Saturday, December 11

Max Parkanzky


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Track #1

  • Out of Body Experience: Indications for Dialysis and Other Extracorporeal Therapies

Dr. Max Parkanzky, Diplomate of the American Veterinary College of Internal Medicine, joined the MedVet Northern Utah and MedVet Salt Lake City team in August 2019. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in animal science at Michigan State University. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master’s degree from Purdue University. Following veterinary school, he completed an internship and residency at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. He also completed the Hemodialysis Academy following his residency and is now offering extracorporeal therapies to dogs and cats in Utah.

Dr. Parkanzky has a strong interest in autoimmune and inflammatory diseases but also in nominally invasive diagnostics and therapies, liver disease and extracorporeal therapies such as dialysis.

Professional memberships include the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Utah Veterinary Medical Association, the Veterinary Interventional Radiology and Intervention Endoscopy Society, and the American Society of Veterinary Nephrology and Urology.

Christina Boekhout


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Track #1

  • Common Surgical Complications and their Management

Dr. Boekhout, Diplomate, ACVS-SA is a Veterinary Surgeon who joined the MedVet Northern Utah team in June 2020. Dr. Boekhout earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a Minor in Chemistry from Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL followed by her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in Auburn, AL. She then completed a Rotating Medicine and Surgery Internship at Georgia Veterinary Specialists in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Boekhout then completed her internship and residency in Surgery at the Animal Specialty and Emergency Center in Los Angeles, CA.

Since completing her residency, Dr. Boekhout has authored several scientific papers including Incidence of Transcortical Tibial Fractures with Self-Tapping and Non-Self-Tapping Screws in a TPLO model and Closed Reduction and Fluoroscopic-Assisted Percutaneous Pinning of 42 Physeal Fractures in 37 Dogs and 4 Cats, both published in Veterinary Surgery.

In addition to maintaining special interests in surgical oncology, urogenital surgery, minimally invasive fracture repair, and pain management, Dr. Boekhout enjoys the variety of patients she gets to see recover from surgery, feel better, and return to their normal life.

In her free time, Dr. Boekhout enjoys spending time exploring Utah on skis or climbing rocks.

Cameron Bolman

Track #1

  • DEA Opioids Reporting and Record Keeping Requirements

Cameron has over 17 years’ experience with DEA in auditing, investigating, and seeking criminal and civil prosecution against individuals and companies who violate the Controlled Substances Act.

Dean Taylor


Track #2

  • 2020: A Year Like No Other

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.

Amanda Price


Track #2

  • 2020: A Year Like No Other

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.

Karl Hoopes


Track #2

  • 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.

Michael Clayton


Track #2

  • Poisonous Plants in Livestock

I was born and raised in Utah. I attended the University of Utah for my undergraduate education and Veterinary school at Washington State University. I have a son, Max, and a daughter, Emma June, and a Shorkie named Penny. My wife is a saint who teaches first grade in Logan, Utah. I am in the fourth year of a 5-year combined residency PhD program. I recently passed my board exam to become a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathology.

Shawn Zimmerman


Track #2

  • Updates in Point-of-Care Testing for Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Zimmerman is a board-certified veterinary clinical pathologist and infectious disease researcher with extensive training in bacteriology, molecular biology, and animal models. She joined the USU Department of Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences as an Assistant Professor in July 2020. In addition to engaging in research, Dr. Zimmerman also teaches in the USU School of Veterinary Medicine and provides diagnostic clinical pathology service at the Utah Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

Kristalynn Johnson


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Technician Track

  • Stethoscopes, Cuff and Tracings, Oh My! Cardiac Basics for Technicians

I am Registered Veterinary Technician (Ohio) and State Certified Veterinary Technician (Utah), currently employed with MedVet Utah, in the cardiology department. I have 18 years in the field of veterinary medicine, with emphasis in cardiology, emergency, and critical care. I have also been involved in transfusion medicine and blood products for the last 8 years. My specific interests are in electrocardiography, critical patient care, blood product and administration and advanced venipuncture skills.

Over the years I have had the opportunity to do a lot of in-house trainings for new technicians on these topics and bring new techniques to experienced ones. I have also had the opportunity to mentor the next generation as a science summer camp instructor with the University of Utah. Most recently I have started lecturing for the Utah Society of Veterinary Technicians and Assistants.

When not in scrubs, I am an avid outdoors woman. I enjoy the mountains of Utah, camping, hiking, fishing, and hunting, with my husband and our two English Bull Terriers.

Emily-lone Kinney


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Technician Track

  • 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.

Stephanie Johnson


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Technician Track

  • Going Under: Anesthetic Monitoring for Veterinary Patients

  • Strengthen Your CORE: Steps for Quality Dental Procedures

Stephanie is currently a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) working at BluePearl Veterinary Partners 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.

C.L. (Chrissy) Fairbanks


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Technician Track

  • Emergency Triage: Where Being the Worst, Means You’re First

I was born and raised on a large Hunter/Jumper horse farm an hour outside of NYC. I grew up training hunt horses and working American Foxhounds so it only felt natural to go to college for something animal-related. I attended Alfred State which is a cooperative extension of Cornell University for Veterinary Technology. I moved to Utah with my Yellow Labrador Retriever and my Korean Jindo Dog in 2015. When not working in the ICU / ER at MedVet Salt Lake City, I can be found riding or racing a bicycle somewhere around the Intermountain West or cooking.