December 11 / Park City, UT
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.
DVM, MS, PhD
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.
DVM, MPH, DACVPM
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.
Michael B. Mison, DVM, Diplomate, ACVS-SA is a board-certified Veterinary Surgeon at MedVet Salt Lake City where he has been part of the medical team since 2021. Dr. Mison attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and Cell Science with a minor in Chemistry. He went on to earn his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. Following veterinary school, Dr. Mison completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship plus a Surgery Residency at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in East Lansing, MI. Dr. Mison held professor positions at Washington State University in Pullman, WA and University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA prior to joining MedVet Salt Lake City.
Dr. Mison is experienced in all aspects of veterinary surgery with a particular interest in soft tissue surgery and surgical oncology, in which he has also published book chapters and articles in veterinary journals. His favorite part of veterinary medicine is being able to go above and beyond to provide his patients’ families compassionate care and peace of mind when their pet is undergoing surgery. Dr. Mison is also passionate about teaching, including providing continuing education to the veterinary community.
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.
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.
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.
MS, DVM, MPH, DACVPM
Dr. Rood is a professor and associate department head in Utah State University’s (USU) Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences (ADVS) department and has served as extension veterinary since 2007. Before this academic appointment, he served as the Vermont State Veterinarian and Chief Animal Health Officer. A 1997 DVM graduate of KSU, Dr. Rood has been in mixed animal practice in Oregon and Utah. Kerry has received several awards, including the Extension Specialist Career Award, Undergraduate Advisor of the Year, Utah’s Veterinarian of the Year, Teacher of the Year, and President of the Utah Veterinary Medical Association. As part of a team, Dr. Rood was instrumental in garnering professional, public, and legislative support for the USU School of Veterinary Medicine; a joint regional program between Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Utah. Kerry is from Coos Bay, Oregon, and raised on a family-owned dairy and beef operation. Dr. Rood married Rachel Taylor in 1989 and they have three daughters. If he gets any spare time, you will find him road cycling or competitive pistol shooting.
DVM, MPH, DACVPM
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.