Live & In-Person
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Noblesville, IN
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Feb. 2-4, 2023
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20 CE Hours
Kara Burns
RVT
Friday, February 3
Veterinary Team
Busting Nutritional Myths / Nutritional Management of Pancreatitis / Do Bowls Make a Difference with Pets? / Vet Nurse Nutrition Consults: Helping Clients with Diet Choices

Specialties: Veterinary Nutrition, Toxicology, Dentistry, Internal Medicine, Nursing Utilization, Compliance, Leadership, Human Counseling, Poisonings, Group Facilitation.

Dr. Betsy Charles
DVM
Friday, February 3
Maximizing Practice Life
Sponsored by: Indiana Animal Health Foundation
Creating a Positive Culture, Can't We All Just Get Along

In short, Dr. Charles is an Adidas wearing, hip hop dancing veterinary radiologist who wants to change the world by cultivating a community of leaders through curiosity, creative conversations, and connection. What are the specifics? She holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with advanced residency training in diagnostic imaging as well as a master’s degree in Organization Leadership.

She uses all her expertise to help veterinary professionals understand how servant leaders can facilitate the development of high functioning organizations. She has worked in general equine practice, specialty practice and was a faculty member at Western University of Health Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine for over 8 years where she taught radiology. She has presented at over 80% of the veterinary colleges in the U.S., numerous state veterinary medical associations, the American Association of Equine Practitioners National Convention for several years, and the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Veterinary Leadership Conference for multiple years. She has been a keynote speaker for both veterinary audiences as well as non-veterinary audiences and has been a commencement speaker.

After serving as the Executive Director of the Veterinary Leadership Institute from 2011 until 2021, she transitioned to the position of Board Member. She absolutely LOVES her day job- Vice President of Learning and Leadership Development with Mission Veterinary Partners where she gets to combine all her passions in order to help veterinary professionals thrive. She currently serves on the AAEP’s Member Engagement Committee and the Wellness Committee, the advisory board of DVM360 and the advisory board of Appalachian State University’s Veterinary Technology program. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Lincoln Memorial University. She continues to support the development of radiology skills sets in veterinary students through an online teaching platform she developed called Radiology Rules.

She believes we all have the capacity to be exceptional people of influence by living into our true identities and learning the skills necessary to become emotionally intelligent and effective communicators, relationship builders and boundary setters.  When she takes a break from trying to make a positive difference for the profession, she enjoys having meaningful and authentic conversations with all who cross her path, developing young entrepreneurs as they pursue their passions, spending time with her horses, and reading.

Dr. Hoyt Cheramie
DVM
Friday, February 3
Equine Medicine
Sponsored by:
Topic Areas - Pain management, EGUS/Glandular, Dz/Endoscopy, Biomechanics of Podiatry

Dr. Hoyt Cheramie is a Louisiana native and acquired his passion for veterinary medicine during visits to the family’s 300-head cow/calf and Quarter Horse ranch in southwestern Mississippi.  He received his Bachelor of Science in Dairy Production and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from Louisiana State University.  After spending time in a mixed animal practice in Central Kentucky, he completed a large animal internship at the University of Tennessee.  Dr. Cheramie then completed a combined Large Animal Surgery Residency and Masters program at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.  Hoyt remained at VA Tech for an additional year as a clinical instructor in Large Animal Surgery and research assistant in Chemical Engineering.  Dr. Cheramie became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2000.

For 8 years, he practiced performance horse medicine and surgery in the New Orleans, Atlanta and Chicago areas.  He joined Merial in February 2007 as a member of the Equine Veterinary Professional Services team with responsibilities for the eastern US.  Currently he is a Senior Manager within the Large Animal Veterinary Services team and provides technical and professional support to the US Equine Sales and Marketing Business Units and Global Equine Commercial Development Unit. Dr. Cheramie will continue this role with Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health through the acquisition of Merial by BIVI in early January 2017.

Dr. Cheramie has been involved in organized veterinary medicine through current memberships in the AAEP, AVMA, KVMA, KAEP and ACVS and he has served on the Professional Conduct and Ethics and Leadership Development committees of the AAEP. He has volunteered as an instructor in the AAEP Veterinarian/Farrier short-course program for veterinary students since 2003. His professional interests include surgical and medical colic management, EGUS, guttural pouch disease, sustainable parasite control, podiatry and performance limiting problems in horses. He has been an invited speaker at state, regional and national veterinary conferences. His personal interest include just about anything outdoors, coaching 4-H shooting sports, tinkering around the house and most of all, spending time with his wife and children.


Dr. Ashley Phelps Dunn
DVM
Friday, February 3
Sunrise CE
Sponsored by:
Small Animal / "Detect 30 Different Types of Canine Cancer with a Simple Blood Draw: Introducing Liquid Biopsy Testing"

Dr. Ashley Phelps-Dunn is a multi-faceted leader, who brings extensive knowledge of small and large animal veterinarian medicine, a strong business acumen, and a sound cross-functional communication style that will benefit PATH International and its members. As chairperson of PATH International’s Equine Welfare Board, she built and led a diverse international group of volunteers with the core focus on equine welfare issues for the organizations’ certified therapeutic riding programs. Under her leadership, the team partnered with the Right Horse Initiative to address equine welfare concerns such as pairing the right horse with the right person and keeping horses safe – all of which were affecting both organizations. In addition, she led the partnership with Equitopia, which provided ground-breaking educational content that covered important topics such as recognizing equine distress, hoof care, and equine behavior to all PATH International’s members. At PATH International’s Annual Conference and multiple smaller conferences, she presented “Recognition of Lameness and Distress,” an interactive half-day training session for recognizing lameness and distress in horses, to over 75 attendees. Her experience as a veterinarian in both the practice and professional services will be an asset to the board and the members of PATH International. Dr. Phelps-Dunn currently is a practicing small animal veterinarian at Banfield Pet Hospital in one of their top 50 animal hospitals, where she treats an average of 30 patients a day with the most optimum care available ranging from preventive medicine to surgery and emergency care. Previously, as a Senior Technical Consultant at Elanco Animal Health, she was the veterinarian advocate for the retail business and led a $10 million training initiative for the company. During her time at Ceva Animal Health, she has advised equine veterinarians on lameness as well as advising small animal veterinarians in hospitals and shelters on reducing stress during veterinary visits and hospitalization. Dr. Phelps-Dunn began her career as an equine veterinarian at Equine Veterinary Associates of Olive Branch (formerly Akin Equine Veterinary Service). During her time there, Dr. Phelps-Dunn consulted for Memphis Zoo and volunteered for the Dogaroo, a festival that benefited a local dog park. Dr. Phelps-Dunn is a graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine (2004) where as a student, she was the chairman for the Pets in the Park festival, which was a local fundraiser for the humane society, president of the Student Chapter of AAEP and participated in many research studies including the prevalence of EPM, comparing the treatment options for Equine Sarcoids, digital gait analysis, characterizing HERDA, and effect of pulsing electromagnetic therapy. Dr. Phelps-Dunn also was an active volunteer at the Oktibbeha County Humane Society.

Lauren Hadley
RVT
Friday, February 3
Maximizing Practice Life
Technician Training & Retention

Ms. Lauren Hadley is an RVT at Indy Vet.

Dr. Annette Litster
DVM, BVSc PhD FANZCVSc
Friday, February 3
Small Animal Medicine
Sponsored by:
Sponsorship-Logos-Zoetis
Focus Areas – Small Animal Infectious Diseases, Feline Medicine, Shelter Medicine

Dr. Litster graduated as a veterinarian in 1982 and was later awarded a PhD for her research on Feline Heartworm Disease and a master’s degree in Clinical Epidemiology.  She is a boarded specialist in Feline Medicine and worked in small animal general practice and specialist feline practice for 17 years.  In 2007, Dr. Litster came to the USA to take up a faculty position at Purdue University where she was a tenured Associate Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine. She has published over 60 peer-reviewed research papers, and numerous book chapters. Dr. Litster was a tenured Associate Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine at Purdue University before she joined Zoetis as a full-time employee in January 2014. She is a Senior Veterinary Specialist with focus areas in small animal infectious diseases, feline medicine and shelter medicine.

She is the Editor in Chief of The Veterinary Journal, a member of the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery Editorial Board and the Morris Animal Foundation Animal Welfare Board. Dr. Litster is a popular speaker at major national meetings and has spoken at the AAFP Conference, VMX, Western Veterinary Conference, AAHA, the national AVMA meeting, the ACVIM Forum, the ISCAID Symposium and many major regional AVMA and continuing education meetings. Her primary areas of interest are small animal infectious diseases, clinical epidemiology and animal welfare.

Sara Moore
RVT, VTS
Friday, February 3
Veterinary Team
Feline Ophthalmology
Amanda Shelby
RVT
Friday, February 3
Maximizing Practice Life
The Path Less Trodden obtaining a VTS, Maximizing Profit, Veterinary Technician Utilization, Culture of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Jay Tischendorf
DVM
Friday, February 3
Small Animal
Sponsored by:
Quad Therapy and the 'BESST' Approach to CHF Care / Update on the Dangerous World of Vector-Borne Diseases and How to Prevent Them /

Dr. Tischendorf holds a BS degree in Zoology from Ohio University and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (DVM) degree from Colorado State University. He serves as a regional veterinarian with Merck and is based in the Houston area. His special interests include emerging and zoonotic diseases, anesthesiology, dermatology and animal cruelty forensics and investigations. Prior to becoming a DVM he worked as an endangered species biologist and wildland firefighter. In his free time, he trains natural resource professionals on wildlife tracking and immobilization. He is former Marine and has lived in roughly 15 states over the course of his careers.

Dr. Kyle Vititoe
DVM, MS, DACVR
Friday, February 3
Small Animal Radiology
Radiography of Heart Disease and Failure / Nonaggressive vs Aggressive Bone Lesions / Masses: How to Prioritize Differential List / Abdominal Radiography of the Vomiting Patient

Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara, CA, followed by a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Prince Edward Island-Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown, Canada. Dr. Vititoe then went on to complete a yearlong rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Champaign County, IL, as well as a three-year Diagnostic Imaging Residency and Master’s program, completing his final year at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in West Lafayette, IN.

His Master’s degree research on the use of Computed Tomography (CT) for the detection of cardiac clots in cats with heart disease and congestive heart failure was published in the of Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound. He has additional publications in the Canadian Veterinary Journal, as well as ongoing research, including in exotic and small mammal patients.

Although trained in all aspects of veterinary radiology, Dr. Vititoe maintains a particular interest in using CT without general anesthesia for patients that may otherwise have limited imaging performed, such as congestive heart failure and upper airway obstructions. Outside of the hospital, Dr. Vititoe likes golfing, mountain biking, climbing, running, and most importantly, spending time with his wife and two daughters.

Dr. Erin Wilson
DVM
Friday, February 3
Sunrise CE
Sponsored by:
Equine Medicine / Performance Horse Nutrition: Feuling the Equine Athlete
Sponsored by:

Dr. Wilson is an equine veterinarian from central Indiana. She is a graduate of Purdue University,
receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science in 2004. She continued to Purdue
College of Veterinary Medicine and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree with
highest distinction in 2008, with a focus in equine medicine. She was raised on a family grain and
livestock farm in Fair Oaks, IN and is a lifetime horse owner, riding and showing Quarter Horses
in a variety of events since childhood. After gaining valuable experience at several specialized
equine clinics in Florida, Texas, and Oklahoma, she joined the team at McDavitt Veterinary Clinic
in Zionsville, IN as an associate veterinarian in 2008. Her special practice interests include equine
nutrition, performance horse medicine and lameness, and internal medicine. In 2020, Dr. Wilson
joined the team at Cargill Animal Nutrition as an equine nutrition consultant, representing Nutrena
and ProElite Feeds, and Progressive Nutrition products. She has a strong passion for equine
medicine and nutrition, with a commitment to promoting optimal equine health and client
education. She is an active member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, Indiana
Association of Equine Practitioners, and American Veterinary Medical Association. She has
served as an alumni mentor for students in Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine and School of
Agriculture programs, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Purdue Veterinary Alumni
Association and Indiana Association of Equine Practitioners. Dr. Wilson currently resides in
Atlanta, IN with her husband and sons, on a farm where they have acreage in hay production,
raise western performance Quarter Horses, and enjoy spending time as a family doing a variety
of outdoor activities

Amanda Wolfingbarger
RVT, VTS (ECC)
Friday, February 3
Veterinary Team
Not Just Their Treatment Sheet: A Technician Focused, Patient's Kirby's Rule of 20

Veterinary Technician Specialist ECC with a passion for learning, teaching, patient advocacy, & intensive nursing care.  Currently working for Indy Vet Emergency & Specialty Hospital. 

Assistant Obtained in 2011

Associate of Science, Animal Science, Behavior & Wellbeing Obtained in 2010

Hanna Yagel
RVT, VTS (ECC)
Friday, February 3
Veterinary Team
Triage: It's Not Always a Disaster