Registration closes at midnight Feb. 15

Small Animal I Speakers

Jim Noxon


Friday, February 19

  • Cleaning Ears to Make a Difference!

  • Topical Therapy for Otitis: Part I-Options/Choosing Wisely

  • Topical Therapy for Otitis: Part II Maximizing the Benefits of Topical Therapy

  • Common Problems in Feline Otology

  • Keys to Managing Atopic Dermatitis in Dogs

  • Cytology as a Key Diagnostic Tool for Dermatology

  • How to Make the Most Out of Your Microscope

Dr. Jim Noxon received his DVM degree from Colorado State University in 1976. After two years of private practice in Denver, Colorado, he completed a residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia (1980) and then joined the faculty at Iowa State University in 1982 where he is currently a Morrill Professor (distinguished professorship in teaching) in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, a staff dermatologist in the Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center, and Section Leader of the dermatology section at Iowa State University. Jim is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and a past president of the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Iowa State University, he provides the core small animal dermatology lectures for Oregon State University. Jim has received numerous teaching awards and is a two-time recipient of the Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teaching Award and the 2015 recipient of the Frank Král Award for Achievement in Veterinary Dermatology, an award given by the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology for outstanding achievements and dedication to the veterinary profession and specialty of dermatology. His research interests lie in the area of otology and management of ear diseases.

Joe Wakshlag


Saturday, February 20

  • Cannabinology 101

  • Veterinary Medicine: Canabinoids and Clinical Utility

  • Nutritional Hepatology

  • Musculoskeletal Support of the Aging Canine

Dr. Joseph Wakshlag started his academic career receiving a BS and MS from Montclair State University. He then attended Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine graduating in 1998. He continued his residency training in both pathology and nutrition, as well as receiving his PhD in Pharmacology in 2005. He became a diplomate in the College of Veterinary Nutrition in 2008 and furthered his board certification as a diplomate in the College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2010 and is currently a Professor at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. His background in sports medicine and nutrition has produced many publications on working dogs, obesity, canine cancer cell biology and arthritis management. He has been a leader in the field of Cannabinoid research and has recently joined the ElleVet team part-time as a consultant to help oversee their clinical trials program.

Jason Stull


Saturday, February 20

  • More Than a Little Coughing: Protecting Dogs and Communities From Canine Respiratory Disease Complex

  • Unraveling the Complexities of Canine Leptospirosis: From Diagnosis to Treatment and Prevention

Jason Stull is an Assistant Professor in veterinary medicine at The Ohio State University and Atlantic Veterinary College.  Over the past 15 years, he has taught and conducted research on veterinary infectious diseases, with the main goal of protecting people and animals from infections. Recently, he has completed research projects investigating the epidemiology of canine leptospirosis and canine infectious respiratory disease complex. He holds a VMD from the University of Pennsylvania, Masters in Preventive Veterinary Medicine from the University of California at Davis, and PhD in veterinary infectious disease from the University of Guelph.  He is a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. 

Marcy Souza


Saturday, February 20

  • One Health The Veterinarian’s Role in the COVID-19 Pandemic Response (25 Minutes)

Dr. Souza graduated from NCSU with her DVM and went on to a Masters in Public Health program and residency in Avian & Zoo Medicine at the University of Tennessee. She stayed on as faculty and has been at UT for 12 ½ years. She is currently a professor and Director of Veterinary Public Health where she oversees the veterinary concentration of the MPH program, as well as conducting research and teaching. She is boarded in Veterinary Preventive Medicine (ACVPM) and Avian Practice (ABVP) and completed a Masters in Public Policy and Administration in 2017. During 2020, Dr. Souza played a large role in the CVM, UT Institute for Agriculture, UT System, and Knox County responses.

Elizabeth Molinet

 DVM-MPH candidate

Saturday, February 20

  • COVID in Animals (25 Minutes)

Elizabeth Molinet is a third year veterinary student at the University of Tennessee, where she is pursuing a dual DVM-MPH degree. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from Duke University. Her interests are in emerging zoonotic diseases and One Health. Upon graduation from UT, she hopes to work for the CDC, WHO, NIH, or the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Lindsay Starkey

DVM, PhD, DACVM-Parasit

Sponsored by:

Sunday, February 21

  • Canine Tick-Borne Infections: What’s the Latest

  • Canine Heartworm Infections: What’s the Latest

  • The Risk is Real! Update on Heartworm and Tick-Borne Infections in Cats

Dr. Starkey was raised on a cattle farm in Northeast Kansas and earned her BS (2007) in Animal Science from the University of Arkansas. She completed both her DVM (2011) and PhD (2015) in Veterinary Biomedical Sciences at Oklahoma State University where her graduate research focused on several vector-borne infections of dogs. She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiology, Parasitology sub-specialty, completing her residency training through the National Center for Veterinary Parasitology at Oklahoma State University in 2015. Dr. Starkey joined the faculty at Auburn University in May 2016 where she is involved in various research projects involving vector-borne and food-borne infections, diagnostic parasitology, and parasite consultation and outreach. Dr. Starkey also is heavily involved in the teaching of parasitology to first, second, and fourth-year veterinary students, and she has received two teaching awards while at Auburn, most recently being awarded the Zoetis Distinguished Teacher Award in March 2020.

Dawn Boothe


Sunday, February 21

  • Opioids as Analgesics: A Review of Therapeutic Use

  • Mitochondria 101: An Emerging Therapeutic Challenge

  • NSAIDs: It’s Not Just About the Pain

Dr. Boothe graduated from Texas A&M University (TAMU) in 1977 and 78 (BS), and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1980. After an internship at Auburn University, she returned to TAMU to complete an MS in Physiology , a residency in small animal internal medicine (becoming board certified in 1985), and a PhrMA Fellowship and PhD in Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology (1989). She is among the first class of diplomates in the American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology (1991). In 1990, she joined TAMU in the Department of Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology, reaching Professor in 2003. She then joined the departments of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology and Clinical Sciences at Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine as Professor. She directs the Clinical

Pharmacology Laboratory, serving over 4000 national and international veterinary practices. She actively teaches in the 1st through 4th veterinary students, and has mentored over 31 graduate students or Clinical Pharmacology Residents. Dr. Boothe has received over $1.7M research funding as principle investigator, has authored or coauthored over 125 peer-reviewed scientific publications, 2 text books and over 60 book chapters. Major awards include a University Achievement Award in Teaching at Texas A&M University, the Jack Mara Scientific Achievement Award for Scientific Achievement (national), and at AU, graduate student mentor awards (University and College level) and the Zoetis Award for Excellence in Research. She most recently was recognized by Auburn University with an Alumni Professorship. Dr. Boothe is married to Harry W. Boothe (MSU’71, MS, Diplomate ACVS), and they currently make their home, along with a grumble of pugs, a herd of cats and various assundry critters, in Auburn, AL. They have children, Ashley (married to Austin), and Matthew (AU-CVM’15), who is a resident in veterinary cardiology (married to Hannah Findley, AU-CVM’15).