Speakers

Bruce Addison

6 years as a microbiologist at MU VMDL.  Founded Addison Biological Laboratory in 1974 I continue to work in diagnostics and vaccine development for veterinary medicine.  Our laboratory serves all 50 states and our small animal health line is available in 28 countries.

Pamela Adkins, MS, DVM, PhD, DACVIM

A graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (BS), The Ohio State University (DVM, MS), and the University of Missouri (PhD) Pamela Adkins completed an internship at The Ohio State University and a residency at the University of Missouri. She joined the MU faculty in 2015.

University of Missouri CVM

Clarke Atkins, DVM

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Brenda Beernsten, DVM

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Michael Boeger

Michael Boeger is the Administrator and Bureau Chief of the Missouri Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration.  He was formerly the lieutenant of investigations for a law enforcement agency, he was an investigator for the Missouri Department of Labor’s Fraud Unit for three years. He is currently in his 22nd year with the BNDD.  He has been the administrator for the bureau for the past 11 years.

 

Michael has published the educational handouts on the bureau’s website and he has served on 5 separate Governor’s Task Forces.  He has promulgated regulations for the bureau and assisted in drafting legislation that has been enacted by five governors.  He is assigned to the department’s emergency response center during declared states of emergency.

 

Michael served as the Chairman for the Task Force on Misuse, Abuse and Diversion of Prescription Drugs.  He is a member of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators and the National Association of State Controlled Substance Authorities.

Missouri Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs

Corinne Bromfield, DVM

Corinne Bromfield, DVM is the Swine Extension Veterinarian at the University of Missouri.   A graduate of the University of Florida with a BS in Animal Science and a DVM, she worked at the University of Illinois with all agricultural species and now focuses on swine and biosecurity.  Prevention and planning keep a farm running!

Amie Burling, DVM

Karen Campbell-Motsinger, DVM

Karen Campbell graduated from the University of Missouri and completed an internship at Auburn University and a residency at University of Georgia. She is double boarded by American Colleges of Veterinary Internal Medicine and Veterinary Dermatology and was a faculty member at the University of Illinois for 32 years prior to moving back to Missouri.

University of Missouri CVM

Emily Cantwell, JD

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Lane Clarke, DVM, PhD

Lane L. Clarke, D.V.M., Ph.D. is a Professor of Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine and Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center at the University of Missouri.  Dr. Clarke received a D.V.M. and a M.S. in Physiology from the MU College of Veterinary Medicine in 1982.  Following several years of equine practice, Dr. Clarke matriculated at North Carolina State University where he received a Ph.D. in gastrointestinal physiology in 1989 (R.A. Argenzio, mentor).  In post-doctoral studies at the University of North Carolina Cystic Fibrosis Research Center, Dr. Clarke participated in original studies of airway and intestinal dysfunction in the first cystic fibrosis mouse model.  At the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Clarke was appointed assistant professor in 1993 and rose through the ranks to full professor in 2007.  He has served on the editorial board of the American Journal of Physiology, the NIH study section Clinical, Integrative and Molecular Gastroenterology and currently serves on the Research and Research Training Committee of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  Dr. Clarke’s research investigates abnormalities of acid-base transporters in cystic fibrosis and other genetic diseases as they relate to intestinal stem cell biology (ISCs) and differentiation of secretory cells. Current projects investigate a) the role of CFTR in down-regulating cell cycle dynamics and Wnt/b-catenin signaling in ISCs; b) the role of CFTR in goblet cell mucus exocytosis in the intestine; and c) the expression and function of human CFTR in a newly-developed mouse model in which murine Cftr is replaced by the human orthologue.

University of Missouri CVM

Nicole Clausen

Nicole Clausen, CSSGB has over 13 years of experience in the veterinary industry and understands the intricacies and internal workings of a successful practice. Her firm, Veterinary Care Logistics, specializes in helping veterinary teams create a streamlined and efficient inventory management system.

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Leah Cohn, DVM

Leah Cohn graduated from the University of Tennessee with both a BS in Animal Science and a DVM degree. She completed a rotating internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, followed by a residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine, at North Carolina State University. Dr. Cohn also earned a PhD degree in Veterinary Microbiology and Immunology at NCSU. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship in Cell Biology, Dr. Cohn joined the faculty at the University of Missouri - College of Veterinary Medicine. She is currently a Professor of Veterinary Medicine, and serves as the Director of Graduate Studies and the Associate Department Chair in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Cohn has been very involved in her specialty college as well, serving a full term on the Board of Regents of the ACVIM including time as the President and Chairman of the Board. Her research interests are varied, but infectious and respiratory disease are particular favorites. Dr. Cohn has authored more than 125 scientific manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, has written dozens of book chapters, and is the Editor-in-Chief of the textbook Clinical Veterinary Advisor: Dogs and Cats. 

University of Missouri

Tad Coles, DVM

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Rene Cope

Rene Cope has 30 years of business experience working for a large aerospace company.  She frequently speaks on the topics of women succeeding in business and unconscious bias. Rene is passionate about setting women up for success. Her direct and engaging style inspires audiences to take the next step in their advancement journey. 

Stacy Cruz

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John Dodam, DVM

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Sean Edwards, JD

Sean Edwards is a partner with the law firm of Sanders Warren Russell & Scheer LLP in Kansas City. Sean concentrates his practice primarily on defending clients in significant property loss, injury, death and damages claims in the areas of professional liability as well as property and premises liability, with a focus on veterinary professional liability. Sean has successfully argued on behalf of veterinary clients before courts and professional licensing boards in both Missouri and Kansas. Sean also serves as legal counsel for the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association.

Sanders, Warren, Russell, & Scheer LLP

Tim Evans, DVM

Dr. Tim Evans is an Associate Professor in the MU Department of Veterinary Pathobiology and the Toxicology Section Head at the MU Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory. He received his DVM from the University of California, Davis in 1982, and he earned both his MS (1996) and PhD (2002) from MIZZOU. Dr. Evans was recognized as a William T. Kemper Fellow for Excellence in Teaching in 2013. Dr. Evans and his wife, Debbie, reside in Columbia and are the parents of two emerging adults. Dr. Evans’ alter ego, THE ANTIDOTE, is the enemy of ALL things toxic.

University of Missouri CVM

Tamara Gull, DVM

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Lourens Havenga, BVSc

Dr Havenga received his veterinary degree from the University of Pretoria (Onderstepoort), South Africa in 1995. Following two years in bovine practice in the United Kingdom, Dr Havenga returned to South Africa and joined the pharmaceutical industry. Dr Havenga was responsible for licensing several USA animal health products for different companies in South Africa.

Since 2005 he has been working exclusively on injectable trace minerals. This includes research projects, licensing and marketing. During 2009 he relocated to Colorado from where he manages the Multimin USA Inc. company.

Dr Havenga has lead several university and private studies in the USA, generating data on the absorption, storage, function and effects on reproduction and immune function, following the use of injectable trace minerals.

MULTIMIN

Mark Hilton, DVM

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David Hutcheson, DVM

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Phil Johnson, DVM

Dr. Philip Johnson graduated with Honors from the University of Bristol (England) School of Veterinary Medicine in 1981 and worked in a private veterinary practice in the Bath/Bristol area of England for 3 years. Then he completed graduate studies and an equine medicine and surgery clinical residency at the University of Illinois. Dr. Johnson is a board-certified specialist in internal medicine as recognized by both the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the European College of Equine Internal Medicine. He is a Professor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery at the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine, where he has been since 1991. Dr. Johnson’s research interests include equine clinical endocrinology, all aspects of laminitis, neonatology, and gastroenterology. He enjoys all aspects of the internal medicine discipline. Aside from the clinical, instructional, and scientific aspects of academic veterinary medicine, his interests include running, tennis, composing music, listening to music, art, hiking the wilderness, and literature.

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Kevin Keegan, DVM

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Alison LaCarrubba, DVM, DABVP-Equine

Dr. Alison LaCarrubba, originally from New York, graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Animal Science in 1995. She graduated from the University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. Dr. LaCarrubba completed an internship in equine medicine and surgery at the university and subsequently spent a year working in an equine exclusive private practice. Dr. LaCarrubba returned to the university in July 2003 as a clinical instructor, and in 2009 she completed the specialty boards with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Equine Practice. Dr. LaCarrubba has a special interest in equine dentistry but practices general medicine with the intern medicine service and equine ambulatory service.

Megan McCracken, DVM

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Richard Meadows, DVM

Richard grew up around a mixed animal practice in Pampa, Texas and has been immersed in vet med ever since. As a veterinarian he has worked in dairy practice, done mixed animal relief work, owned a small animal practice, finished a Veterinary Clinical Pathology residency and a CDC sponsored Post Doc in a human medical school. For the last 20 years he led the small animal community practice at the MU VHC dealing with dentistry, dermatology, parasitology, shelter medicine, etc. Hopefully he has actually taught several students and a few veterinarians something positive along the way. His current interests are his family ( especially his 3 grandchildren), his motorcycle and “Dad” jokes.

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John Middleton, DVM

Dr. Middleton holds a BS, DVM and PhD from Washington State University, is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and an Associate Member of the European College of Bovine Health Management.  He is Professor of Food Animal Medicine and Surgery and Assistant Director of the Ag Experiment Station at MU. 

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Cliff Miller, DVM

Cliff Miller, DVM is a 2000 graduate of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. After practicing in Kansas City, he opened Green Hills Veterinary Clinic, a mixed animal practice in Moberly in 2003. He and his wife, Suzanne, live in Moberly with their three boys aged 12, 10, and 7. He is actively involved with a cow calf operation with his father. Dr. Miller is a member of the AVMA, MVMA, AABP, and AETA. His civic involvement includes the Moberly Rotary Club, Knights of Columbus Council 995, and local School Board. Dr. Miller has mentored countless veterinary students through preceptorships and enjoys teaching tomorrow’s veterinarians. He was instrumental in starting Moberly’s “HOUNDS” program which places unwanted dogs with offenders in Moberly’s prison for training and rehabilitation. Dr. Miller has served multiple terms on his district leadership and MVMA Past President, having been involved on the MVMA board in one capacity or another for over 10 years. He also serves as the chairman of the legislative committee for the MVMA and has been very active in state legislative issues that impact the veterinary profession and the animals we care for.

Rachel Oman, DVM

Dr. Oman completed her DVM at Colorado State University. She then completed her Large Animal Internal Medicine residency at Oklahoma State University before joining the MU faculty in 2016. 

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Martha Scharf, DVM, DAVBP

Martha Scharf is an equine ambulatory veterinarian at MU Equine Clinic, providing routine and emergency veterinary care to the horses of mid-Missouri. She grew up in St. Louis, riding and training hunter/jumpers. Since she moved to Columbia, MO for college, she has continued to ride recreationally, with a mix of jumping, eventing, and trail riding. She also serves as a faculty advisor for the vet school’s mascot mules, Tim and Terry, who have taught her the basics of driving and the intricacies of mules.

 

She graduated from the Mizzou Vet School in 2008 and completed a rotating equine internship during the following year. Since then, she has been working as one of the equine ambulatory veterinarians and clinical instructors. In 2017, she achieved certification as a specialist in equine practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. Following completion of a veterinary chiropractic course and certification by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association in 2018, she is now working to provide alternative diagnostic and treatment options for equine and small animal patients at the MU Veterinary Health Center.

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