2014  AVMLA Speakers


Kate Anderson, DVM was named as the administrator for the Pet Animal Care Facilities Section and Bureau of Animal Protection within CDA in 2006. Anderson grew up in Durango and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Fort Lewis College. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 1993. From 1997 to 2006, she owned a mixed animal practice in Del Norte, Colorado. She currently serves as the president of the Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund and Vice president of the Colorado Unwanted Horse Alliance. In her spare time Dr. Anderson rides horses and enjoys spending time on her ranch in the San Luis Valley caring for the 40 head of Bison cows and calves that are currently living there.

Dean Dailey, DVM, graduated from the University of Georgia in 2001 and currently works for Merial Limited as the Associate Director of Compliance and Literature Review.  From 2007 – 2011 Dr. Dailey managed Merial’s, Veterinary Technical Solutions division and prior to that, he worked as an associate veterinarian dividing his time between two clinics, Good Hands Veterinary Hospital in Athens, GA and the Bulloch Veterinary Clinic in Statesboro, GA from 2002 – 2007.

Nancy E. Halpern, DVM, Esq. represents clients in intellectual property matters. A licensed veterinarian in the state of New Jersey, Nancy previously served as Director of the Division of Animal Health for the New Jersey Department of Agriculture and as Assistant Director of Livestock Disease Control for the state’s Division of Animal Health. Among her responsibilities in those roles, she led the state’s emergency response planning activities regarding animal care concerns in the event of a natural disaster or act of terrorism and researched, reviewed and drafted appropriate statutory regulations and amendments to comply with federal and state rules regarding animal care and safety as well as animal disease surveillance and control. Nancy also previously operated a private veterinary practice in New Jersey serving the medical needs of large animals. She also served as a resident in theriogenology at the University of Illinois School of Veterinary Medicine, a clinical instructor in ambulatory medicine at Virginia Tech Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and an ambulatory medicine intern at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Laura Handzel, J.D. Laura Handzel joined Best Friends Animal Society in 2012 as a Legislative Lawyer/Programming & Policy Analyst.  In that role, she specializes in legislative work to enhance companion animal protections at the local, state and federal levels. Laura also possesses significant experience in public policy work in a variety of nonprofit settings and a passion for grassroots animal rescue and advocacy. She applies those skills at Best Friends by working hand-in-hand with shelters and rescues across the nation to improve their programs and adoption outcomes. Previously, Laura served as Assistant Director of the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark, in collaboration with the Animal Legal Defense Fund (CALS), home to the world’s premier animal law program. Laura is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she earned a Certificate of Special Training in Environmental Law & Policy Analysis. She is a non-attorney member of the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section and their Animal Law Committee, as well as a member of the National Animal Control Association. Laura grew up on a farm in the Midwest and now resides in Portland, Oregon with her three rescued dogs and one rescued cat. She is proud to serve her local community as a board member of Cat Adoption Team, a founding member of the Animal Shelter Alliance of a Portland.

Adrian Hochstadt, Esq. is Assistant Director of State Legislative and Regulatory Affairs for the AVMA, directing the state advocacy program which he helped shape since its creation in 2005. Previously, he led the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ successful campaign to adopt legislation in 19 states guaranteeing insurance coverage for breast cancer victims undergoing surgical reconstructive procedures. Mr. Hochstadt was also staff counsel with the American Bar Association, concentrating on prepaid legal services and lawyer specialization issues.

Margrit Lent Parker, Esq. Before entering private practice,  served as a judicial law clerk for Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey of the Colorado Supreme Court, and as a judicial law clerk for federal Magistrate Judge William Beaman in Cheyenne, Wyoming. In law school, Margrit completed internships with Colorado Supreme Court Justice Allison Eid, the Denver U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the Denver City Attorney’s Office Litigation Section.

Margrit is a leader in the community. Recipient of the Denver Bar Association’s 2014 award for Young Lawyer of the Year, Margrit is a commissioner of the Chief Justice Commission on Professional Development. When the Commission was formed in 2011, Margrit played an integral role in researching and developing what is now the Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program. From 2009-2011, Margrit was the Colorado and Wyoming District Representative to the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. In that role, and in the following years, Margrit formed and chaired a Colorado Bar Association committee tasked with renewing Colorado’s disaster legal services plan for providing volunteer legal assistance to disaster victims. Margrit was part of the team that implemented the revived program during the state’s 2012 wildfires and 2013 floods.

Prior to law school, Margrit completed a dual major in Zoology and Equine Science at Colorado State University, after which she worked at a Thoroughbred breeding farm and an equine veterinary hospital, both in Kentucky. Tying her passions for horses and law together, Margrit contributes articles and presentations to the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association, and has also written for the American Veterinary Medical Law Association. Margrit also is a member of the Colorado Horse Council’s Legislative and Regulatory Committee.

Keith Roehr, DVM was raised on a family farm in western Kansas that included irrigated corn and wheat production in addition to small cow/calf and swine operations. He completed his DVM from Kansas State University in 1981 and entered private practice. He practiced mixed and small animal veterinary medicine until 1995. In 1995, Dr. Roehr joined the State Veterinarian’s Office of the Colorado Department of Agriculture and is Colorado State Veterinarian. Dr. Roehr is past-president of the Western States Livestock Health Association. Currently, he is a member of the US Animal Health Association, and is past co-chairman for the committee of Animal Emergency Management. In 2011, Dr. Roehr became the president of the National Assembly of State Animal Health Officials.