We have an inspiring program planned for this year. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our Keynote Speakers, MCs, and Meet the Experts Panelists.
Kathryn Jones is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, Section of Tropical Medicine, and Molecular Virology and Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine. She is the Director of the Pre-Clinical Testing Unit at the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, and the Technical Lead for the Chagas Vaccine Initiative. She is also a founding member of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and serves as the Director of the Tropical Medicine Teaching Laboratory for NSTM. Dr. Jones received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University. She also obtained her PhD from Michigan State University in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics where she studied immune responses to whipworm infections in pigs. Dr. Jones pursued post-doctoral studies at The George Washington University in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine where she studied the immune responses in cutaneous leishmaniasis, a Neglected Tropical Disease, in mouse models. Dr. Jones’ current research projects focus on understanding mechanisms of inflammation and fibrosis caused by Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite responsible for Chagas disease, and developing novel immunotherapies. She has developed several animal models of infection and optimized non-invasive imaging techniques, including echocardiography and electrocardiograms, to evaluate novel therapeutics.
James A. Roth
Dr. Jim Roth is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University and a member of the National Academy of Medicine. He received the DVM (1975) and PhD (1981) degrees from ISU and is a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists. He worked as a veterinarian in a mixed animal practice from 1975 until 1977. He is the Director of the Center for Food Security and Public Health and the Institute for International Cooperation in Animal Biologics; both are World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) Collaborating Centers. He has received five teaching awards and was named Clarence Hartley Covault Distinguished Professor in 1995. Dr. Roth’s primary area of research expertise is immunity to infectious diseases of food producing animals. He has served as the major or co-major professor for 55 MS and PhD students. He has authored or co-authored more than 225 refereed journal articles and book chapters and has edited 16 monographs. Dr. Roth received the Distinguished Veterinary Immunologist Award from the American Association of Veterinary Immunologists, the Distinguished Veterinary Microbiologist Award from the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists, the Public Service Award from the American Veterinary Medical Association, the USDA APHIS Administrator’s award for lifetime achievements in animal health and the Senator John Melcher, DVM Leadership in Public Policy Award from the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges and was elected as an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow for: Distinguished contributions to the field of immunology, particularly for control of infectious diseases in food producing animals. Dr. Roth served on the Interagency Weapons of Mass Destruction Counter Measures Working Group – Animal Pathogens Research and Development Subgroup (2003-2004), and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Blue Ribbon Panel on the Threat of Biological Terrorism Directed Against Livestock (2003- 2004), (Chair, Immunotherapeutics Working Group). He has testified before Congressional committees on biosecurity preparedness, on efforts to address bioterrorism and agroterrorism, and on the need for vaccines for foreign animal diseases. Dr. Roth served on the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity from 2005 to 2014.
Liara M. Gonzalez
Dr. Liara Gonzalez is an Associate Professor of Gastroenterology and Equine Surgery at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. She received her veterinary degree from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006, completed a large animal surgery residency at NC State Veterinary Hospital and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgery in 2011. She remained at NC State and defended her doctoral thesis in 2014. Dr. Gonzalez’ clinical and research focus is on intestinal disease, with a particular interest in identifying improved means to determine tissue viability following severe intestinal injury as well as studying the role of intestinal stem cells in modulating mucosal barrier repair following ischemic damage. Dr. Gonzalez hopes to apply her knowledge and expertise in advanced laboratory techniques to help solve clinically significant problems and further elucidate therapeutic targets that will ultimately improve patient survival.
Dr. Yuko Sato received her DVM in 2012 from Purdue University. She joined Iowa State University in August 2015 after completing a poultry residency and serves as the university’s Poultry Extension Veterinarian and Diagnostic Pathologist. She is a diplomate of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians since 2015. Her extension programs focus on poultry infectious disease diagnosis, prevention, and investigation. Dr. Sato is very active in scientific organizations such as the American Association of Avian Pathologists and United States American Health Association, and is a highly sought out national speaker on poultry conferences. She also serves on numerous advisory boards locally, such as the state poultry associations, as well as nationally, including the United Egg Producers scientific advisory committee.
Debora Brito Goulart
Débora Goulart graduated from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Brazil with a bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine. After finishing her bachelor’s degree, she undertook an internship as a Minnesota Agricultural Student Trainee. She combined her hands-on learning as a dairy trainee at Golden Oaks Farm with a research experience at the Laboratory for Udder Health at the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. She earned her Master’s degree in Food Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a focus on lactose crystallization in milk protein concentrate. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine at Iowa State University, with a focus on antimicrobial resistance and bacteriology.
I studied veterinary medicine at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. I completed my PhD training in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology with emphasis on molecular virology at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Missouri. I studied parvovirus host cell interactions and gene expression strategies. I utilized adeno-associated virus (AAV) and minute virus of canines (MVC, canine parvovirus 1) as a model to study and elucidate parvovirus RNA processing, DNA damage response, the role of viral non-structural proteins in RNA processing and viral genome replication, in addition to the application of adeno-associated virus (AAV) as gene therapy vectors. We identified and characterized the first parvovirus non-structural protein; NP1 involved in RNA processing and viral genome replication. I completed anatomic pathology residency at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and I’m a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) with research interest in diagnostic pathology, comparative pathology and virology and molecular pathology.
Since the fateful decision to be voluntarily conscious at 0200 to conduct fatty liver disease research in dairy cattle, Dr. Allen has been fully committed to the advancement of medical knowledge through the practice of laboratory animal medicine. Dr. Allen received a BS in Animal Science (2007), MS in Nutritional Sciences (2010), and DVM (2012) from Iowa State University, participating in various research efforts and programs along the way, including the National Veterinary Scholars Program at Kansas State University (2009). She completed a post-doctoral program and became a diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) in 2016. Prior to joining Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc in April 2020, Dr. Allen served as a Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of the Postdoctoral Training Program with the Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine at the University of Michigan. Her clinical research interests include nutrition/metabolism, model development, and evidence-based practice.
Dr. Claire Andreasen, DVM, PhD, Dipl ACVP is currently a University Professor and Director of One Health and holds the Dr. Roger and Marilyn Mahr Professorship in One Health in the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Veterinary Pathology. She received her DVM degree from Texas A&M in 1982, was a practicing veterinarian from 1982-1985, and then completed a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology and PhD (1990) studying poultry cell function from the University of Georgia. She is board certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP).
Dr. Andreasen was a faculty member at the Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine (1990-1996) before coming to the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. She served in the Office of the Provost for faculty advancement and diversity 2005-2006 as an intern and assistant. She was Department Chair 2000-2010 and Associate Dean for Student and Academic Affairs 2010-2016. She has served as president of both the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology (ASVCP) and American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP).
Her research areas include comparative cell function in infectious disease, animal models for therapeutics to decrease antibiotic use, and emerging and zoonotic disease education. She has worked with the ISU CVM Center for Food Security and Public Health (CFSPH), Kansas State Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases (CEEZAD), and Texas A&M Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD), formerly (FAZD), with funding from DHS and USDA in the areas of emerging and transboundary animal disease education, pathology, and secure food continuity during disease outbreaks. She currently partners with the National Institute of Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education (NIAMRRE) to provide project seed funding and facilitate research and center partnerships with a focus on One Health that includes animal, human and environmental health. Dr. Andreasen maintains a teaching, diagnostic service, and applied research appointment in addition to the directorship.
She has authored numerous publications, abstracts, and book chapters. She received the Pfizer Award for Research Excellence in 1994, Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association Clinical Sciences Teaching Award in 2001, University Foundation Award for Departmental Leadership in 2005, and University Professor title in 2021.
Dr. Beachler is an Assistant Professor of Theriogenology at Iowa State University in Ames, IA. She received her veterinary degree, Ph.D., and completed a comparative Theriogenology internship and residency at North Carolina State University. She is a board-certified Theriogenologist specializing in equine and small animal reproduction with a research interest in male infertility and reproductive disease.
Dr. Brandley is a 2008 graduate of Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She practiced for 11 years in small animal private practice in Atlanta , GA and Scottsdale AZ prior to joining BI Animal Health. Dr. Brandley currently works on the companion animal Veterinary Technical Solutions team. She lives in Atlanta, GA with her wife, Macy, and rescue dog, Annie.
Dr. Brown is an Associate Professor of Teaching in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Public Health and a Veterinary Specialist in the Center for Food Security and Public Health. She is responsible for maintaining and updating the content for the Transboundary and Exotic Diseases of Animals/Initial Accreditation Training web-based course. This course is used in some way at every veterinary college in the United States; she co-teaches this course at Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine to VM2 students. Dr. Brown’s other teaching opportunities include immunology to VM1 students and to graduate students, microbiology laboratory to VM2 students. She has received various teaching awards including, AAVMC Distinguished Teacher, 2018. Before working in academia, Dr. Brown was a small animal clinical veterinarian for three years and worked in veterinary vaccine development and veterinary pharmaceuticals for approximately three years.
Eric Cassmann is a veterinary pathologist with advanced training and research experience in neuropathology. He earned his DVM (2013) from Iowa State University. After spending two years practicing clinical medicine in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, he returned to Iowa State University for a combined PhD/residency in anatomic pathology. In 2019, he completed his PhD in Veterinary Pathology with an emphasis in Immunobiology. Dr. Cassmann is currently a Research Veterinary Medical Officer for the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service at the National Animal Disease Center where he applies his training in pathology to investigate animal prion diseases including chronic wasting disease (CWD), scrapie, and bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE/mad cow disease).
Elizabeth Clark, DVM, PhD, Diplomate, ACVP is a Principal Pathologist with the Human Pharmaceuticals division of Boehringer Ingleheim in Ridgefield, CT. Dr. Clark grew up on a small farm with Thoroughbreds, Quarter Horses, and bird dogs in southern Illinois. From an early age she worked with her father, also a veterinarian, in his mixed animal practice.
She attended the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign for both her undergraduate and veterinary school education, earning a B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology (2007) and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree (2012). Her interests in science and medicine first dovetailed in undergrad with a job at a biotech startup at the University of Illinois’ tech incubator. Following her first year in veterinary school she was eager to return to the lab. The Summer Veterinary Scholars program at the National Institutes of Health accepted her to a summer internship, with a project focused on comparing canine gliomas to their human counterpart in the lab of Dr. Howard Fine. From 2009-2010 she participated in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute-National Institutes of Health Research Scholars program for medical students; her project characterized genetic susceptibility to canine visceral leishmaniasis in the lab of Dr. Elaine Ostrander.
Following veterinary school, she was accepted to the Combined Veterinary Anatomic Pathology Residency and Ph.D. Program at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2016, she became board certified in anatomic veterinary pathology and was awarded a Ph.D. in 2017. Her PhD work focused on tissue engineered vascular grafts, supporting a Phase I clinical trial, with a few side projects focused on tracheal and cardiovascular medical devices for human use. It was one of the most stressful yet fulfilling experiences of her life! In 2017, she joined BI as a pathologist in Nonclinical Drug Safety. At BI she draws upon her breadth of scientific training to support safety evaluations of small and large molecules for the treatment of human disease. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the BI Veterinary Scholars Program and is actively involved in student outreach through various professional organizations.
Elizabeth currently resides outside of New York City with her husband Ido, children Tomer and Romi, and dog Lexie (whom she adopted from her school’s spay/neuter program many years ago!).
Dr. Russ Drury joined Boehringer Ingelheim in 2015, transitioning from a small animal private practice in Memphis, Tennessee. He worked as a professional services veterinarian in many different geographies spanning twelve states since joining Boehringer Ingelheim. In 2019, Dr. Drury transitioned to a position within commercial operations supporting the sales, marketing, and innovation teams of the US Pet Healthcare Business Unit. In his current role, he is the senior associate director of the Amazon account. Dr. Drury is a board member at large for PrideVMC, a member of the advisory board for PAWSibilities, and enjoys working to advocate for veterinary professionals in marginalized communities.
Monica D. Figueiredo
Monica D. Figueiredo earned her veterinary degree at the Universidade Federal Fluminense, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Following graduation, she completed a two-year Equine Internship at the Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center, Virginia, followed by a three-year residency program in Large Animal Medicine at Cornell University, New York. She then moved to the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia, where she earned her PhD in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology. Monica joined Merial, now part of Boehringer Ingelheim in 2008 as a Veterinary Scientist in R&D, where she primarily worked in the area of canine vaccine development. In 2013 she moved to a role in External Innovation in the Biologicals and Pharmaceutical R&D groups in which she worked with the latest technology in a variety of fields related to improving animal health. Monica is now part of the Global Quality team at Boehringer Ingelheim and is responsible for the management of Technical Product Complaints and Market Action at a Global level. Monica is based in Athens, GA.
Dr. Chelsea Hamilton began her role as a central district veterinarian for the State of Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship in November 2019. In this role, she also spends some of her time as an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine section of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University, helping to teach veterinary students the regulatory side of veterinary medicine both in the classroom and in the field.
Dr. Hamilton grew up in southern Indiana and received her DVM from Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. She has a special passion for herd health medicine, specifically swine, and most recently was the veterinarian for a swine genetics company. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, golfing, riding motorcycles with her husband, and spending time with her son, Leo.
Chad M. Johannes
Chad M. Johannes, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM, Oncology) is an Associate Professor of Oncology at Iowa State University. His industry experience includes former Medical Director at Aratana Therapeutics, Inc. and coordination of the launch of Palladia®, the first FDA-approved veterinary cancer therapeutic, during his time with Pfizer Animal Health (now Zoetis). Dr. Johannes’s practice experience includes primary care, specialty care and academic settings. His areas of research interest include oncology therapeutic development, immunotherapeutics and effective management of treatment-related side effects.
Dana LeVine is an Associate Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine at Iowa State University and Director of ISU’s Blood Bank. A 2004 graduate of Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. LeVine completed a rotating small animal internship at UGA and the Clinician Investigator Program at NCSU with a PhD focusing on the pathogenesis of immune thrombocytopenia. Dr. LeVine’s clinical and research interests include immune-mediated blood disorders, neutrophil extracellular traps, hemostasis and thrombosis. She recently co-authored the ACVIM Consensus Statements on the Diagnosis and Treatment of IMHA and is co-chair of the current ACVIM Consensus Panel for Diagnosis and Treatment of Immune Thrombocytopenia. Dr. LeVine serves as President of the Association of Veterinary Hematology and Transfusion Medicine.
Dr. June Olds is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Veterinary Clinical Sciences Department of Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She also serves as the attending veterinarian for the Ape Cognition & Conservation Initiative in Des Moines, Iowa and as a consulting veterinarian for the Iowa Wildlife Center in Ames, IA. Dr. Olds previously worked as a zoo veterinarian for 16 years. At ISUCVM, Dr. Olds teaches elective courses in exotic pet and captive wild animal medicine and works as a faculty instructor in surgical education and community outreach. She also lectures within the CVM curriculum in Public Health, Ethics, and Animal Welfare. She has been an active member of American Association of Zoo Veterinarians, previously holding positions as Chair of the Development and Public Relations committees and served on the ethics & audit committees.
Dr. Pieper is a 2009 graduate from Iowa State University. He completed a dermatology residency and MS at the University of Illinois and became a diplomate of ACVD in 2015. He was previously on faculty at the University of Illinois until he returned to Iowa State University in 2020.
The main focus of his research is the development of diagnostic assays and the study of the pathogenesis of viral infectious diseases that affect swine production systems. His current projects include Porcine Circovirus 2 (PCV2) and Porcine Circovirus 3 (PCV3), the pathogen-host interaction of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) and the development of diagnostic tests as well as the pathogenesis of Senecavirus A (SVA). Dr. Piñeyro has ongoing collaborative projects on Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV), Porcine Parainfluenza Virus (PPIV), Porcine Delta Coronavirus (PDCoV), Porcine Hemagglutinating Encephalomyelitis Virus (PHEV), Mycoplasma hyorhinis (Mhr), and Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (Mhp)
Dr. Silva obtained his DVM in Brazil in 2009, then work for a company providing technical services in swine health and production. From 2012 to 2018 he obtained his MS in Veterinary Pathology and Ph.D. in Applied Veterinary Epidemiology. He did a postdoc at ISU in 2018 before joining Carthage Innovative Swine Solutions (CISS), where he worked as a Research Scientist. At CISS, he coordinated all research activities related to the company’s strategy for optimizing the growth, health, and reproduction performance of pigs in a multidisciplinary applied swine science program. In addition, he worked with outside partners, internal stakeholders, and the CISS team to design and supervise the planning and execution of the trials to execute high-quality research and drive business growth. In January 2021 he returned to Iowa State University and currently serves as Assistant Professor in the Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine Department at the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Jodi Smith is an Associate Professor in the Department of Veterinary Pathology in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University. She received her DVM degree from ISU in 2004. She worked as a small animal veterinarian with a neurology/neurosurgery emphasis at Auburn University from 2004 to 2005 before returning to ISU and completing her PhD in 2008 (Biomedical Sciences). While completing her PhD, Dr. Smith joined the USDA National Animal Disease Center as a Veterinary Medical Officer in the Virus and Prion Diseases Research Unit. During her tenure at the NADC, she investigated interspecies transmission and novel methods for antemortem detection of prion diseases in livestock. Dr. Smith returned to ISU as a faculty member in 2013. Her primary area of research expertise is comparative neuropathology. Since 2015, she has focused her research program on lysosomal storage diseases, especially MPS, and currently studies and maintains a large animal model resource for MPS I, IIIB, and VII.
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 Food Safety Inspection Service (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 (14 years) and Chase (10 years). Together they enjoy youth rodeo, horseback riding, fishing, camping, and taking care of their small hobby farm.