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Small Animal II Speakers

Michael Hickey

DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology) 

Friday, March 1

  • ECG Interpretation

  • Arrhythmia Management

  • Heart Failure Management

  • Staging and Therapy for Degenerative Valve Disease

Bio Coming Soon!

Ellen Lindell


Friday, March 1

  • Psychopharmacology Pearls-A Practical Approach to Behavioral Pharmacology

  • Is This a Behavior Case? The Interplay Between Behavior and Medicine

  • Feline House Soiling-Simple Solutions for Successful Resolution

Dr. Lindell is a diplomate and past president of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists.

As the owner of a behavior specialty practice, Dr. Lindell has devoted her professional career to helping pets, their families, and their veterinarians by addressing and treating behavioral concerns.

Dr. Lindell supports minimizing distress related to veterinary health care and is proud to be a member of the Fear Free Advisory Panel and an Approved Fear Free Speaker. She is dedicated to educating caregivers and pet professionals alike of the importance of a calm, safe veterinary experience.

Dr. Lindell enjoys teaching and has lectured extensively to veterinarians, pet professionals, and animal appreciators nation-wide. She is also an on-line behavior consultant for the Veterinary Information Network.

Dr. Lindell has had the opportunity to contribute to several textbooks including the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Behavior, Blackwell’s 5-Minute Veterinary Consult, Blackwell’s 5-Minute Consult: Canine and Feline Behavior and the newly revised Behavior Problems of the Dog and Cat. She frequently writes and reviews papers in peer-reviewed publications, had a paper published in Veterinary Clinics of North America, and co-authored a chapter in the popular publication, Decoding Your Dog.

In her spare time, Dr. Lindell enjoys training her dogs and participates in dog sports such as Agility, Rally, and Obedience. Her current training partners are Rita the sheltie and Cara the toller.

Mark Epstein


Sponsored by

Saturday, March 2

  • Transoperative Pain Management for the Low-Surgical Dose Patient

  • Transoperative Pain Management for the High-Surgical Dose Patient

  • Have the Nerve: LocoRegional Anesthesia

  • Oral Medications for the Chronic Pain Management

Dr. Epstein received his DVM from University of Georgia and is the Senior Partner and Medical Director of TotalBond Veterinary Hospitals, a small group of AAHA-accredited practices in the Charlotte & Gastonia NC. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Canine/Feline) and is a past-president of ABVP. He is certified by the Academy of Integrative Pain Management (AIPM), is recognized as a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner (CVPP) by the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management, and is a past-president of IVAPM; he is currently President of the IVAPM Research & Scholarship Foundation. Dr. Epstein chaired the AAHA Senior Care Guidelines Task Force and co-Chaired the 2015 AAHA/AAFP Pain Management Guidelines Task Force. He is a recipient of the 2022 Viticus Small Animal Educator of the Year Award.

Kathleen Ham


Saturday, March 2

  • Open Wound Management and Bandaging

  • Wound Assessments and Decision Making

  • Local Tension Relieving Techniques

Bio Coming Soon!

Kathleen Ham


Sunday, March 3

  • Brachycephalic Airway Obstructive Disease-Where to Start

  • Brachycephalic Airway Obstructive Disease-Surgery and Crisis Management

Bio Coming Soon!


Kathleen Cooney

DVM, CHPV, DACAW resident

Sunday, March 3

  • Euthanasia Reimagined, Modern Best Practices

  • Emotionally Intelligent Euthanasia

  • Euthanasia Without Pain: It Can be Done (Blend of Sleeping Beauty & Tips for Technically Smooth)

Dr. Kathleen Cooney has been practicing advanced end-of-life care since 2006. She is CEO and Director of Education for the Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy (CAETA). Dr. Cooney is well-known for her work in companion animal euthanasia and is an author and international speaker on the subject. She is a strong advocate for best practices in all aspects of end-of-life care and loves all things old and gray. Learn more about Dr. Cooney’s accomplishments at

Rachel Starr


Sponsored by

Sunday, February 12

  • Beginning Laser Therapy: Integrating Laser Therapy into Practice

Rachel Starr, DVM graduated from Michigan State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, in 2000. She began her work as a veterinarian as a mixed animal practitioner in rural Ohio and then as a shelter veterinarian in Columbus, OH. She moved back to Michigan in 2005 and become a small animal veterinarian in the Traverse City area. After an initial interest in surgery, she began to explore alternative therapies, learning Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation in 2010, and adding frequency specific laser therapy in 2011. She also took an introductory course in Nutrition Response Testing in 2011. After starting to incorporate it into veterinary practice, she decided to pursue Advanced Clinic Training and graduated from that program in 2018. She is currently practicing in two small animal clinics in Northern Michigan where she specializes in non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical holistic therapies.

Erin Burton


Sponsored by

Sunday, February 12

  • Diagnostic Testing Associated With Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex: Part I-Disease Overview

  • Diagnostic Testing Associated With Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex: Part II-Diagnostic Testing

Dr. Erin Burton is the Senior Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs for the University of Minnesota who aims to create inclusive and supportive experiences for her veterinary students in admissions, curriculum, and student affairs. Erin teaches primarily in the foundational sciences focusing infectious diseases and strives to connect these themes with the clinical relevance for her students using various outcome-based assessment tools. She is an expert in the Competency Based Veterinary Education (CBVE) Framework. Is currently serving on the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges CATALYZE Working group to develop tools for curriculum mapping and faculty professional development. She has also collaborated in the creation of workplace-based assessment tools for the UMN veterinary teaching hospital using the CBVE. Erin is currently board certified in clinical pathology but hopes in the coming years to also obtain certification in veterinary parasitology. Erin earned her DVM from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on the Caribbean Island of St. Kitts. She earned her master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Missouri becoming the first to characterize the urinary microbiome in healthy dogs. She considers her biggest character flaw to be her unwavering devotion to Arizona State Football and hopes one day to cheer them on in a BCS Championship game. In her spare time, she loves to play competitive doubles badminton and has a killer drop shot. You can follow her on LinkedIn and her courses on Instagram at @gopher_vetdxlab.