Dr. Adrien Aertsens graduated in 2006 in Belgium. He first worked as a general practitioner in Belgium, France & England for several years before doing a surgery residency in a busy private practice in France. He became European Boarded in Surgery in 2018 and moved to Canada as faculty at the University of Saskatchewan. He joined Iowa State University in 2020. Back to top.
Ms. Jane Angstman is the Client Development Manager at Downing Construction and provides over 25 years of knowledge specific to the healthcare industry. Downing’s cost history database coupled with Jane’s understanding of space planning, flow, and efficiency in the clinical space is key to a successful renovation or ground up construction project. Back to top.
Dr. James R. Berger received his DVM from ISU CVM in 1988. He is a small animal practitioner in Walcott, Iowa and the current IVMA President. Back to top.
Dr. April Blong hails from Iowa. After finishing her veterinary degree at ISU she then completed further training and a small animal ECC residency before returning to Ames as a faculty member. She is currently working on expanding the critical care service at ISU and enjoying family life with her husband and three children. Back to top.
Mr. Charlie Bottenberg is an attorney at Ahlers & Cooney, P.C. in Des Moines, Iowa where he serves as Practice Group Leader for the Trusts, Estates, & Taxation group. Charlie enjoys working with business owners and families to develop a plan to meet their business succession, farm succession, and estate planning goals. He is currently a licensed attorney in both Iowa and Minnesota. You can learn more about Ahlers & Cooney, P.C. at www.ahlerslaw.com. Charlie can be reached at (515) 246-0335 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Back to top.
Dr. Holly Brown completed her DVM, PhD, and clinical pathology residency at the University of Georgia and then joined a large general, referral, and emergency practice as an on-staff clinical pathologist. There she sees a wide variety of diagnostic submissions and enjoys playing an important role at the interface of diagnostic testing and patient care. Back to top.
Mr. Jim Carney graduated from the University of Iowa in 1970; served in the U.S. Army and was stationed at the U.S. Military Academy West Point. He graduated from Drake Law School in 1975. He practices in Des Moines as the senior partner of Carney & Appleby, the firm he started in 1975. Mr. Carney has had the privilege of representing the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association for over 40 years. He has handled all types of Board of Veterinary Medical complaints against veterinarians and defended veterinarians in veterinary malpractice litigation. He is a member of multiple legal associations, including the Iowa State Bar Association, Polk County Bar Association, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, and American Board of Trial Advocates. He has litigated over 100 legal matters on behalf of veterinarians and was involved in one of the longest veterinary malpractice cases in the country and the longest ever in the state of Iowa. The case was successfully defended on behalf of the veterinarians. Back to top.
Mr. Randall Paul Cass is the Bee Extension Specialist at Iowa State University. Since joining ISU in 2017 he has developed the university’s bee program from the ground up, providing extension, teaching classes, conducting research, and establishing ISU’s first apiary devoted to selling honey. He holds a Master of Science from the University of California, Davis. Back to top.
Dr. Adam Copeland received his DVM from Texas A&M University and practiced for several years before moving to Iowa State University for an ABVP Food Animal Internal Medicine and Surgery residency. Following the completion of his master’s degree in biomedical science, Adam returned to private practice to serve the rural areas of the Texas Panhandle. Back to top.
Dr. Grant Dewell received his DVM from Colorado State University in 1993 and was in a primarily beef cattle 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 Associate Professor in Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine and 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. Back to top.
Dr. Kristy Earley-Murray earned her veterinary degree from the University of Wisconsin in 2007. As the Regional Strategic Veterinarian for Zoetis she supports specialty and emergency hospitals throughout the Midwest. Dr. Earley-Murray is Fear Free, Human Animal Bond, and Feline Friendly certified. She is also a Certified Compassion Fatigue professional. Back to top.
Ms. Kandace Edwards is the Client Development & Marketing Manager at Downing Construction. She partners with clients to get their project from concept to feasibility and from construction to its ultimate completion. Downing’s focused attention to all facets of healthcare results in the knowledge & experience gained from completing hundreds of projects. Back to top.
Dr. Linda Ellis was a companion animal practitioner for 14 years prior to joining PLIT as a Trust Veterinarian in 2005. She reviews claims, discusses claim situations with veterinarians, and provides presentations at veterinary colleges and conferences as part of an educational outreach to help veterinarians avoid malpractice and board complaints as well as discuss professional and business coverages that veterinarians need to protect themselves and their practice. Back to top.
Mr. Josh Ervasti is a Financial Advisor with R2 Financial Strategies in West Des Moines with over 20 years of experience. Josh specializes in working with veterinary professionals and practice owners to help them identify their unique financial goals and align them with the best strategies and tools to achieve those goals. Back to top.
Dr. Sally J. Foote is a 1984 graduate of the U of Ill CVM. She is a certified animal behavior consultant from the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, Low Stress Handling Certified – Silver and Fear Free Elite. Dr. Foote is a contributing author to the Fear Free Level one certification program, has published surveys and articles in veterinary publications, is a regular guest speaker at veterinary colleges and provides less stressful veterinary care workshops and online education through her Bella Behavior Learning Center in Tuscola, IL. Back to top.
Dr. Bailey Goos is a 2014 graduate of Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Goos spent 2 years in a private mixed animal practice in Eastern Iowa before joining the USDA. She spent 3 years with the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) before joining APHIS Veterinary Services as a Veterinary Medical Officer in April of 2019. Back to top.
Dr. Patrick Gorden graduated from ISU in 1993 and was in private practice in WI and AZ for 14 years. In 2007, he joined the faculty at ISU and currently teaches dairy production medicine with specialization in milk quality and clinical pharmacology. He is a father of three and the current President-elect of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners. Back to top.
Dr. David L. Gourley is a 1993 graduate of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. He has been in mixed animal practice in south central Missouri since graduation with a focus on Bovine and Equine practice. He owns Whetstone Veterinary Service with his wife, Melissa A. Gourley DVM (Missouri 1996). Dr. Gourley is the immediate past president of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association. He served on the Missouri Veterinary Medical Board (licensing board) from 2005-2018 and was chair from 2010-2017. He is a member of AVMA, AABP, ACT, AAEP, MVMA and has served on multiple boards and committees throughout his career. Dr. Gourley has mentored over 130 veterinary students from 18 different veterinary colleges through his practice over his career. Back to top.
Dr. Tom Hansen graduated from ISU CVM in 2011. He practices at the Veterinary Medical Center in Williamsburg, Iowa. He currently serves on the IVMA Bovine Committee. Back to top.
Dr. Megan Hindman is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Veterinary Field Services. She earned her DVM and MS in Veterinary Preventative Medicine from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Her interests are beef cattle and show pigs and enjoys spending time on the farm with her husband and two boys. Back to top.
Dr. Andrea Holmes is a 2014 graduate of Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Holmes worked as a mixed animal practitioner for three years before joining USDA. She worked for FSIS for three and a half years, then joined APHIS Veterinary Services as a Veterinary Medical Officer in October 2020. Back to top.
Dr. Heidi Hulon earned her DVM degree from Auburn University. She has been an associate, owner, relief vet and Dept. Chair for a Veterinary Technician program. Since 2011, Dr. Hulon has been a Consulting Veterinarian for Elanco. Her current role is as the RCV focused on Wellbeing topics pertinent to our profession. Dr. Hulon has certifications as Compassion Fatigue Professional, Fear Free Professional, Insights Discovery Practitioner, the Human Animal Bond, Positive Psychology Specialization, QPR Suicide Training, Mental Health First Aider and FRANK Communication. Back to top.
Dr. Jared Janke is a board-certified large animal internal medicine specialist at Iowa State University. He received his DVM from Iowa State University, completed his equine internship at Southwest Equine, and residency at Texas A&M University. He was in private referral practice for 12 years prior to returning to ISU. Back to top.
Mr. Andrew Joseph has happily spent 2 decades working with bees and has served as IDALS State Apiarist since 2008. He’s an EAS Master Beekeeper and serves on the board of the Iowa Honey Producers Association. Additionally, he and his family run Meadow BlazingStar Honey, a small beekeeping business of around 240 hives based in Des Moines. Back to top.
Dr. Carrie Jurney has worked in veterinary medicine for well over 20 years, filling every roll in the clinic from kennel attendant to practice owner. She graduated summa cum laude for the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005 and was boarded in neurology in 2009 after completing a residency at the University of Pennsylvania. Since that time, she has been based out of the San Francisco Bay Area and is currently the practice owner at Jurney Veterinary Neurology. Her journey to working on veterinary wellness began in 2015 after helping a coworker through a mental health crisis. Shortly thereafter she joined the admin team at NOMV and began taking extensive continuing education courses in crisis intervention and compassion fatigue. She currently has over 400 hours of training and is a Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional. She is also a member of the inaugural class of the Veterinary Human Support Certificate Program out of the University of Tennessee Veterinary Social Work Program. She has pioneered multiple programs for mental wellness in the veterinary field, including online educational materials, and an anonymous support program for veterinary professionals in partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She is the current president of NOMV, and a founding board member. While Carrie has worked at NOMV, it has grown to be the largest wellness focused charity for veterinary wellbeing in the world, with over 25,000 global members. As a passionate speaker about mental health and wellness in veterinary medicine, Carrie brings her extensive education and experience doing peer-to-peer crisis interventions to her lectures. When she’s not working at NOMV or in practice, Carrie is wife to Chris, a sculptor, amateur blacksmith, and zookeeper to two cats and an oversized dog named Max. Back to top.
Dr. Allison Kenzig attended The Ohio State University and received her DVM in 2013. She then completed a rotating internship at University of Missouri in 2014 and a small animal surgical residency at Mississippi State University in 2017. After residency, she spent four years as a private practice surgeon in Ohio. She became board-certified in 2020. Back to top.
Dr. Jamie Kopper is an assistant professor at Iowa State University. She earned a DVM from Michigan State University, followed by a rotating large animal internship at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center and residencies in large animal internal medicine and emergency and critical care at Michigan State University. Back to top.
Mr. Sean Larson is a Director with McGowen Hurst Clark Smith PC (“MHCS”) in West Des Moines, Iowa. Sean works primarily in the construction and manufacturing, wholesale, and distribution (MWD) industries providing tax compliance and consulting services to middle market and family owned companies and their owners. Prior to joining MHCS, Sean worked several years for a national public accounting firm. Back to top.
Dr. Andy Law received his veterinary degree from National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan. He then completed both a rotating internship and small animal surgical residency at Mississippi State University. Dr. Law became board certified in February 2017 while on faculty at Purdue University. He then spent four years in specialty private practice in Ohio before joining Iowa State University. Back to top.
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. Back to top.
Dr. Marta Mainenti received her DVM at the University of Padua (Italy) in 2011 and did her veterinary anatomic pathology residency at Utah State University from 2018-2021. She is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor & Diagnostic Pathologist at Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Back to top.
Dr. Harlyn McGuire received his DVM from KSU in 1973. He moved to Perry, Iowa after graduation and remains a small animal practitioner there. He is a Life member of the IVMA, AVMA and KVMA. Dr. McGuire is also the co-chair of the IVMA Wellness Committee. Back to top.
Dr. Lindsay McKay received her DVM from the University of Florida in 2003 and completed her dermatology residency in 2007, becoming board certified that same year. Dr. McKay has published many articles on various aspects of dermatology. She also enjoys clinical research and has participated in dermatology trials studying novel therapies for canine atopic dermatitis and pruritus as well as for treatment of pruritus in cats. Back to top.
Tasha McNerney BS, CVT, CVPP, VTS (anesthesia) is a Certified Veterinary Technician from Glenside, PA. She is also a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner and works closely with the IVAPM to educate the public about animal pain awareness. She became a board member for the IVAPM in 2019. Tasha became a veterinary technician specialist in anesthesia in 2015. She loves to lecture on various anesthesia and pain management topics around the globe. Tasha is the creator and co-administrator of the Facebook group Veterinary Anesthesia Nerds which has over 55,000 members around the globe and helps to facilitate discussions on providing the best anesthesia and pain management practices. Tasha is also a contributor to many publications including dvm360, Today’s Veterinarian, Clinicians Team Brief and andyroark.com. Back to top.
Ms. Sue Mears has been a pharmacist since 1995. After 17 years of practicing in various pharmacy settings, primarily community and long-term care, Sue joined the Board as a compliance officer in 2012. Her duties with the Board include routine inspections, investigations, and its rules and legislative coordinator. Back to top.
Dr. Enoch Meira received his DVM in 2005, his Master’s in Clinical Sciences in 2010 and his PhD in Clinical Sciences in 2014 from Universidade de Sao Paulo, College of Veterinary Medicine & Animal Husbandry, Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil. He then did his ruminant health residency at North Carolina State University from 2018 to June 2021. Back to top.
Dr. Paul Merkatoris graduated from the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine and completed a large animal internship at a private practice in Colorado. Following completion of a residency in large animal surgery at Iowa State University, he was retained as a Clinical Assistant Professor with the ISU Food Animal and Camelid Hospital. Back to top.
Dr. Alyona Michael received her DVM in 2014 and PhD in 2018, both from ISU. She was at the National Veterinary Services Lab’s Pathobiology sections in Ames from 2017-2019 and has been at the ISU VDL since 2019. Back to top.
Dr. Kristen Obbink is a public health veterinarian and hobbyist beekeeper dedicated to the promotion of animal, human, and environmental health. She holds her BS (Zoology) and DVM from Iowa State University, her MPH from the University of Minnesota, and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. In addition to working in private practice, she previously served as the State of Iowa’s enteric disease epidemiologist and coordinator for food and feed emergencies. In 2015, Dr. Obbink began her employment with Iowa State University and currently serves as a Lead Public Health Veterinarian with the Center for Food Security and Public Health at the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine. There, she co-managed content development for the USDA’s National Veterinary Accreditation Program, including a module on honey bee veterinary medicine. She also contributed to the recently published textbook “Honey Bee Medicine for the Veterinary Practitioner” (eds. Kane/Faux, Wiley Press, 2021) and currently serves as the Education Committee Chair for the Honey Bee Veterinary Consortium. Back to top.
Ms. Vibhuti Oberoi is a current third year student at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She was born and raised in San Jose, California and found a passion for veterinary medicine early on at the age of 10 years old when she adopted her first and current dog, Coco. From that point on she volunteered at animal shelters, veterinary clinics, and even went abroad to India to help as many animals as she possibly could. When applying to veterinary school, Vibhuti encountered many obstacles in getting experience and guidance on how to be a competitive candidate for veterinary school. She noticed there were not many people like her in the veterinary field or applying to veterinary school. Vibhuti has a strong desire to be an advocate and role model for minorities and underrepresented students in the veterinary community and hopes to mitigate the gap and challenges students are faced with. Back to top.
Dr. Cory Penn received his DVM from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Penn started his career as a small animal veterinarian and medical director in central Illinois. He then joined veterinary industry as a professional services veterinarian with Abaxis and Zoetis. Dr. Penn is currently a global medical lead for diagnostic instruments with Zoetis. Back to top.
Dr. Jodie Pettit is a mixed animal practitioner for AMVC Veterinary Services in Audubon, IA. She has been a beekeeper since 2012 and is a former member of the Northwest Iowa Beekeepers Association Board of Directors, Research Team and Education Team. Dr. Pettit is a Past President of the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association and is currently Iowa’s Delegate to the American Veterinary Medical Association House of Delegates. Back to top.
Dr. Jason Pieper is a 2009 graduate from Iowa State University. He completed a dermatology residency at the University of Illinois and became a diplomate of ACVD in 2015. He was previously on faculty at the University of Illinois until he returned to Iowa State University in 2020. Back to top.
Dr. Paul Plummer is a Professor and holds the Anderson Chair of Veterinary Science with a joint appointment in both Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine as well as Veterinary Microbiology and Preventative Medicine. He also serves as the Executive Director of the National Institute of Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education. His primary faculty duties fall into two basic categories, research and teaching/clinical. The focus of the research is best summarized a molecular bacteriology of pathogens associated with ruminant or zoonotic human disease and antimicrobial resistance. The teaching/clinical component of his appointment focuses on ruminant internal medicine and infectious disease. He is board certified in Large Animal Internal Medicine and is the only person in the US board certified in Small Ruminant Health Management. He grew up on a dairy goat operation and continues to milk goats with his family today. Back to top.
Dr. Jessica Pritchard is a clinical assistant professor at UW-Madison. She attended school at Penn followed by an internship, residency, and master’s at NCSU. Jessica has a clinical interest in interventional radiology and codirects the rotating internship program at UW. Her research focuses on gastrointestinal, infectious and immune-mediated diseases. Back to top.
Dr. Katie Rumsey received her DVM from ISU College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005 and completed a Master of Public Health degree through the University of Iowa. Dr. Rumsey has more than 14 year of experience in small animal medical care and surgical procedures. She is currently the Assistant State Veterinarian at the Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship. Back to top.
Dr. Cody Sacquitne is a 2019 graduate of Iowa State working at Veterinary Medical Center in Williamsburg, Iowa. He practices predominately on food animals, with a focus on cattle. He is one of the tri-chairs of the IVMA Wellness Committee and is also involved with the AABP organization. Back to top.
Dr. David Schmitt graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1973. After one year of private practice in Roseville, Minnesota, Dr. Schmitt moved to Stuart, Iowa in 1974 and practiced veterinary medicine in a mixed animal practice there until 1999 (25 years). He began his duties in the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) as the Assistant State Veterinarian in 1999 and was appointed State Veterinarian in 2008. Dr. Schmitt retired from IDALS January 2019. Back to top.
Dr. Dan Scruggs is from North Alabama, South Central TN. Dr. Scruggs graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal and Dairy Science in 1980 and graduated from veterinary school from Auburn University in 1984. Dr. Scruggs was in a feedlot consulting practice in Amarillo, TX prior to completing a residency in veterinary pathology at Texas A&M University. Dr. Scruggs worked at the TN Veterinary Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory and spent 13 years on faculty at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine in the Department of Pathobiology and Population Medicine focusing on beef and swine production medicine and diagnostic pathology. Dr. Scruggs is a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, a member of the Academy of Veterinary Consultants, and a member of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians. Dr. Scruggs’ professional and research interests focus on infectious disease pathology and disease control in food animal production. Dr. Scruggs has been with Pfizer Animal Health/Zoetis since 2003 focusing on beef cow calf and stocker technical services predominantly in the Southeastern US. Dr Scruggs was Associate Director Global Ruminant Diagnostics for Zoetis and currently is Associate Directors Specialty Medicine US Cattle for Zoetis. Back to top.
Dr. Chris Siepker DACVP received his DVM from Kansas State University in 2016 and did his anatomic pathology residency at the University of Georgia in 2019. His diagnostic interest are infectious disease of pigs and cattle. Back to top.
Dr. Abbey Smith received her BS in Animal Science from Iowa State University in 2015 and DVM in 2019. She received her MPH in 2019 from the University of Iowa. She practices mixed animal medicine in east-central Iowa at the North Tama and Keystone Veterinary Clinics in Traer and Keystone. Back to top.
Dr. Meredith ‘t Hoen graduated from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. She then completed an internship at Washington State University, followed by an Emergency and Critical Care residency at the University of Missouri. After becoming a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2011, Dr. t ‘Hoen ran the ECC service at a private specialty practice in the USA until 2017. She then joined the ECC team at the Utrecht University Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in the Netherlands, where she remained until the spring of 2021. In the summer of 2021, she returned to the US to join the ECC team at Iowa State University as a clinical assistant professor. She loves to share her passion for ECC by teaching and mentoring young vets and technicians. Back to top.
Dr. Melissa Tropf is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and completed her Cardiology residency and Master’s degree at Washington State University. She is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Cardiology at ISU. Her interests include ambulatory monitoring, canine obesity related heart disease, and scholarship of teaching and learning. Back to top.
Mr. Mark Vroman is a CPA and partner at The Vroman Group, a full-service tax and accounting firm in West Des Moines, IA. Mark has been in public accounting for over 12 years and specializes in strategic tax planning for businesses and individuals with a large focus on real estate ownership and investments. Contact Mark to implement your tax goals at 515-988-9837 or email@example.com. Back to top.
Dr. Angela Walker is the Bacteriology Laboratory Supervisor at the Center for Veterinary Biologics (CVB) in Ames, Iowa. She earned both her DVM and her PhD from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She joined the CVB laboratory in 2010 and has served the USDA through this group ever since. Back to top.
Dr. Emily Wheeler is originally from Little Rock, AR. She completed her veterinary degree and residency in Anesthesia and Analgesia at Tufts University in Massachusetts. Dr. Wheeler has recently joined the Anesthesia Department at Iowa State University. Her professional interests include peri-anesthetic wellness and anesthesia in shelter and community medicine. Back to top.
Dr. Randy Wheeler is a 1977 ISU CVM graduate and current IVMA Executive Director. He previously was a mixed animal practitioner-owner and Assistant State Veterinarian. He has been preconditioning cattle for 44 years. Back to top.