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Katherine Tolbert

DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM), is a clinical associate professor at Texas A&M University. Dr. Tolbert earned her DVM from University of Georgia, where she also completed a small animal internship. Her clinical research focuses on the investigation of gastroprotectants and the rationale for their use in the treatment of inflammatory, metabolic, and neoplastic diseases in small animals.

Khursheed Mama

DVM, DACVAA, received her DVM from Washington State University and Residency in anesthesia and critical patient care at UC Davis. She is currently a faculty member at Colorado State University. She enjoys managing anesthesia for a variety of species while also teaching DVM & graduate students. 

Heidi Barnes Heller

DVM, DACVIM (Neurology), was the staff neurologist outside of Chicago then she joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in neurology & neurosurgery. Dr. Barnes founded Barnes Veterinary Specialty Services; a mobile neurology and neurosurgery business.

Kevin Benjamino

DVM, DACVS, is a board-certified veterinary surgeon at MedVet Medical and Cancer Center for Pets - Columbus where he has been part of the medical team since 2017. While Dr. Benjamino maintains an interest in all aspects of surgery, he is particularly passionate about orthopedic procedures as they pertain to minimally invasive procedures, fracture repair and joint related surgery. Dr. Benjamino is active in research in both orthopedic and soft tissue topics.

Sonya Gordon

DVM DVSc DACVIM (Cardiology), professor of cardiology and hold the Eugene Ch’en Chair in Cardiology at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science. She has published original manuscripts, book chapters and a textbook. Her interests and expertise in teaching have led to many invitations to organize and take part in continuing education events for veterinarians and veterinary cardiologists around the world. 

Sarah Cohen

DVM, joined a mainly sport horse practice based in Westchester County NY and Wellington Florida for 12 years, splitting her time between the two locations. In 2020, Dr Cohen began her own practice, Equity Performance Equine which focuses on providing high level sport horses and their teams with modern, evidence based medicine and well-rounded care. Dr Cohen is the President of the Northeast Association of Equine practitioners, a member of the USHJA's Horse and Rider's Advocates Committee.

Caitlin DeWilde

DVM, is the founder of The Social DVM, a consulting firm helping veterinary professionals learn how to manage and grow their social media, online reputation and marketing strategies. She earned her DVM from the University of Illinois and is a recipient of their Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Before stepping back to focus on her marketing passion, she served as medical director for a large hospital in St. Louis. Today, she divides her time between practice, consulting, and writing. 

Cyndie Courtney

DVM, isn’t proud to say she once made a technician cry. Thankfully she’s learned a lot since then along with the help of a supportive team. Now a recovering toxic team member, she speaks and writes nationally as The Jerk Researcher, helping other vet professionals fight incivility in the profession. She was recently awarded the 2019 WSAVA Next Generation Award for her contributions to the profession and currently practices small animal medicine just south of Kansas City.

Barak Benaryah

DVM, DABVP, graduated from the University of California Davis (UC Davis) in 1997 and then completed an additional year of training in Small Animal Medicine, Surgery and Emergency at the University of Pennsylvania. He purchased Spicewood Springs Animal Hospital in 2005 and in that time the practice has grown to a 5+ doctor practice with close to 40 support staff. He is a regular contributor to Clinician’s Brief Veterinary Journal. In his free time he enjoys swimming, hiking and spending time with his family.

Heather Carter

MPS, LVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia), has worked in almost every facet of veterinary medicine. She spent time establishing field clinics in Native American Reservations across the US, managed specialty departments in private practice, and taught veterinary students in a university setting. Aside from anesthesia, the common thread among these experiences is leadership and team development. 

Oded "Odie" Marcovici

DVM, has spent the last twelve years have been spent in arguably the most challenging part of the profession: recruiting and retaining top talent. He developed the Recruiting & Professional Relations Director role for VCA and has been recruiting every type of veterinary professional since then. He often presents, both retrospectively and prospectively, about the nature of veterinary recruiting.



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