DR. JAN BELLOWS, DVM
Dr. Jan Bellows received his undergraduate training at the University of Florida and DVM from Auburn University in 1975. After completing a small animal internship at The Animal Medical Center in New York City, he returned to south Florida where he still practices companion animal medicine, surgery and dentistry at ALL PETS DENTAL, in Weston Florida. He is certified by the Board of Veterinary Practitioners (canine and feline) since 1986 and the College of Veterinary Dentistry since 1990. He was president of the American Veterinary Dental College from 2013-14 and currently president of the Veterinary Dental Forum. Dr. Bellows’ veterinary dentistry accomplishments include authoring three dental texts- The Practice of Veterinary Dentistry …. A team effort (1999), Small Animal Dental Equipment, Materials, and Techniques (2005) and Feline Dentistry (2010). He is a frequent contributor to DVM Newsmagazine and a charter consultant of Veterinary Information Network’s (VIN) dental board since 1993. He was also chosen as one of the dental experts to formulate AAHA’s Small Animal Dental Guidelines published in 2005 and updated in 2013. Dr. Bellows practices at All Pets Dental, 17100 Royal Palm Blvd, Weston, Florida 954-349-5800.
DR. SHARON DIAL, DVM, PHD, DACVP
Dr. Sharon Dial received her bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from Montana State University after which she attended Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Following a year in a private rural practice, she returned to CSU for residency training in clinical pathology. In addition, she completed a doctorate and post-doctoral training in pathology at CSU. After a clinical instructorship at the University of Wisconsin and four years as an assistant professor at Louisiana State University, Dr. Dial returned full time to her primary interest, diagnostic pathology and has been an active diagnostic pathologist for the last 21 years. She is a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Pathology with dual board certification in clinical and anatomic pathology. Dr. Dial is currently a Research Scientist at the Arizona Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, University of Arizona in Tucson.
THOMAS J. DIVERS, DVM, DIPLOMATE ACVIM, DIPLOMATE ACVECC, STEFFEN PROFESSOR OF VETERINARY MEDICINE AT CORNELL UNIVERSITY
Dr. Thomas J. Divers earned his DVM from the University of Georgia and completed an internship in large animal medicine at the University of California at Davis. Dr. Divers returned to the University of Georgia for a residency in large animal internal medicine and ambulatory practice and later worked for 2 years as an assistant professor in the large animal medicine and ambulatory practice at the College. Dr. Divers then moved to the University of Pennsylvania for 10 years where he was an associate professor of large animal medicine and served as chief of the section of medicine at the New Bolton Center of the University of Pennsylvania. Currently Dr. Divers is Professor of Medicine and co-Chief of the Section of Large Animal Medicine at Cornell University. He has been the recipient of teaching awards at three universities, has received the Educator of the Year Award from both the AAEP and ACVECC and recently received the Cornell University Hospital for Animals Distinguished Service Award for service to referring veterinarians. He is a diplomate of both the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. He is co-author of three textbooks, has authored numerous book chapters and has more than 190 peer-reviewed scientific publications. Dr. Divers is currently consulting editor of Veterinary Clinics of North America- Equine Practice. Dr. Divers’ current research focuses on newly - discovered hepatitis viruses in horses. Other research activities have included bacterial and toxic causes of liver failure in horses, equine neurological diseases including equine motor neuron disease and equine protozoal myelitis, equine lyme disease, equine leptospirosis, diseases of the urinary system and advances in internal medicine and critical care for horses, foals and dairy cattle.
DEBRA HORWITZ DVM, DACVB
Dr. Debra Horwitz received her DVM from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine and is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. In behavior referral practice since 1982 her practice is presently located in St. Louis, Missouri. She is a frequent lecturer in both North America and abroad on behavioral topics to veterinarians and pet owners and often featured on both television and radio and is a behavioral consultant for the VIN. She has authored and edited several books and book chapters including Blackwell's Five-Minute Veterinary Consult Clinical Companion: Canine and Feline Behavior co-authored with Jacqui Neilson, BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Behavioral Medicine 1st and 2nd editions, behavior section editor The 5-Minute Veterinary Consult: Canine and Feline, third, fourth and fifth editions, and co-author of the Lifelearn Behavior Client Handouts. Her most recent project was as lead editor of a book for pet owners authored by diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists Decoding your Dog published in January 2014. She was president of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists 2006-2008. In 2012 she received the Veterinarian of the Year from Ceva Animal Health at the Annual Show Dogs of the Year® Awards and was voted NAVC 2012 and NAVC 2014 Small Animal Speaker of the Year.
STEVEN A. LEVY, VMD
Dr. Steve Levy is a 1977 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. He owned the Durham Veterinary Hospital in Durham, CT for 29 years. Dr. Levy is a nationally recognized authority on ticks and tick-borne diseases. Dr. Levy diagnosed the first case of canine Lyme carditis in 1986. He has published original clinical research papers in peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Veterinary Therapeutics, Vaccine and Clinical Immunology, and the International Journal of Applied Research in Veterinary Medicine. He has presented throughout the United States and Internationally. Dr. Levy is known for his research on Lyme disease and as an educator in small animal ectoparasite biology, ectoparasite control and vector-borne diseases. He received the AAHA Region I Outstanding Practitioner Award and the AVMA Practitioner Research Award. He is Past-President of the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association and was the Connecticut State Police Canine Unit Veterinarian. Dr. Levy practiced humane society community based veterinary practice for 5 years and in August 2013 was appointed Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Veterinary Technology at Middlesex Community College in Middletown, CT where he is was a fulltime faculty member prior to achieving AVMA CVTEA accreditation for the Program and retiring in June 2015.
THOMAS LEWIS II DVM
Thomas Lewis II was born and raised in Arizona. One only has to look to his 2nd grade school reports to trace his desire to be a veterinarian. After graduation from Arizona State University and marrying his high school sweetheart, Dr. Lewis attended Colorado State University where he obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1986. He then worked at Mesa Veterinary Hospital for two years before starting his residency in dermatology. In 1991 he finished his residency and achieved Diplomate certification by the American College of Veterinary Dermatology. Dr. Lewis founded the Dermatology Clinic for Animals (later Dermatology for Animals) in 1991 with offices in Mesa, and Tucson, Arizona as well as in Albuquerque New Mexico. Within three years clinics were added in Salt Lake City, Utah, El Paso, Texas and Omaha, Nebraska. By bringing a clinic to these cities, it meant that, for the first time, residents of the state had a board- certified veterinary dermatologist to treat the severely afflicted dermatology patient. Dr. Lewis has a passion for the veterinary profession and the specialty of dermatology. His principle interest includes investigating the role of allergies and the effect they have on the skin. Improving the quality of life for a severely allergic patient is a challenge Dr. Lewis loves to accept and fulfill. Dr. Lewis has written journal articles and supported research on a number of projects during his career. He is frequently invited to lecture at veterinary continuing education meetings around the country, and is always eager to share with his colleagues some of the insights he has gained regarding dermatology disorders in animals.
VICTORIA M. LUKASIK, DVM, DACVAA
Dr. Victoria Lukasik received her undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Washington State University where she was awarded the Outstanding Senior Student in Medicine and Surgery (across all disciplines) and the Dorothy Eggerman Memorial Scholarship Award. Dr. Lukasik completed her residency in anesthesiology at Cornell University and received her Diplomate status from the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (DACVAA) in anesthesia in 1997. She has received awards from the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists, American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), research awards from the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Lukasik is actively involved in research at the Arizona Health Sciences Center at the University of Arizona and has published numerous professional articles and contributed to textbooks on the field of anesthesia. She is a nationally and internationally recognized speaker and has been presented with several professional awards, including one for compassion.
DR. GARY D. NORSWORTHY
Dr. Gary D. Norsworthy has been in private practice for over 40 years, 25 in small animal practice and 17 in feline practice. He is the owner of Alamo Feline Health Center in San Antonio, Texas. In addition to practice, he lectures frequently on feline diseases and is the editor and major author of six feline textbooks, the most recent being The Feline Patient, 4th Edition and Nursing the Feline Patient, the first American feline textbook for technicians. His practice hosts externs from veterinary schools across North America and from other countries. He is a charter Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in the Feline Practice Category and an Adjunct Professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University and the Western University of Health Sciences. He was chosen for the 2009 Practitioner of the Year Award in the Medical Specialist category by the Texas VMA and has received Speaker of the Year at several conferences. He is the only person to be Speaker of the Year at the North American Veterinary Conference and the Western Veterinary Conference.
KAREN ROSENTHAL, DVM
Karen Rosenthal received a Master’s degree from Duke University in 1982 and her DVM degree in 1988 from North Carolina State University. After veterinary school, she did a companion animal internship at The Animal Medical Center and then a residency in avian and exotic animal medicine and surgery also at The Animal Medical Center in New York City. She stayed on as a staff member of the avian and exotic animal service for 5 years. After leaving The Animal Medical Center, she became the national director of avian and exotic animal services for Antech Diagnostics. During that time, Dr. Rosenthal was also the staff veterinarian for the Long Island Reptile Museum. In 1999, she accepted the appointment as the Director of Special Species Medicine at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. From 2007 to 2009, she was the Medical Director of the veterinary hospital at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Currently, she is a Professor of Exotic Animal Medicine and Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine at St. Matthew’s University on Grand Cayman. Dr. Rosenthal has a broad range of interests and speaks and writes on topics concerning small mammals, birds, and reptiles. Her special interests include endocrine diseases, clinical pathology, and imaging techniques in special species. In 2010, she was named Exotic DVM of the Year by Exotic DVM Veterinary Magazine. And in 2012, she was named Oxbow Exotic Animal Practitioner of the Year.
MARY ANN THRALL, DVM ACVP
Dr. Thrall’s BA degree is from the University of Evansville (1966), her DVM degree is from Purdue University (1970), and her MS degree is from Colorado State University (1977). Dr. Thrall was a small animal practitioner from 1970 to 1974. Prior to joining the faculty at Ross University, she was a faculty member at Colorado State University for 32 years. Her research interests over the last 30 years have been in the areas of bone marrow transplantation as therapy for feline models of lysosomal storage disorders, characterization of feline models of lysosomal storage diseases, including the mucopolysaccharidoses and Niemann Pick C1 disease, and treatment of ethylene glycol toxicosis in dogs and cats. Dr. Thrall is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP), and a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology (ASVCP). She has served as the president of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (2006-2007) and The American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology (1984-1985). She served as Head of the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM), Basseterre, St. Kitts, West Indies, from February 2012 to February 2015. She is currently a Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at RUSVM, where she teaches veterinary clinical pathology to more than 400 veterinary students per year.
HEIDI WARD, DVM, DACVIM
Dr. Ward earned her DVM Degree from The Ohio State University in 1989. She performed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Veterinary Specialists of Connecticut in 1989-1990, a residency in Small Animal Medicine at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990-1992 and completed a second residency in Medical Oncology at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. She was a clinical assistant professor in the small animal internal medicine service at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine for three years and worked within the internal medicine department of Med Vet in Columbus, Ohio for 1 year prior to moving to Florida in 1998. She currently works at Gulfcoast Veterinary Oncology and Internal Medicine in Sarasota, Florida.