February 23-25, 2018 Nashville SE-Murfreesboro, TN

Small Animal Program

Clarke Atkins, DVM

North Carolina State University   /  Cary, NC

Dr. Clarke Atkins, The Jane Lewis Seaks Distinguished Professor of Companion Animal Medicine (Emeritus) at North Carolina State University and 2004 Norden Outstanding Teacher Award Winner, is board-certified by the ACVIM (Medicine & Cardiology). He has served on 3 ACVIM or international Consensus Committees on systemic hypertension, canine mitral valve disease, and cardiorenal syndrome.

His research involves canine and feline heartworm disease and treatment of cardiovascular disease in dogs, cats, and horses.  He has over 150 publications and has provided well over 1000 hours of continuing education in the U.S. and many countries around the world. Dr. Atkins continues to be active speaking and carrying out clinically-oriented research in retirement.

Christopher Byers, DVM

CriticalCareDVM.com  /  Omaha, NE

Dr. Christopher G. Byers is a practicing small animal emergency & critical care and internal medicine specialist.  He received his BS degree in Animal Sciences from Colorado State University and his DVM from Cornell University.  He is a Certified Veterinary Journalist who publishes a weekly blog for pet owners.  The blog is called CriticalCareDVM.com and its sole purpose is to educate pet parents about various diseases, as well as the benefits of partnering with both family veterinarians and board-certified veterinary specialists.  Dr. Byers enjoys clinical research, and his current areas of interest include immune-mediated diseases and abdominal compartment syndrome.  He is active in organized veterinary medicine, and is fulfilled by service to the veterinary profession.

David Dycus, DVM

Veterinary Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Group (VOSM) /  Annapolis Junction, MD

Dr. Dycus attended Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine for his veterinary degree, Auburn University for a small animal rotating internship, and Mississippi State for a combined surgical residency and Masters degree.

His research was focused on developing a model to evaluate oxidative stress on the pathophysiology of osteoarthritis. He also completed a biomechanical study looking at different knotting techniques to for cruciate rupture. To remain on the cutting edge of research, Dr. Dycus holds an appointment on the research committee of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Along with being a scientific reviewer for multiple journals, he serves on the editorial review board for Veterinary Surgery and numerous other veterinary and human orthopedic journals.

Dr. Dycus has a strong passion for orthopedics and sports medicine. He is particularly interested in helping patients with arthritis along with fracture mechanics and joint problems. He is trained in the use of arthroscopy, minimally invasive fracture repair, regenerative medicine, as well as a number of orthopedic procedures for the treatment of ruptured cruciate ligaments. Dr. Dycus received his stem cell certification in 2010, and he became a certified canine rehabilitation practitioner through the University of Tennessee in 2015.

Ron Hirschberg, DVM

Brockton Animal Hospital  /  Brockton, MA

College of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University   Columbus, Ohio

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine 1977

Case Western Reserve University 1973

BA  Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Board of Directors NAALT (North American Association of Photobiomodulation)

Invited Speaker 2014-2017 “Educational Outreach Initiative for Photobiomodulation”   Multiple veterinary schools throughout the US

Invited Speaker   2014-2016 WALT/NAALT (World Association of Laser Therapy/ North American Association of Laser Therapy)

Presenter- World Association of Laser Therapy (WALT) Conference 2012 Brisbane, Australia

Contributing author  “An Integrative Approach to Late Stage Chronic Renal Disease Utilizing Photobiomodulation”  Low Level Laser Therapy – the History, Mechanisms and Clinic Applications  Creighton University School of Medicine (scheduled release 2017)

Contributing author  “The Impact of Low Level Laser Therapy on Clinical Veterinary Practice”  The Handbook of Photomedicine  Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Harvard Medical School (2015)

Author of “Protocols for Utilization of LLLT in Veterinary Medicine” 2010

Developer of Screening Program for Bartonella Henselae in Shelter Cats 1999

“In the world of laser therapy the future has arrived. In attending the WALT conference in Washington DC in September, 2014 it was astounding to witness how rapidly the knowledge and technology had leapt forward since the previous conference in Australia in 2012. The same is true in the interval since the 2014 meeting. I am fortunate to be living in the Boston area, a hub of light therapy research. Harvard University’s Wellman Center for Photomedicine and Boston University’s work with traumatic brain injuries in athletes (CTE) are but two of the leading institutions involved in research utilizing light therapy to treat a myriad of diseases.  At the Brockton Animal Hospital we are humbled to be included in such an elite research group and have been asked to contribute as co-authors to “The Textbook Of Photomedicine” released by Harvard Medical School in 2015 as well as “Low Level Laser Therapy-The History, Mechanisms and Clinical Applications” due to be released by Creighton University School of Medicine late in 2017. Our work in Laser Therapy continues to attract the attention of many doctors on the human as well as the veterinary side. The various conditions we now treat include:

  1. Osteoarthritis (without the use of drugs)
  2. Degenerative Disc Disease
  3. Ophthalmologic conditions (anterior uveal)
  4. Cognitive disorders
  5. Renal and Hepatic Disease
  6. Neurologic Disorders
  7. Musculo-skeletal Diseases
  8. Chronic Pain
  9. Delayed union of fractures
  10. Slow or non-healing wounds

Jim Noxon, DVM

Iowa State University  /  Ames, IA

Dr. Jim Noxon received his DVM degree from Colorado State University in 1976 and spent two years in a small animal practice in Denver, Colorado.  He is currently a Morrill Professor (distinguished professorship in teaching) in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Iowa State University.  Jim is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and past president of the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology.  In addition, he has provided the core lectures in dermatology at Oregon State University for the past ten years.  Jim has received numerous awards for teaching and professional service.  Most recently, he received the Frank Král Award for Achievement in Veterinary Dermatology from the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology in 2015.  His research efforts are directed at education of professional students and the management of ear diseases in dogs and cats.

Seth Oster, DVM

Auburn University / Auburn, AL

Dr. Seth Oster received his Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from Auburn University in 2009.  His received his DVM from Auburn University in 2012.  During his time at Auburn, he worked at the Southeastern Raptor Center from 2006 to 2011.  Upon graduation he entered private practice where he saw small animals, avian, and other exotic species.  He continued to work with local wildlife rehabbers as well.

Dr. Oster returned to Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015.  He is an assistant clinical professor in the Auburn University Veterinary Clinic’s Exotic Service.  He is also the unit veterinarian at the Southeastern Raptor Center.

Phil Padrid, DVM

VCA  /  Albuquerque, NM

Bio Coming Soon!

Angela Witzel Rollins, DVM

University of Tenn CVM  /  Knoxville, TN

Dr. Angela Witzel Rollins performed her DVM, PhD, and residency training at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Witzel is a Diplomate and former President and Chair of the Board for the American College of Veterinary Nutrition. She is also a Clinical Associate Professor of Nutrition at the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center. Her areas of research interest include adipose hormones, body composition, and obesity management.

Bill Saxon, DVM

IDEXX  /  Westbrook, ME

Dr. Saxon, a graduate of Iowa State University, practiced in the San Francisco area until 2007 and has also owned an intensive care unit in a specialty referral practice in Washington, D.C. He has been an IDEXX Reference Laboratories internal medicine consultant since 1997 and is a coauthor of Manual of Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Medicine.

Deanna Schaefer, DVM

University of Tenn  /  Knoxville, TN

After obtaining her DVM from Texas A&M in 1999, Deanna was in small animal practice for a few years before undertaking a clinical pathology residency at Ohio State.  She spent 7 years as faculty at Cornell, and has been at the University of Tennessee since 2014.  Her main interests are hematopathology, iron metabolism, and learning philosophical lessons from her 7-year-old daughter.

Valarie Tynes, DVM

Ceva Animal Health /  Lenexa, KS

Dr. Valarie Tynes is a native Texan and received her DVM from Texas A&M University. She worked in private practice for 14 years before returning to academia to pursue a residency in clinical animal behavior at the University of California at Davis in 2000. She has been a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists since 2003 and is currently President of the College. Her special interests are the behavior and welfare of pet pigs, exotic pets and zoo animals. She is a frequent speaker at veterinary meetings around the country and author of numerous articles and textbook chapters. She is the editor of The Behavior of Exotic Pets and co-editor of the Behavior issue of the Veterinary Clinics of North America- Small Animal Clinics released in May of 2014. She joined Ceva in October of 2014 as a veterinary services specialist, providing behavior education, training and technical support to the sales force as well as lectures and presentations to veterinarians in the field. In her spare time, she continues to provide consulting services to zoos.