Saturday, July 14th, 2018

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1:05 – 2:00 pm          Emerging Societal Ethics for Animals

Bernard E. Rollin (B.A. CCNY, Ph.D. Columbia) is University Distinguished Professor, Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Biomedical Sciences, Professor of Animal Sciences, and University Bioethicist at Colorado State University. He was a major architect of the 1985 U.S. Federal laws protecting laboratory animals. Rollin is the author of 20 books, including Natural and Conventional Meaning, Animal Rights and Human Morality and The Unheeded Cry: Animal Consciousness, Animal Pain and Scientific Change, Farm Animal Welfare, The Frankenstein Syndrome, Science and Ethics, and over 600 articles.   He is considered the “father of veterinary ethics” and for 25 years has written a popular monthly column on veterinary ethics for the Canadian Veterinary Journal.  His latest book is A New Approach to Animal Ethics: Telos and Common Sense, published in 2016. Rollin is a leading scholar in animal ethics and animal consciousness and has lectured over 1500 times all over the world in 28 countries. He developed the world’s first courses in veterinary medical ethics, ethical issues in animal science, and biology combined with philosophy. He served on the Pew National Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production and served on the Institute for Laboratory Animal Resources (ILAR) Council of the National Academy of Sciences. Rollin has won numerous U.S. and international awards, including the AVMA Humane Award (2007), and the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Lifetime Achievement Award (2012). In 2016 he was awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R), the first time it has ever been bestowed on an animal ethicist.

2:00 – 3:30 pm         The Human-Animal Bond and Veterinary Medicine

Philip Tedeschi, PhD – Executive Director of The Institute for Human-Animal Connection at The University of Denver
Dani McVety, DVM, Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice In-Home Euthanasia Tampa Florida

Dr. Dani McVety, in addition to her role as a hospice veterinarian, Dr. Dani McVety is a speaker, consultant, author, certified body language instructor, and host for PetCareTV. With a deep love for the human-animal bond, Dr. McVety found her calling while volunteering with human hospice before veterinary school. She knew she wanted to bring the same passion for life and respect for death that hospice upholds into this amazing profession. Just months after graduation she formed Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice in Tampa, Florida and quickly joined forces with her friend and classmate, Dr. Mary Gardner. In just 5 years they have built one of the most, unique businesses in the veterinary industry, and now partner with over 100 of the most compassionate doctors around the country; this remains their greatest source of pride.  Dr. McVety frequently writes and speaks for professional and lay audiences on topics relating to body language for doctors, veterinary hospice, euthanasia, avoiding career burnout, compassion fatigue, assessing the quality of life, and how veterinarians will help change the face of human death.

3:45 – 5:00 pm          The Lawyers Role in Meeting 21st Century Changes in Veterinary Medicine

Mark Samson, DVM, JD, Keller Rohrback, LLP
Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton, JD, Hamilton Law & Mediation, PLLC
James F. Wilson, DVM, JD, PVMC
Karen Wernette, DVM, AVMA PLIT

Mark Samson, DVM, JD, as a licensed veterinarian, Mark has the medical knowledge that helps get his clients the results they deserve. Given his strong medical science background, Mark’s practice focuses on tort law, including medical negligence, product liability, and other significant personal injury cases. He has nearly 30 years of experience litigating medical malpractice cases with victories including the landmark Edwards verdict, a transfusion-associated AIDS case which remains one of the largest personal injury verdicts in Arizona history. Mark was born in New York, but he moved to the Phoenix area in 1959 and grew up there. He practiced from 1986 to 1995 at Meyer, Hendricks, Victor, Osborn & Maledon, becoming a member in 1992. In 1995, Mark formed Dalton Gotto Samson & Kilgard, P.L.C. (“DGSK”) and was one of the members of DGSK who formed Keller Rohrback P.L.C. in 2002.

Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton, JDspent 30 years as a practicing litigator, but she is now a full-time mediator and conflict coach for people in disputes over animals. She works both nationwide and internationally. She has far-reaching experience in resolving interpersonal conflicts involving animals, and she is also well-known in the world of purebred dogs as a top breeder and exhibitor of Irish setters and long-haired dachshunds. Debra speaks widely on the topic of how meditation techniques can help people address conflicts without litigation. She has presented at veterinary schools, the American Kennel Club, the American Veterinary Medical Law Association, the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators, the Living With Animals conference, state bar association Animal Law Committee meetings, and animal interest group meetings. Debra is admitted to practice law in all New York State courts. She is certified as a mediator and collaborative professional and has worked with various court-based mediation programs in New York City (Queens-Community Mediation Service) and in Westchester and Rockland Counties in New York (Westchester and Rockland Mediation Centers).

James F. Wilson, DVM, JD,  practiced as an associate and emergency clinician in California before becoming a partner in a multi-doctor small animal practice in Concord, CA. With Veterinary Pet Insurance sponsorship, he teaches veterinary law, ethics, career development and practice management at more than 15 veterinary schools each year. When not teaching, he provides practice management and employment contract consulting services. He has been particularly active in recent years as a voice for the veterinary students he teaches as they tackle the cost of their education relative to the salaries they earn in internships and while employed in private practices.

Karen Wernette, DVM, AVMA PLITKaren joined the AVMA PLIT on January 2, 2007, as a Trust Representative. In this role, Dr. Wernette speaks to AVMA members insured through the PLIT-sponsored programs, answering questions related to malpractice allegations and practice situations. She also reviews professional liability claims, identify experts and appraisers for claims defense, and advise the insurance broker and underwriters regarding new developments in veterinary medicine. Dr. Wernette visits several colleges of veterinary medicine and represents the PLIT at various veterinary conventions. Dr. Wernette graduated from Michigan State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1982 and received a Mid-Management Development Certificate from the University of Wisconsin, School of Business in 1995. After several years in private practice, she joined the staff at the American Veterinary Medical Association. During her fourteen years at the AVMA, Dr. Wernette served as an Assistant Director and Director of the Membership and Field Services Division, as well as the Director of the Career Opportunities Center. Before joining the PLIT, Dr. Wernette worked part-time in a companion animal practice and served as executive director of the American Veterinary Medical Law Association and the Association of Veterinary Practice Management and Consultants.

Sunday, July 15th, 2018 

8:40 – 9:00 am          FDA Update

Michael J. Murphy, Ph.D., DVM, JD, Veterinary Medical Officer, CVM/FDA: Dr. Murphy received his B.S., D.V.M., and Ph.D. degrees from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, in 1980, 1981, and 1987, respectively. He received his J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN, in 1999. He is board certified by the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology and American Board of Toxicology.  After practicing in a mixed animal practice in northeastern Oklahoma, he served as a clinical and diagnostic veterinary toxicologist in the Texas and Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories for 27 years. As a faculty member at the University of Minnesota, he taught veterinary and graduate students and conducted applied research. He retired from the University of Minnesota as a Professor Emeritus and joined the Center for Veterinary Medicine at FDA in 2009. While at CVM/FDA, Dr. Murphy has assisted in the jurisdiction, drug recall, and shortage analyses, responses to litigation and citizens petitions, and policy associated with cloned or genetically engineered animals, and antimicrobial resistance. He has most recently assisted on the veterinary feed directive rule.

9:00 – 11:00 am          Corporate and Private Veterinary Practice:  Buy/Sell/Benefits and Pitfalls

Charlotte Lacroix, DVM, JD, Veterinary Business Advisors, Inc
Thomas Chandler, JD, Partner, Holland & Hart LLP
Nicole Snyder, JD, Partner, Holland & Hart LLP

Dr. Charlotte Lacroix owns and manages Veterinary Business Advisors, Inc., a consulting firm which advises veterinarians and attorneys nationwide on veterinary business and legal issues. Dr. Lacroix received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1988 from the University of California at Davis. After completing a large animal internship at the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada), she worked for several years at an equine medical and surgical referral practice serving northern New Jersey’s large equine community. In pursuit of her goal to make greater contributions to the veterinary profession, Dr. Lacroix attended law school and received her Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Thomas Chandler, JD, counsels established companies on strategic legal issues with business implications, with a focus on corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions. Tom has over 35 years of experience as outside counsel managing the day-to-day legal affairs for a wide range of businesses, including healthcare payors, suppliers and providers, property developers, construction material suppliers, automotive dealers, and nonprofit organizations. He represents businesses at all stages of the corporate lifecycle. Tom has served on the board of directors of a community bank for more than 14 years, as a director of a private construction materials company for over 25 years, on the advisory board of a fiberglass fabrication business, and as an interim president of a company following the untimely death of its prior president. This experience has provided him with keen insight and realistic experience that makes him a trusted advisor to directors, officers, shareholders, founders, and others on both legal and practical issues impacting a business. Prior to joining Holland & Hart, Tom practiced for many years at Hawley Troxell in Boise, where he chaired the corporate practice group.

Nicole Snyder, JD, guides clients at every stage of the corporate life cycle from initial formation and structure through complex mergers and acquisitions and financings. She also serves as outside general counsel to some of Idaho’s most successful companies. Nicole delivers strategic counsel to small and large businesses, nonprofit corporations, and governmental entities on all aspects of corporate law. Nicole advises clients how to handle complex employment matters that arise in connection with business acquisitions, including layoffs and executive compensation. Nicole recently completed a three-year term as one of the five members of Holland & Hart’s Management Committee, which oversees the management and strategic direction of the entire firm. She recently served as the Administrative Partner for the Boise office.

11:15 – 12:15 pm        Legislative Roundup

Christine Lucente, JD, is a State Policy Analyst in the State Advocacy & Leadership Division of the American Veterinary Medical Association. She received a B.A. degree in Political Science and History from Valparaiso University and a J.D. from the same university in 2014. Since November 2014, she has held a license to practice law in the State of Illinois and is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association. Before coming to the AVMA, she worked with several state government organizations including the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office as a Hearing Officer and with the Illinois Attorney’s General Office as an extern in the Public Policy Division.

1:15 PM – 3:15  pm     Veterinary Telemedicine Updates

Mark Cushing, Animal Policy Group
Richard Sullivan, DVM, Vice President, California Veterinary Medical Board

Mark L. Cushing, a long-time political strategist, lobbyist, corporate executive and former litigator, Mark focuses his advocacy practice on providing high-level strategic advice, state and Federal lobbying, and consulting services to clients with needs at any level of government, and key trade/industry associations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. He maintains offices in Portland, OR; Scottsdale, AZ; Knoxville, TN; and Washington, DC. Mark is the Founding Partner of the Animal Policy Group, LLC. Since 2004 he has specialized in animal health, animal welfare, veterinary and veterinary educational issues, developing a cutting-edge practice across these sectors.  He also serves as University Counsel and VP of Public Affairs at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN and Policy Advisor to the Center for Animal Health in Appalachia. Mark is a frequent speaker at veterinary medicine and other animal policy-related conferences. He is a professor at the LMU Duncan School of Law, and prior adjunct faculty member in Animal Law at the Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, and visiting lecturer at the University of Oregon School of Law. Mark is an honor graduate with distinction from Stanford University and the Willamette University College of Law.

Richard Sullivan, DVM, came from a rural area in Southern Wisconsin where he lived and worked on a dairy farm until he went to Purdue University where he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. After spending two years in the Peace Corps in Brazil as an extension veterinarian, he moved to Torrance with his wife Connie and became an associate veterinarian at Bay Cities Pet Hospital. Four years later, he had the opportunity to become a partner with Dr. Gardner. He is now a partner with Dr. Norma Rios. Richard enjoys the challenges of the medical cases and the complexities of his surgical cases, which include both soft tissue and orthopedic procedures. However, the most rewarding part of his work at Bay Cities Pet Hospital has been getting to know the many people whose pets he has helped. He also enjoys his work with veterinary medical organizations, serving as president of both the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association and the California Veterinary Medical Association. He’s also the alternate delegate to the national association of California.