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2013 Convention Speakers

Jennifer Barrett, DVM, Ph.D., DACVS, DACVSMR


Dr. Jennifer Barrett is an associate professor of equine surgery at Virginia Tech’s Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center. She received her Ph.D. in molecular biology from Yale University and her DVM from Cornell University. She completed her surgery residency at the University of Illinois and a post-decorate at the University of Wisconsin. Her research interests include adult stem cell biology, tendon and ligament healing and tissue regeneration.

Cindy Bell, DVM, MS


Dr. Cindy Bell is a native of rural Geneseo, Ill and pursued veterinary anatomic pathology, which is an ideal pairing of her interests in agriculture and medical diagnostics. Employed at the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, she has an expanding base of poultry knowledge and experience, with particular interest in small and backyard flocks. 



Dr. Debra Canapp is co-principal and medical firector of Veterinary Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Group. As a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, Dr. Canapp provides first class sports medicine and rehabilitation care to canine athletes, working dogs and companions. Dr. Canapp specializes in small animal musculoskeletal diagnostic ultrasound and is currently utilizing this tool, as a leader in the small animal field, diagnostically and therapeutically through ultrasound-guided regenerative medicine injections.

Dennis Chew, DVM


Dr. Dennis Chew is a graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University and finished a two year residency in internal medicine and nephrology at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Chew is now Professor Emeritus after 36 years at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He has special interest in disorders of calcium metabolism, treatment of renal secondary hyperparathyroidism and idiopathic/interstitial cystitis of cats. He authored the Manual of Nephrology and Urology in Small Animals.

Dustin Devine, DVM, MS, DACVS


Dr. Dustin Devine graduated from Oklahoma State University Veterinary College in 2002. He completed an internship at Peterson & Smith Equine Hospital in Ocala, Fla. Afterwards, he returned to Oklahoma State University (OSU) to complete a surgery residency while earning a MS degree. Previously, Dr. Devine held the appointment of assistant professor of equine surgery for OSU. Currently he is a staff surgeon at Littleton Equine Medical Center in Colorado.

Paul Fricke, Ph.D.


Dr. Paul Fricke’s research aims to understand the biology underlying reproductive problems facing dairy cattle that limit their productivity. The goal of Dr. Fricke’s extension program is to improve reproductive efficiency of dairy cattle by applying knowledge gained through scientific research to improve management and assess reproductive technologies. Currently, Dr. Fricke is a professor of dairy science and extension specialist in dairy cattle reproduction and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Tim Gard


During the last decade, Tim Gard has delivered his entertaining, informative presentations nationally and internationally, speaking to government groups, professional associations, and corporations of every kind. Through his work he expands the understanding of humor skills as stress reduction tools. His development of easy-to-implement techniques has inspired action from publishers, television, and radio talk shows around the world. His methods and techniques are an effective way to deal with, diffuse, and even avoid intensely stressful encounters that can—and often do—occur every day.

Sandra Godden, DVM, BSc, DVSc


Dr. Sandra Godden is a 1993 graduate of the University of Guelph. After two years in mixed practice, she completed a DVSc degree in dairy production medicine. From 1998 to present she has worked at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, student teaching, completing applied research and outreach in dairy production medicine.

Veronica Higgs, DVM


Dr. Veronica Higgs graduated from Auburn University in 2010 and went on to do an internship at the Animal Medical Hospital in North Carolina. Following graduation she began her residency in emergency and critical care at Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists where she is currently completing her third year.

Hubert Karreman, VMD


Dr. Hubert Karreman has worked within the organic dairy industry since 1988 and as a veterinarian since graduating from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 1995. He served on the National Organic Standards Board, has a certificate in clinical research, and enjoys working with farmers, researchers and physicians who are interested in non-antibiotic treatment of infectious disease.

Jordan Lamb


Jordan Lamb is a partner at DeWitt Ross & Stevens law firm in Madison, Wisconsin. Jordan’s law practice focuses on environmental law and government relations. Her practice is enhanced by her love of all things written and her strong public speaking skills. Her ability to connect with others through her writing and public speaking provides the platform for her practice. Jordan assists clients with making critical connections between business and Wisconsin state government. Her clients are from diverse industries including agriculture, bioscience, insurance and business.


Doug Lyman, DVM, DACVP


Dr. Doug Lyman is a 1981 graduate from Iowa State University. In 1981 he moved to Wisconsin where he mainly worked with dairy. From 2004-2007 Dr. Lyman participated in a pathology residency at the University of Wisconsin. In 2008, he was a diplomat ACVP. Since 2009, Dr. Lyman has been working in the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Lab.

Paul McGraw, DVM


Dr. Paul McGraw completed his undergraduate studies at University of Wisconsin-River Falls and obtained his DVM degree at the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. McGraw worked in private veterinary practice for sixteen years before coming to DATCP as assistant state veterinarian in 2004. In April 2013, Dr. McGraw was elected as the state veterinarian for Wisconsin.

Sheila McGuirk, DVM, MS, Ph.D.


With a BS degree from Cornell University, Dr. Sheila McGuirk obtained her DVM degree from the University of Georgia, completed a large animal medicine internship at Ontario Veterinary College, and followed by a residency in food animal medicine and surgery. She has a MS in clinical sciences and a Ph.D. in physiology & pharmacology, from The Ohio State University. Dr. McGuirk became board certified in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1982. She joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in 1983, where she currently has joint appointments in the sections of large animal internal and food animal production medicine.

Elizabeth Rozanski, DVM


Dr. Elizabeth Rozanski is a 1992 graduate from the University of Illinois. She completed a rotating internship at the University of Minnesota, followed by a residency at Penn. Since 1996, Dr. Rozanski has been employed by Tufts University in the emergency and ICU.

Elke Rudloff, DVM, DACVECC


A 1991 graduate of Purdue University, Dr. Elke Rudloff achieved a board certification in the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 1995. She is a clinical supervisor at the Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists in Glendale, Wis. Currently, Dr. Rudloff serves on the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS) Board of Directors as the immediate past president and is chair of the VECCS education committee.

Michael Sampson, B.J., M.Ex.


Michael Sampson is based in Louisville, Ky. and provides emergency-management consulting and training nationally as an independent contractor. He attended the University of Missouri and has a master’s degree from Washington State University. For three years, Mike was agency liaison for emergency management with Wisconsin’s Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s Division of Animal Health.

Sheryl Shaw, DVM, MPH


Dr. Sheryl Shaw is a 1989 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University.  She spent 11.5 years in private practice in Wisconsin and then Montana. Dr. Shaw has been with the USDA since 2000, spending time in Food Safety (FSIS) and then APHIS Veterinary Services as export veterinary medical officer and area epidemiology officer in Minnesota. Dr. Shaw completed a master’s of public health at the University of Minnesota in 2008 and the USDA Graduate School Executive Leadership Program in 2011. Dr. Shaw began her duties as area veterinarian in charge in Wisconsin in November, 2012.

Andre Chen Shih, DVM, DACVA, ECC Fellow


Dr. Andre Shih graduated in Veterinary Medicine from University of Sao Paulo Brazil in 1999. He moved to Wisconsin this year and finished his DVM training at the University of Wisconsin - Madison School Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduation he moved to Appleton, Wis. and worked as an ER/ECC veterinarian in Fox Valley Animal Referral Center for three years. He moved to University of Florida to do an anesthesia residency and is currently there as an anesthesia faculty. Three years ago he started an Emergency Critical Care Fellowship. His area of research includes hemorrhagic shock, CPR and advanced hemodynamic monitoring.

Don Sockett, DVM, MS, Ph.D., Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine


Dr. Don Sockett grew up on a dairy farm in Southern Ontario, Canada and graduated from veterinary school at the University of Guelph in 1981. After graduation, he completed internship and residency programs in large animal medicine and surgery at the University of Minnesota and Colorado State University. He obtained his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1991. Dr. Sockett has authored over 250 articles in scientific and lay journals. Currently, he works as a veterinary microbiologist/epidemiologist at the University of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

Jason Soukup, DVM, DAVDC


After earning a DVM from Texas A&M, Dr. Jason Soukup completed an internship in Colorado. He performed a residency in dentistry and oral surgery at the University of Wisconsin where he is now assistant professor of dentistry and oral surgery. He is also the co-founder and co-director of the Center for Comparative Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. His research interests are oral pathology, dentoalveolar trauma and dental and prosthetic biomechanics.

Tina Wismer, DVM, DABVT, DABT


Dr. Tina Wismer received her DVM from Purdue University in 1994. After working in both day and emergency practices, she joined the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center in 1998. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology and the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology.

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