Continuing Education Conference Presenters

August 16, 2019

Outstanding Alumni Speakers


Claire Simeone (DVM '11)"Zoognosis and Knowledge Transfer"

Claire Simeone is a veterinarian at The Marine Mammal Center and the hospital director for Ke Kai Ola, the center’s hospital and education center dedicated to saving endangered Hawaiian monk seals. The recipient of both the college’s and the university’s 2019 Outstanding Recent Alumni Award, she has published more than a dozen scientific articles and five book chapters on marine mammal health and medicine.

Learn more about Simeone on our Alumni Awards page.


Bill Tyrrell (DVM '92)"Practical Cardiology Update: A Case-Based Discussion on CHF and More"

Bill Tyrrell is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology), co-owner of CVCA: Cardiac Care for Pets (formerly Chesapeake Veterinary Cardiology Associates), co-founding and co-managing member of Leesburg Veterinary Specialists LLC (The Life Centre Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Care), and the 2019 recipient of VMCVM’s Lifetime Achievement Alumni Award.

Learn more about Tyrrell on our Alumni Awards page.



Anthony Blikslager (DVM ’89)“Advances in Recognition and Treatment of Pain in Equine Colic”

A professor of equine surgery and gastroenterology at North Carolina State University and a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Anthony Blikslager researches equine colic, recognition and treatment of pain, and mechanisms of intestinal repair. In addition to numerous accolades from, among others, the World Equestrian Veterinary Association, he has more than 180 peer-reviewed publications.


Martine Hartogensis (DVM ’99)“Not a Boring Regulatory Talk – A Practical Look at FDA and Clinical Practice” with Meg Oeller

Martine Hartogensis is the deputy director and Science Policy Team leader of the Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine’s Office of Surveillance and Compliance. Hartogensis previously served as CVM’s promotion and advertising liaison and was a reviewer in the Division of Surveillance. Prior to joining the FDA in 2001, Hartogensis spent several years in private clinical practice.


Jody A. Kull (DVM ’04)“Food Animal Medicine in Social Media”

The owner of Valley Mobile Veterinary Service Inc., Jody Kull serves as a solo food-animal veterinarian throughout North-central and Northeast Pennsylvania. An active member of numerous organizations, she volunteers for the local chapter of the National FFA Organization and visits schools, 4-H clubs, Scout packs, and other groups to discuss life as a food animal veterinarian.


Marti Larson (DVM, The Ohio State University ’81)“Great Cases I’ve Seen in the 200 Years That I’ve Been Here!”

Martha M. Larson is a professor of radiology in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences. Board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Radiology, she joined VMCVM in 1986, after completing internships in small-animal medicine at the Animal Medical Center in New York City and a residency in radiology at Ohio State University.


Tanya LeRoith (DVM ’99)“Advances in Veterinary Laboratory Diagnostics”

A veterinary pathologist, Tanya LeRoith is director of Virginia Tech Animal Laboratory Services at VMCVM. Board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, she earned a Ph.D. in veterinary science from Washington State University. Her research interests include viral immunology and immunopathology.


Jeffrey Musser (DVM ’89)“Brucellosis: An International, National, and Texas Perspective”

Jeffrey Musser is a clinical professor in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology at Texas A&M, serving as the program’s coordinator of microbiology and infectious diseases. Engaged in applied research, Musser has worked to develop vaccines, therapies, and prevention of diseases that threaten livestock and public health.


Meg Oeller (DVM ’89)“Brucellosis: An International, National, and Texas Perspective” with Martine Hartogensis

Meg Oeller is the director of the Office of Minor Use and Minor Species Animal Drug Development at the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine. Since the passage of the Minor Use and Minor Species Animal Health Act of 2004, she has been instrumental in the drafting of new regulations and the development of new programs and policies for minor uses and minor species.


Marsha Reich (DVM ’89)“Why Dogs Bite: Understanding Fear and Treating Fear Aggression to People”

Marsha Reich is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, a behavioral consultant for the Veterinary Information Network and local animal-rescue groups, and the owner of a house-call behavior practice. Co-author of a chapter in the book “Decoding Your Dog,” she has lectured nationally and internationally and has contributed to several textbooks on pet behavior.


Tracy Sands (DVM ’04)“Appreciation: The Four Languages That Improve Patient Care by Increasing Staff Motivation and Retention”

After working as both a mixed-animal and small-animal vet, Tracy Sands opened a mobile practice and transformed it into an all-inclusive vet clinic and pet resort, Healing Paws Veterinary Care & Pet Resort. Co-host of a veterinary podcast, she has written for the Dr. Andy Roark website and spoken at the Uncharted Veterinary Conference.


Megan Shepherd (DVM ’06, PhD ’12)“Incorporating Nutrition in the Exam Room: Are We Doing It Right?”

Megan Shepherd is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition and a clinical assistant professor at VMCVM, where she directs the nutrition service and teaches nutrition. Her research explores how to make companion-animal obesity management more practical to owners, caregivers, and pet parents.


Phillip Sponenberg (DVM, Texas A&M University ’76; PhD, Cornell University ’79)“Breed Conservation Over the Years and the Globe"

A VMCVM faculty member since 1981, Phil Sponenberg is a professor of pathology and genetics in the Department of Pathobiology. His work includes single-gene diseases and color in domesticated animals, while his active research includes the conservation and history of domesticated-animal genetic resources.


Lauren Trager (DVM ’14)“Focus on Diagnostic and Therapeutic Options for Equine Back Pain”

After completing an equine sports medicine internship at Virginia Equine Imaging, Lauren Trager returned to VMCVM for her residency through the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Her research has focused on axial-skeleton pathology and pain management, and hoof-wall-fracture repair. Her clinical interests include diagnosis and management of axial-skeleton pain, podiatry, ultrasonography, and advanced diagnostic imaging.