Friday, February 18
Dr. Kate Boatright has been in small animal practice since graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013. After nearly 8 years of full-time practice in both general practice and emergency clinics, she moved to part-time clinical work to pursue her passion for educating veterinary professionals as a freelance speaker and author. Dr. Boatright enjoys educating veterinary students and colleagues about communication, team building, mentorship, and the unique challenges facing recent graduates. She believes deeply in the role of organized veterinary medicine and holds leadership positions in the AVMA as well as her local and state VMAs. As a veterinary student, she served as the 2011 National Vice President of the Veterinary Business Management Association and helped to found the alumni branch of this organization. In her remaining time, she stays busy chasing her toddler, running, reading, and watching movies with her husband and cats.
Friday, February 19
Dr. Courtney is a small animal veterinarian practicing just south of Kansas City. She is a recovering toxic team member who draws on both experience and peer-reviewed research as she speaks, writes, and consults on productive approaches to conflict that improve performance and wellbeing. She has been recognized as a future leader by the AVMA, was WSAVA’s 2019 Next Generation Award winner, and Virginia Maryland’s 2021 Outstanding Recent Alumnus.
DVM, MS, JD
Saturday, February 19
Dr. Roasa is a 2008 graduate of Texas A&M who has bought, operated and sold veterinary practices. He has completed a law degree from the University of Nebraska, is the president of the American Veterinary Medical Law Association (AVMLA), and on the board of directors of the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Roasa is a founder of Drip Learning Technologies, a veterinary continuing education provider and guest lectures in 13 veterinary colleges on the legal aspects of medical recordkeeping, veterinary malpractice and veterinary business as part of the curriculum. He serves as a national co-advisor to the Veterinary Business Management Association and regularly lectures to regional VBMA chapters and the to national association on the topics of growth, business metrics, technology implementation.
Dr. Roasa is also the primary attorney for the Roasa Law Group, P.C., a law practice dedicated to serving veterinarians in practice transactions, employment contracts and as legal counsel to startup businesses.
Saturday, February 19
Dr. Melvin de Boer is a DVM, PhD. Over his veterinary career, he has fulfilled a variety of roles in different organizations, such as private practice, academia and Contract Research Companies and he has been lucky to incorporate this with a good dose of traveling across the globe.
Dr. de Boer currently works as a CRA II/ Veterinarian with Argenta, a Contract Research Organization, where he uses his global clinical and scientific knowledge to optimize animal care through trustworthy science.