Early Bird Price Through 2/9/24

Small Animal III Speakers

George Moore


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Friday, March 1

  •  Lyme Disease

  • Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease

  • New Things We’re Learning About Canine Vaccine Safety

  • Communicating the Importance of Vaccination in a Vaccine-Hesitant World

After graduating in the first class from the University of Tennessee’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Moore spent more than 22 years in the US Army with various assignments including Director of the Dept. of Defense Military Working Dog Veterinary Services, at Lackland Air Force Base, TX. He has been faculty at Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in West Lafayette, Indiana, since 2005. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, and his research interests include vaccine safety, infectious diseases, and companion animal disease epidemiology!

Emily Coffey


Friday, March 1

  • The Role of the Microbiome in Small Animal Medicine

  • Establishing Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs in Veterinary Practices

Emily Coffey is an Assistant Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Minnesota. She attended North Carolina State University for veterinary school, followed by a rotating internship at Colorado State University. She then completed residency training and a PhD in Comparative and Molecular Biosciences at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses broadly on delineating the role of the microbiome in health and disease. She has a particular interest in the urinary microbiome and the effects of host microbial communities and biological metabolites on urinary stone formation. She hopes to apply discoveries about the microbiome to improve healthcare for both humans and animals. Additional research interests include antimicrobial stewardship, fecal microbiota transplantation, and host-pathogen interactions.

Mollie Mesman Aldridge


Friday, March 1

  • Paw Pad Dermatoses in Dogs and Cats

Dr. Mollie Mesman earned a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University in 2007, followed by a DVM degree from the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. After a small animal rotating internship at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Mesman then went on to complete her dermatology residency with the Animal Dermatology Clinic in Marina del Rey, California, from 2013-2016. She obtained Diplomate status with the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD) in November 2016.

As a board-certified veterinary dermatologist, Dr. Mesman started a dermatology referral service in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In 2019 she moved to Greenville, South Carolina, and joined Southeast Veterinary Dermatology which became Animal Dermatology Clinic in 2022.

Dr. Mesman loves all things dermatology. She is wife to a veterinary internist and mother to four children, a Rat terrier, an itchy and allergic Pug, two kittens and eight chickens.

Ellen Lindell


Saturday, March 2

  • When the Dog Bites-Managing Canine Aggression Toward Household People

  • Behavior Central-Practice Tips for Effectively Addressing Your Patients’ Behavioral Needs in a Busy General Practice Setting

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.

Debra Zoran


Saturday, March 2

  • Disaster Response-The Vets Role in Disaster Response, Intro to ICS and Your Connection  to Organized Response

  • Disaster Response-The Differences in Disaster Response – Triage, Field Medicine, and Understanding the Role of Strike Teams and Stabilization

  • Disaster Response- Medical Cache, Euthanasia Decisions, Medical Records, Records for Controlled Drugs, and Record Keeping

  • Feline Nutrition Part I

  • Feline Nutrition Part II

Dr. Deb Zoran is currently the Interim Director of the VET and a Professor of Medicine at Texas A&M University. She is a founding member of the Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team (VET) and the lead instructor for the VET rotation. Her DVM was awarded in 1984 from Kansas State University, followed by a PhD in nutrition from Texas A&M, where she taught small animal medicine for 20 years. Since joining VET in 2009, she has been on over 25 deployments to multiple types of disasters in Texas and beyond, including wildfires in California and hurricanes in Louisiana and Florida. She helped develop the required clinical rotation in Veterinary Emergency Management to 4th year veterinary students (the only such rotation in the US). She is also a member of Texas A&M Task Force S&R as veterinary support of the canines and serves on the FEMA Incident Support Team as a Veterinary Specialist in support of working canines deployed to disasters.

Renee Schmid


Sunday, March 3

  • Back to Basics: Approaching Poisonings Correctly Right From the Start!

  • Top 10(ish) Toxins Affecting Dogs & Cats

  • Top 10(ish) Toxins Affecting Dogs & Cats Continued

  • Decontamination Methods of the Dog and Cat

Renee Schmid, DVM, DABT, DABVT, is the Manager, Veterinary Medicine and Professional Services and Senior Veterinary Toxicologist for Pet Poison Helpline/SafetyCall International. She has been with the organization since 2013.  Dr. Schmid graduated from Kansas State University with a BS degree in Agriculture/Animal Science as well as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.

While at Pet Poison Helpline, Dr. Schmid has managed over 20,000 cases involving animal poisoning and has presented on various toxins and leadership at both state, regional and national conferences as well as national webinars.  Dr. Schmid has published scientific book chapters on the topics of thyroid supplements, diuretic drug intoxication, xylitol intoxication, general poisoning therapy, strychnine toxicosis, fluoride poisoning, Compound 1080 toxicosis, anticoagulant rodenticide poisoning, cholecalciferol rodenticide poisoning, toxicities from human drugs – cardiovascular, poisonous plants: house plants and ornamentals, and considerations in the geriatric poisoned patient.  Dr. Schmid has also published peer-reviewed scientific articles on intermediate syndrome after suspected organophosphate poisoning in a dog, xylitol and mirabegron poisoning in dogs, as well as anesthesia induction in cats (Schmid et al. Suspected intermediate syndrome in a dog after organophosphate poisoning, JVECC. Schmid et al. Acute Hepatic Failure in a Dog after Xylitol Ingestion and Schmid et al. Mirabegron Toxicosis in Dogs: A Retrospective Study, both in Journal of Medical Toxicology.  Schmid et al. Comparison of anesthetic induction in cats by use of isoflurane in an anesthetic chamber with a conventional vapor or liquid injection technique, JAVMA).  Dr. Schmid also serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for dvm360, is a peer reviewer for Merck Veterinary Manual, and represents Pet Poison Helpline in AAHA’s Veterinary Visionaries initiative.

Monica Tarantino


Sunday, March 3

  • Introduction to Senior Dog Care Programs

Dr. Tarantino is a small animal veterinarian with a focus on senior and geriatric pets. She has practiced canine and feline medicine for the past nine years where she worked in general practice and emergency medicine and ultimately as Chief of Staff at a 5 doctor practice in Charlotte, NC. Dr. Tarantino is also co-founder of the Senior and Geriatric Dog Veterinary Society and has a podcast called Senior Dog Revolution which focuses on helping pet parents with older dogs. In addition to her work on behalf of senior dogs, Dr. Tarantino has also co-authored two books, the New Vet Jumpstart Guide General Practice and Emergency Medicine Edition which focus on helping new veterinarians succeed in clinical practice.

Molly Brinkmann


Sunday, March 3

  • Bridging the Gap: How to Communicate More Effectively With Senior Dog Parents

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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.