Conference Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Mike Cavanaugh, DVM, DABVP
KSU DVM - 1983

cavanaughExecutive Director and Chief Executive Officer, American Animal Hospital Association – Lakewood, CO
A 1983 graduate of the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Cavanaugh became the CEO and Executive Director of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) in January 2010. In this capacity, Dr. Cavanaugh is responsible for AAHA’s national headquarters located in Denver, Colo. where he oversees a staff of 75 and an annual budget in excess of $12 million.

Dr. Cavanaugh manages the administrative affairs of the Association, carrying out its programs and policies. He also represents AAHA on numerous boards across the veterinary profession. 

Dr. Cavanaugh practiced at AAHA-accredited hospitals in Illinois and Colorado before opening the AAHA-accredited West Ridge Animal Hospital in Topeka, Kan. in 1988. During his practice years, Dr. Cavanaugh was very active in organized veterinary medicine and held numerous volunteer leadership and committee positions within AAHA. He became a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Canine and Feline) in 1996, and recertified in 2006. 

In addition to his experience as a companion animal practitioner, Dr. Cavanaugh gained valuable experience working in the animal health industry. He served as a part-time consultant with Hill’s Pet Nutrition until 1996 when he sold his practice, and as a technical services director for Heska Corporation for four years prior to joining Pfizer Animal Health in 2000. At Pfizer, Dr. Cavanaugh held positions of increasing responsibility, including director of veterinary hospital services where he led a group of nearly 50 veterinarians. 

In 2002 he received the Alumni Recognition Award from Kansas State University, and in 2009, was named Industry Partner of the Year by the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association. Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine recently recognized Dr. Cavanaugh as the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus of the college.  He is an affiliate faculty member in the department of clinical sciences at the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. 

Dr. Cavanaugh shares his home in Evergreen, CO with his wife of 33 years, Beth, and a wonderful border collie named Zoe and a black cat named June. Mike and Beth have 2 children, Caitlyn and Kevin who both reside in the Denver area. 

Guest Speakers

Raul Bras, DVM, CJF
Veterinarian/Certified Farrier, Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital – Lexington, KY
BrasDr. Raul Bras grew up in Puerto Rico where he showed and bred Paso Fino horses.  He finished his undergraduate at Louisiana State University.  He graduated from Ross University Veterinary School in 2005 and completed his clinical year at Auburn University. In 2005 Dr Bras completed a surgery internship at Rood And Riddle Equine Hospital, the following year Dr. Bras stayed on as an Associate Veterinarian in the Podiatry Department of Rood And Riddle.  Dr Bras completed the farrier program at Cornell University in 2007 and in 2010 became a Certified Journeyman Farrier of the American Farriers Association. In 2012 he became a shareholder at Rood And Riddle Equine Hospital.







 Henry Green, III, DVM, DACVIM
Associate Professor of Cardiology, Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine – West Lafayette, IN

John Maas, DVM, MS, DACVIM
Veterinarian/Specialist in Cooperative Extension, University of California-Davis - Davis, CA









Fred Wininger, VMD, MS, DACVIM
Adjunct Faculty in Neurology, University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine – Columbia, MO
WiningerDr. Fred Wininger is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology), and the neurology/neurosurgical section chief at Veterinary Specialty Services, the largest referral center in the St. Louis area.

Dr. Wininger graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005.  After concluding a rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at the University of Georgia, he completed his neurology/neurosurgery residency at Washington State University, concurrently earning a Master of Science in Neuroscience in 2009. 

Following residency, Dr. Wininger joined the faculty at the University of Missouri as an assistant professor of neurology/neurosurgery and a member of the Comparative Neurology Program.  In addition to serving as the attending neurosurgical clinician at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, he was an active researcher for the development of treatments of neurodegenerative disease that affect both young dogs and children.  He received international awards for his efforts that contributed to therapies now utilized in both animals and humans.    He maintains an adjunct professor role at the MU and remains an active member of the research and teaching program there.

The training of future veterinarians remains one of his top priorities.  His special interests include advanced MRI neuroimaging techniques and minimally invasive neurosurgical procedures.  He is the founding and current treasurer of Veterinary Neurosurgical Society, an organization committed to uniting veterinary surgeons and neurosurgeons in discovering the best therapy for pets. 

K-State Alumni Guest Speakers

Gene Boomer, DVM
KSU DVM – 1969

Manager/Field Technical Services, Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition – Heath, TX










Jose Bras, DVM, MS, DACVS
KSU CVM Residency – 2010

Associate Veterinarian, Park Equine Hospital – Lexington, KY

Jane Brunt, DVM
KSU DVM – 1980
Veterinarian/Owner, Cat Hospital at Townson – Baltimore, MD










Mike LaRosh, DVM
KSU DVM – 1983

Senior Technical Services  Veterinarian, Bayer Animal Health – Kansas City, KS

Sara Mark, DVM
KSU DVM – 1983

Veterinarian/Owner, Southwest Veterinary Hospital – Littleton, CO









Bob Smith, DVM
KSU DVM - 1976

SmithDr. Smith was raised on a small livestock farm in SE Kansas. He received his BS degree in animal science at Kansas State University, and was commissioned as an Army Air Defense Artillery officer through the K-State ROTC program. He served two years on active duty, then 23 years as an active Army Reservist, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. Following graduation from veterinary school, he completed a large animal medicine and surgery internship at Oklahoma State University, and later worked as a Field Services Clinician for 15 years at Oklahoma State.

He then worked as a feedlot veterinarian for nearly two years for Palo Duro Veterinary Services in Canyon, Texas, then returned to Oklahoma State for 10 years as the McCasland Chair in Beef Health and Production, with duties in BRD research, extension, teaching and industry service.

He currently owns CattleTec Veterinary Services, PLLC, and also has worked with Veterinary Research and Consulting Services for 13 years, with primary practice emphasis on feedlot and stocker medicine and management. His clients have a one-time capacity ranging from 3,000 to 70,000 head.

Dr. Smith has served as the President of the AABP, the AVC, and the Western Veterinary Conference, and has chaired the NCBA Cattle Health and Well-being Committee, and has been a member of the NCBA BQA Advisory Council for over 20 years. He currently serves as the editor of the Bovine Practitioner and the AABP Conference Proceedings, and is the consulting editor for the Veterinary Clinics of North America Food Animal Practice. He has co-edited a major textbook and has numerous publications, and has been a speaker across North America and Europe.

He co-owns a stocker cattle operation, and enjoys flying his plane on business and tinkering with his two classic cars. He and his wife, Gerri, have four children and 12 grandchildren. 


KSU Speakers

David Amrine, DVM
Graduate Research Assistant - Production Medicine

PhD Student
amrineGraduated from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine with DVM in 2009. Worked for the USDA-FSIS as a Veterinary Medical Officer after graduation and am currently pursuing a PhD in Epidemiology, with a focus on methods of detection and management of bovine respiratory disease.








Nathan Canada, DVM









Elizabeth Davis, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Associate Professor and Section Head - Equine Medicine and Surgery
davisDr. Davis is a 1996 graduate of the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine and a 2002 ACVIM Large Animal Diplomate. Dr. Davis earned her PhD from Kansas State University in 2004 in Equine Innate Immunity. Her clinical interests include immunologic disorders, respiratory disease, neurologic disease, and foals. Dr. Davis's research interests consist of innate immunity, determining effective vaccine and immunomodulatory strategies in horses.








April Durant, DVM, DACVS
Assistant Professor - Soft Tissue Surgery
DurantDr. April Durant graduated from Ohio State University in 2005 and completed a small animal surgery residency at the University of Tennessee in 2011.  After completing her residency, she worked at a private referral facility in Cincinnati, Ohio and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.  She joined the faculty of the Department of Clinical Sciences at Kansas State University in September of 2012 as Assistant Clinical Professor of Soft Tissue Surgery.  Her clinical interests include interventional procedures for tracheal collapse and reconstructive surgery.






Howard Erickson, DVM
Emeritus Professor

Howard H. Erickson, DVM, PhD
Emeritus Professor of Physiology and History of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Erickson earned his DVM degree from Kansas State University in 1959 and PhD degree from Iowa State University in veterinary physiology in 1966. He was engaged in private practice in Wahoo, Nebraska from 1959-60, called to active duty in the United States Air Force in 1960, serving from 1960-81, and retiring with the rank of Colonel. He joined the faculty in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University in 1981 as Professor of Physiology and retired in 2011 as Emeritus Professor of Physiology and History of Veterinary Medicine.





 Gretchen Grissett, DVM 

GrissettDr. Grissett received her DVM from Mississippi State University in 2010.  She completed a internship at Mississippi State University before she became a resident in Agricultural Practices for Large Animal Internal Medicine at Kansas State University.









Emily Klocke, DVM, DACVS
Clinical Associate Professor – Small Animal Surgery

Shelie Laflin, DVM, DABVP (Food Animal)
Associate Clinical Professor - Agricultural Practices
laflineDr. Laflin graduated from the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. After graduating, she completed an internship in Food Animal Medicine at Colorado State University. She returned to KSU in 2001 as a clinical instructor in Food Animal Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Laflin obtained her board certification through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners with a focus in Food Animal. Her primary interests are beef and small ruminant production medicine.








Bob Larson,DVM, PhD, DACT, DACVPM (Epidemiology), DACAN
Coleman Chair Food Animal Production Medicine, Executive Director, Veterinary Medical Continuing Education
larsonDr. Larson received his DVM in 1987 from K-State. After one year in mixed practice, he returned to K-State and received his PhD in 1992. He then returned to private practice for four years. In 1996, Dr. Larson joined the faculty at the University of Missouri as a veterinary beef production specialist for University Extension and Continuing Education. Dr. Larson joined the K-State faculty in the spring of 2006 as the Edgar E. and M. Elizabeth Coleman Chair in Food Animal Production Medicine.








Matt Miesner, DVM, MS, DACVIM
Clinical Assistant Professor - Agricultural Practices
MiesnerDr. Miesner received his DVM from Washington State University in 1999. He then practiced as an associate veterinarian in general private practice in Pasco, Washington before beginning a residency in Food Animal Medicine and Surgery at Ohio State University. After his residency Dr. Miesner remained at OSU as a clinical instructor and a year later was appointed as an assistant professor and also received his MS degree. Dr. Miesner joined the K-State faculty in August of 2006.








Lynda Miller, DVM
Resident – Equine Theriogenology









Lisa Pohlman, DVM, MS, ACVP Diplomate
Director, Clinical Pathology; Assistant Professor
PohlmanDr. Lisa Pohlman joined the faculty of the Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathology at Kansas State University in November of 2007 as Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology. Dr. Pohlman earned her DVM in 2001 from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. After graduation she spent 3 years in small animal practice in Ottawa, Canada. In 2004, Dr. Pohlman moved to Auburn, Alabama to pursue a residency and Master's degree in Clinical Pathology at Auburn University. In the fall of 2007 she completed her program and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. Here at K-State Dr. Pohlman is Director of the Clinical Pathology Laboratory and an active teacher in the junior and senior years of the veterinary curriculum. Her research interest is canine and feline lymphoma.






Nora Schrag, DVM
Clinical Assistant Professor – Agricultural Practices
schragDr. Schrag received her DVM from K-State in 2006.  Since graduation she practiced for one year in Paraguay, and for 5 years in a rural private practice in Fairbury Nebraska.  In 2013 she joined the faculty at Kansas State as an assistant professor for Agricultural Practices Field Service.







Elizabeth Taylor, DVM








Dan Thomson, MS, PhD, DVM
Jones Professor of Production Medicine and Epidemiology/ Professor/ Director of The Beef Cattle Institute
thomsonDr. Dan U. Thomson is a third generation bovine veterinarian and was raised in Clearfield, IA. Dr. Thomson completed a MS in Ruminant Nutrition from South Dakota State University and a PhD in Ruminant Nutrition from Texas Tech University.  Dr. Thomson received his BS in Animal Science and DVM from Iowa State University.

Dr. Thomson was an associate veterinarian with Veterinary Research and Consulting Services in Greeley, CO. He then served as the Director of Animal Health and Well-being for Cactus Feeders in Amarillo, TX. Dr. Thomson was the veterinary consultant for their 10 commercial feedlots and directed their animal health research at the Cactus research facility.  Dr. Thomson still practices feedlot medicine in Kansas, Nebraska and Texas.

Dr. Thomson is recognized internationally as a leader in animal welfare, beef cattle production and cattle health management.  Currently, he is The Jones Professor of Production Medicine and Epidemiology and Director of the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.  He serves as the Global Co-leader for McDonald’s Beef Health and Welfare Committee, Chairman of the United States ISO OIE animal welfare working group, serves on the Animal Welfare Advisory Board of the Food Marketing Institute and the Animal Handling Working Group of the Global Food Safety Initiative and is co-chairman of the North American Food Animal Welfare Commission.  Thomson is the former chair of the OIE Beef Cattle Production and Welfare committee.  Dr. Thomson has been very active working on advisory boards and committees for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, American Farm Bureau, American Association of Bovine Practitioners and the Academy of Veterinary Consultants.

Dr. Thomson teaches farm animal production medicine, welfare and nutrition was recently awarded the National Excellence in Teaching Award by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in 2012.  Dr. Thomson has published 55 peer-reviewed papers, 4 book chapters, 190 abstracts, 69 proceedings and 39 progress reports at professional meetings and delivered 487 invited talks internationally on his research and field experience on the interactions between production management, environment and nutrition on the health and well-being of beef cattle. Dr. Thomson’s research program has been granted over $33.0 million with $13.7 million of those funds coming with him as the primary investigator.  Thomson’s research and outreach has been reported in many media outlets including CBS Evening news, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and many others.  He hosts a nationally aired veterinary television show entitled “Doc Talk” that reaches over 45 million homes world-wide.

Dr. Thomson is married to his wife Cindy.  They have 4 daughters, Kelly, Katelyn, Tory and Sarah.  Dr. Thomson’s hobbies are his daughters’ activities and a little hunting or fishing in Southwest Iowa when time allows. 

Brad White, DVM, MS
Associate Professor - Production Medicine
whiteDr. White received his DVM from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his master of science from Mississippi State University. He teaches the following courses in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University: Advanced Cow-Calf Production Management (4th year), and Production Medicine (3rd year). Dr. White's research interests are beef production and management with emphasis on calf health management.