Speaker Bio's

Dr. Marcelo Almeida received his DVM degree from the University of Brasilia in 2003, a Masters Degree in Preventive Veterinary Medicine by the Federal University of State of Rio Grande do Sul in 2006, and a Ph.D. in Population Sciences in Animal Health from the Iowa State University in 2020. Marcelo has been working with the swine industry for the last 20 years with roles in a vertically integrated pork producer, genetic supplier, and pharmaceutical company. Marcelo is currently an assistant professor and food animal diagnostician at the ISU-VDL.

Dr. Rod Bagley is a board-certified neurologist and internist and has certifications in canine rehabilitation and acupuncture. He is the former Chair of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at ISU, College of Veterinary Medicine and Executive Director of the Lloyd Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Now as a professor of rehabilitative medicine and neurology, his 35+ years in the profession has afforded a plethora of clinical experiences that he will share with us.
Dr. Darren Berger is a Tenured Associate Professor at Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to becoming a Boarded Veterinary Dermatologist, he worked as a general practitioner and emergency veterinarian in Des Moines, IA. His research interests include topical therapies, infectious disease, otitis externa, and allergic disease management.

Dr. Joyce Carnevale is a Clinical Associate Professor and the Community Outreach Coordinator at Iowa State University.  She is a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Canine/Feline).  She was in emergency and small animal private practice prior to returning to academia.
Dr. Guilherme Cezar earned his DVM degree in Brazil in 2016 and got his Master’s Degree in veterinary science in 2020. After practicing for 2 years as a technical veterinarian service in an autogenous vaccine company, Dr. Cezar joined Iowa State University in 2022 for his graduate program and to coordinate the Swine Disease Reporting System project.

Dr. Gabi Doughan is a post-doctoral research associate with the Swine Medicine Education Center (SMEC) at Iowa State University. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Central College in 2017 and her DVM from ISU in 2021. Her current position is a mix of educating veterinary students, taking coursework to obtain her Masters and PhD, and professional practice. Dr. Doughan’s research is focused on water line biology topics including water line biofilms, water biosecurity and water line disinfection.

Dr. James Drackley is Professor of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research program has focused on improving the health, welfare, and productivity of dairy cattle through nutrition. Dr. Drackley has published extensively, has trained 46 graduate students, and has received numerous awards for his research.
Dr. Masako Fujiyama completed her veterinary degree in Japan, small animal rotating internship in New Zealand, and anesthesia residency in Canada. Dr. Fujiyama enjoys meeting new people and learning all the little tricks from different institutions.
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. She currently lives in Vinton, Iowa with her partner, daughter, two bonus kids, two dogs (Ziggy & Hannah), one cats (Lizzo), 15 ducks, and 50 chickens. She enjoys traveling, gardening, baking and DIY projects.

Dr. Michihiko Goto is an Associate Professor at University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. He is an awardee of the AHRQ K08 Career Development Award and the VA Merit Award, and a core investigator of CDC EpiCenter program. His research interests include pharmacoepidemiology of antimicrobials and epidemiology of multidrug-resistant organisms.

Dr. Steven Harris possesses almost 40 years of experience working on the genetics and genomics of fungi. His research program has been supported by funding from NSF and NASA, has generated >90 publications, and has trained 20 graduate students. He currently serves as a Department Chair with a research appointment.

Dr. Andrew Hennenfent, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, is the Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) Program Manager for the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) where he oversees the planning and response of antimicrobial stewardship efforts and infection prevention technical assistance provided to Iowa healthcare personnel to improve infection control practices in all settings.  Dr. Hennenfent completed an applied epidemiology fellowship in infectious disease at the District of Columbia Department of Public Health then oversaw the city’s emerging and zoonotic disease program and served as the city’s public health veterinarian. Dr. Hennenfent has worked for the State of Iowa since 2018.
Dr. Lisa S. Hindle is a graduate of Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. She is currently the APHIS Field Operations Emergency Coordinator for Iowa. She has been with the USDA since 2016 after retiring from small animal practice. Dr. Hindle was the Co-Coordinator of the Hamilton County Emergency Veterinary Response Team, organized and completed Disaster Animal Response Team (DART) and Emergency Animal Sheltering (EAS) classroom training, completed the Professional Animal Cruelty Investigator Course at the University of Missouri Law Enforcement Training Institute, and deployed to Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina.

Dr. Shaine Hoffman received a B.S. in Animal Science & Dairy Science from Iowa State University. After graduating, Dr. Hoffman worked for four years as a veterinary assistant at a mixed animal practice in northeastern Iowa. She then returned to Iowa State and received her DVM in 2022. Dr. Hoffman currently works at a small animal clinic in the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, crafting, gardening, and road trips.
Dr. Tyler Holck earned a BS from SDSU and a DVM, MS, and MBA from ISU. He is currently serving as the senior coordinator for the US SHIP program. He and his wife, Dr. Gayle Brown, have two married daughters and a son and enjoy living in small-town Gilbert, Iowa!
Dr. Andrea Holmes is a 2014 graduate of Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Holmes worked at a mixed animal practice for three years before joining USDA. She then worked for FSIS for three and a half years before joining APHIS Veterinary Services as a Veterinary Medical Officer in October 2020. She lives in Marcus, Iowa with her husband Tim, sons TJ and Andrew, and their two dogs. She and her husband enjoy going to as many Cyclone football and basketball games as possible.

Dr. Lauren Hughes has 10 years at a small animal and exotic pet practice as well as contracting to Niabi Zoo in Coal Valley, IL as their head veterinarian. In my time in practice and working at the zoo, I have worked to create preventative care plans and educate the public and staff about a variety of non-traditional species.
Dr. Jeff Kaisand serves as State Veterinarian at the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship working with federal, state and industry partners to protect the health of Iowa’s livestock industry and develop foreign animal disease response plans. He earned his DVM from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993.
Dr. Locke Karriker is a Morrill Professor of Swine Medicine and Director of the Swine Medicine Education Center in the Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine Department at Iowa State University. He is the Dr. Douglas and Ann Gustafson Professor for Teaching Excellence in Veterinary Medicine and has 24 years of swine medicine practice and applied research experience. He currently serves as the Vice President of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians.
Dr. Jim Lee is a veterinary epidemiologist with the Center for Epidemiology and Animal Health, USDA APHIS. He works with the National List of Reportable Diseases (NLRAD) unit to develop consistent animal disease reporting across the United States and provide disease status reports to the World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH). Prior to his position with the NLRAD unit Dr. Lee served as the APHIS Veterinary Services area epidemiologist for Iowa and New England.
Dr. Molly Lee, DVM, MPH, DACVPM is Associate Director at the Center for Food Security and Public Health at ISU CVM. Dr. Lee's work involves extension and outreach on a local, state, national, and international level on infectious and zoonotic disease prevention, biosecurity, and foreign animal disease preparedness and response.

Daniel Linhares, DVM, MBA, PhD. Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Education at ISU. He is with the fieldepi, a team of 25 people working on developing and evaluating strategies to improve swine health & productivity.

Dr. Isadora Machado obtained her DVM at the University of Santa Catarina State, Brazil (2018). She was a one-year swine intern and studied agriculture/livestock in Germany (2017-2018). She obtained her MS degree at Iowa State University (2023), and currently, she is perusing her PhD degree under the guidance of Dr. Linhares, with projects focusing on PRRSV detection in the swine population.
Dr. Darin Madson is a clinical professor and veterinary diagnostician at Iowa State University, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. He revived my DVM degree from the University of Minnesota in 2004 and PhD in veterinary pathology at Iowa State University 2009. Prior to his current ISU role, he was the Head of Veterinary Services for JBS Live Pork.
Dr. John McAfee is recently employed at the epidemiology position in Des Moines, Iowa. Dr. McAfee has a Masters degree in animal science and a DVM from Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Drew Noel is a postdoctoral research associate and anatomic pathology trainee at the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Prior to starting at ISU, he practiced mixed animal medicine in Carroll, Iowa. His research is focused on the immunopathologic characterization of viral respiratory disease in swine.
Dr. Rodrigo Paiva has an MBA from Brazil; he got a master’s degree in Veterinary Preventive Medicine from Iowa State University in 2022, and currently is pursuing his PhD in Population Sciences in Animal Health, with a focus on E. coli disease.

Dr. Meredith Petersen is a post-doctoral research associate at the Swine Medicine Education Center at Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. Her role focuses on teaching, research, and clinical service. Meredith will complete her PhD in 2024, which is focused on the capabilities and limitations of veterinary telemedicine in swine.

Dr. Scott Radke is a 2016 graduate of the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine where he also completed his MS in toxicology in 2018. He is board certified in veterinary toxicology and serves as a clinical assistant professor in the veterinary diagnostic laboratory within the ISU CVM.

Dr. William Saxon received his DVM degree from Iowa State University in 1986.   He completed his internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City followed by residencies at the Animal Medical Center and University of Pennsylvania and is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the American College of Veterinary Emergency Medicine and Critical Care.  He has published numerous articles and co-authored the Manual of Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care. 

Joe Stafford has been the Director of Animal Services with the Animal Rescue League of Iowa since March 2019. In this role, Joe directs and manages the Animal Services program for the City of Des Moines, Trap Neuter Return, Pet Support Services, and Animal Welfare Intervention programs. Joe has 23 years of animal welfare experience and previously served as the Director of Animal Law Enforcement for HSPPR in Colorado. In addition, he served 13 years in the US Air Force as a Law Enforcement Officer.

Mr. Mike Telford has served as Executive Director of Iowa Farm Animal Care since 2016. He is a graduate of Iowa State in Animal Science. During his career Mike has been a farm broadcaster, Executive Director of several organizations including Iowa Pork Producers, ISU Agriculture Foundation, and has been a private consultant for over 25 years. He is here to tell us why the Iowa Farm Animal Care coalition was formed, how it operates and answer any questions.

Dr. Brian Vander Ley grew up on a small, diversified farm in South Dakota. He completed his undergraduate studies at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa and went on to attend ISU to earn both his DVM and PhD degrees. Currently, Dr. Vander Ley works at the UNL Great Plains Veterinary Educational.
Dr. Trisha (Collins) Webb received her undergraduate degree and D.V.M. at Iowa State University, where she graduated in May 2018. She also received her M.P.H. from the University of Iowa in May 2018. Currently she works within the Animal Health Center in South Central Iowa, working with both large and small animals.
Dr. Kerby Weaver joined Boehringer Ingelheim in 2013, and currently serves as a Professional Services Veterinarian supporting veterinary customers and BIAH field Territory Managers. His previous role with BIAH was leading the Large Animal Veterinary Technical Solutions team (VeTS), which is comprised of doctors and technicians providing product support for the entire BIAH portfolio for the US business. Dr. Weaver is a second-generation equine veterinarian and grew up in a busy mixed animal clinic outside of Kansas City, MO. He graduated from the University of Missouri - College of Veterinary Medicine, and Heartland Horseshoeing School. Following graduation, he practiced in Ocala, FL at Peterson & Smith Equine Hospital then returned home to Kansas City, joining Wilhite & Frees Equine Hospital. His primary job is as a husband and father of four. He has coached football and baseball for many years and is also a proud dance dad.
Dr. Scott Weese is a veterinary internist, a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He is a Professor at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Director of the University of Guelph Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses, Chief of Infection Control at the Ontario Veterinary College Health Sciences Centre, a member of the Quadripartite Global Leaders Group on AMR and Chair of the WHO Advisory Group for Critically Important Antimicrobials in Human Medicine.

Ms. Stephanie Wetter is the director of animal welfare for the National Pork Board. In this role, she assists in the implementation of animal welfare programs and research, including animal care content for industry certification programs, managing Checkoff-funded animal welfare research, and facilitation of foreign animal disease preparedness projects across the industry.

Dr. Emily Wheeler is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesia at the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine. She received her veterinary degree from and completed her residency at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. She has a strong interest in welfare and stress reduction in the clinical setting.
Dr. Craig Willette is a board-certified anesthesiologist who currently works as an assistant professor of anesthesia and pain management at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He has a particular interest in clinical anesthesia and educating the next generations of practicing veterinarians.

Dr. Katie Woodard is a Public Health Veterinarian at the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. She serves as the Section Leader for the Client Services department where her focus is client outreach and education. She obtained her DVM from St. George’s University in 2014 and her Masters in Veterinary Preventative Medicine from Iowa State in 2021.

Zach Wright, RVT has worked with Reptiles and Amphibians for over 30 years.  Mr. Wright was an emergency and surgical technician for 18 years. He is one of the owners of Snakes Alive at the Iowa State Fair.

Dr. Jessica Young is a 2004 graduate of the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Young spent 10 years as an ambulatory equine veterinarian in Iowa before coming to work for the USDA. She spent one year with FSIS, and then joined APHIS Veterinary Services as a Veterinary Medical Officer in September 2015. She currently lives in Ogden, Iowa with her husband Scott and their two sons, Colton (16 years) and Chase (12 years). Both of her children extensively compete in youth rodeo, and that keeps them busy as a family most of the year! Otherwise, together they enjoy horseback riding, fishing, camping, and taking care of their small hobby farm.