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DVM, DABVP (Feline), Bytown Cat Hospital & Merivale Cat Hospital (Canada)

Speaker received her BSc from Dalhousie University (Nova Scotia, Canada) and her DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph.

She has been in feline practice since 1990 and achieved board certification in Feline Practice in 1997. She is part owner of two feline specialty practices in Ottawa, Canada. She is a past president of the American Assoc. of Feline Practitioners and International Council for Veterinary Assessment board member. She is a peer reviewer for veterinary journals as well as the author of many journal articles. She is the recipient of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Assoc. Small Animal Practitioner Award (2010), the NAVC Small Animal Speaker of the Year Award (2013), and the International Society of Feline Medicine/Hill’s Pet Nutrition Award for outstanding contributions to feline medicine (2013). She is the editor and co-author of two textbooks: The Cat – Clinical Medicine and Management (2012) and August’s Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine, Volume 7 (2015).

Jody Lulich

DVM, PhD, DACVIM, University of Minnesota (USA)

Dr. Jody Lulich is the director of the Minnesota Urolith Center. He specializes in nephrology and urology, and has earned an international reputation as a clinical investigator and educator in this field. Among his contributions to veterinary medicine is the technique of voiding urohydropropulsion, a nonsurgical method to remove uroliths in seconds from the urinary bladder. In 2007, he was voted as Speaker of The Year at the North American Veterinary Conference held in Orlando, Florida. He was awarded the Norden-Pfizer-Zoetis Distinguished Teacher Award in 2001 & 2013.

Susan Little

DVM, DABVP (Feline), Bytown Cat Hospital & Merivale Cat Hospital (Canada)

Dr. Susan Little received her BSc from Dalhousie University (Nova Scotia, Canada) and her DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. She has been in feline practice since 1990 and achieved board certification in Feline Practice in 1997. She is part owner of two feline specialty practices in Ottawa, Canada.
She is a past president of the American Assoc. of Feline Practitioners and International Council for Veterinary Assessment board member. She is a peer reviewer for veterinary journals as well as the author of many journal articles. Dr. Little is the recipient of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Assoc. Small Animal Practitioner Award (2010), the NAVC Small Animal Speaker of the Year Award (2013), and the International Society of Feline Medicine/Hill’s Pet Nutrition Award for outstanding contributions to feline medicine (2013). She is the editor and co-author of two textbooks: The Cat – Clinical Medicine and Management (2012) and August’s Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine, Volume 7 (2015).

Patricia Verduin

MBA, PhD, Colgate-Palmolive (USA)

Patricia Verduin is Chief Technology Officer of Colgate, with global leadership for teams that develop innovative products and technologies as well as teams that ensure product quality, compliance and safety. Her teams include Global Research & Development inclusive of External Innovation, Early Research and Product Development.
She is also responsible for Product Safety, Quality, Regulatory and Product Sustainability. Pat joined Colgate in 2007 as Vice President, Global Research & Development, where she had responsibility for product development in the Oral Care, Personal Care, and Home Care categories. She assumed the Chief Technology Officer role in 2010 and was elected a corporate officer in 2011. Before joining Colgate, Pat served as Chief Scientific and Regulatory Officer for the Grocery Manufacturers Association in Washington, D.C., representing the consumer products industry to critical government stakeholders. Prior to that, she spent more than 20 years in R&D and supply chain roles at Unilever, Nabisco, and ConAgra Foods. Pat held senior leadership roles in basic research, product development, product commercialization, and supply chain. Pat holds a BS degree from the University of Delaware, an MBA in finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a PhD in food science from Rutgers University. She is a board member of the PolyOne Corporation, serves as a Trustee at the Valley Hospital in New Jersey and serves on the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research and Medicine. She was appointed to serve as a member of the National Academies of Science Committee, charged with “Effecting Change in Higher Education.” Pat has also served on the Board of Trustees for the International Life Science Institute and Board of Directors for the Consumer Specialty Products Association.

Jessica Vogelsang


Dr. Jessica Vogelsang is a veterinarian and bestselling author from San Diego, California. Her award winning website pawcurious.com is one of the first veterinary-authored sites on the internet. She frequently lectures on communication in the digital age, narrative storytelling, and personal branding.
She is a regular contributor to both industry and national publications and was a featured expert on NatGeo’s Animals Gone Wild. As founding Editorial Director, Dr. Vogelsang helped launch DrAndyRoark.com, a site with over 200,000 fans from the veterinary community. Her debut book, All Dogs Go To Kevin, was published in July 2015 to stellar reviews and is an Amazon bestseller. When she’s not sketching out her next book, Dr. Vogelsang investigates the role of communication in today’s veterinary environment, from telemedicine to crisis communications in the social media ecosphere.

Elizabeth Green

MBA, CEO/Founder Brief Media (USA)

Elizabeth Green is the CEO/Founder of Brief Media and has a passionate entrepreneurial spirit for building best-in-class products to solve real-life problems in veterinary medicine. She and her team produce Clinician’s Brief®, the most widely read journal in veterinary medicine, and Plumb’s Veterinary Drugs®, the market-leading veterinary drug reference.
With a passion to build a positive company culture, Green has established Brief Media as a recognized leader in family-friendly work places—locally, statewide, and nationally—including as a Great Place To Work®. Her commitment to improve pet health extends beyond the United States through a partnership with Mission Rabies, a not-for-profit organization, to assist in eliminating dog bite–transmitted rabies in Africa and India by 2030. Green is a graduate of Purdue University (BS, Animal Science), holds an MBA from Oklahoma City University, and actively serves on several boards in both the media and veterinary industries. Green’s influence and innovation have been recognized through multiple awards; Green has been honored by the Folio: Top Women in Media recognition for entrepreneurship, the 2019 Gertrude Crain Award in media, and the 2020 Feather in Her Hat Award in animal health. When not at work, Green enjoys biking; listening to music; playing fetch with Indy, her terrier rescue; and cheering on her children, Ryan and Erin.

Jolle Kirpensteijn

DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVS & ECVS, Chief Professional Veterinary Officer, Hill’s Pet Nutrition US

Jolle Kirpensteijn graduated from the Utrecht University Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Holland in 1988 and finished an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Georgia in the United States of America in 1989.
After his internship, he completed his residency training in small animal surgery and a Masters degree at Kansas State University, USA. The residency was followed by a fellowship in surgical oncology at the Colorado State University Comparative Oncology Unit, USA. In 1993, Jolle returned to Europe to accept a position in surgical oncology and soft tissue surgery at Utrecht University. In February of 2005, he was appointed Professor in Surgery at the University of Copenhagen and in August 2008 Professor in Soft Tissue Surgery at Utrecht University. Jolle is a Diplomate of the American and European College of Veterinary Surgeons. Jolle received the title Founding Fellow in Surgical Oncology (2012) and Minimally Invasive Surgery (Small Animal Soft Tissue) (2017) of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS). In September 2013, Jolle accepted the Chief Professional Relation Officer position at Hills Pet Nutrition in the USA. Here, he played an integral role as the interface between the company and the profession at large. In 2018, he was promoted to the Chief Professional Veterinary Officer position in the US, where he leads all professional activities in the United States. Jolle has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles, given more than 250 lectures worldwide and has received the prestigious BSAVA Simon Award in 2007, Hills Voorjaarsdagen Excellence in Healthcare Award in 2009, WSAVA President’s Award and honorary membership to the Netherlands Association of Companion Animal Medicine (NACAM) in 2017. His main clinical and research interests are professional social media and digital innovations, surgical oncology, and endoscopic & reconstructive surgery. Check out his podcast at purrpodcast.net.

Janet Donlin

Chief Executive Officer of AVMA Professional Liability Insurance Trust (USA)

Dr. Janet Donlin returned to the AVMA in 2016 as executive vice president and chief executive officer. She works closely with AVMA leadership, volunteers and staff to advocate on behalf of AVMA members and to advance the science and practice of veterinary medicine to improve animal and human health.
She most recently served as chief executive officer of the AVMA Professional Liability Insurance Trust. Dr. Donlin first joined the AVMA in 1991, where, throughout her 17-year tenure, she held a number of leadership roles. Dr. Donlin is a licensed veterinarian in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin, and is the first veterinarian to earn the Certified Association Executive credential from the American Society of Association Executives. She received her veterinary degree from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, and is a graduate of the veterinary technician program at the Medical Institute of Minnesota.

Nissrine Nakib

MD, University of Minnesota (USA)

I am the Director of Female Urology and Urodynamic at the University of Minnesota. My practice entails caring for patients with pelvic organ prolapse, incontinence, pelvic pain, recurrent urinary tract infections, as well as those with spinal cord injuries and neurogenic bladders. Additionally, I conduct research to advance the treatment of these problems.
This includes identifying urinary biomarkers that may contribute to urological disease processes, studying alternative and less invasive ways to treat vesicovaginal fistulas, and assessing anatomical factors that predispose and explain certain incontinence problems. I am the PI on a clinical trial to study a non-invasive treatment for stress incontinence. I also value education and plays an integral part in teaching residents and medical students about Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstruction through rounds, didactic sessions, and anatomical training labs. Furthermore, I strive to increase public awareness and educate my patients and the public on urological issues in women.

Jodi Westropp

DVM, PhD, DACVIM, UC, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (USA)

Dr. Westropp obtained her DVM at The Ohio State University in 1997. She then moved New York City for a one year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center and returned to Ohio State for her internal medicine residency and PhD training.
She was board certified in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2001 and completed her PhD in 2004. She is currently Professor in the department of Veterinary Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Her primary research focus is lower urinary tract disorders in dogs and cats. She is also the director of the Gerald V. Ling Urinary Stone Analysis Laboratory at UCD and the Director of The Veterinary Medical Continuing Education at UCD.

Ronald Corbee

DVM, PhD, DECVCN, Utrecht University Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (The Netherlands)

Ronald Jan Corbee received his DVM degree from Utrecht University in December 2003. After several temporal positions in first line companion animal practice he was employed by Dierenkliniek ‘t Ossehoofd in Heerhugowaard, where he worked for 2 years as a veterinarian for companion animals. In December 2006 he opened his private practice, which he sold in 2016.
He passed the board certifying exam in Veterinary Nutrition (Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition) in Zaragoza (Spain) in September 2011. He successfully defended his PhD (Nutrition and the skeletal health of dogs and cats) on the 28th of August 2014. In March 2013 he was awarded the University Teaching Qualification. At the moment he is employed as Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University.

S. Dru Forrester

DVM, MS, DACVIM, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. (USA)

Dr. S. Dru Forrester received her DVM from Auburn University and completed an internship, small animal internal medicine residency, and M.S. degree at Texas A&M University. She has been a faculty member at Texas A&M University, Virginia Tech, and Western University of Health Sciences and served in a variety of academic roles (Full Professor, Chief of Small Animal Medicine, Director of Student Affairs, and Interim Associate Dean for Clinical Programs).
She joined Hill’s Pet Nutrition in 2005 and currently serves as Director of Global Scientific Affairs. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Kansas State University. Her primary areas of interest are nephrology, urology, clinical nutrition, and teaching excellence. Dru is passionate about helping others learn and has received numerous teaching awards, including the national Norden/Pfizer Distinguished Teacher Award. Dru lives in Lawrence, Kansas with her husband (also a veterinarian and now a clinical psychologist). Her daughter is currently a first year veterinary student at Texas A&M University. Dru’s personal interests include martial arts (currently 5th degree black belt in taekwondo), tennis, photography, learning languages, and supporting University of Kansas women’s basketball.

Jane Shaw

DVM, PhD, Colorado State University (USA)

Dr. Jane Shaw is a recognized expert in veterinarian-client-patient interactions. Her dissertation was the first scientific study of veterinarian-client-patient communication and her publications focus on the analysis of videotaped conversations between veterinarians and their clients and animal patients.
Dr. Shaw received her veterinary degree from Michigan State University in 1994 and received her PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada in 2004. Dr. Shaw implements the communication curriculum at Colorado State University, focusing on clinical interviewing skills to enhance professional performance through partnership with colleagues and clients.

Shelly Tygielski

YURU™ Mindfulness + Meditation (USA)

After spending almost 20 years in Corporate America immersed in Fortune 1000 organizations, and the past decade as a high-ranking executive in public and privately-held companies, Shelly has turned to teaching “modern-life mindfulness” full-time and has become a “self-care activist” who focuses much of her time on communities that are underserved, social justice and community organizations, nonprofits and public schools.
She is known for her practical approach that makes meditation accessible to all. Shelly is a certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) instructor and an in-process Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI) certified teacher, delivering the mindfulness course founded and developed at Google. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Miami and a master’s degree from Columbia University. Deeply involved in offering trauma-informed healing practices to communities affected by gun violence and mass shootings in the US, Shelly has led retreats for survivors and victims’ families representing Parkland, Pittsburgh, Las Vegas, Aurora, Columbine and more. She was featured on the cover of Mindful Magazine® in June 2019 covering her work in this space and her Florida-based meditation community of over 15,000 practitioners. Shelly was selected by the South Florida Business Journal in 2014 as one of their “40 under 40” honorees and in 2015 as a “Most Influential Business Woman” in the region. In 2019, Mindful Magazine named Shelly as one of the “Ten Powerful Women of Mindfulness.” She has worked with organizations such Disney, CHG Healthcare and the Miami HEAT, to name a few.

J. Scott Weese


Dr. Weese is a veterinary internist and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He is a Professor at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Director of the University of Guelph Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses, and Chief of Infection Control at the Ontario Veterinary College Teaching Hospital.

Kelly Tappenden

PhD, RD, University of Illinois at Chicago (USA)

Dr. Kelly Tappenden is Professor and Head of the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Tappenden’s research program focuses on intestinal failure, mechanisms of intestinal adaptation and patient malnutrition. For these contributions, she has received multiple awards, published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and delivered over 400 invited lectures.
Dr. Tappenden served as the 33 rd President of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition in 2008-09, Chair of the Nutrition, Metabolism and Obesity section of the American Gastroenterology Association Institute from 2009-13, and represents the American Society for Nutrition on the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. Currently, she is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.

Eva Furrow

VMD, PhD, DACVIM, University of Minnesota (USA)

Dr. Eva Furrow obtained her veterinary doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. After completion of a small animal internship at the University of Pennsylvania, she moved out to the Midwest for a residency in small animal internal medicine followed by a PhD on metabolic and genetic risk factors for urinary stones in dogs, both at the University of Minnesota.
She is currently an assistant professor of small internal medicine and genetics at the University of Minnesota and is a member of the Minnesota Urolith Center. Her primary interest areas include genetic, urinary, endocrine, and metabolic disorders.

Danielle K.Lambert

Working as a practice manager at Quinebaug Valley Veterinary Hospital, Danielle became a little… obsessed with social media and online marketing. In 2013, she started SnoutSchool.com, a website dedicated to teaching veterinary businesses to be themselves and embrace social media to share their stories. Nearly 9,000 veterinary professionals have taken her online courses or read her e-book, The Ultimate Guide to Facebook for Veterinary Hospitals.
Danielle balances her time between helping women in veterinary medicine find career paths they love through her #SnoutSquad initiative and her role as VP of Business Development at WhiskerCloud.com. She is a frequent contributor to Veterinary Team Brief and DrAndyRoark.com.

Megan Brashear

CVT, VTS (ECC), Purdue University (USA)

Megan graduated in 2000 with a BS in Veterinary Technology. She has worked in Emergency/Critical Care since 2000 and earned her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Emergency/Critical Care in 2004. Megan currently works as the Small Animal Veterinary Nursing Manager at the Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in West Lafayette, Indiana where she enjoys working with the technician supervisors as well as teaching and training technicians and students on the hospital floor.
She loves the opportunity to travel and lecture sharing not only her medical and management experience, but also personal experiences and tips to overcome the stress that comes with 20 years in specialty veterinary medicine.

Jan S. Suchodolski

Associate Professor

Jan S. Suchodolski is an associate professor in small animal medicine, associate director for research, and head of microbiome sciences at the Gastrointestinal Laboratory at Texas A&M University. He received his DrVetMed from the University Vienna, Austria and his PhD in veterinary microbiology from Texas A&M University.
He is also board certified in immunology by the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists (ACVM). His research is focused on developing biomarkers for gastrointestinal disease and therapeutic approaches for the modulation of the intestinal microbiota. He has authored or co-authored more than 240 peer-reviewed articles in the area of veterinary gastroenterology and microbiome research.

Jason Coe

Associate Professor Department of Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph 50 Stone Road East, Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1G 2W1

Dr. Jason Coe is an Associate Professor at the Ontario Veterinary College. After graduating from the College in 2001, he returned from mixed-animal practice to complete a PhD in the area of veterinary communications in 2008.
In the same year, Jason joined the Ontario Veterinary College as a faculty member in the Department of Population Medicine where he has established an active research program examining human-animal relationships as well as the role of interpersonal communications on the outcomes of veterinary care. In his current role at the College, he coordinates the clinical-communication curriculum across all 4 years of the veterinary program and is involved in teaching students about the relationships that exist between people and animals. Over the past decade, Jason has established an international reputation for his leadership in veterinary communications, primary-care veterinary education and understanding the human-animal relationship. Jason has published over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles, contributed to several book chapters and is regularly invited to speak nationally and internationally at scientific and continuing-education conferences. As a result of his many achievements, Jason has been recognized by the Ontario Veterinary College Alumni Association as one of their Distinguished Young Alumnus. Outside of his professional activities, Jason relishes personal time with his wife, son and two daughters.

Jennifer Radosevich

PhD, Worldwide Director, Research Hill’s Pet Nutrition, 1035 NE 43rd St, Topeka KS 66617

In 2012 Hill’s Pet Nutrition embarked on an exciting journey to understand the gut microbiome of cats and dogs and how nutrition can shape their microbiome. It all started with our passionate, curious scientists and a vision to expand our role as a global leader in providing optimal nutrition for pets and for their microbiomes.
Our first experiments helped us understand how our foods enhanced certain genera in the microbiome such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria. Now our capabilities have grown to develop specific nutrition that positively affects fiber responsive disease and gut health. Future work will enable us to develop nutritional solutions that work through the gut microbiome to enhance much more than just gut health. It is clear that feeding both the pet and the pet’s microbiome are essential to overall health and future nutrition innovations will need to address both of these for optimal results. Dr. Jennifer Radosevich is currently the Worldwide Director of Research at Hill’s Pet Nutrition where she is responsible for leading the early research team to develop and accelerate new technologies for Hill’s products. She oversees the Nutrition Innovation, Bioinformatics and Research Laboratories teams to further research platforms including nutrigenetics,nutrigenomics, metabolomics, and microbiomics. She completed her PhD in Biochemistry / Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology at Iowa State University and has held leadership positions in associations as the former Chair of the American Feed Industry Association and Vice Chair of the Iowa Biotechnology Association. She is a current member of the BioKansas organization. She has over 20 years industry experience leveraging innovation to further business goals in the agribusiness, human and pet food markets.

Nick Cave


Nick Cave graduated from Massey University (NZ) in 1990 with a BVSc, and worked in general practice for 6 years until 1997, when he returned to Massey for a residency in small animal internal medicine, and attained membership in the Australasian College of Veterinary Scientists by examination.
He graduated with a Masters in Veterinary Science in 2000, entitled “The nutritional management of food hypersensitivity in dogs and cats: an assessment of a protein hydrolysate”. In 2004 he moved to the University of California, Davis, where he attained a PhD in nutrition and immunology, with his thesis entitled “The role of estrogen in controlling food intake, and the efficacy and immunological effects of genistein as a surrogate estrogen, in cats following gonadectomy.” At the same time, he completed a residency in small animal clinical nutrition, and became a diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Nutrition by examination in 2004. In late 2005, he returned to Massey University as senior lecturer in small animal medicine and nutrition. He has authored more than 30 peer-reviewed publications, is on the editorial board for the Veterinary Quarterly and Veterinary Education International, and has authored chapters in several international veterinary textbooks. He is a founding member of the WSAVA Nutritional Guidelines Committee.

Megan Shepherd

Dr. Megan Shepherd graduated from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006, then practiced at an equine private practice in Maryland for two years. She found a calling in nutrition and research and returned to Virginia-Maryland to complete a PhD in Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences along with a comparative nutrition residency.
Dr. Shepherd is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition and has been a faculty member as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Virginia-Maryland since 2012. As a faculty member Dr. Shepherd directs the comparative nutrition service and teaches nutrition to veterinary students. Her research interest is how to companion animal obesity management more practical to owners/caregivers.

Joseph Bartges

Dr. Joe Bartges is Professor of Medicine and Nutrition at The University of Georgia. He is a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and in the American College of Veterinary Nutrition. He is a 1983 graduate of Marshall University and received his DVM from the University of Georgia in 1987. He completed an internship and residencies in medicine and nutrition in addition to a PhD and a post-doctoral position at the University of Minnesota.
He has served on faculty at The University of Georgia, the University of Tennessee, and Cornell University and was internist at Cornell University Veterinary Specialists. His research interests include the role of nutrition in health and disease and urinary tract disorders. He has published and spoken extensively in these areas.

John K. DiBaise

MD, FACG Professor of Medicine Mayo Clinic College of Medicine Consultant, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Mayo Clinic in Arizona Scottsdale, Arizona

John K. DiBaise, MD is a Professor of Medicine and a Consultant in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. Dr. DiBaise has published over 200 original articles, reviews, chapters, books and editorials.
In addition, he is an active clinical investigator and educator focusing on gastrointestinal motility and nutrition-related disorders. He is a Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology and an active member of the American Gastroenterological Association, the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, and the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. He is currently Associate Editor of the American Journal of Gastroenterology and recently completed serving as Associate Editor of Nutrition in Clinical Practice. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. He completed his Gastroenterology and Hepatology fellowship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and his postgraduate training in Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. Dr. DiBaise received his medical degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska and his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Stanley Marks

BVSc, PhD, DACVIM (internal medicine and oncology), DACVN

Dr. Stan Marks graduated from the University of Pretoria in South Africa and completed his internship in diseases and surgery of small animals at the University of Missouri (Columbia).
He was a resident in a program of small animal internal medicine at the University of Florida and in the field of oncology at the University of California (Davis). Dr. Marks received his doctorate in nutrition at the University of California, where he is currently a professor at the Department of Medicine and Epidemiology. He is a certified member of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) in the specialties of internal medicine and oncology, as well as a certified member of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition (ACVN).He is the Director of Companion Animal Gastrointestinal Laboratory, whose research focuses on expanding knowledge of the background of bacterial diarrhea with special emphasis on infections caused by Clostridium sp. In addition, interests of Dr Marks include diagnostic and therapy with dysphagia in dogs.

Susan Wernimont


Susan Wernimont, PhD, MS, RDN is a Principal Scientist in the Global Clinical Nutrition, Claims & Clinical Studies group at Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. She holds a BS degree in Nutritional Sciences and Agricultural Biochemistry from Iowa State University, as well as an MS in Nutritional Biochemistry and a PhD in Human Nutrition, both from Cornell University.
She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and completed her dietetic internship at the Texas Medical Center in Houston. From 2010 to 2012, Dr. Wernimont held the position of Clinical Research Platform Lead and Nutritional Scientist at Pfizer Nutrition, and from 2012 to 2016, Dr. Wernimont held the position of Principal Scientist in Clinical Research at Nestle Nutrition. In both roles, she served as the lead Clinical Scientist on multiple innovation and technology platforms. She joined Hill’s Pet Nutrition in 2016. Her areas of interest include clinical research, wearable devices, nutrigenetics, and dietary influences on the microbiome.

Caitlin DeWilde

Dr. Caitlin DeWilde is a practicing veterinarian and founder of The Social DVM, a consulting firm devoted to helping veterinary professionals manage and grow their social media, online reputation and marketing strategies. She has partnered with small and large animal veterinary practices, national industry groups, non-profit organizations, and individual veterinarians to create practical yet creative strategies to succeed online and in practice.

She is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and a recipient of their Outstanding Young Alumni Award. She is also an alum of the AVMA’s Future Leaders Program. In her free time, she enjoys travel, photography, and of course, the many hilarious corgi and cat-related videos on social media.

Caroline Mansfield

Dr Caroline Mansfield graduated from Murdoch University, Perth and worked in mixed animal and small animal practice in Australia and the UK before completing a 3-year residency in small animal medicine at University College, Dublin. She developed an interest in gastroenterology during that time and has continued that clinical and research passion since her return to Australia in 2001.
From 2001 until 2010 she was employed at Murdoch University as a clinical registrar and then lecturer/senior lecturer. She moved to the University of Melbourne in late 2010 and the Head of Small Animal Medicine and is currently Professor and Director of U-Vet Hospital. Her research group is involved in clinical research projects investigation mechanisms involved in canine inflammatory bowel disease, both the endocrine and exocrine pancreas and establishing the impact the gut microbiome has on health and disease in dogs. She is board certified in internal medicine, gaining a Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2001. Caroline is Past President of the Australian an New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, a member of the Board of Examiners for the National Veterinary Examination (as part of the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council) and board member for VetCompass Australia, using big data to track breed-related health and disease.

Curtis Huttenhower

Dr. Curtis Huttenhower is a Professor in Biostatistics and Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and an Associate Member at the Broad Institute. He co-directs the Harvard Chan Center for the Microbiome in Public Health and the HSPH Microbiome Analysis Core. He participated extensively in the NIH Human Microbiome Project and co-leads the “HMP2” Center for characterizing the gut microbial ecosystem in IBD and the Human Microbiome Bioactives Resource.
His lab focuses on methods for functional analysis of microbial communities in population health. This includes systems biology reconstructions integrating metagenomic, metatranscriptomic, and other microbial community ‘omics, the human microbiome in autoimmune disease such as IBD, and its potential as a biomarker and route for therapeutic intervention.

Dana Hutchinson


Dr. Hutchinson is originally from New Hampshire and received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from North Carolina State University. After graduation, she did a one year rotating small animal internship at Tufts Veterinary and Emergency Treatment facility.
Dana continued her training at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine after choosing to focus her career on animal nutrition, completing a residency in small animal clinical nutrition under Dr. Lisa Freeman. Dana is board certified in small animal nutrition (diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition) and currently works at Hill’s Pet Nutrition in Scientific Affairs in addition to serving as the clinical nutritionist at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, MA. She has a particular interest in nutritional management for renal disease, geriatrics and the critical care patient.

Jennifer MacLeay

DVM, PhD, DACVIM, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. (USA)

Jennifer MacLeay is an Ohio State graduate who initially specialized in large animal internal medicine with a focus on nutrition, muscle and bone physiology as part of her residency and PhD at the University of Minnesota. After joining the faculty of Colorado State University her research expanded into the effect of nutrition on bone physiology using sheep as a model for human osteoporosis.
Her understanding of dietary acid base metabolism and calcium physiology eventually led her to Hill’s Pet Nutrition where she has led landmark studies involving c/d multicare for management of FIC, struvite and calcium oxalate urolithiasis, Metabolic for weight loss, Youthful Vitality for senior pets and Derm Defense for the management of environmental allergies. In her role as Medical Director within the Global Clinical Nutrition group, she is involved not only in designing and running clinical trials but in helping to bring nutrition innovation to market by working cross functionally with basic research and product development.