2014 Animal Welfare Symposium - Speaker Biographies

Anne Allen

Dr. Allen graduated from the Western College of Veterinary medicine in Canada. She started her career in the public service as a veterinary inspector in processing plants where she learned, first hand, the important parallel between food safety and animal welfare. Dr Allen's early slaughter house experience, working with strong management and industry players committed improving humane handling, laid the ground work for a career in Animal Welfare at Slaughter. Hundreds of hours spent in the live ends of Canadian Federal Slaughter Establishments evaluating humane handling have reinforced her strong belief that management commitment, attention to species specific facility design, and welfare quality assurance programs are key to making positive change in the welfare of animals. In 2007 Dr. Allen began working full time on policy review and program development as part of the Animal Welfare at slaughter team. The focus of the team is to implement clear, science-based policy and training material with the aim to improve the welfare of all food animals in Canadian Federal Establishments.

Kate Barger

Kate Barger finished her undergraduate studies in Poultry and Animal Science, and Spanish at NC State University in Raleigh, NC in 1998 and then received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2002 from NC State. She then completed a 1-year specialty program in Avian Medicine at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City.  Since 2003, Kate has been employed by Cobb-Vantress, Inc., a global primary breeder company dedicated to the development and production of broiler breeder genetics. During her 11 years as a veterinarian in the poultry industry she has focused on improving poultry health and welfare and is currently the Global Director of Animal Welfare for Cobb. In this role she is responsible for leading the company’s animal welfare program and also actively works with researchers and allied groups to develop innovative methods to improve poultry health and welfare.

Neal Bataller

Dr. Neal Bataller is a veterinarian with additional graduate training in veterinary clinical nutrition, epidemiology, and biomedical engineering. Aside from a short stint with the USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), he has been with the FDA, Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) since 1993. During his tenure at CVM, he had the primary lead in building programs in pharmacovigilance, bovine spongiform encephalopathy prevention, compounding compliance strategies, unapproved drug enforcement, extralabel drug use policy, and characterizing animal drug use for the support of antimicrobial resistance monitoring. Prior to being the Director of Surveillance, Dr. Bataller served as the Director of Compliance, where he worked extensively with FDA and State investigators in providing training, directly as part of drug and feed enforcement cases, and as a member of various Agency and State organizational groups.

Eric Benson

Eric Benson is a Professor in the University of Delaware (UD) College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR). After graduating from UD with a BAS in Agricultural Engineering Technology in 1996, Eric earned his MS (’98) and PhD (’01) in Agricultural Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Eric started at UD in 2001 in the Bioresources Engineering Department and joined the Department of Animal and Food Sciences in 2011.

Eric and his research group specialize in Applied Poultry Engineering, bridging the gap between agricultural engineering and animal science. Like most researchers in the area, Dr. Benson never set out to do depopulation research, but rather became involved as a result of a foreign animal disease response. Dr. Benson worked closely with ANFS members Robert Alphin and George “Bud” Malone to develop the water based foam depopulation procedure. Dr. Benson and his research group regularly provides emergency poultry disease response training for USDA National Veterinary Stockpile 3-D (Depopulation, Disposal, and Disinfection) contractors, state agencies, and international veterinarians. Today, Dr. Benson, Robert Alpin and their research group have worked on projects as diverse as EEG based analysis of stress, development and evaluation of field and equipment disinfection procedures, and application of new lighting technologies for animal housing.

Dr. Benson and his wife, Catherine, are owned by their son, Ethan (3 years), Eloise (2 months), and eight Siberian husky or husky mix sled dogs. Eric competed in the 2014 Pepsi Bottling & Allen's Coffee Flavored Brandy Can-Am Crown 30 sled dog race in Fort Kent, Maine and has been dog sledding across the United States and Canada.

Patricia Brown

Dr. Pat Brown currently serves as the Director, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). OLAW oversees the use of animals in all Public Health Service (PHS)-supported biomedical and behavioral research by providing guidance and interpretation of the PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (PHS Policy); monitoring compliance with the PHS Policy; evaluating all allegations or indications of noncompliance with Federal animal welfare requirements; and supporting educational programs that further the humane care and use of research animal subjects. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from the Pennsylvania State University and her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She served in the U.S. Air Force and while on active duty earned a Master of Science degree in Laboratory Animal Medicine from the M.S. Hershey Medical Center, Pennsylvania State University, Hershey, PA. She joined the NIH in 1986 and served in clinical and management positions in the NIH’s Veterinary Resources Branch, in the National Cancer Institute and the Office of Animal Care and Use before joining OLAW in 2006 as the Director.

Jeff Buhr

Dr. Buhr received his Ph.D. in anatomy from the University of California-Davis and previously held positions at the University of Georgia in the Poultry Science and Avian Medicine Departments. For the past 17 years, he has been with USDA-ARS Russell Research Center (RRC) in Athens. Dr. Buhr's current research is in the area of food-borne pathogenic bacteria (Salmonella and Campylobacter) colonization and the decontamination of poultry during production through processing. Dr. Buhr was the recipient of the 2009 Poultry Science Association National Chicken Council Broiler Research Award and the 2012 Poultry Science Association Frank Perdue Live Poultry Food Safety Award. Dr. Buhr presently serves as the RRC pilot processing plant operations manager, chairman of the RRC Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Adjunct faculty member in the Department of Poultry Science at the University of Georgia, and this Fall semester presently serving as the Instructor for the Poultry Processing course at the University of Georgia. Dr. Buhr is an international authority on stunning methods of poultry for slaughter.

Samuel Cartner

Samuel C. Cartner, DVM, PhD is the Associate Vice President for Animal Research Services and Director of the Animal Resources Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), in Birmingham, AL. He received his DVM from Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine and PhD from UAB. He completed the laboratory animal training program at UAB and is a Diplomat of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM).

His research interest includes genetic susceptibility to infectious disease, and the development of animal models of human and animal disease. Recently Dr. Cartner has focused on investigations that lead to improvements of laboratory animal care and use. His publication on the euthanasia of laboratory mice led to his participation on the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) 2011 Panel on Euthanasia.

As the Director of the UAB Animal Resources Program, Dr. Cartner is dedicated to providing the highest quality laboratory animal care for the biomedical research community at UAB and participating with professional organizations that promote premium animal care and use in research institutions worldwide. Dr. Cartner has served in multiple roles with ACLAM, AVMA, and the American Society for Laboratory Animal Practitioners (ASLAP), the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) International and the Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R).

Terri Clark

Dr. Clark received her B.Sc. (1982) and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (1988) from Auburn University, Alabama. She served in the US Army Veterinary Corps for 11 ½ years with tours of duty throughout the US. During her years of service, Dr. Clark completed a 4 year residency program in laboratory animal medicine and was boarded as a Diplomate, American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, in 1996. In July of 2000, Dr. Clark transferred to the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and has spent the majority of her time with the Office of Animal Care and Use (OACU), Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health serving in various positions. She is currently the Director, OACU, and provides regulatory oversight for the trans-NIH intramural animal care and use program. In October 2011, she was named the 10th Chief Veterinary Officer for the US Public Health Service and in this role is responsible for providing leadership and coordination of USPHS veterinary professional affairs for the Office of the US Surgeon General and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Kathleen Cooney

Dr. Kathleen Cooney is founder and owner of Home to Heaven, P.C., an in-home pet hospice and euthanasia specialty service based in northern Colorado. She employs 8 veterinarians with Home to Heaven and together, they help an average of 50 families per week. Dr. Cooney has developed numerous webinars and continuing education opportunities for veterinarians regarding the many facets of companion animal end-of-life care, and is a published author on the topic. Her first book, In-home Pet Euthanasia Techniques, was completed in 2011 and can be found as an eBook at www.hometoheaven.net/ebook. Dr. Cooney’s second book, Veterinary Euthanasia Techniques: A Practical Guide, was published by Wiley-Blackwell in July 2012. She was a member of the companion animal working group for the 2013 AVMA Euthanasia Guidelines Panel. Dr. Cooney is the Vice President and conference coordinator for the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC). Due to her commitment of care for aging and dying pets, she received the 2011 Rising Star Veterinarian Award from the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association and was a 2013 recipient of a Woman of Vision award.

Arnja Rose Dale

Arnja is a Senior Lecturer in Animal Welfare at Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand. Arnja is the Chair of the New Zealand Companion Animal Council, and The Link New Zealand. She is on the National Animal Welfare Emergency Management Committee and is on the Board of Directors at SPCA Auckland. Arnja also leads the animal welfare inspector training across New Zealand.

F. Joshua Dein

Dr. Joshua Dein has over 30 years of experience as a wildlife veterinarian.  He has been an endangered species veterinarian for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and has been the Animal Welfare Officer for the US Department of the Interior.  He has also been the Attending Veterinarian for multiple institutions working with wildlife in both research and management activities.  Most recently he has been involved in developing systems for managing, and making information more easily available regarding wildlife diseases and disease surveillance.

Anthony J. DeNicola

Anthony J. DeNicola – Certified Wildlife Biologist - is President of White Buffalo, Inc.; a non-profit research organization dedicated to conserving ecosystems through wildlife population control. He received a B.S. in Biology from Trinity College of Hartford, CT (1988), an M.S. from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (1990), and a Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology from Purdue University (1996). He has coordinated numerous suburban deer management/research programs, has been involved with nearly all the world’s largest ungulate eradication programs, and has trained numerous professionals in wildlife euthanasia techniques. He is a member of the National Wildlife Control Operators Association, the Society for Conservation Biology, and The Wildlife Society. Tony holds research affiliate positions with the Denver Zoological Foundation and the University of Georgia. His professional interests are technical/behavioral/ecological approaches to wildlife damage control, wildlife reproductive control, and control of introduced vertebrate species.

Helen Diggs

Dr. Helen E. Diggs, is Director of the Oregon State University Laboratory Animal Resources Center (LARC), Campus Attending Veterinarian, and professor at OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. She worked as a clinical veterinarian at the Oregon Health & Sciences University, served as the Chief Veterinary Medical Director for the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Associate Director Division of Comparative Medicine, Department of Pathology, at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, in Dallas, Texas. She was the Director of the Office of Laboratory Animal Care at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Diggs received her DVM from both Oregon State and Washington State Universities and is licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the states of Oregon, Washington and California. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association, is a past-president of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM), and is a member of the Council for the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, (AAALAC International). She has been a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners (ASLAP), and the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS), since 1985.

Nienke Endenburg

Dr. Nienke Endenburg is a child and health psychologist and received her PhD for work on the human-animal relationship at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. She is doing research on the human-animal relationship at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, since 1991, where she also teaches in this field. Her special fields of interest are the influence of animals on the development of children, dog and cat behavior, domestic violence and animal abuse. She is assistant professor. She also teaches child development, Animal Assisted Interventions (AAI) and Grief counseling since 2001 in Germany at the Institut für Sociales Lernen mit Tieren. Since 2010 she is coordinator of the animal behavior clinic at the University Clinic of Veterinary Sciences in Utrecht.

Ashley Etue

Dr. Ashley Etue is a District Veterinary Medical Specialist with the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Dr. Etue began her career with FSIS as a supervisory public health veterinarian (SPHV) and enforcement, investigations, and analysis officer (EIAO) and a Supervisory EIAO. She also worked with small plant outreach and  the State Meat and Poultry Inspection Programs. Prior to joining FSIS, Dr. Etue worked in small animal clinical practice. Dr. Etue received her BS degree in Biology from Virginia Tech and her DVM/BVSc degree from Massey University. Dr. Etue lives in the DC area and has two unruly roommates, her overweight vocal senior cat, Pumpkin, and her fiancé, Jeremy. She continues to do volunteer shelter work and spay-neuter clinics with the Pet Pantry of Lancaster County.

Zachary Francisco

Zachary Fransisco graduated from Southern Utah University with a BS  in biology.  He is a student at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine. 

John Gilliam

Dr. Gilliam is currently Clinical Assistant Professor of Food Animal Production Medicine and Field Services at the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, Oklahoma State University.  He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Large Animal) and the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Food Animal).  His work includes individual animal medicine and surgery for all food animal species, beef cattle production medicine, bovine theriogenology and limited dairy practice.  His research interests include animal welfare subjects including humane euthanasia and pain mitigation.

Temple Grandin

Dr. Grandin is professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. She was head of the physical methods section and has extensive practical experience in the meat industry with captive bolt and electrical methods.  Temple has a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois and has edited professional books such as Improving Animal Welfare: A Practical Approach and Livestock Handling and Transport.

Cheryl Greenacre

Dr. Cheryl Greenacre is a professor of Avian and Zoological Medicine at the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine and is an American Board of Veterinary Practitioner’s Diplomat in both Avian Medicine and Exotic Companion Mammal Medicine. Prior to joining UT in 2001, she held a similar position at the University of Georgia for 10 years, and has been teaching avian medicine to veterinary students, training avian and zoological medicine residents, providing practitioner continuing education, and treating avian and exotic animal patients for over 20 years. Her research interests include avian thyroid disease and treatment, and pain management in reptiles. Dr. Greenacre’s service includes past Chair of the University of Tennessee’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, current Chair of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) Avian Working Group on the Panel of Euthanasia, current Alternate Delegate representing the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV) on the AVMA’s House of Delegates, and current President of the AAV.

Gilly Griffin

Dr Griffin is the Director of Standards at the Canadian Council on Animal Care, where she has worked for the past 19 years. She trained as a physiologist in the UK and has a background in both biomedical and agricultural research, the common link being the study of insulin and related hormones. Dr Griffin has also spent many years working to further the concept of the Three Rs: as a research scientist; as managing editor of ATLA, the peer-review journal published by the UK-based Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments; and as Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Alternatives to Animals in Research. She now heads the Standards sector of the CCAC, where she continues to develop guidelines, champion the principles of the Three Rs, and foster national and international collaborations to improve the ethical use of animals in science.

Huw Golledge

Dr Huw Golledge is the Scientific Programme Manager at the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare and the Humane Slaughter Association. Previously he worked as a researcher at Newcastle University in the UK where he investigated humane killing methods for laboratory rodents as well as anaesthesia and analgesia. He serves as an expert member on the UK Animals in Science Committee which advises the UK government on the use of animals in research.

Sharon Gwaltney-Brant

Dr. Gwaltney-Brant received her DVM from the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University and her PhD in veterinary pathology at Kansas State University. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology and the American Board of Toxicology. Dr. Gwaltney-Brant currently works as a consultant for Veterinary Information Network (VIN) and as a private consultant in veterinary toxicology, pathology and veterinary forensics. She also holds adjunct faculty status at the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine and is currently President of the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology. Dr. Gwaltney-Brant formerly worked at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, where she held the position of Vice President and Medical Director. Dr. Gwaltney-Brant has lectured at numerous state, national and international veterinary conferences, and has published over 50 articles and book chapters on toxicology, pathology and veterinary forensics.

F. Claire Hankenson

Dr. F. Claire Hankenson is the Director within University Laboratory Animal Resources, and the Attending Veterinarian at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. In addition, she is a Professor of Laboratory Animal Medicine in the Department of Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Hankenson obtained her veterinary degree from Purdue University. Following veterinary school, she completed her laboratory animal medicine residency and graduate work (M.S., Microbiology) at the University of Washington, Seattle. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) in 2002. Following several years on faculty at the University of Michigan, within the Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine, she transitioned to the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Hankenson's current position combines administrative service, regulatory input, clinical effort and collaborative research. Her own research studies involve investigations of refinements in the care and use of laboratory rodents, particularly blood sampling, tail biopsy evaluations and humane endpoints. Dr. Hankenson has been active on committees within AALAS since 2002, serves on the Executive Board for ACLAM, and is an ad-hoc consultant to AAALAC, International.

Craig Harms

Dr. Harms earned his DVM fom Iowa State University and then spent two years in private practice in Eagle River, AK. After completing a residency at North Carolina State University, he became a diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine. He also has a PhD in immunology and is associate professor at NCSU, based at the Center for Marine Sciences and Technology. He is a past president of the ACZM and of the International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine. He has dealt with multiple marine mammal strandings requiring euthanasia and has worked to adapt techniques used in domestic animal species in controlled situations to this more challenging landscape. He has served on two International Whaling Commission workshops on welfare issues and euthanasia protocols for entangled or beached large whales.

Kathleen Hartman

Kathleen is the Aquaculture Coordinator for USDA APHIS Veterinary Services (National Import and Export Services [NIES]) stationed in Ruskin, FL at the University of Florida, Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory. Kathleen received her MS (in animal science, fish nutrition) from the University of Maryland and both her DVM and Ph.D. (in veterinary science, pharmacokinetics of oxytetracycline in summer flounder) from Virginia Tech. She works closely with ornamental aquatic animal producers, faculty at the University of Florida, and veterinarians to assist in the diagnosis and control of exotic and domestic diseases of ornamental fish and other aquatic animals in addition to import/export issues. She has a courtesy Assistant Professor appointment at the University of Florida, in the Program of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. She has served two consecutive terms on both the AVMA’s Food Safety Advisory Committee as well as the Aquatic Veterinary Medicine Committee. She currently serves on the Professional Standards Committee of the American Fisheries Society-Fish Health Section. She has been a certified AFS FHS Aquatic Animal Health Inspector since 2008.  Kathleen is a current member of the World Aquaculture Society (WAS) and President of the USAS Chapter.

Debra Hickman

Dr. Hickman is the Director of the Laboratory Animal Resource Center at Indiana University Medical School in Indianapolis, IN. She obtained her veterinary degree and completed residency training in laboratory animal medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and the American College of Animal Welfare and been active in leadership positions for multiple professional organizations. Dr. Hickman holds faculty appointments as Associate Research Professor, Laboratory Animal Resource Center, Adjunct Associate Research Professor, Department of Cellular & Integrative Physiology at Indiana University. Dr. Hickman leads an active research laboratory that identifies possible improvements to husbandry practices and evaluates the effect of these changes on the welfare of animals that are used in biomedical research. Dr. Hickman has received numerous awards from the Animal user community (Ron Orta Humanitarian Award (AALAS), Pravin Bhatt Young Investigator Award (AALAS), Research Excellence Award (ASLAP)) in recognition of her impacts.

Michael J. Huerkamp

Dr. Michael Huerkamp is a 1984 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University and a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. He is currently the Director of the Division of Animal Resources at Emory University where he holds the academic rank of Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and has extensive teaching experience in humane euthanasia in animal control, at Emory University, for Gwinnett Technical Institute and on behalf of PRIM&R (Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research).

Scott Hygnstrom

Just a month ago, Dr. Scott Hygnstrom started with the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point as an Associate Professor and Director of the Wisconsin Wildlife Institute in the College of Natural Resources. Before the move, he worked in the professorial ranks at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for 26 years. He earned a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, MS from UW-Stevens Point, and a BS from UW-River Falls. He led the creation of the Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management and the eXtension Community of Practice in Wildlife Damage Management and is lead editor of the book, Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage and co-editor of the National Wildlife Control Training Program. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed and peer-edited papers in wildlife, wildlife diseases, and wildlife damage management. He has served as Chair of The Wildlife Society’s Wildlife Damage Management Working Group and Wildlife Disease Working Group. He is pleased to be here to speak on the topic, "Wildlife Damage Control: Who’s Ox is Getting Gored?"

Craig Johnson

Craig Johnson qualified from Liverpool Veterinary School in 1989. After a spell in small animal practice, he moved to The Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, UK as Resident in Veterinary Anaesthesia. He obtained his RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia in 1992 and after a time as a locum lecturer in Pretoria, South Africa returned to the UK and gained a PhD from Cambridge University. From 1996 – 2001 Craig was a Lecturer in Veterinary Anaesthesia at Bristol University, UK. In April 2001 he moved to Massey and is now Professor of Veterinary Neurophysiology and co-director of the Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics Centre.

Harold Kloeze

Received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), University of Guelph, in 1982 and a Doctor of Veterinary Science (OVC) in large animal internal medicine in 1990. Involved in food animal and equine practice as an associate and partner for a total of 15 years. Joined CFIA in 2002 and worked in various capacities including meat inspection, district veterinarian, and risk assessment. Active in emergency response activities, particularly humane depopulation in response to disease outbreaks and have participated in various emergency responses and trials. Present position is acting as the surveillance veterinarian for the Canadian Animal Health Surveillance Network working toward the enhancement of national collaborative animal health surveillance in Canada.

Tsutomu Miki Kurosawa

Graduated from Hokkaido University Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in 1972
Finished post graduate training at Massey University Veterinary School in 1978
Assistant Professor at Teikyo University Medical School, Department of Surgery in 1978
Associate Professor at Osaka University Medical School, The Institute of Experimental Animal Sciences in in 1986
Retired from Osaka University Medical School in 2013
Convener for WG3 Animal Protection Aspect of ISO/TC194 Biological Evaluation of Medical Devices from 2013
OIE Laboratory Animal Welfare WG member from 2012-
AAALAC International Council from 2009 -2014

The President of Japanese College of Laboratory Animal Medicine from 2012- The Representative, Animal Welfare Research Japan from 2014-

Steve Leary

Steven L. Leary, DVM, DACLAM, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Veterinary Affairs at Washington University in St. Louis received his DVM from Iowa State University and was a USPHS Postdoctoral Fellow in Laboratory Animal Medicine and Comparative Pathology at Johns Hopkins University.  He is a past recipient of the AVMA Charles River Prize and the ISU Stange Award.  He has served as a member of AAALAC Council, president of ACLAM, chair of the AVMA Animal Welfare Committee, AVMA Panels on Euthanasia and Humane Slaughter and NABR Board.  He lobbied for passage of the Animal Enterprise Protection Act of 1992 and has testified before the House Agriculture Subcommittee. 

Robert E. Meyer

Dr. Meyer is a professor of veterinary anesthesiology at Mississippi State University. He received his BA (Biology) from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1973, his DVM from Cornell University in 1980, and is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia. Dr. Meyer was on the faculty at North Carolina State University from 1983 to 2003 where he collaborated with Dr. Morgan Morrow, Steve Mathis, and the late John Roberts on swine welfare issues. He was the chairperson of the Inhaled methods sections of the 2013 AVMA Euthanasia Guidelines and the forthcoming AVMA Humane Slaughter Guidelines.

David Miller

Dr. Miller is a veterinarian with numerous zoo and wildlife research and management experiences in the U.S. and overseas. He has worked in private practice, zoo, industry, government agency, and university settings. Dave is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin (DVM) and Colorado State University (PhD), a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine, and a Certified Wildlife Biologist. His research interests include wildlife disease, epidemiology, animal welfare, and wildlife conservation and management. Dave’s professional association activities include service on the AVMA’s Animal Welfare Committee and Lead of the Panel on Euthanasia’s Reptile, Zoo and Wildlife Working Group. 

Suzanne Millman

Dr. Suzanne Millman joined the faculty of the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008, as Associate Professor of Animal Welfare. She holds joint appointments in the Veterinary Diagnostic & Production Animal Medicine and Biomedical Sciences departments. Dr. Millman coordinates animal welfare instruction within the DVM curriculum and her research and professional outreach programs focus on on-farm animal welfare assessment, pain and sickness behavior. Millman serves as Section Editor (Farmed Animals) for the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, and on the Animal Welfare Committees for the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association, Iowa Pork Producers Association, HyLine International and McDonalds Corporation.

Hugh Mitchell

Received his BS in Marine Biology (with a minor equivalent in statistics) from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada; a MS in Aquatic Ecology from the University of Toronto; and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from U. of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College in 1989. During his studies he worked at a fisheries research station in Ontario, Canada, participated in beluga whale research in the arctic, and worked as a laborer/diver on salmon farms in British Columbia. After veterinary school he immigrated into the US and took up the position of Veterinarian/Production Analyst a salmon farm based in Eastport, Maine, USA. He became the veterinarian for its operations on the East Coast of the US and Canada, including contract growers and feed customers. He was heavily involved as the New England representative, working with the FDA in D.C., trying to facilitate greater access to pharmaceuticals for fish. He developed an avid interest in epidemiology, record of performance systems, and vaccinology, pioneering mass commercial injection vaccination for fish in North America. In 1994, he moved to the Seattle area to take on the responsibilities as Clinical Trials / Veterinary Services Manage and then Manager of Development for Biomed, a leading fish vaccine development company. In 2000, he accepted a professional services position at Novartis Animal Health which led to managing the North American Aqua Business. In 2009, Hugh left Novartis to start up what would eventually become AquaTactics Fish Health, a veterinary services and products company in WA State, serving private and public fish farms and hatcheries throughout the US. Hugh was a founding member of AVMA’s Aquaculture and Seafood Committee (currently the AqVMC) in 1991, and a founding Board member of the American Association of Fish Veterinarians.

Michael Murray

Dr. Michael Murray is a 1977 graduate of the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduation, he spent 6 years serving in the US Army Veterinary Corps. Following completion of his tour of duty, he entered private veterinary practice in a traditional companion animal clinic in Seaside, CA. In 1989, Dr. Murray founded the “Avian and Exotic Clinic of the Monterey Peninsula”, a practice limited to birds, reptiles, and other “exotic” pets. He started working with the Monterey Bay Aquarium as a contract veterinarian in 1988, and then began a full-time position there in 2004. The Monterey County SPCA awarded the Humanitarian of the Year Award to Dr Murray in 1984 and 2002. He was also selected as the Speaker of the Year for the Avian & Exotic Sessions at the North American Veterinary Conference in 2001 and Exotic DVM of the Year in 2002. He has lectured extensively on a variety of avian and exotic veterinary subjects, as well as wildlife and conservation medicine. Dr. Murray has been involved as an instructor in numerous endoscopy courses worldwide since 1989. As the full-time, staff veterinarian at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Dr. Mike’s responsibilities include veterinary care for the living collection of birds, mammal, fish, and invertebrates; veterinary support for the Sea Otter Research and Conservation Program; and providing veterinary support for a number of collaborating scientists involved in sea otter and conservation-related research in California, Alaska, and Russia. He is also involved in collaborative research efforts involving many of the species found at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Javier Nevarez

Dr. Javier G. Nevarez obtained his BS with a concentration in Animal Science in May of 1998, his DVM degree in 2001, and a PhD in 2007, all from Louisiana State University. In 2002 he completed an internship in zoological medicine at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine (LSU SVM). Dr. Nevarez became a diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine and the European College of Zoological Medicine (Herpetology) in 2011. He has been a faculty member of the Zoological Medicine service at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine since 2003 where he also serves as director of the Wildlife Hospital of Louisiana. In addition Dr. Nevarez has served as the veterinarian for the Louisiana Alligator industry since 2003. His primary interests are in herpetological medicine with a research emphasis on diseases of crocodilians.

Steve Niemi

Steve Niemi is Director, Office of Animal Resources, Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Cambridge, MA. With over 35 years’ experience in biomedical research and commercial biotechnology, he has held senior management positions in contract drug development, biotech start-ups in human gene therapy and food animal genomics, and laboratory animal care. Dr. Niemi is a Diplomate and past president of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, and an AVMA member since 1982. He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Society for Medical Research, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Tufts’ Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, and has served on numerous governing boards and national task forces addressing medical product development and lab animal welfare. Dr. Niemi earned an AB in biology from Harvard College, a DVM from Washington State University, and then received a US Public Health Service National Research Service Award while a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

J. Paul-Murphy

Joanne Paul-Murphy DVM is the Chief of Service for the Companion Avian and Exotic Animal Program at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital UC-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr Paul-Murphy received her DVM from Cornell University and completed her residency training in Zoological Medicine at UC-Davis SVM. Joanne initiated the Zoological Medicine Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine and was director of that program for 18 years. She returned to UC -Davis in 2008 as a Professor in the Department of Medicine and Epidemiology at the School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Paul-Murphy has a strong research program and several publications in comparative analgesia for zoological species with a focus in avian analgesia. She recently assisted with the formation and became a diplomate in the American College of Animal Welfare. She is director of the Richard M. Schubot Parrot Wellness & Welfare Program at UC Davis and recently was honored with the T.J. Lafeber Avian Practitioner of the Year Award.

Joshua Payne


Ph.D. (2005) Animal and Poultry Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
M.S. (2001) Poultry Science, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
B.S.A. (1999) Animal Science, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR

Dr. Josh Payne grew up on a livestock production farm in north central Arkansas. Since 2005, he has served as the Area Animal Waste Management Specialist for OSU’s Cooperative Extension Service. He designs, coordinates and delivers quality educational programs to improve animal manure management. His research and extension activities focus on pathogen control, soil fertility, nutrient management and water quality as they relate to agricultural productivity and environmental quality.

Kevin Petersburg

B.S., Animal Science, from Iowa State University, 1984
D.V.M. from Iowa State University, 1984
Environmental Health Officer, U.S. Air Force, 1984-1988.
USDA,APHIS,VS Veterinary Medical Officer in Virginia 1988-1990.
USDA,APHIS,VS Assistant Area Veterinarian in Charge in Illinois 1990-1994.
USDA, APHIS,VS Area Veterinarian in Charge, Iowa 1995-2013
USDA,APHIS,VS, SPRS Assistant District Director, Iowa and Wisconsin 2014-present

Paul Plummer

Dr. Plummer is an assistant professor with a joint appointment in both Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine as well as Veterinary Microbiology and Preventative Medicine. He attended veterinary school at the University of Tennessee. After graduation he did a large animal medicine and surgery internship at Texas A&M followed by a residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Tennessee. He was boarded as a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Large Animal Medicine) in 2004. At that time he moved to the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University where he completed a PhD in Veterinary Microbiology and currently serves on faculty in Food Animal Medicine. In 2013 he became the only American to be boarded as a specialist in Small Ruminant Medicine by the European College of Small Ruminant Health Manangement, the only small ruminant specialty board in the world. His laboratory researches a variety of infectious and zoonotic diseases of importance to livestock and human health. We are also very interested in the human-wildlife-livestock interface and the mechanisms of environmental maintenance and transmission of zoonotic disease at this interface. Current projects in the laboratory focus on polybacterial infection dynamics, Campylobacter jejuni and Coxiella burnetii. In addition we have international research projects in Ethiopia and South Africa that focus on disease transmission between livestock and humans.,

Kathleen R. Pritchett-Corning

Kate received her B.S. and her D.V.M. from Washington State University and completed her post-doctoral training in laboratory animal medicine at the University of Washington. She became a diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine in 2002. Kate has held positions at the University of Washington, the Jackson Laboratory, and Charles River. She is currently employed at the Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences as a Senior Clinical Veterinarian. She is also an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Medicine at the University of Washington.

Kristin Pufpaff

Dr. Pufpaff graduated from Cornell University with a BS with Honors and Distinction in Research. After Cornell she attended Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine from which she with a clinical year concentration in animal welfare and pathology. During her first year out of school Dr. Pufpaff worked as a full time small animal practitioner and began work with The Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America in the animal welfare arena. Dr. Pufpaff then decided to follow her passion for animal welfare in food production and joined IFANCA full time. In Joining IFANCA Dr. Pufpaff is developing a farm to table animal welfare program for halal food production and helping with IFANCA meat certification efforts while pursuing board eligibility in the American College of Animal Welfare.

Alex Ramirez

Dr. Ramirez is originally from Guadalajara, Mexico where he lived until he graduated from high school. He then went to Iowa State University (ISU) and obtained a BS degree in Animal Science in 1989 and his DVM in 1993. He practiced a rural private clinic in NW Iowa in Cherokee for over 10 years. He worked primarily in a large animal practice with an emphasis in swine. He left private practice to pursue his interest in teaching and working with students. In 2004 he obtained his Master’s in Public Health from The University of Iowa. In 2005 he became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. He has been working at ISU since 2004 and in 2008 joined the Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine department. In 2011 he received his PhD in Veterinary Microbiology with emphasis in Preventive Medicine from ISU. He is currently an Associate Professor in swine production medicine with duties in teaching, research, and professional practice.

Jean-Loup Rault

Jean-Loup Rault is a researcher in the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Melbourne in Australia. His research focuses on swine and poultry behaviour and welfare. He is trying to focus his excitement to only 3 research programs: euthanasia and slaughter, oxytoxin and socio-behavioural development, and free-range poultry welfare.

Joe M. Regenstein

Dr. Regenstein is a Professor of Food Science (Agriculture), an Adjunct Professor in Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences (Vet School) and a member of the Jewish Studies Program (Arts and Sciences). He heads the Cornell Kosher and Halal Food Initiative. His B.A. (chemistry) and M.S. (dairy chemistry) are from Cornell, while his Ph.D. (biophysics) is from Brandeis University. Professor Regenstein’s research work has focused on flesh foods (fish and poultry) currently focused on fish gelatin. In collaboration with his wife Carrie, they wrote: “Food Protein Chemistry, An Introduction for Food Scientists” (1984) and ”An Introduction to Fish Technology” (1991). Dr. Regenstein currently involved in teaching Kosher and Halal Food Regulations and an Introduction to Animal Welfare. He received the Earl P. McFee Award from the Atlantic Fisheries Technological Conference and the Elizabeth Stier Humanitarian Award from IFT. Dr. Regenstein is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Atlantic Fisheries Technological Conference, the American Meat Science Association, the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), and the Poultry Science Association. He is a Fellow of the IFT and a Guest Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology. Dr. Regenstein is on the Food Marketing Institute’s Animal Welfare Technical Committee and the American Veterinary Medicine Association’s Humane Slaughter Panel. He received a Jeffrey Lehman Fellowship from Cornell for a 5 week visit to China in 2010 that has led to expanded activities in China. He is now a Distinguished Foreign Expert at Jiangnan University in Wuxi, China and a DeTao Master in Shanghai, China. Dr. Regenstein is the co-editor-in-chief of Food Bioscience, an English language peer-reviewed journal sponsored by Jiangnan University.

Jim Reynolds

Dr. Reynolds graduated from UC Davis in 1982. He was in private dairy and beef practice in California for 14 years, with one year in mixed practice, and then completed a Residency program in Public Health with the California Department of Health Services. He was the Chief of Clinical Services for Production Medicine at UC Davis for 12 years. He is currently a Professor of Large Animal Medicine/Welfare at Western University, College of Veterinary Medicine in Pomona, CA. Dr. Reynolds has worked extensively in on-farm clinical bovine practice in California, other states, Armenia and in many countries. Dr. Reynolds has served as chair of both the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Bovine Practitioners Animal Welfare Committees. He is currently a member of the California Veterinary Medical Association Animal Welfare Committee. He was a founding board member of the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO). Dr. Reynolds is a member of the scientific committees for Validus and the American Humane Society and conducts welfare assessments and audits for Validus, LLC. He has been course leader for the American Association of Bovine Practitioner’s pre-convention seminar on Cattle Welfare since 2010. Dr. Reynolds received the AVMA Animal Welfare Award for 2007 and the American Association of Bovine Veterinarians Award of Excellence for 2010. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Animal Welfare (ACAW). Dr. Reynolds current research interests include sustainable agriculture, production livestock medicine, calf management, mastitis control and farm animal welfare.

Rebecca Rhoades

Rebecca Rhoades, DVM, CAWA has been working in animal shelter management for over 30 years for a variety of organizations. She authored the 2001 HSUS Euthanasia Training Manual for shelter employees and has consulted on shelter operations in the US, Japan and Taiwan. Currently she is the Medical Director for the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando.

Ian Robinson

Vice President of Programs and International Operations
International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)
290 Summer Street
Yarmouth Port
MA 02675-1734

Ian graduated from Bristol Veterinary School in the UK in 1975 and started his career in general veterinary practice. He ran a mixed, mainly agricultural practice in the North of England until 1990. Since then he has worked full time in animal welfare, at first for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) in the UK, where he developed and managed the largest wildlife rehabilitation facility in Europe. In 2003 Ian moved to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) as the global emergency relief program director, based at their international headquarters in the USA. His responsibilities included the supervision of animal rescue work around the world, and the rehabilitation and release to the wild of rescued wildlife. In 2013 Ian broadened the scope of his responsibilities, taking on the role of Vice President of Programs and International Operations, and now supervises the implementation of IFAW’s animal welfare and conservation initiatives worldwide. Ian has attended many animal welfare emergencies around the world, and has a particular interest in the rescue and release of wildlife back to the wild.

Ian is a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (FRCVS) - awarded for his thesis on ‘the veterinary aspects of the rehabilitation of seals in the UK’ and holds post graduate certification from the RCVS in Sheep Health and Production, and in Zoological Medicine.

Ben Schlegel

Dr. Ben Schlegel is a poultry veterinarian working in Western Canada. He works for Poultry Health Services, a private poultry veterinary practice and also for the Institute For Applied Poultry Technologies (IAPT), both of which are based in Airdrie, Alberta. Dr. Schlegel completed his DVM at the University of Guelph in 2013 and is currently enrolled in the Master of Avian Health and Medicine (MAHM) program offered jointly by the University of Georgia and the University of Melbourne. Dr. Schlegel grew up on a poultry farm and enjoys working with poultry producers and the poultry industry on a day-to-day basis.

Jan Shearer

Dr. Shearer is currently Professor and Extension Veterinarian at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. He received his DVM degree from The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1975 then joined the Orrville Veterinary Clinic, Inc. in northeast Ohio where he served as an Associate Veterinarian for 5 years before returning to The Ohio State University to pursue graduate studies in nutrition. He completed a Master’s Degree in 1981 and was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine at The Ohio State University that same year. In 1982 he joined the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine as Dairy Extension Veterinarian, a position he held until moving to Iowa State University in 2009. His areas of interest and expertise include bovine lameness, animal welfare and euthanasia of cattle. He is Chair of the Food Animal Working Group of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Panel on Euthanasia and a member of the AVMA’s Panel on Humane Slaughter. He has been honored by The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine with the Distinguished Alumnus Award, by the American Association of Bovine Practitioners with the Alpharma Award of Excellence and by the AVMA in 2011 as recipient of the AVMA Animal Welfare Award.

Stephen Smith

Dr. Stephen A. Smith is a professor of infectious diseases of aquatic, wildlife and exotic animals in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. Dr. Smith received his D.V.M. from The Ohio State University and his Ph.D. from North Carolina State University. He has served on the ILAR Committee of the National Academy of Sciences, the Aquatic Veterinary Medicine Committee of the AVMA, is a past president of the International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine, past president of the American Association of Fish Veterinarians, and is a past Chair of the IACUC of Virginia Tech. He currently serves on the Animal Welfare Committee of the AVMA and is the Attending Veterinarian for Radford University.

Larry Stikeleather

Larry Stikeleather was born and raised on a small farm in Piedmont, North Carolina. After earning his BS and PhD degrees in Biological & Agricultural Engineering from NC State University he worked 18 years in Milwaukee Wisconsin in engineering research and management positions with Allis-Chalmers Corp and the Bostrom Division of Universal Oil Products. In 1985 he and his family relocated to Raleigh, NC and he joined the NC State faculty as Professor of Biological & Agricultural Engineering. His 29 year career with NC State has focused on Research and Teaching in the areas of machine systems, biofuels, computer aided design, and analytical methods in mechanical design. He has received several teaching awards and holds 12 US Patents and several foreign patents. His is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Wisconsin and is Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers . He has been a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers for 45 years and is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education. He and his wife Ruth Ann have three children and 9 grandchildren.

Elizabeth Strand

Dr. Elizabeth Strand is the Founding Director of Veterinary Social Work (VSW) at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. She is a licensed clinical social worker, experienced family therapist, Grief Recovery Specialist, and a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher. She also is trained as a Rule 31 Mediator, Animal Abuse Treatment counselor, a Compassion Fatigue Specialist and holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work. Dr. Strand also provides Emotional Brain Training treatment and hypnosis to teach stress reduction skills. Her interest areas include the scholarly and practice development of veterinary social work as a sub-specialty of social work practice, communication, conflict resolution, and stress management skills in animal related environments. Her professional mission is to encourage the humane treatment of both people and animals and to care for those professionals who care for animals.

Leopoldo Stuardo

Chilean veterinarian from the Universidad de Chile, Master in Environmental Science and Management by the Université Catholique de Louvain (LLN), Belgium. With broad experience working at international level dealing with trade negotiations and in developing international animal welfare standards. Such activities were been developed at the Agriculture and Livestock Service from the Chilean Ministry of Agriculture, at the Chilean Mission to the European Union in Brussels and at the Headquarters of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in Paris. Currently, Leopoldo is working at the International Trade Department, in charge of the animal welfare activities related to the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code.

Daniel Weary

Dan is an Associate Dean, Professor and Research Chair at The University of British Columbia. In 1997 Dan co-founded UBC’s Animal Welfare Program and co-directs this active research group. Dan's research focuses on developing measures for the objective assessment of animal welfare and developing practical methods of improving the welfare of farm animals, lab animals and wildlife. He has published hundreds of articles and a frequent and enthusiastic speaker on animal welfare to audiences around the world.

A. Bruce Webster

Dr. Webster earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Behavior at McGill University, Quebec, Canada, in 1976 and Master of Science in Animal Behavior at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, in 1979. He graduated in 1990 with a Ph.D. from the University of Guelph. After working as scientist and research coordinator with the Atlantic Poultry Research Institute in Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada, for four years, Dr. Webster joined the Poultry Science Department at the University of Georgia in 1994. He currently holds the rank of Professor in that department and serves as Coordinator of UGA poultry extension programs. Dr. Webster’s research interests include welfare aspects of modified or controlled atmosphere poultry stunning, slaughter, and flock depopulation.

Nora Wineland

Nora is Director of the APHIS Center for Animal Welfare in Kansas City, Missouri. She is a 1984 graduate of Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation she spent a brief period conducting market research and analysis for a biotech company and also working for the Michigan Department of Agriculture before joining USDA APHIS Veterinary Services as a field VMO in Ohio. After three years in the field, she joined what is now the Centers for Epidemiology and Animal Health to work on animal disease tracking and epidemiology. She completed a master of science degree focusing on scrapie epidemiology at Colorado State University in 1993. In 1995, she was selected to head up the National Animal Health Monitoring System where she and her staff worked with livestock industry organizations to develop livestock health and welfare related studies aimed at filling important information gaps. These voluntary studies often focused on controversial and sensitive topics and required many conversations with stakeholders in order to attain high enough response rates to develop reliable population estimates. In 2009, she accepted an assignment to serve as the first Veterinary Services 2015 Coordinator, where she worked with the Veterinary Services Management Team to develop a framework for the future of the organization. In her current position, she focuses on animal welfare science, education, outreach, and long term policy analysis. She and her husband and children run a small sheep farm near Kansas City, Missouri.

Roy Yanong

Concentrating in fish medicine, Roy graduated from Penn Vet in 1992 and worked as staff veterinarian at a large aquarium fish farm and wholesaler in Florida, where he remained for 4.5 years. In December 1996, he left to join the University of Florida's Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory in Ruskin where he is currently Professor/Extension Veterinarian, providing outreach, research, and educational programs in aquaculture and fish health management, including facility visits and diagnostic support. Roy helps advance aquatic animal medicine education through graduate and CE lectures and courses, internships, and externships. Roy is currently the Lead of the Aquatics Working Group for the AVMA's Panel on Euthanasia; a former member and Chair of the AVMA’s Aquatic Veterinary Medicine Committee (AqVMC); and a past member of the AVMA’s Animal Agriculture Liaison Committee (AALC). He is also a founding member, current Past-President, and on the Executive Board of the American Association of Fish Veterinarians.