November 7-8, 2020 | 17 Hours of RACE APPROVED CE
Keynote Speaker: Shawn Achor
Harvard Researcher | Bestselling Author of The Happiness Advantage
Is there a connection between happiness and success? Shawn Achor is the world’s leading expert on the topic. His acclaimed TED Talk, The Happy Secret to Better Work, has been seen by over 22,000 people around the world, and his two books, The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness, took The New York Times bestseller list by storm. Having spent over a decade at Harvard University as the Head Teaching Fellow in Positive Psychology, Achor bridges the gap between happiness psychology research and what it means for the workforce and individuals alike.
Achor has spoken in dozens countries to a wide variety of audiences including a third of the Fortune 100 companies, the NFL, the Pentagon and the U.S. Treasury. In 2007, he founded Good Think Inc., an organization that believes “research should be lived.” His work has received attention from the likes of The Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Forbes, CNN, and NPR, and he was the subject of a two hour interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Dr. Susan Little
Susan is a proud Canadian Bluenoser (bet you don't know
what that means!) and was even a Caper for a while during
her younger years. She graduated from the Ontario
Veterinary College so long ago that we won't mention the
year. Susan never had a pet cat as a child, so it's surprising
that she's always been interested in feline medicine. She has
edited and co-authored approximately 10 kg worth of
textbooks (that's over 20 lb for some of you) and must be a
glutton for punishment because she's in the middle of
another one. Recently, she has admitted that she has two
Dr. Sue Ettinger
Dr. Sue Ettinger is a practicing veterinary cancer specialist,
international speaker, book author, and YouTube vlogger
(video blogger). A dynamic and engaging speaker, she was
voted the 2019 Western Veterinary Conference Small Animal
Continuing Educator of the Year. She is one of approximately
450 board-certified specialists in medical oncology in North
America and currently practices at Veterinary Referral and
Emergency Center in Norwalk, Connecticut. She is co-founder
and Chief Medical Officer of Fidu, a teleconsulting company
to bring together general practice veterinarians and boarded
veterinary specialists. She received her veterinary training at
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. She
completed her residency in medical oncology at the Animal
Medical Center in NYC. Also known as Dr Sue Cancer Vet®, she is most passionate about raising cancer awareness and has developed “See Something, Do Something, Why Wait? Aspirate.®” to promote early cancer detection and diagnosis. She is a frequent contributor to Today’s Veterinary Practice, Today’s Veterinary Business, Clinician’s Brief, Veterinary Team Brief, & DVM360. Dr Sue loves to use social media to help clients and veterinary professionals with cancer in pets, including Instagram, her YouTube channel, and her popular Facebook page with over 38,000 fans.
Dr. Jolle Kirpensteijn
A crazy surgeon that is crazy about surgery and social
media. I do not like anything that is too red like beets and
strawberries. Love cats and have 2 podcasts together with
Dr. Susan Little called #purrpodcast and #catcafepodcast.
Used to be a grumpy professor but now work for the best
pet food companies in the world, Hill's Pet Nutrition, where I
am allowed to lead all the professional veterinarians in the
US. I have written lots of articles and chapters and books
and silly social media posts. I love to jump chasms and
inspire people to work closer and more synergistic. My
favorite FB group is called AnimalFarm and did I mention
that I have a podcast called #veterinarysurgery?
Dr. Mary Gardner
Old wobbly dogs and skinny cats are my JAM! I adore
geriatric pets and the families that care for them. I'm a tech
nerd and spent 10 years developing software before
becoming a veterinarian in my 30's. I co-founded Lap of Love
Veterinary Hospice which provides in-home end of life care
services around the country - we currently employ over 140
vets in 30 states. I led the development of our proprietary
practice management software as well as an app to assess
quality of life, an online hospice journaling software, a
crematory management software as well as a platform for
teleconsutling between GP vets and Specialists. And when I
didn't have any more space in my life, I opened a pet
crematory with my brother. Developing tech solutions for
the veterinary industry is a passion of mine but at the same
time, I love geriatric medicine, hospice, and all aspects of
end of life care. Hobbies? If I have time, I love playing
golf. Otherwise, I look forward to eating pasta as often as
Dr. Shirin Modaresi
Shirin Modaresi is a small animal veterinarian, originally from Rock Hill, SC. She graduated in 2010 from UGA CVM (Go Dawgs!) and worked in private practice for 4 years in GA before moving to an industry position in Charlotte, NC. She and her husband, Gabriel, started her plant-based cooking channel on YouTube while in quarantine because they needed something fun to do together. Gabriel is the videographer, sound-nazi, and editor while Shirin is the creator, dumpling-master, and vegan chef. When they aren't cooking and editing silly videos, Shirin and Gabriel love to spend time with their two boys, Cyrus and Kai (12 and 10), and their menagerie, currently consisting of 3 cats and 1 dog plus or minus a few foster kittens.
Dr. Sheilah A Robertson, MRCVS
Dr. Sheilah A Robertson BVMS (Hons), PhD, DACVAA, DECVAA, DACAW, DECAWBM (WSEL), CVA, MRCVS. Dr. Robertson graduated from the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Following time in private practice and a surgery internship she specialized in anesthesia and analgesia. She is board certified in anesthesia and in animal welfare by the respective American and European Colleges and holds a certificate in small animal acupuncture. In 2014 she completed her graduate certificate in Shelter Medicine at the University of Florida. In 2019 she received her certification as a Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine Palliative and End-of-Life practitioner by the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine. She has published widely on the recognition and alleviation of acute pain in cats. She is the senior medical director of Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, a large network of veterinarians dedicated to end-of-life care and in-home euthanasia throughout the USA. Dr Robertson is also a courtesy Professor in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.
Michael T. Robbins, DVM
Michael T. Robbins, DVM received his veterinary medical degree in 2015 from the University of Tennessee and completed a rotating internship at the BluePearl Veterinary Hospital in Louisville, KY. This was followed by a residency in small animal clinical nutrition at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine and he is currently waiting to sit his specialty board exam. He then stayed on with the Clinical Nutrition Service for 7 months following his residency to further hone his skills prior to accepting the position of Scientific Communications Specialist with Hill’s Pet Nutrition. His current responsibilities with Hill’s are to deliver education to veterinary staff, students, and those involved with Hill’s tours; provide technical support to Hill’s Veterinary Consultation Service; assist with review of technical documents; support the execution and development of digital education and social media strategy; and build relationships with Key Thought Leaders.
Elaine Blythe, PharmD
Elaine Blythe completed coursework in animal science at Texas Tech University and then received her B.S. degree in pharmacy from Southwestern Oklahoma State University School of Pharmacy in 1992. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2003 from Creighton University. Dr. Blythe’s area of expertise is educating pharmacy students and veterinary students in veterinary pharmacology. Elaine is an associate professor at St. Matthews University School of Veterinary Medicine on Grand Cayman Island in the Caribbean and teaches pharmacology
to the veterinary students on the Island via distance education from her home in the New Mexico. Dr. Blythe is also adjunct faculty at University of Florida College of Pharmacy where she teaches online courses veterinary pharmacy to pharmacy students and pharmacists. In addition to her full-time teaching, Dr. Blythe has over 15 years’ experience in regulatory affairs consulting services for veterinary drug distributors focusing on wholesale drug distribution and state pharmacy licensing requirements.
Tex Cody Horn
When people ask me why I chose to pursue a career in the fitness industry - I can’t help but smirk when I reply, “I didn’t have a choice! I was born to be a trainer!” It started with my Dad! He was at the forefront of the fitness boom training right alongside Arnold himself at the infamous Gold's Gym in Venice Beach California in the 50’s. He is a leading professional in the fitness industry & I still train right alongside him almost every day. My parents actually met at the gym (coincidentally that's where I met my Fiancé Kenzie as well). So, I spent a significant amount of time in gyms from a very young age. I grew up playing multiple sports throughout my adolescence, but hockey is the sport that really stuck for me. I played and coached up into my 20’s, while my brother ended up playing pro in Canada and now coaches professionally as well. Needless to say, it was a seamless transition for me into the health and fitness industry because much of my initial inspiration and core knowledge came from upbringing. I have an undeniable love and respect for fitness, health, and sports. I started training professionally at 24 Hour Fitness when I was 18 years old. Since then I have diversified into many specialties including expertise in pre-hab, injury rehab, corrective exercise, sports specific conditioning, mobility and functional strength. I have a boxer puppy Jax who has taught me a lot about patience and love!
Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC)
Megan Brashear, BS, RVT, VTS (ECC) graduated in 2000 with a BS in in Veterinary Technology and
obtained her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Emergency/Critical Care in 2004. She has enjoyed
working in emergency and critical care since 2000 and is the Small Animal Veterinary Nursing Manager
at the Purdue University Veterinary Hospital in West Lafayette, Indiana. Here, Megan truly enjoys the
opportunity to work with technician supervisors as well as teach and train technicians and students on the
hospital floor. She loves the opportunity to travel and lecture sharing her knowledge with veterinary
technicians and nurses around the world.
Eric D. Garcia
IT Expert. Digital Marketer. Industry Thought Leader. When it comes to helping veterinary practices streamline their technology and attract and retain clients, Eric Garcia has a proven track record of educating the industry and producing results. Eric is an IT and Digital Marketing consultant working exclusively with veterinary practices. In addition to a long list of satisfied clients, Garcia’s work has been recognized throughout the industry. Eric is an active advisory board member with the American Association of Feline Practitioners and marketing columnist for Today’s Veterinary Business, an NAVC publication. He speaks regularly at conferences all throughout the world. Eric was voted as VMX 2020 Speaker of the Year by attendees.
St. Louis, MO, born and raised, Becky is an Animal Science major and graduate of University of Missouri-Columbia. Go Tigers! Her 16+ year career has been wearing many hats in animal health. She spent the first decade or so in the roles of Technician, Practice Manager, Consultant and Hospital Administrator for many practices. Since then she’s had the pleasure of crossing over to the world of distribution and manufacturing. Most recently in the role of Midwest Regional Sales Consultant for Clipper Distributing who resides in the KC Animal Health Corridor.
I feel lucky every day to get to continue to work in animal health. The relationships and lessons I’ve learned along the way have made me proud to be a part of such a unique industry and I cannot imagine life without it….or seem to get away. My goal is to always be of service to this industry in whatever capacity I can help.
When I’m not elbow deep in the world of all things veterinary related I enjoy just doing life with my family. My fun-loving husband Keith and I love to do anything outdoors with our children Ainsley(10) and Crosby(7). Of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention my 2 hairy trouble makers……Rupert is my Frenchie that snores like a train and Riggins is my Boxer that will forever act like a puppy.