June 9-11 // Park City, UT

Brian Beale, DVM

Thursday, June 9

  • Common Causes of Lameness in Puppies

Brian Beale attended the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. He also completed a 3-year residency in small animal surgery and was as an assistant professor from 1990–1992. Brian became board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1991 and joined Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in 1992. Brian has a special interest in arthroscopy, minimally-invasive surgery, fracture repair, joint replacement, treatment of arthritis, and pain management. Brian has many publications, including textbooks, textbook chapters and scientific articles. Brian is a passionate teacher and frequently lectures and teaches wet-labs around the world. He is a past-president of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society, past-president of the Gulf Coast Veterinary Foundation and active in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He has been a board member for American Humane since 2017. Brian was awarded the Specialty Veterinarian of the Year Award by the Texas Veterinary Medical Association in 2010. Brian became an ACVS Founding Fellow of Minimally-Invasive Orthopedic Surgery in 2018.  Brian currently is the CEO of Beale’s Best. Beale’s Best has elite continuing education centers ( connected to state-of-the-art veterinary specialty hospitals in Park City, UT and Baltimore, MD. Dr. Beale performs surgery at Nexus Veterinary Specialists (Victoria, TX), Bark City Veterinary Specialists (Park City, UT) and Nexus Veterinary Specialists (Baltimore, MD).

When not practicing veterinary medicine, Dr. Beale enjoys spending time with his family, tennis, golf and all outdoor sports. He loves to travel and meet new people around the world.

Victoria Bianchi


Saturday, June 11

Opioid Reporting and Record Keeping Requirements

Diversion Investigator Victoria Bianchi has been with the Drug Enforcement Administration since 2019.  Prior to joining DEA, DI Bianchi worked in the pharmaceutical industry, and has a total 10 years of experience regarding controlled substances and compliance.

Isaac Bott


Thursday, June 9

  • Reproductive Management of Rocky Mountain Elk (Cervus Canadensis nelson)

  • Reindeer Veterinary Care: An Overview of Anesthesia, Surgery and Common Procedures

Dr. Isaac Bott graduated from Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. He owns and operates Mountain West Animal Hospital, a mixed animal veterinary facility in Springville Utah.

He is a past president of the Society For Theriogenology and currently is the Theriogenology Delegate in the AVMA HOD.

He has also served as a council member and chair of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Council on Veterinary Service. He also has served as the co-chair of the Utah Veterinary Medical Association’s Legislative Committee. He has extensive experience with strategic planning, legislative process and organizational leadership.

Dr. Bott has a unique interest in veterinary reproductive services. He has published a number of scientific articles including: electroejaculation, correlation of testicular size and weight, histopathology of cystic rete tesis, superovulation, embryo collection and freezing and progesterone supplementation in alpacas. Dr. Bott has also pioneered work in reindeer artificial insemination and semen cryopreservation. His projects are located in several locations around the world and are focused on reproductive technologies in cervids, small ruminants, and non-domestic bovids. In addition, Dr. Bott also travels the globe offering training and comprehensive reproductive services for pets and wildlife.

Kimberly Claus


Thursday, June 9 / Friday, June 10

  • Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus:  Recognition, Stabilization, Treatment and Prevention

  • Management of Feline Urethral Obstruction:  Why Unblocking the Cat is Just the Beginning

  • Cardiopulmonary Cerebral Resuscitation (CPCR):  What to do and When?

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

Dr. Claus was raised in Texas and developed a love of animals at a very young age. She graduated from Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007, and having developed a love for veterinary medicine, began working as an emergency veterinarian right after graduation. After three years practicing in a busy, private ER and specialty hospital in Dallas, she wanted to learn more to be an even better doctor for her patients. She decided to go back and do a residency in Emergency and Critical Care, and became a diplomate of the College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. Dr. Claus worked for several years at another private specialty group in Dallas before leaving to begin her own business. She is now a relief/locum criticalist, working all over the country, providing services to hospitals in need of short and long term relief. She is currently licensed to practice in six state, including Utah. She absolutely loves the excitement of going to new hospitals, meeting other dedicated animal lovers, sharing knowledge that she has, and learning from everyone else that she gets the pleasure of working with.

Jenna Crowder

Friday, June 10

  • Bee Basics – A Crash Course in Honeybee Biology

  • Foul-Brood Disease and the VFD

Jenna Crowder is an Apiary Inspector at the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food’s Insect Program. Her field office is statewide – helping beekeepers from the humble hobbyist to the commercial scale ‘keeper exposes her to a wide spectrum of healthy (or not-so-healthy) beehives and enriches her diagnostic expertise. In the Salt Lake City-based Insect lab, she validates field diagnoses using quantitative PCR analysis.

In 2019, she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Entomology from Clemson University and spent an additional year assisting with research at the Caterino Biodiversity Lab while teaching Clemson’s Introductory Entomology Lab course.

In her spare time, she enjoys exploring nature, visiting museums, playing board games, and sharing her insect passion with anyone who will listen.

Carolyn Emery


Thursday, June 9

  • Conditions a veterinary dermatologist sees in Utah – Part 1

  • Conditions a veterinary dermatologist sees in Utah – Part 2

Dr. Emery is a BOARD CERTIFIED VETERINARY DERMATOLOGIST® at MedVet Salt Lake City and MedVet Northern Utah. She has been a part of the MedVet team since November 2020. Dr. Emery attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Amherst, MA where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree. She then attended the St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine in True Blue, Grenada where she earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Her clinical year was done at Cornell University. Dr. Emery completed a rotating internship at the New England Animal Medical Center in West Bridgewater, MA. In addition, she completed two dermatology internships at the Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, TX, and at the Pittsburgh Veterinary and Specialty Emergency Center in Pittsburgh, PA. She then completed a Dermatology Residency at the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in Davis, CA.

Dr. Emery has a special interest in chronically infected ears, autoimmune and infectious diseases. She has an interest in specialized growth removals with CO2 laser surgery. Her favorite part of veterinary medicine is helping patients with chronic allergy conditions get some relief. She is also working on her Fear Free certification to help reduce stress, fear, and anxiety for patients at the veterinary office.

Richard Ford


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Friday, June 10

  • Vaccines & Vaccination: Protocols, Products and Controversies – Part 1

  • Vaccines & Vaccination: Protocols, Products and Controversies – Part 2

  • Update on FeLV & FIV

  • Feline Viral Upper Respiratory Disease…  Why it Persists!

Dr. Richard Ford is Emeritus Professor of Medicine in the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University. A graduate of Ohio State University, Dr. Ford practiced small animal and equine medicine prior to completing the internal medicine residency at Michigan State University. He taught internal medicine at Purdue University and North Carolina State University. He is Board Certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and is an honorary Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. Dr. Ford is the Lead Editor of the AAHA Canine Vaccine Guidelines and a co-author on the AAFP Feline Vaccine Guidelines.

Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Ford spent 28 years with the US Air Force as a Biomedical Scientist. He retired from the USAF Reserve as a Brigadier General, where he was assigned to the Office of the Air Force Surgeon General at the Pentagon.

Kurt Grimm


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Friday, June 10

  • How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Anesthesia – Part 1

  • How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Anesthesia – Part 2

  • Anesthesia Systems and Troubleshooting – What Tesla is Teaching Me

  • Stump the Anesthesiologist

Kurt A. Grimm, DVM, MS, PhD, is a former assistant professor of anesthesiology and pain management at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. He owns Veterinary Specialist Services which provides anesthesia specialist support to private practices in the Denver Metro area. Dr. Grimm earned his DVM from Iowa State University in 1995 and later his MS and PhD from the University of Illinois. He is double boarded in Veterinary Anesthesia-Analgesia and Clinical Pharmacology. Dr. Grimm is co-editor of several texts including Pain Management Made Simple, was lead editor on Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia, the 5th edition of Lumb and Jones. He is also a contributing editor on the forthcoming Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia, the 6th Edition of Lumb and Jones due out in 2023.

Austin Grover


Saturday, June 11

  • Opioid Reporting and Record Keeping Requirements

Diversion Investigator Austin Grover completed the Basic Diversion Investigator Training Course at the DEA Academy in Quantico, Virginia where DI Grover learned principles in preventing, detecting, and investigating the diversion of pharmaceutical controlled substances from legitimate channels. In the course of DI Grover’s training and duties, DI Grover has participated in and conducted numerous inspections, investigations, and has assisted in executing search warrants and administrative inspection warrants. Prior to joining DEA, DI Grover worked as a Program Analyst for the State of California, where DI Grover gained experience in the workers’ compensation industry through State Compensation Insurance Fund.

Ashley Heckler

DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology)

Saturday, June 11

  • Secrets to a Proper Neurologic Exam

  • Disc Disease (Neurology)

Dr. Ashley Hechler is a board-certified veterinary neurologist and neurosurgeon at Bark City Veterinary Specialists in Park City, Utah.  She started at Bark City this year, after spending the past 3 years as an assistant professor at The Ohio State University.  She received her veterinary degree from the University of Florida in 2015 and went on to complete her combined residency in neurology and neurosurgery and Master’s of Science at The Ohio State University in 2019.


Dr. Hechler enjoys all aspects of neurology, but her passions include Chiari-like malformation and syringomyelia, neuroimaging, management of neuropathic pain, and the utilization of rehabilitation therapy for common neurological disorders. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Stephen, and their two dogs, Finnegan and Patrick. As a Florida native, she loves any activity outside, and particularly enjoys being on the water.

Warren J. Hess


Saturday, June 11

  • New Veterinary First Responder Certificate Program

Dr. Hess is an assistant director in the AVMA’s Division of Animal and Public Health and also AVMA’s Disaster Coordinator. He provides technical and scientific expertise to the Committee on Environmental Issues (CEI), the Aquatic Veterinary Medicine Committee (AqVMC), the Council on Veterinary Service (CoVS), and the Committee on Disaster and Emergency Issues (CDEI).

Dr. Hess graduated from Colorado State University in 1989. He worked in small animal practice with an emphasis on birds and other exotic animals until 2004 when he began working for the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) where he served as a field veterinarian, assistant state veterinarian and 18 months as acting state veterinarian. Dr. Hess became involved early in his career with organized veterinary medicine and was elected president of the Utah Veterinary Medical Association (UVMA) in 2000. Dr. Hess has led several state and national organizations including serving as president of the National Alliance of Animal and Agricultural Emergency Programs (NASAAEP). Dr. Hess was voted Veterinarian of the Year in 2014 by the UVMA. He was the recipient of the NASAAEP Service Award in 2017 and the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) Paws Up Award in 2018. He is married to his high school sweetheart (Lori), and together they have 5 children and 16 grandchildren.

Dr. Hess has enjoyed the companionship of horses, dogs, various birds, and marine fish. He enjoys fishing and motorcycles and has completed a motorcycle trip from his home state of Utah to Alaska and back with his 87-year-old father in tow.

Karl Hoopes


Thursday, June 9

  • Ride Utah! A recreational therapeutic equine activity. How can veterinarians help with equine therapy facilities

I grew up on a small dairy farm in Afton, Wyoming. I went to University of Wyoming for undergraduate and Colorado State University for Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2003. I came to Cache Valley in 2003 and went to work for Valley Veterinary Services in Richmond, Utah. I became an owner/partner in Valley Veterinary Services LLC and enjoyed practicing here for 13 years. I began work at USU in August of 2015 as the Equine Extension Specialist. Horses continue to be an active part of my life. My major program emphasis includes therapeutic equine experiences for military personnel. I am a member of the Cache Valley Cutter Racing Association, Utah Horse Pullers Association, and Utah Horse Council.

Stephanie Johnson


Saturday, June 11

  • Breathe Easy:  All About Capnography

  • Off the Charts!  Dental Charting for Veterinary Technicians

Stephanie is a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) working in Salt Lake City, Utah. She started working in the profession in 2006 and graduated from Utah Career College with her Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology and credentialed in 2009. Stephanie became a VTS in Dentistry in 2015. She completed her Bachelor’s of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology in 2016 with St. Petersburg College of Florida. In 2017, Stephanie became a VTS in Anesthesia/Analgesia. She is currently working on becoming a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner (CVPP). Stephanie’s main goals are teaching how high-quality veterinary dentistry improves a patient’s quality of life and how appropriate anesthesia and pain control are vital for all veterinary patients.

Stephen Jones


Thursday, June 9

  • Elbow Dysplasia – Early Diagnosis and Treatment is Essential

  • Orthopedic Exam – Tips to a Complete and Effective Exam

Dr. Jones is an Irish national, hailing from Co. Monaghan in the east of Ireland. He attended veterinary school at University College Dublin, where he graduated with honors in 2009. Following graduation, he moved to Hollywood in South Florida to complete a rotating and a specialty surgery internship, at the Hollywood Animal Hospital. From there, Dr. Jones moved to Gainesville, Florida where he completed a combined residency in small animal surgery and a Master’s of Science program at the University of Florida. After completion of his residency in 2015, Dr. Jones moved to Columbus, Ohio where he became a member of the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Small Animal Orthopedics at The Ohio State University. Dr. Jones is a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) and the European College of Veterinary Surgeons (ECVS).


To date, Dr. Jones has written and published over 20 scientific papers, over 30 scientific abstracts and has also authored several book chapters. Dr. Jones continues to question standard veterinary practices and conventions, and has a number of ongoing and planned clinical research projects that he intends to publish and present at international conferences into the future. As part of his commitment to improve the quality of orthopedic care for his patients, Dr. Jones is an active member of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society and the AO (German for “Association for the Study of Internal Fixation”). He continues to help his patients through the design and development of new surgical implants & instrumentation, and through the development (and publication) of new and innovative surgical techniques.
Dr. Jones has a passion for teaching and is frequently asked to lecture locally, nationally, and internationally. He has given over 300 continuing education lectures and has taught over 100 laboratories.
Dr. Jones’ special clinical interests include the management of cranial cruciate ligament rupture, arthroscopy, minimally invasive fracture repair, medical and surgical treatment of joint disease, and surgical management of angular limb deformities. Outside of work, Dr. Jones loves spending time with his wife Ashley and their two dogs (Finnegan and Patrick). He also loves to golf, when the weather permits!

Emily-lone Kinney


Saturday, June 11

  • Not Just a Drop in the Bucket – Intravenous Fluid Therapy for the Veterinary Technician

  • RECOVER CPR Guidelines: Prepare and Prevent

Emily-Ione Kinney has been in the veterinary field for over 20 years. She graduated with an AAS in Veterinary Technology from Ridgewater College in Minnesota and passed the VTNE in 1999. In 2006 she sat for and passed the Veterinary Technician Specialty exam for Emergency and Critical Care. Over the past 20 years she has worked in general practice, feline specialty, after hours emergency and 24 hour specialty. She has taught at both the associates and bachelors level at Globe University in Woodbury Minnesota as well as Broadview University in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has lectured on the subjects of renal replacement therapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, compassion fatigue, poisonous garden plants, and CPR . She has been published on the topic of renal replacement therapy in Veterinary Technician’s Manual for Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care second edition. She is currently the Education Director at Mountain West Veterinary Specialists in Layton Utah.

Her special interests include toxicology, feline emergency care, diabetes mellitus, kidney disease and dialysis, lateral and vertical violence in the veterinary setting, compassion fatigue and trauma.

In her spare time she enjoys reading, gardening and knitting. She also spends her free time desperately trying to make friends with the family of stray cats that currently live with her.

Mark Langheinrich


Saturday, June 11

  • Diabetic Emergencies:  Stabilization of the Critical Diabetic (Vets)

  • Basics of CPR and RECOVER (Techs)

Dr. Mark Langheinrich is a native of Salt Lake City, Utah. He attended the University of Utah, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a special interest in comparative anatomy and physiology. He then attended the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

During clinical rotations, he emphasized rotations with the emergency service and the intensive care unit. After graduating he completed a 1 year, rotating internship in San Diego, California. The internship focused on emergency and critical care with rotations in Internal Medicine and Surgery. He returned to Utah and has since continued to pursue his interest in Emergency Medicine. In his free time, he enjoys exploring the local mountains with his wife, and his dogs, Oquirrh, Teton, and Madelyn.

CDR Willy Lanier


Friday, June 10

  • The Utah One Health Network

  • SARS CoV2 in Mink

Commander Willy Lanier is a U.S. Public Health Service veterinary officer assigned as a CDC Career Epidemiology Field Officer to the Utah Department of Health and serves as the Utah State Public Health Veterinarian. CDR Lanier has previously been assigned to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (Office of Field Operations and Applied Epidemiology Staff), CDC (EIS at the Utah Department of Health), and FDA (Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation Network and Office of Regulatory Affairs). His professional interests include epidemiology, pathology, and public health policy. He lives with his wife and children near Salt Lake City, Utah.

Christopher Lee


Thursday, June 9

  • Understanding Infectious Disease

  • Infectious Disease Control

Educating national audiences for over a decade, Dr. Christopher Lee speaks on infectious disease, immunology, vaccinology, and parasitology.  As a boarded preventive medicine specialist, he pens a monthly column in the veterinary magazine PULSE.  He is a co-author of the updated Heroes for Healthy Pets Infectious Disease Handbook.  Dr. Lee constructs and reviews NAVLE questions for the North American Veterinary Licensing Board.  Dr. Lee received his Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Sciences from the University of California Davis.  He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of California Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine.  He received his Master of Public Health from the University of Iowa, and his Diplomate from the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.


His expertise is in infectious and parasitic diseases, toxicology, immunology, scientific study design, and epidemiology.

Sylvia Lee


Thursday, June 9

  • Oopsie on the Owner: When owners drop, hit or fail their pets

Dr. Lee is a Board-certified Veterinary Surgeon at MedVet Salt Lake City, where she has been a part of the team since 2022.

Dr. Lee attended the University of California, San Diego in La Jolla, CA, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Physiology and Neuroscience. She then earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Manhattan, KS. Following earning her veterinary degree, Dr. Lee completed a rotating medicine and surgery internship at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Tampa, FL, and a surgery internship at Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center in Dallas, TX. Dr. Lee then returned to BluePearl in Tampa where she completed a surgery residency.

Dr. Lee has a special interest in advanced orthopedics, multimodal approach to pain, and polytrauma (numerous broken bones, ruptured viscera, and wound care). Her favorite part of veterinary medicine is improving the quality of life in pets.

Throughout Dr. Lee’s veterinary career, she has always maintained a role in rescue work, ranging from foster care to offering surgeries with select rescues. When she is not caring for patients, she enjoys reading with her cat in her lap, exploring with her dogs, and running. She also enjoys trying to recreate her mom’s recipes but feels she is a better surgeon than a chef.

Nicolle Lofgren


Friday, June 10

  • Rabbit Diseases

Dr. Lofgren graduated from Penn Vet in 2018 and started her exotics journey by completing an internship in Avian and Exotic medicine and surgery at Long Island Bird and Exotics Clinic in New York. She remained at LIBEVC for 2 additional years seeing only avian and exotic species. She is currently pursuing avian board certification. Dr. Lofgren is originally from Ogden and in 2021 moved back to Utah to join the exotics department at Mountain West Veterinary Specialists, seeing wellness exams, emergencies and referrals. She enjoys skiing and spending time with her husband, ferrets and lizards.

Hannah Retter


Friday, June 10

  • One Health Response to SARS-CoV-2 Infection on Mink Farms in Utah

Hannah Rettler is the Zoonotic and Vectorborne Epidemiologist with the Bureau of Epidemiology within the Utah Department of Health. She is responsible for activities related to surveillance and outbreak response for any animal or insect related diseases that can be passed to humans, including rabies, west Nile virus, and Lyme disease to name a few. She was heavily involved in supporting the outbreak response to COVID 19 found on mink farms in Utah. She completed her MPH at the University of Arizona, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.

Michelle Rosentel


Friday, June 10

  • Can You Really Detect Cancer with a Simple Blood Draw?

  • Real World Experience with Blood Based Liquid Biopsy Testing for Cancer Detection in Dogs?

Dr. Michelle Rosentel is a Medical Science Liaison for PetDx, the liquid biopsy company for pets. She received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Rosentel has dedicated most of the last two decades to small animal practice including teaching experience leading a Veterinary Assistant program. She is passionate about advances in veterinary diagnostics and enjoys spreading the word about PetDx.

Dean Taylor


Friday, June 10

  • Ongoing Threats to the Equine Industry

Dr. Taylor was raised in Fruit Heights Utah on a small hobby farm. His family raised alfalfa, registered herefords, horses and his personal pursuit of game birds. He decided early on to become a veterinarian and did his undergraduate work at Utah State University. He then attended Colorado State University, graduating with his DVM in 1991.

His career began in a mixed animal practice in Evanston Wyoming where he spent a lot of time working for ranchers and gained a love of that lifestyle and made many lifelong friends. He also worked the race track for a season prior to returning to Utah in 1992 to get married. He focused on large animals when he came to Utah and started his own business, Aspen Grove Veterinary Clinic, in 1995. As the demographics changed through the years eventually his focus was solely on horses. After many rewarding years in equine medicine he retired from clinical practice and closed his business to accept a position as the state veterinarian in December 2019.

Dr. Taylor and his wife Denise have two children, Kyle and Camille and call Willard their home.

Melanie Thompson


Saturday, June 11

  • Diabetic Management and the Freestyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System (Vets)

  • The Freestyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System (Vet Techs)

Dr. Melanie Thompson was born in Houston, Texas and was raised in Mesa, Arizona until moving to California for college. She received her Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Animal Science from Cal State Polytechnic University in Pomona, CA. She then attended UC Davis and graduated in 1998 from the School of Veterinary Medicine. After completing veterinary school, Dr. Thompson completed an internship at Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group in Ventura, California. She then completed a three-year residency in internal medicine at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Dr. Thompson also earned her Master’s of Veterinary Science degree
(focus on diabetes mellitus). Upon completion of her residency in the summer of 2002, Dr. Thompson returned to California to work as a specialist at Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group. Dr. Thompson came to Utah in 2012 and has worked in the Salt Lake City area as an Internal Medicine Specialist consulting with clients and general practice veterinarians on complex internal medicine cases.