Thursday, December 9

Mike Lappin


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Track #1

  • Hot Topics in Nutritional Management of Small Animal Internal Medicine Cases – Part 1

  • Hot Topics in Nutritional Management of Small Animal Internal Medicine Cases – Part 2

Dr. Lappin earned his DVM degree at Oklahoma State University and his PhD in Parasitology as well as his ACVIM board certification at the University of Georgia. He is currently the Kenneth W. Smith Professor at Colorado State University where he oversees the Center for Companion Animal Studies. Mike studies infectious and immune mediated diseases of dogs and cat and has special interest in probiotics.

Kimberly Claus


Track #1

  • Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus

  • Management of Feline Urethral Obstruction

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.

Heather J. Kaese


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Track #1

  • Canine and Feline Eyelid Tumors

Dr. Heather J. Kaese is a board-certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist at MedVet Salt Lake City where she has been part of the medical team since 2020. Heather completed her veterinary degree at the University of Minnesota in 1999. She then focused on her equine interest through an internship in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph Canada. This was followed by a residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Minnesota. Her keen interest in ophthalmology led to a Master’s degree in Comparative Immunology with an emphasis on the genetic influences on the development of uveitis in the Appaloosa horse. Heather then completed an Ophthalmology residency with Eye Care for Animals in Chicago, Illinois. Since 2004, she has been a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Large Animal) and diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists since 2008.

Outside of work, Heather enjoys everything that is outdoors. Most recently she lived for two years in Australia and explored the diverse Australian landscapes with her husband and their Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Piper. They are now enjoying exploring the American West as they have lived longest as flatlanders in the land of 10,000 Lakes, Minnesota.

Hilary Wright

DVM, DAVCIM (Neurology)

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Track #1

  • Understanding Vestibular Disease in Small Animals

Hilary Wright, DVM, Diplomate, ACVIM (Neurology) is a Veterinary Neurologist who is joining the MedVet Salt Lake City Utah team in October 2021. Dr. Wright earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a Minor in Chemistry from University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT followed by her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Pullman, WA. She then completed a yearlong internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN and then went on to complete a three-year residency in neurology and neurosurgery at Washington State University in Pullman, WA.

Dr. Wright enjoys all aspects of veterinary neurology but is particularly passionate about the surgical treatment of brain and spinal cord tumors, as well as the treatment and long-term management of infectious and inflammatory conditions of the central nervous system. Dr. Wright is committed to working with patient’s families to provide them with options to help improve their pet’s quality of life.

In her free time, Dr. Wright enjoys mountain biking, backpacking, skiing and spending time with her two chihuahuas (Moose and Pavlov) and cat (Balto).

Christopher Lee


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Track #2

  • 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.

Jeff Simmons


Track #2

  • Shock and the French Revolution

  • Shock: I bolused fluids, now what?

Dr. Simmons is a Mississippi native, born and raised around Gulfport, MS. He graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with his BS in Biology and English. After finishing there, he went to Mississippi State University and earned his DVM degree. Following graduation, Dr. Simmons moved to Northern Alabama and worked in a mixed animal practice.

Shortly after Dr. Simmons decided to further his training in emergency and critical care and was accepted into the Auburn University’s residency program for small animal emergency and critical care. During his residency at Auburn he also obtained a Master’s degree in Biomedical Science. After completing his residency at Auburn, he remained as a clinical instructor. After finishing at Auburn, he accepted a position at Purdue University as a clinical instructor until coming to Salt Lake City, Utah.

During the last 10 years Dr. Simmons has practiced in Utah as a Critical Care Specialist consulting with clients and general practice veterinarians on complicated, hard to manage, conditions.

Richard Ford


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Track #2

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

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

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.

David D. Frame


Track #3

  • Things to Know About Small and Home Flock Poultry – Part 1

  • Things to Know About Small and Home Flock Poultry – Part 2

A graduate of Utah State University with a B.S. in Animal Science, Dr. Frame subsequently received his DVM degree from Oregon State/Washington State Universities. Dr. Frame completed an avian medicine residency with the University of California, Davis specializing in poultry pathology and diagnostics. He is board certified in the American College of Poultry Veterinarians. Dr. Frame was employed as chief veterinarian for Moroni Feed Company (a turkey cooperative) for almost 12 years before joining the faculty of the USU Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences Department in 1998. He currently serves as the USU Extension Poultry Specialist with an additional assignment as poultry diagnostician for the Utah Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. He has received national awards for his poultry extension work, and served on the General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan, an official advisory committee to the US Secretary of Agriculture. He is editor for the Western Poultry Disease Conference, an internationally renowned poultry disease forum, and has served on the editorial board for two professional journals. Before beginning his professional career in poultry, Dr. Frame extensively bred and showed exhibition chickens.

Amanda Price


Track #3

  • Threats to Livestock Health

Dr. Amanda Price is the Assistant State Veterinarian at the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food. Among other duties, she oversees Emergency Programs (disasters and emergency animal diseases) for the Division of Animal Industry and is the Utah CART Coordinator. After veterinary school, Dr. Price worked as a food animal veterinarian in California’s Central Valley for 13 years. She joined the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food in August 2019. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and exploring this beautiful state with her husband and two boys.

Dean Taylor


Track #3

  • 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.