Speakers

Keynote
Grandin
Understanding Animal Behavior Reducing Stress

TEMPLE GRANDIN, Ph.D. is a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University.  She is a designer of livestock handling and lairage facilities for meat plants.  Her research interests are animal welfare, stunning methods, livestock behavior, transport and the effects of handling practices on meat quality.  One of her major projects was writing the original Recommended Animal Handling Guidelines and Audit Guide for the North American Meat Institute.  These guidelines use animal based outcome measures for assessing animal welfare in beef, pork, and lamb abattoirs.  She has also served as an animal welfare auditor instructor for PAACO and is on the welfare committees of many major corporations.  Academic books she has edited include The Slaughter of Farmed Animals: Practical Ways of Enhancing Animal Welfare and Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals.  Her awards include the OIE World Organization for Animal Health Meritorious Award, North American Meat Institute Educators Award and American Meat Science Association, International Lectureship Award.  An HBO movie titled Temple Grandin has been made about her life.  She has also been inducted into the Woman’s Hall of Fame.

Rush
Bonnie Rush DVM, MS, DACVIM, Dean, KSU CVM

Dr. BONNIE RUSH became a faculty member at K-State in 1993 as has served as a hospital clinician, classroom educator, researcher, clinical sciences department head, director of the teaching hospital, executive associate dean, interim dean and now serves dean of the college. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Large Animal Internal Medicine, and has authored over 110 journal articles, 30 book chapters and one textbook. She has developed national standards in veterinary education and initiated a student wellness program that has been adopted at most North American colleges of veterinary medicine. In 2015, Dr. Rush developed a service-learning shelter medicine program which serves 18 regional humane organizations that do not have veterinary support. Senior veterinary students have performed approximately 25,000 spay/neuter procedures for regional shelters. She has been awarded the 1996 and 2003 Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teacher Award, the 2002 Pfizer Award for Research Excellence, and the 2004 Outstanding Woman Veterinarian of the Year

Opening Ceremony
Emerging Infectious Disease and Hollywood: The Ebola Outbreaks and Beyond

JERRY JAAX is the former Associate Vice President for Research Compliance and University Veterinarian at K-State.  In this role he was responsible for University-wide compliance with applicable regulatory laws and guidelines for animal care and use programs, research involving human subjects, and recombinant DNA activities and biosafety.   He graduated from the K-State CVM in 1972 and embarked on a distinguished 26 year Army Veterinary Corps military career.  Military highlights include Director of the Veterinary Medicine Divisions at the U.S. Army Institute of Chemical Defense (USAMRICD) and the Army’s Institute for Infectious Disease (USAMRIID) and the Biological Arms Control Treaty Office (BACTO) in Frederick Maryland.  

NANCY K. JAAX received her DVM from Kansas State University, in 1973 and joined the Army Veterinary Corps.  Assigned to USAMRIID, she attained board certification in the specialty of Veterinary Pathology in 1983,and focused her research efforts on the elucidation of the pathogenesis of chemical and biological warfare agents, with special emphasis on the pathogenesis of high hazard viruses Ebola and Marburg. 

Both served as Consultants to the Surgeon General of the Army; are members of the Army’s prestigious Order of Military Medical Merit; are K-State Alumni Fellows, and are recipients of numerous other military and civilian awards and recognitions.  

As Army veterinarians assigned to USAMRIID at Ft Detrick, they were a key participant in the 1990 Reston Ebola virus outbreak, in Reston VA – described in the #1 NY Times bestseller, “The Hot Zone” by Richard Preston, and inspiring the movie “Outbreak.”  They have published and lectured internationally on bioterrorism, agroterrorism, emerging infectious disease, emergency response, and biomedical research compliance.    They were heavily involved in the effort to build the Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI) at K-State, and to bring the National Bio and Agrodefense Facility (NBAF) to Manhattan KS.  

Drs. Ben and Erin Schroeder

Watch the trailer to their show HERE.

Diversity Lunch – Monday
From Personal to Practical – Building on Experiences to Understand the Importance of Proactive Personal Pronouns

Dr. DANE WHITAKER has been practicing veterinary medicine in the San Francisco area for over 25 years. He completed his Masters in Preventive Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis in 2017, and is currently providing veterinary relief services for the marine Mammal Center in Sausalito CA. Although a Bay Area native, he grew up in Florida and graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. After graduation, he completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at the Santa Cruz Veterinary Hospital. His veterinary interests include small animal medicine, clinical pathology, marine mammal medicine and One Health. Dr. Whitaker is the president of the Pride Veterinary Medical Community and takes an active role in promoting the ideas of inclusion and acceptance for all members of the community in the veterinary profession.

Closing Ceremony
Marcovici
Branding Yourself for Future Success

Dr. ODIE MARCOVICI has over 25 years experience in almost every conceivable type of small-animal practice. He helped develop the Recruiting & Professional Relations Director role for VCA and in the ensuing 13 years has recruited every type of veterinary professional. Having interviewed thousands of candidates at schools and at hospitals, he has tried to effect positive change in the profession one hire at a time. He is passionate about finding new grads their ideal first job, finding candidates their “forever practice” and most importantly, “putting good people in good hospitals.”  He often presents about the nature of veterinary recruiting, both retrospectively and prospectively, as well as conducting resume and interview workshops at schools and events across the globe.