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Small Animal III Speakers

Amy Pike


Friday, February 10

  • The 6 M’s of Treating ANY Behavior Problem

  • Update on Behavioral Medications and Products Available

  • Medical vs Behavioral Diagnoses

Dr. Pike is a native Arizonan and graduated from Colorado State University’s school of veterinary medicine in 2003.  Working as an Army veterinarian after graduation and taking care of the Military Working Dogs returning from deployment spurred her interests in behavior medicine. Dr. Pike completed a Residency program and became board certified in 2015. She is owner of the Animal Behavior Wellness Center and was recently named one of the “Top Veterinarians of Northern Virginia” by NoVa Magazine for the sixth year in a row.

Dr. Pike speaks all over the world about veterinary behavior medicine, she has been published in numerous veterinary journals, she has conducted and published two scientific research studies, and is a contributing author in five clinical text books. She mentors 4 clinical behavior residents and is a clinical instructor for E-training for dogs and the Masters Program in Applied Animal Behavior at Virginia Tech.

Rebecca Stepien

DVM, MS, DACVIM (Cardiology)

Friday, February 10

  • Feline Hypertension: Diagnosis & Therapy

  • Feline Heart Disease: Diagnosis and Therapy

  • The ABCDs of Canine Myxomatous Mitral Valve Disease Part I: Diagnosis and Staging

  • The ABCDs of Canine Myxomatous Mitral Valve Disease Part II: Stage-Based Therapy of MMVD

Dr. Rebecca L. Stepien is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine and has been a Clinical Professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine since 1994. She is a past president of the Specialty of Cardiology in the American College of Veterinary Medicine and currently serves as staff cardiologist at UW Veterinary Care in Madison, WI. Dr. Stepien’s research interests include the natural history of myxomatous valve disease in whippets, pulmonary hypertension and systemic hypertension.


Patty Lathan


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Saturday, February 11

  • Diagnostic Tips and Tricks for Canine Cushing’s

  • Monitoring Trilostane Therapy in Dogs

  • Case-Based Approach to Canine Addison’s Disease

  • Feline Cushing’s and Addison’s Disease

Patty Lathan, VMD, MS, DACVIM, is a professor of small animal internal medicine at Mississippi State University. Her primary interest is endocrinology, specifically the management of adrenal disease and diabetes mellitus. She has published articles and book chapters, given lectures throughout the United States and internationally, and is the Past President of the Society for Comparative Endocrinology. Her students also publish educational endocrine music videos as an assignment for her elective, and those can be viewed on her YouTube channel (

Ashley Phelps-Dunn


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Saturday, February 11

  • Detect 30 Different Types of Canine Cancer With a Simple Blood Draw: Introducing Liquid Biopsy Testing

Ashley Phelps-Dunn, DVM, works within the Medical Affairs team to educate veterinary professionals and organizations on non-invasive testing solutions for the early detection of cancer in pets. She serves as an expert resource on oncology, genomics, and PetDx products and services.

As a technical consultant, equine and small animal veterinarian, and committed volunteer, Dr. Phelps-Dunn has spent her entire career in the presence of animals, animal health professionals, and advocates.

Hailing from Germantown, Tennessee, the longtime equestrian graduated from Mississippi State College of Veterinary Medicine and served as a dedicated equine veterinarian for a decade, and as an equine technical services representative. Dr. Phelps-Dunn also served as a sales consultant for Companion Animal and as a senior technical consultant with Elanco Animal Health. At Elanco, she built and executed training programs for corporate partners on disease states and the Elanco portfolio, and acted as a veterinarian advocate for numerous corporate partners. During the Covid-19 pandemic, she returned to practice treating small animals, rekindling a passion for providing companion animals with preventive medicine, surgery, and emergency care.

She currently sits on the board of trustees for the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International, a Denver-based, nonprofit membership organization that leads the advancement of professional equine-assisted – services.

Cheryl Greenacre

DVM, DABVP (Avian), DABVP (Exotic Companion Mammal)

Saturday, February 11

  • Common Infectious Diseases of Backyard Poultry

  • Common Non-Infectious Diseases of Backyard Poultry

Dr. Cheryl Greenacre is boarded in both Avian Medicine and Exotic Companion Mammal Medicine through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. Prior to joining the University of Tennessee in 2001, she held a similar position at the University of Georgia for 10 years, and has been teaching avian and exotic animal medicine to veterinary students, interns, residents, and private practitioners for over 30 years. Dr. Greenacre’s service includes past Chair of UT IACUC, current Chair of the AVMA Avian Working Group on the Panel of Euthanasia, past Delegate representing the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV) on the AVMA’s House of Delegates, and Past-President of the AAV. The second edition of her book titled, “Backyard Poultry Medicine and Surgery -A Guide for Veterinary Practitioners” is now available.

Jay Tischendorf


Sunday, February 12

  • Mud Fever! The Dangerous Reemergence of Leptospirosis Part I

  • Mud Fever! The Dangerous Reemergence of Leptospirosis Part II

  • Microbial Mayhem! Get SMART About Disinfection Part I

  • Microbial Mayhem! Get SMART About Disinfection Part II

  • Generic Medications: What You Don’t Know May Surprise You and Benefit Your Clinic

Dr. Jay Tischendorf is a veterinarian passionate about educating people on the dangers of infectious and zoonotic diseases.  He speaks widely on this subject to a variety of audiences.  He works full-time in the animal health pharmaceutical industry and has side interests in natural resource conservation and science.  Dr. Jay is certified in Fear Free and the Human-Animal Bond, and is also a certified expert animal cruelty investigator.  His career has taken him coast to coast and into Canada and Central America.

John Berg


Sunday, February 20

  • Resection of External Masses

  • Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome

  • The Spay/Neuter Controversy

  • Perineal Urethrostomy and Episioplasty

Dr. Berg is a 1981 graduate of Colorado State University.  He completed a rotating internship at Cornell University in 1982 before returning to Colorado State for his surgery residency.  Following his residency, he spent a year in referral practice at South Shore Veterinary Associates, south of Boston, and joined the faculty of Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 1987.  He teaches and practices small animal soft tissue surgery and has a special interest in surgical oncology.  During his time at Tufts, he has twice received the Pfizer Distinguished Teaching Award, as well as several other teaching awards.  He is the author of numerous original articles and book chapters on a variety of topics in soft tissue surgery and surgical oncology.  Dr. Berg served as the Chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences at Tufts from 1998 until 2011.  He is an ACVS Founding Fellow in Surgical Oncology and an honorary member of the Veterinary Society of Surgical Oncology.


Bruce Dell


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Sunday, February 20

  • The Role of Compounding in Contemporary Veterinary Practice

A pharmacist with more than 40 years of experience, Bruce Dell has practiced in many environments, including a 26 year military career (retiring from the United States Air Force), where he was the Chief Pharmacist at nine duty stations and served as the Pharmacy Consultant for three major commands.  A pharmacy graduate from Ferris State College in Michigan, he also holds a Masters Degree in Health Care Sciences from Central Michigan University.  Throughout his career, he has been an adjunct/associate professor at six pharmacy schools, a pharmacy residency program director and has been licensed in nine states.  As Director of Research, Development and Innovation with Covetrus, he oversees formula evolution and professional training.  He has given more than 400 educational lectures highlighting legislative issues and new veterinary therapeutics available through pharmacy compounding.