, Current Therapy in Exotic Pet Practice, Mitchell and Tully. He was Co-Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine from 2005-2018.