Our People

We don’t just like animals, we love them. We believe animals make the world a better place. Animals are our family members, our companions and our inspiration. Whether we work on staff, serve as board members or volunteer as scientific advisers, each of us strives every day to make the world a brighter place for animals — and those who love them.

Meet Our Leadership and Operations Team

Senior Scientific Programs Team

Kelly Diehl
DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM
Senior Director of Science and Communications
Liz Nahon
DVM
Senior Director of Scientific Grants Program
Rod Page
DVM, MS
Principle Investigator, Golden Retriever Lifetime Study

Our Dedicated Board of Trustees

Officers

Amy Eagle Thompson
Chair of Board
Bill Sutherland
Vice Chair
Deborah Davenport
DVM, MS, DACVIM
Secretary
Colin Giles
BVetMed, PhD, MRCVS
Treasurer
David R. Morris
JD, MBA
Robert C. Gain Jr.
Walter George

Members

Amy Hunkeler
DVM, DAVCO, MBA
John Kuenzi
Jay Mesinger
Ann B. Moore
Bette Morris
PhD
Cynthia Morris
Vern Norviel
Kyle Offermann
CFP
David Petrie
Chuck Stephens
Stanley Teeter
DVM

Presidents Emeriti

Betty White Ludden
Tom Sullivan
Cheryl Wagner

Trustees Emeriti

Arlene Klein
Alan Kalter
Richard Gebhardt
Lester Fisher, DVM
Sue Ane Langdon Emrek
Jim Dickie
Robert Detterman
Mrs. Robert V. Clark Jr.
R. Anthony Chamblin
Cheryl Wagner
Mark Carter, PhD
Mary Silkworth
Roger Bohart
Ken Rosenthal
Lewis Berman, DVM
Peter Rhulen
Erik Bergishagen
Dennis Murphy
G. Marvin Beeman, DVM
Dayle Marsh
Eve Anderson
Daniel Marsh Jr.

Elite Scientists Serve on our Advisory Boards

Wildlife Scientific Advisory Board
Chair: Valerie McKenzie
PhD
University of Colorado, Boulder
Expertise:
Microbiology and Microbiome
Raina K. Plowright
BVSc(Hons), PhD
Montana State University
Expertise:
Infectious Disease and Epidemiology
Bridgett M. vonHoldt
PhD
Princeton University
Expertise:
Genomics and Genetics
Sathya K. Chinnadurai
DVM, MS, DACZM, DACVAA, DACAW
Saint Louis Zoo
Expertise:
Zoological Medicine, Anesthesia
Dirk Werling
DVM, DrMedVet, PhD, FVH, CI, FHEA, MRCVS
The Royal Veterinary College University of London
Expertise:
Immunology and Vaccinology
Denise McAloose
VMD, DACVP
Wildlife Conservation Society
Expertise:
Pathology
Robert Fitak
PhD
University of Central Florida
Expertise:
Genomics and Infectious Disease
Small Animal Scientific Advisory Board
Chair: Jody Gookin
DVM, MS, DACVIM (SAIM)
North Carolina State University
Expertise:
Gastroenterology and Infectious Disease
Joshua Stern
DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Cardiology)
University of California/Davis
Expertise:
Cardiology, Genetics
Linda Kidd
DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
Western University of Health Sciences
Expertise:
Vector-borne and Immune-mediated Diseases
Ned Patterson
DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
University of Minnesota
Expertise:
Endocrinology, Medical Neurology and Genetics
Carlos Souza
DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology), DACVS
University of Florida
Expertise:
Surgical Oncology
Jan Suchodolski
MedVet, DrVetMed, PhD, AGAF, DACVM
Texas A&M University
Expertise:
Gastroenterology, Microbiome
Lauren Trepanier
DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVCP
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Expertise:
Pharmacogenetics and Clinical Pharmacology
Joshua Daniels
DVM, PhD, DACVM (Bacteriology/Mycology)
Colorado State University
Expertise:
Diagnostic Microbiology
Amy Durham
BA, MS, VMD
University of Pennsylvania
Expertise:
Pathology
Jessica Quimby
DVM, PhD, DACVIM
The Ohio State University
Expertise:
Nephrourology and Feline Medicine
Annette Litster
BVSc, PhD, FANZCVS (Feline Medicine), MMed Sci (Clinical Epidemiology)
Zoetis
Expertise:
Clinical Epidemiology and Infectious Disease
Large Animal Scientific Advisory Board
Chair: Annette McCoy
DVM, MS, PhD, DACVS
University of Illinois
Expertise:
Genetics, Surgery and Musculoskeletal
Frank M. Andrews
DVM, MS, DACVIM (LAIM)
Louisiana State University
Expertise:
Gastric Ulcer Disease, Endocrine, Neurologic Diseases, Laminitis
Ramiro E. Toribio
DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM
The Ohio State University
Expertise:
Endocrinology and Internal Medicine
Kara Lascola
DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM-LA, CVA
Auburn University
Expertise:
Respiratory, Pharmacology
Marcio Costa
DVM, PhD
University of Montreal
Expertise:
Microbiome
Gabriele Landolt
DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM
Colorado State University
Expertise:
Virology, Infectious Disease, Molecular Biology, Immunology
Brandy A. Burgess
DVM, MSc, PhD, DACVIM (LAIM), DACVPM
The University of Georgia
Expertise:
Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Infection Control and Biosecurity, Diagnostics
Fairfield T. Bain
DVM, MBA Diplomate, ACVIM, ACVP, ACVECC
Merck
Expertise:
Internal Medicine, Neonatology, Pathology, Ultrasound
Animal Welfare Advisory Board
Chair: Kelly A. Metcalf Pate
DVM, PhD, DACLAM
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Expertise:
Animal Welfare and Laboratory Animal Medicine
Joanne Paul-Murphy
DVM, DACZM, DACAW
University of California, Davis
Expertise:
Zoo Animal Medicine and Welfare
Randall Lockwood
PhD
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
Expertise:
Behavior and Welfare
Candace Croney
PhD
Purdue University
Expertise:
Animal Welfare Science, Behavior, and Well-Being
Lydia Hopper
PhD
Lincoln Park Zoo
Expertise:
Wildlife and Zoo Animal Medicine and Welfare
Courtney Hunter
DVM, PhD
University of Michigan
Expertise:
Large Animal Medicine and Welfare
Oliver Knesl
BSc, BSc(Hons), MSc, BVSc, MRCVS
Zoetis Inc.
Expertise:
Companion Animal and Wildlife Medicine
Jennifer LS Lofgren
MS, DVM, DACLAM
Novartis Institutes of Biomedical Research (NIBR)
Expertise:
Laboratory Animal Medicine
Victoria K. Baxter
DVM, PhD, DACLAM
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Expertise:
Canine, Laboratory, and Exotic Animal Medicine
Mark S. Flint
BVSc, BSc(Hons), MApplSc, MPhil, PhD
The Ohio State University
Expertise:
Companion Animal, Zoo, Marine, and Wildlife Medicine
Lynn Miller
CWR, PhD
New Zealand Bird Rescue
Expertise:
Avian and Wildlife Medicine
Senior Scientific Advisory Board
Ellen N. Behrend
VMD, PhD
Auburn University
Expertise:
Canine and Feline Endocrinology, Specifically- Canine Adrenal Function and Cushing's Disease
Gary Magdesian
DVM, DACVIM, DACVECC, DACVCP, CVA
University of California/Davis
Expertise:
Internal Medicine, Emergency and Critical Care, Pharmacology, Acupuncture
Kurt Zimmerman
DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVP, (Clinical & Anatomic), CFII
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Expertise:
Diagnostic Pathology
Margaret L. Casal
DVM, MS, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
Expertise:
Genetics, Reproduction, Pediatrics
Nicola Mason
PhD, BVetMed
University of Pennsylvania
Expertise:
Immunology, Immunotherapeutics, Cancer Immunotherpaies, Cancer Biology, Auto Immunology
Noah D. Cohen
VMD, MPH, PhD, DACVIM
Texas A&M University
Expertise:
Equine Infectious Diseases, Equine Genetic Epidemiology, Equine Neonatal Immunology
Molly McCue
DVM, PhD, DACVIM
University of Minnesota
Expertise:
Molecular Genetics and Genomics, Genetic Diseases, Equine Metabolic Syndrome, Recurrent Exertional Rhabdomyolysis
Michael D. Court
BVSc, PhD
Washington State University
Expertise:
Pharmacogenomic, Genetics
Katrina Mealey
DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Washington State University
Expertise:
Pharmacogenetics
Beth Davis
DVM, PhD
Kansas State University
Expertise:
Immunology, Clinical Pharmacology
Kate Meurs
DVM, PhD
North Carolina State University
Expertise:
Genetics of Cardiovascular Disease
Sylvain De Guise
DVM, MSc, PhD
University of Connecticut
Expertise:
Immunology, Immunotoxicology, Pathology of Aquatic Animals
Dorcas O’Rourke
DVM, MS, DACLAM
East Carolina State University
Expertise:
Zoology, Neuroanatomy, Animal Welfare
Gregg A. Dean
DVM, PhD, DACVP
Colorado State University
Expertise:
Clinical Pathology, Immunology, Virology
Budhan S. Pukazhenthi
BVs, MS, PhD
Smithsonian Institution
Expertise:
Wildlife Conservation, Reproductive Biology and Technology
Susan C. Eades
DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Texas A&M University
Expertise:
Equine Internal Medicine
Carlos Rodriguez, Jr.
DVM, PhD, DACVIM
University of California/Davis
Expertise:
Oncology
David E. Freeman
MVB, PhD, Dipl. ACVS
University of Florida
Expertise:
Pathophysiology and Treatment of Diseases that cause Colic, Specifically- Ischemic Diseases of the Small and Large Intestines
Judy St. Leger
DVM, Dr. Sc., Dipl ACVP
Cornell University
Expertise:
Marine Mammal Pathology, Avian Pathology, Disease Investigation
Tracey Goldstein
PhD
University of California/Davis
Expertise:
Pathology, Immunology, Microbiology
Timothy J. Stein
DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Oncology)
Austin Veterinary Emergency & Specialty
Expertise:
Oncology
Wanda Gordon-Evans
DVM
University of Minnesota
Expertise:
Small Animal Surgery, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, Veterinary Clinical Trials
Jane Sykes
BVs, PhD, DACVIM
University of California/Davis
Expertise:
Small Animal Internal Medicine
Steven Hansen
DVM, MBA, DACAW, DABT, DABVT
Arizona Humane Society
Expertise:
Animal Health and Welfare
Marcela M. Uhart
DVM
University of California/Davis
Expertise:
Diseases in Wildlife, Emerging Infectious Diseases
George Amato
PhD
American Museum of Natural History
Expertise:
Genetics, Molecular Ecology
Diana Hassel
DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVECC
Colorado State University
Expertise:
Equine Emergency Surgery and Critical Care, Colic
Sue VandeWoude
DVM
Colorado State University
Expertise:
Pathogenesis, Ecology of Infectious Diseases, Laboratory Animal Medicine/ Husbandry
Michael Antolin
BA, MsC, PhD
Colorado State University
Expertise:
Genetics
Damien Joly
PhD
British Columbia Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy; Manager of the BC Conservation Data Centre
Expertise:
Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Zoonotic Diseases, Disease Management
Heather Wilson- Robles
DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Texas A&M University
Expertise:
Oncology, Osteosarcoma, Clinical Trials
Ernie Bailey
PhD
Gluck Equine Research Center- University of Kentucky
Expertise:
Genetics, Immunogenetics, Genomics, Comparative Pathology
Michael J. Kinsel
DVM, Dipl. ACVP
Expertise:
Diagnostic Pathology
Thierry M. Work
DVM
U.S. Geological Survey
Expertise:
Entomology, Diseases in Wildlife
George Barrington
DVM, PhD, DACVIM-LA
Washington State University
Expertise:
Food Animal Internal Medicine, Bovine Paratuberculosis, Ruminant Immunology
B. Duncan X. Lascelles
DSc, BVSc, PhD
North Caroline State University
Expertise:
Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Neurobiology, Pharmacology, Small Animal Pain Management, Small Animal Surgery
Jeffery Wyatt
DVM, MPH, DACLAM
University of Rochester
Expertise:
Comparative Medicine