WVC is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Continuing Educators of the Year. Presented for the first time at the 2013 Annual Conference, the Continuing Educators of the Years is chosen from those individuals who display superior moderator skills and go above and beyond for WVC. WVC depends on these professionals to fulfill the very important role as session moderators throughout the week of conference.
Tammy Miller Michau DVM, MS, MSpVM, DACVO
Dr. Tammy Miller is on staff at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Florida. Dr. Miller Michau, a native of Pennsylvania, received her combined DVM and MS degrees from The Ohio State University in 1999. Following veterinary school, she then completed a rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at Colorado State University. Dr. Miller Michau completed her specialty training in a 3-year comparative ophthalmology residency and Master’s degree (MSpVM) program at North Carolina State University in 2003. Following the completion of her residency, she joined the faculty at NCSU as an assistant professor of ophthalmology before joining BluePearl Veterinary Partners in 2008. She was awarded the Bayer Faculty Teaching Award while at NCSU.
David G. Pugh DVM, MS, DACT, DACVN
Dr. David . G. Pugh earned both DVM and MS (Ruminant Nutrition) degrees from the University of Georgia. He received post-DVM training at Virginia Tech (Equine Nutrition) and Texas A&M University (Theriogenology). Dr. Pugh has held faculty positions at the University of Georgia (Assistant Professor) and Auburn University (Professor of Large Animal Medicine), and was the owner of a multi-Veterinarian large animal practice in the greater Atlanta, Georgia, area for 5 years. During his academic career he taught veterinary nutrition, lectured on reproductive medicine for horses and small ruminants, and was a clinician in ambulatory medicine and theriogenology. He is the author of numerous publications, 60 book chapters, and a textbook and is the recipient of 5 university and 3 national awards for teaching. Dr. Pugh is a Diplomate of both the American College of Theriogenology and the American College of Veterinary Nutrition. He has served on various committees for the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners, the Society for Theriogenology, the College of Theriogenology, and the American College of Veterinary Nutrition.
Dan Posey DVM, DABVP
Dr. Dan Posey is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at Texas A&M University. He has received multiple accolades during his career, including being named Texas Veterinary Medical Association’s 2010 Food Animal Practitioner of the Year. Prior to moving to academia, Dr. Posey practiced for over 20 years. He received his DVM degree from Texas A&M University and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Beef Cattle). His areas of interest include beef cattle production medicine, issues associated with sustainable agriculture, instruction and teaching of nontechnical competencies, and outcome assessment in teaching.
Karyn Gavzer MBA, CVPM
Ms. Gavzer is a practice management consultant specializing in marketing and training. She works with industry, associations, and veterinary practices and considers her job to be helping them go and grow with marketing, training, and ideas. Ms. Gavzer has worked in pet health-care sales and marketing for over 18 years. She is best known, however, as the former director of marketing for the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) where she created training programs to help Veterinarians and their staffs market their services more effectively. Her work there included the creation of partnerships between the AVMA and industry to mount public education programs, such as Heartworm Awareness, Healthy Heart, and the Pets Need Dental Care, Too, that encourage pet owners to take better care of their pets and to see their Veterinarians more often. She is a sought after-speaker on practice management and marketing, and she has talked on these topics at veterinary meetings around the world. Ms. Gavzer has an MBA degree and is one of less than 150 Certified Veterinary Hospital Managers (CVPM) in North America. She is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association and on the board of the Association of Veterinary Practice Management Consultants and Advisors. Above all, she is a pet owner and one of the people that walk through the door of your office every day. She makes a point of sharing that perspective in all of her consults and talks.
Gary D. Norsworthy DVM, DABVP (Feline)
Dr. Norsworthy is a 1972 graduate of Texas A&M University. He practiced for 2 years at the Cat Clinic of Seattle, Washington, then 25 years in San Antonio in a canine and feline practice. Since 2000, he has been in a feline-only practice in San Antonio. Dr. Norsworthy has lectured extensively in the United States, Australia, Brazil, and Canada on feline diseases. He is the editor and primary author of six feline textbooks, most recently the 4th edition of The Feline Patient (2010) and Nursing the Feline Patient (2012), both published by Blackwell Publishing. He is one of the veterinary editors for Cat Fancy magazine and is a charter Diplomate of the Feline Practice category of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.
Andrea Steele MSc, RVT, VTS (Emergency & Critical Care)
Andrea graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Specialized Honours Zoology from the University of Guelph, (1994). She then went on to complete the Veterinary Technician Diploma at the Ridgetown College Campus, University of Guelph (1998). Finally, Andrea received her Master’s degree in Veterinary Clinical Studies, with a focus on nosocomial infections in the ICU, in 2012. Andrea has been an ICU technician at the Ontario Veterinary College Teaching Hospital for over 15 years, and achieved Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care (VTS(ECC)) certification in 2003, becoming a member of the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians (AVECCT). In 2012 Andrea became the President of AVECCT. Andrea is an experienced lecturer, and regularly speaks at the International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Symposium. She has lectured at the British Small Animal Veterinary Association Congress (BSAVA), Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians Annual Conference, the American Animal Hospital Association’s Annual Conference, National Conference of the Veterinary Technician Specialties, and the Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia’s Annual Conference. Andrea is a member of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management, the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians, and an international member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.
Amy Mason, DVM,
Guffey Veterinary Clinic & Healing Arts Center
Amy Mason, DVM has been moderating at the Western Veterinary Conference for nearly 20 years now. Following her graduation from Colorado State University in 1992 she moved with her family to Carson City. Her friendship with WVC blossomed with her involvement as President of the Nevada Veterinary Medical Association at the encouragement of her dear friend Jack Walther. Following her move to Colorado she continues to enjoy moderating each year, as a way to support the WVC, easily gain assorted CE needed for her rural mixed practice, reacquaint with old friends and meet new ones.
Small Animal – David J. Maggs
Avian & Exotics – Douglas R. Mader
Equine – Robert M. Miller
Practice Management- Ernest Ward
Veterinary Technician – David Liss
Food Animal – David G. Pugh
Small Animal – David Biller
Avian & Exotics – Teresa Lightfoot
Equine – James Blackford
Practice Management – Karen Felsted
Veterinary Technician – Kim Spelts
Food Animal – Geoffrey Smith
Small Animal – Tony Johnson
Avian & Exotics – James Carpenter
Equine – Kevin Washburn
Practice Management – Denise Tumblin
Veterinary Technician – Brenda Feller
Food Animal – Debra Taylor
Small Animal – Debra Zoran
Avian & Exotics – Douglas Mader
Equine – William Moyer
Practice Management – Denise Tumblin
Veterinary Technician – Julie Shaw
Food Animal – W. Mark Hilton
Small Animal – Jenise Daigle
Avian & Exotics – Marla Lichtenberger
Equine – Tim Holt
Practice Management – Karyn Gavzer
Veterinary Technician – Mr. Shawn McVey
Food Animal – D. Michael Rings
Small Animal – Theresa Fossum
Avian & Exotics – Michael Jones
Equine – Dennis Brooks
Practice Management – Louise Dunn
Food Animal – Scott Haskell