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Dr. Bailey Arruda is a diagnostic pathologist at the ISU VDL.  Her research interests include multiple infectious diseases of swine. Her primary expertise is in pathology, development of disease models, and pathogenesis of and diagnostic assay development for infectious diseases. Her current research focuses primarily on atypical porcine pestivirus, porcine sapelovirus, porcine astrovirus type 3, porcine teschovirus and porcine circovirus type 3.
Dr. Justin Brown, is a Post-doctoral Research Associate with the Swine Medicine Education Center at Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine pursuing a PhD in Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine. In his current position he teaches courses for fourth year veterinary students and oversees the health and well-being of the ISU swine herds.
Dr. Maria Jose Clavijo is a half-time Research Assistant Professor in the Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine Department at Iowa State University. Her research responsibilities at ISU are focused on clinical, field-based research on infectious diseases of livestock with particular emphasis on bacterial diseases of swine. She is also a half-time Health Assurance Veterinarian at PIC (Pig Improvement Company). Her role at PIC focuses on the design and implementation of whole herd disease prevention and elimination programs. She obtained her PhD from the University of Minnesota in 2014 studying the epidemiology of M. hyorhinis in U.S swine production systems. Dr. Clavijo received her degree in Veterinary Medicine from the Universidad Central de Venezuela in 2009 where she practiced before starting her PhD in 2010. She currently resides with her family in Hendersonville, TN.
Mr. Josh Colvin became the ARL’s first Cruelty Intervention Coordinator in 1999, and currently supervises that department as well as the ARL Animal Care and Control Department in Des Moines.  He is nationally certified in animal control and horse cruelty investigations and has worked with most of the 99 Iowa counties, dealing with cruelty or neglect situations and educating law enforcement personnel regarding animal protection.  Josh’s work with animal shelters began in 1990 with the Cedar Bend Humane Society in Waterloo.  While at Cedar Bend, he held various positions including Animal Control Supervisor overseeing three jurisdictions, and participated in the Black Hawk Wildlife Rehabilitation Project. 
Dr. Scott Dee joined Pipestone Veterinary Services in Pipestone in July of 2011. Before joining the clinic, Dr. Dee was a swine practitioner in Morris, Minnesota for 12 years and for the last 12 years a professor at the University of Minnesota where he conducted research in the areas of PRRSV transmission and biosecurity Currently he serves as Director of Research for Pipestone Applied Research and conducts research in the areas of air filtration and PEDV transmission & biosecurity.
Dr. Grant Dewell received his DVM from Colorado State University in 1993 and was in a primarily cow-calf practice in central South Dakota for 2 years.  Following practice, he completed a Master’s degree in Agriculture Economics at Colorado State University.  Dr. Dewell then joined the faculty at the University of Nebraska’s Great Plains Veterinary Education Center, in Clay Center, Nebraska for four years.  He then returned to Colorado State University to complete a Ph.D. in Epidemiology with a focus on pre-harvest food safety in feedlot cattle.  He is currently the Beef Cattle Extension Veterinarian at Iowa State University.  Dr. Dewell’s research interests are health management of feedlot cattle, animal welfare and economic considerations for beef production operations.
Mr. Jon Dittrich has a wide variety of practical business experiences in helping veterinarians improve their profits. Combining 7 ½ years of schooling and receiving his MBA, 7 years of large corporate business with 30 years working with veterinarians, Mr. Dittrich has assembled business techniques which improve profits to his clients. Profit Profile Corporation is a Veterinary Practice Management Consulting firm which “provides management expertise to the aspiring veterinarian”. The firm that started out of his home, has grown continuously and now has an international scope. Last year, PPC worked with 135 different practices throughout the United States. These clients vary in scope and operation. Though consulting is his main occupation, Mr. Dittrich teaches the Practice Management class at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee since 1993. In addition, he is the Senior Editor of the Practice Management board on the Veterinary Information Network (VIN). Mr. Dittrich is also a well-known speaker to state and national veterinary conventions.
Dr. Steve Dritz is a Professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University. His most recent research projects have been evaluating viral transmission through feed mills and mitigation and decontamination strategies. Other research led by Dr. Dritz has focused on the use of feed antimicrobials and their alternatives. These areas all carry a common theme in that they involve field-based research to solve current problems facing swine producers. They leverage his understanding of modern swine production systems, as well as his passion for focusing on areas that will make an impact. 
Dr. Michael Dryden, DVM, PhD, DACVM, is a University Distinguished Professor of Veterinary Parasitology, in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology at Kansas State University.  He received his DVM from K-State in 1984, spent 2.5 years in private practice and then received his PhD from Purdue University. Dr. Dryden is the author or co-author of >150 journal articles and book chapters.  He has lectured in 22 countries, presenting > 1,000 invited seminars on clinical veterinary parasitology. 
Dr. Josh Ellingson is a swine veterinarian with AMVC in Audubon, IA and an affiliate instructor at the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine.  He received his DVM from Iowa State University in 2011 and his Masters in Veterinary Microbiology in 2013.
Dr. Heather Fowler is a board certified public health veterinarian with expertise in the areas of zoonotic disease, public health, worker safety and health, and One Health application. She is currently the Director of Producer and Public Health at the National Pork Board where she oversees public health as well as occupational safety and health issues as they relate to swine production in the United States.
Captain Nathan Fulk is with the Iowa State Patrol with 22 years of law enforcement experience. He manages seventy-eight Troopers in seventeen counties in central Iowa. Nathan currently serves on the Statewide Traffic Incident Management Committee and has provided insight to the Iowa Livestock Truck Rollover Task Force.
Dr. Gregory Grauer received his DVM degree from Iowa State University in 1978. He then completed his internship, residency, and master’s degree at Colorado State University between 1978 and 1982. He obtained his specialty board certification in internal medicine in 1983. He then became a member of the faculty at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin, for 7 years and then returned to Colorado State University, where he served as professor and section chief of small-animal medicine until 2000. He is a professor and the Jarvis Chair of Medicine in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University.
Dr. Rebecca Husted published the first textbook on TLAER (Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue - Wiley-Blackwell) 2008.  A decorated combat veteran, retired US ARMY Reservist, she holds a PhD in Animal Physiology and trains TLAER techniques (US and internationally). She has published numerous critiques, techniques and articles on technical subjects in large animal disaster and emergency response.  An SME to the Technical Committee of NFPA 150 – Animal Housing, Dr. Husted contributes to defining technical competencies for large animal rescue around the world.
Dr. Paul Kunde is a 2011 graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. After spending four years in private practice, Dr. Kunde started as an Import/Export Veterinary Medical Officer in the Madison, WI Veterinary Services office. In July of 2016, he accepted the position of Assistant Director for NIES Service Center 3. Currently, Dr. Kunde serves as an Assistant Veterinarian in Charge and supervises field operations in the state of Wisconsin. Over the past three years, Dr. Kunde’s duties have included health certificate endorsement, field inspections, and stakeholder outreach. In particular, he has enjoyed developing a healthy working relationship with exporters and producers in the bovine germplasm industry.
Dr. Laurie Larson, an ISU-CVM graduate, left practice to join Dr. Ronald Schultz at UW-Madison SVM.  Twenty-seven years later, Dr. Larson is honored to continue Dr. Schultz’ work in canine and feline vaccinology.  She currently directs the Companion Animal Vaccines and Immuno-Diagnostics Service Laboratory (CAVIDS) titer testing service at UW-Madison.
Dr. Jim Lee serves as a Veterinary Epidemiologist with USDA APHIS in Des Moines, Iowa. He completed his Master of Public Health, DVM, and Residency in Veterinary Public Health and Preventative Medicine at the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining USDA, Dr. Lee was in private veterinary practice in Duluth, MN.
Dr. Rodger Main is a Professor and Director of the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (ISU VDL). ISU VDL’s team of 150 faculty and staff play an active role on the frontlines of animal agriculture processing 80,000 – 90,000 diagnostic case submissions and conducting more than 1.4 million diagnostic assays annually.
Dr. Jen Mathis is a third generation veterinarian who owns two general practices in the Des Moines area.  She is a certified veterinary pain practitioner, medical acupuncturist and a veterinary dentistry & oral surgery resident sitting for exams with the intent to become board certified in veterinary dentistry.
Dr. Pablo Pineyro is an Assistant Professor at the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and Vet Diagnostic & Production Animal Medicine at Iowa State University. Research interests include diagnostic assay development and basic pathogenesis of viral infectious disease that affect swine production systems.
Dr. Dave Pyburn is the National Pork Board’s Senior Vice President of Science & Technology since 2013. He is responsible for assisting with the development and coordination of programs, research and producer information related to food safety, swine health, production, animal welfare, and environment. Dave is a 1995 graduate of the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Ms. Heidi Reuss-Lamky graduated from Michigan State University’s Veterinary Technology Program in 1984. She has extensive experience in general practice and has devoted her technical expertise to the surgical department of specialty hospitals since 1993. Heidi became certified in anesthesia through the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia in 2003 and served on the credentials committee. She has served as president of the Executive Board of the Michigan Association of Veterinary Technicians, a charter member of the Academy of Veterinary Surgical Technicians and the editorial review board for Today’s Veterinary Nurse Journal. She has a special interest in veterinary behavior medicine and earned her Fear Free Certification in November 2017. Heidi has lectured at national and international veterinary meetings and written numerous papers on anesthesia and surgical-related topics while incorporating Fear Free handling techniques whenever possible. She authored chapter 11 in Susan Bryant’s Anesthesia for Veterinary Technicians and most recently published an article entitled ‘Keys to Successful High-Level Disinfection and Sterilization Processes, in the January/February 2017 issue of Today’s Veterinary Technician. She was also honored to receive the 2013 NAVC Dr. Jack L. Mara Memorial Lecturer award.
Dr. Jan Shearer is Professor Emeritus of the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine and currently serves as Professor and Extension Veterinarian at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ames, Iowa.  His primary areas of research interest are lameness and welfare issues of beef and dairy cattle. 
Mrs. Rachel Snyder was raised on a family farm in west central Iowa.  She attended Iowa State University, received her Liberal Studies degree and moved to Ankeny where she resides today.  While her focus has been her family and home, she is involved in her community, school and church. She began practicing yoga in college as way to reduce stress, exercise and feel her best.  She now teaches yoga in her community as a way to connect with others and show them how breathing, correct posture and a positive mindset can improve their quality of life.  She and her husband Clark are raising four teenage boys.
Mr. Mike Telford has been involved in farm broadcasting, served as Executive Director of the Iowa Pork Producers for 20 years, Director of External Affairs for the College of Agriculture at Iowa State, and as a private consultant. He is currently the Executive Director of the Iowa Farm Animal Care Coalition.
Dr. Amy Vincent is a Research Veterinary Medical Officer and Lead Scientist at the USDA-ARS National Animal Disease Center in Ames, Iowa.  She obtained a B.S. in Recombinant Genetics from Western Kentucky University and an M.S. in Genetics, a DVM, and a Ph.D. in Immunobiology from Iowa State University.  Three areas of influenza A virus research at NADC involve characterizing currently circulating and emerging IAV in swine, investigating virulence properties and host range, and developing novel vaccine approaches.
Mr. Scott Wilson has been involved in animal welfare in various forms for 28 years.  Throughout this time, Scott has led numerous animal welfare investigations, coordinated animal responses in numerous natural disasters, and trained law enforcement, shelter staff, and other professionals around the country on a variety of animal welfare topics.
Dr. Amelia Woolums received her DVM in 1988 from Purdue University.  She completed an internship at Kansas State University, a residency at the University of Saskatchewan, and a PhD at UC Davis, where she studied the immune response to bovine respiratory syncytial virus (BRSV) infection.  Dr. Woolums is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists. She works in the Department of Pathobiology and Population Medicine in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University as a clinician and teaches in the food animal clinic, and conducts research focused on the host response in bovine respiratory disease, vaccination to prevent BRD, and immunity in cattle and calves. 
Dr. Jessica Young is a 2004 graduate of the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She spent 10 years as an ambulatory equine veterinarian in Iowa before coming to work for the USDA. She spent one year with Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS), and then joined APHIS Veterinary Services as a Veterinary Medical Officer in September 2015.
Ms. Lauren Youngs MS, LMHC is a clinical therapist with Iowa State University Student Counseling Services and provides confidential, brief therapy to students at the College of Veterinary Medicine. She also coordinates counseling services such as activities and presentations centered on creating a culture of holistic Wellness and emotionally healthy approaches to life. Lauren is a licensed mental health counselor and her core areas of expertise include interpersonal relationships, anxiety, depression, life transition/ adjustment concerns, academic success behaviors, identity development, perfectionism and shame-based issues, life balance and self-esteem. She completed her Master of Science in Counseling with an emphasis in Mental Health Counseling at Drake University in 2010 and has since worked professionally in community and university settings.
Dr. Josh Zacharias is a 2003 graduate of Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  He is originally from Southwest Iowa, raised on a farm.  Dr. Zacharias completed an internship at Oakridge Equine Hospital in Oklahoma and then went on to a surgery residency at Purdue University.  After an emergency surgery position at ISU, he went to private practice in Texas for 2 years before moving to his current position at Countryside Large Animal in Greeley, Colorado in 2010. He is boarded with the American College of Veterinary Surgery and the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Zacharias has interest in orthopedic and upper respiratory surgery, lameness, and podiatry.  He has a diverse caseload in Colorado, including show livestock.  However, western performance horse lameness and surgery predominates, with a significant proportion of racing quarter horse orthopedic surgery.  Dr. Zacharias has presented at multiple national, state and regional meetings, as well as various webinars.  He was honored with an ACVS resident research award and the Veterinary Orthopedic Society Mark S. Bloomberg award.