2017 Convention Speakers

Heather Bartley
Bartley Heather Bartley is the Commercial Feed Program Specialist and Toxic Response Coordinator for the State of Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). She is an active member of the Association of American Feed Control Officials, and serves on several committees within the organization.
Yvonne Bellay, DVM, MS
Bellay Yvonne Dr. Yvonne Bellay manages animal welfare programs for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, where she is also an epidemiologist.  She oversees the department's training and certification of local humane officers, and its dog seller and rabies control programs. In addition, she deals with zoonotic disease and public health issues, serving as the department's liaison with state and local public health departments.  Dr. Bellay also acts as a resource to local authorities in investigating and resolving local animal welfare complaints.
Anne Chauvet, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Chauvet Known internationally for her specialized work in the relatively rare field of veterinary neurology, Dr. Anne Chauvet founded Critical Care & Veterinary Specialists of Sarasota, LLC, in 2010 to provide highly-advanced intensive care and emergency medicine for pets. Dr. Chauvet previously founded Veterinary Neuro Services, LLC, in Wisconsin in 1997, relocating it to Sarasota, Fla., in 2002. She speaks to, trains and consults with veterinary practices and organizations globally.
Kathleen Crandell, BS, MS, PhD
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Reneé Dewell, DVM, MS
Dewell Bio Pic Dr. Reneé Dewell is a Veterinary Specialist focusing on beef cattle at ISU's Center for Food Security and Public Health. She is involved with bovine welfare issues in the AVC, AABP, IVMA, and AVMA.  Dr. Dewell is currently working on FMD preparedness and response and beef cattle welfare research.
Stephen A. DiTullio
DiTullio Steve DiTullio is a Partner at DeWitt Ross & Stevens and served as the Firm's President from 2001-2011. Steve regularly works with veterinary practices throughout Wisconsin. Steve has practiced in the area of employment defense for 25 years covering all areas of employment law including wage and hour, discrimination/harassment/ retaliation, non-competes and other restrictive covenants, OSHA, breach of contract and OFCCP matters. Steve has also established a nationwide practice in advising clients proactively before various governmental administrative agencies regarding the classification of Independent Contractors. Besides veterinary practices, his range of clients includes banks, trucking companies, manufacturers, engineering firms, law firms, accounting firms, bovine artificial insemination companies, and medical practices.
Chris Duemler, DVM, BS

Dr. Chris Duemler has provided veterinary services to goats, sheep and cattle at the Brodhead Veterinary Medical Center in Brodhead, Wisconsin for the past 40 years. In addition to routine cattle practice, Chris serves numerous small herds of sheep and goats, and over 30 commercial goat dairies.

Chris Frye, DVM
frye wisc Dr. Chris Frye graduated from Cornell University with a DVM in 2011.  He worked in private practice for three years before returning to Cornell to pursue an interest in sporting dogs and nutrition.  He completed his residency in Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2017 and is preparing for the board exam.  He is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor for Cornell's Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Service and hopes to eventually complete a Clinical Nutrition residency.  Dr. Frye worked as veterinarian and researcher at the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race in 2015 and a full-time clinician for the race in 2016.  His research interests include management of osteoarthritis, nutrition of sporting dogs, and physiology of the canine athlete.
Jordan Lamb, JD

Jordan Lamb is a partner at DeWitt Ross & Stevens. s.c. 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.

James Kazmierczak, DVM, MS
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Dr. James Kazmierczak is the State Public Health Veterinarian with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.  He has worked there as a communicable disease epidemiologist since 1988.  He is also an adjunct associate professor in the Departments of Population Health Sciences as well as Pathobiological Sciences at the UW Madison.  He received his DVM degree from the University of Illinois and his MS from the University of Wisconsin.

Rachel Klos, DVM, MPH
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Dr. Rachel Klos is an epidemiologist at the Wisconsin Division of Public Health - Bureau of Communicable Diseases. Her responsibilities include surveillance for enteric diseases, including salmonellosis, campylobacteriosis, Shiga toxin-producing E. coli infections and cryptosporidiosis, and leads investigations of foodborne, waterborne and zoonotic disease outbreaks. Rachel received her DVM and MPH degrees from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and has been with the Division of Public Health since 2007.

Christoph Mans, Dr. med. vet., Dipl. ACZM, Dipl. ECZM (ZHM)
mans modified Dr. Christoph Mans is a native of Germany and received his veterinary degree from the University of Leipzig (Germany). He completed an internship in Avian and Exotic Animal Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College (Canada) followed by employment in private practice in Hong Kong. He then completed a 3-year-residency in zoological medicine at the University of Wisconsin and the Milwaukee County Zoo and the International Crane Foundation. He is currently a clinical assistant professor of zoological medicine at the University of Wisconsin, School of Veterinary Medicine.
Elisabeth Patton, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM

Dr. Elisabeth Patton received her DVM from Colorado State University in 1991. In 1996, she completed a combined Master's and large animal medicine residency from the University of Wisconsin-School of Veterinary Medicine and is board certified with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She received her PhD in Immunology from Cornell University in 2000. She has been working at DATCP as the Johne's Program Manager for the state of Wisconsin since 2003 and in 2011 she began serving as the Tuberculosis Program Manager.

Simon Peek, BVSc, PhD, DACVIM
Peek Originally from Suffolk in South-East England, Dr. Simon Peek received his veterinary degree from the University of Bristol and was in large animal practice in South West England, before moving to the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University from 1991-1998, completing a PhD at the same institution.  In 1998 I moved to the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
Nicola Pusterla, DVM, DACVIM
Nicola Pusterla Dr. Nicola Pusterla graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Zürich, Switzerland in 1991. He earned his PhD degree from the University of Zürich with an emphasis on vector-borne diseases and joined UC Davis in 1998 where he currently holds an appointment as a Professor in Equine Internal Medicine. Dr. Pusterla is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine with an equine emphasis and he has ongoing interest in all aspects of equine internal medicine and dentistry.
David Rhoda, DVM
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Dr. David Rhoda has been a WVMA member since 1969 and have served the association in a variety of capacities. Since the 1970's he has made record keeping and records use a priority while working with 36 fertility clients that focused on integrating fertility, production, clinical mastitis, and sub clinical mastitis data for individual animals. The recording plan collated farm health records and the monthly DHIA data. This system was replaced by Dairy Comp in the mid 1980's. Adapting this to the Veterinarian of Record responsibilities is simply evolving what we've always done to satisfying a HACCP program in order to meet a new challenge of improved accountability and transparency by allowing veterinarian involvement in the oversight drug use in food animals.

Jan Shearer, DVM, MS
photo JKS Dr. Jan Shearer is a Professor Emeritus from the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine and currently serves as Professor and Extension Veterinarian at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.  Dr. Shearer's primary areas of research interest are lameness and welfare issues of beef and dairy cattle.
Kurt K. Sladky, MS, DVM, Dipl. ACZM, Dipl. ECZM (Herpetology)
Sladky Head Shot 1 Received his MS in Animal Behavior and DVM from the University of Wisconsin, and completed a Residency in Zoological Medicine at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  He is a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine and the European College of Zoological Medicine (Herpetology), and is currently a Clinical Associate Professor and Section Head of Zoological Medicine and the Special Species Health Service at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. His current research interests include analgesia and anesthesia of captive and free-ranging nondomestic species.
Christopher Snyder, DVM, DAVDC
Christopher Snyder USA 2 Dr. Christopher Snyder is a Diplomat of the American Veterinary Dental College and Clinical Associate Professor and Section Head of the Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine.  After graduating veterinary school at The Ohio State University and completing an internship in western New York, he joined the residency training program in veterinary dentistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Dr. Snyder has authored journal articles, textbook chapters and has lectured nationally and internationally.  Dr. Snyder's academic interests include: maxillofacial trauma and reconstruction, oral surgery, and improving techniques for both regional anesthesia and teaching dental extractions.
Rebecca Stepien, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Stepien Dr. Rebecca Stepien is a Clinical Professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. She is currently the senior cardiologist and Chief of Small Animal Services at UW Veterinary Care.  Dr. Stepien's research interests include myxomatous valve disease in whippets, systemic hypertension and therapy of congestive heart failure.
Brian Vander Ley, DVM, PhD, DACVPM
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Dr. Brian Vander Ley is a veterinary epidemiologist at University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Great Plains Educational Center. He conducts research related to beef production and participates in veterinary student teaching and beef extension efforts in Nebraska.

Richard L. Wallace, DVM, MS
Wallace pic A 1985 graduate of The Ohio State University, Dr. Richard Wallace started his own mixed-animal veterinary practice in Centerburg, Ohio upon graduation.  Desiring more work with dairy cattle, he sold his practice in 1987 and joined a three person dairy practice in Door County, Wis.  After completing a Master's degree in Veterinary Preventive Medicine in 1995, he joined the faculty at the University of Illinois as the Dairy Extension Veterinarian.  Dr. Wallace taught several dairy production medicine courses and continues to be the lead instructor for two online continuing education courses (Milk Quality and Udder Health and Advanced Cattle Reproduction) that are integral for the Online Dairy Certificate Program offered by Academic Outreach at the University of Illinois.
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