Speakers

Dani McVety, DVM

For some, there is a light that appears at the toughest moments of being a doctor. Dr. Dani McVety found that light early in her career, and it sparked an idea that has become one of the most unique and fastest growing businesses in the veterinary space. Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice is a nationwide network that has visited the homes of over 500,000 families. Dr. McVety is Founder and CEO of Lap of Love and co-host of PetCareTV. She frequently writes and speaks for audiences around the world. Her talks have the reputation of being “fantastically hilarious,” “bringing humor where it’s needed most,” “incredibly inspiring,” and “refreshingly authentic.” Dr. McVety and Lap of Love have been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, and Huffington Post. She graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and is the youngest recipient of both the college’s Distinguished Young Alumni Award (2013) and the Florida Veterinary Medical Association's President's Award (2014). She was most recently honored as the recipient of the AVMA's 2022 Bustad Companion Animal Veterinary of the Year Award.

Michelle Goodnight, DVM, DACVECC

Dr. Goodnight is a MWADVM who is board certified in emergency and critical care. She graduated from VMR-CVM in 2002, accepting a commission in the Army. Dr. Goodnight served at Parris Island, SC; Schweinfurt, Germany; Mosul, Iraq; and Fort Bragg, NC. She medically retired in 2015. Her military awards include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Unit Commendation, and Combat Action Badge. She completed her residency at The Ohio State University in 2011. Dr. Goodnight currently teaches veterinary technology at Gwinnett Technical College, works as a relief ECC veterinarian, and serves as Vice Chair of the board for a local spay/neuter non-profit. She lives with her husband, two teenage children, and more than 50 animals on their farm in Dacula, Georgia.

Donnell Hansen, DVM, DAVDC

Donnell Hansen, a Minnesota native, and a small group of friends joined together to form the Moxie Center (which was the first hospital to be now known as BluePearl) in Minnesota’s twin cities and splits time between the two local full-service referral hospitals.  Although her daily life is spent in specialty care, in 2011, her and her husband, also a veterinarian, opened Rice Creek Animal Hospital which provides some balance and perspective about life in family practice.    Recently, Dr. Hansen developed “Four Legged Tooth Fairy” a continuing education center for family DVMs and CVTs to  enhance/develop their dental skills and improve their practice health. Dr. Hansen’s special interest is maxillofacial surgery, however the truth is, she loves the whole darn gig… especially when she gets to share veterinary dentistry.

Jane Quandt DVM, MS, DACVAA, DACVECC

Dr. Jane Quandt DVM, MS, DACVAA, DACVECC graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987.  After doing small animal practice for one year, she decided to pursue an anesthesia residency and Masters in anesthesia at the University of Minnesota. She became boarded in anesthesia in 1993. In order to improve her ability to manage critical cases, she did a  second residency in small animal emergency and critical care and became boarded in 2007. She was on faculty at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota for 10 years. She joined the faculty at The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011, and is currently a tenured professor in comparative anesthesia. She has published several journal articles and book chapters and has presented at national and international conferences on topics related to anesthesia and analgesia in both small and large animal species. Dr. Quandt has had the privilege of being awarded the Carl Norden-Pfizer Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award and the Zoetis Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award.

Jess Barrera, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA ACVS Fellow, Surgical Oncology

Originally from western Montana, Dr. Barrera received her undergraduate degree from University of Miami, and DVM from Colorado State University in 2006.  She completed a rotating internship at Animal Surgical and Emergency Center in Los Angeles, CA, followed by a surgical internship at Oregon State University.  Dr. Barrera then returned to Colorado State University to complete a residency in small animal surgery, followed by a rigorous one-year fellowship in Surgical Oncology at Colorado State University’s Animal Cancer Center.  Dr. Barrera has published articles in the areas of endocrine and minimally-invasive surgery, adores showing how fun surgery can be to general practitioners, and teaches surgery CE laboratories multiple times a year. Dr. Barrera enjoys all aspects of small animal surgery, with particular interests being trauma surgery, surgical oncology, soft tissue and orthopedic minimally-invasive surgery, and endocrine surgery.  Dr. Barrera has worked at VCA Veterinary Specialists of Northern Colorado for nine years. Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Barrera enjoys travel, road trips in her camper van Huckleberry, climbing Colorado’s 14ers, backpacking, cooking, mountain biking, reading, and spending time with her husband John, daughter Rylee, and mountain mutt Lucy Goose.

Kate Baker, DVM, MS, DACVP (Clinical Pathology)

Dr. Kate Baker grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and completed her DVM at the University of Tennessee in 2012. She then went on to complete a small animal rotating internship and then a clinical pathology residency and Masters degree at the University of Illinois. Dr. Baker became board certified in Veterinary Clinical Pathology in 2016 and currently works as an educator, diagnostician, and consultant. She offers continuing education courses through her website, Veterinary Cytology Schoolhouse, as well as telecytology consultations through her app-based diagnostic service, Pocket Pathologist. She lives on a small farm in Tennessee with her husband and two small children. 

Kristin Fischer DVM,DACVO

Dr. Kristin Fischer was born and raised in Oak Ridge, TN, where the Atomic Bomb was developed and where the Oak Ridge Boys got their name. She graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. After completing a rotating general internship at VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital in Denver, CO, she stayed on for one year as an emergency doctor. She returned to Knoxville in 2009 to complete her ophthalmology residency at UTCVM. She is board certified in ophthalmology and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.  Dr. Fischer currently works at Animal Eye Care of the Lowcountry. She resides in Mount Pleasant, SC with her amazing husband Scott, two children (Lucy and Knox), dogs (Tater Tot and French Fry) and Sphynx cat (Yoda).  In her free time, she enjoys riding her horse Talia, watching SEC football, and relaxing with a good book at the pool or beach.  

Mollie Mesman Aldridge, DVM, DACVD

Earned both her bachelor’s degree and DVM from Louisiana State University in 2007 and 2012, respectively. After graduating, she completed a small animal rotating internship at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Aldridge then went on to complete her dermatology residency with the Animal Dermatology Clinic in Marina del Rey, CA from 2013-2016. She obtained Diplomate status with the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD) in November 2016. Since 2018, she has been with the Southeast Veterinary Dermatology & Ear Clinic in Greenville.

Kara Amstutz, DVM, CCRT, CVPP

Dr. Kara Amstutz is a 2000 graduate of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. She and her husband, Dwight, founded Hometown Veterinary Hospital & River Canine Rehabilitation in 2002 in Springfield, Missouri. After 13 years of general practice and surgery, Dr. Amstutz decided to focus her career on helping pets in pain with mobility issues and sports medicine and rehabilitation. She earned certifications including: Canine Rehabilitation through Canine Rehabilitation Institute (CRI), Certification in Veterinary Pain Management through the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM), and Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS). Dr. Amstutz is currently a resident in the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. In February 2022, Dr. Amstutz became the new CEO for CRI. She is looking forward to maintaining CRI's standard of excellence while offering the most up to date, science driven, education to students. Dr. Amstutz and Dwight also own Canine Arthritis Resources & Education (CARE), an extensive online website dedicated to providing pet owners and veterinary professionals comprehensive information on osteoarthritis. Dwight and Kara have 4 wonderful children ranging in age from 24 to 11. They love their spoiled dogs and crazy chickens. 

Andrea Eriksson De Rezende, DVM, DACVIM

I became a veterinarian as it combined my interest in biomedical sciences with that of the welfare of animals. I was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon where I learned to love hiking, camping, tide-pooling, and braving the rain. I was accepted for a cardiology residency at North Carolina State University in 2006 after I received my DVM and completed a rotating internship at Oregon State University. I then became an American College of Internal Medicine specialist in cardiology (2009). My research includes investigation of the renin angiotensin aldosterone system and how it relates to congestive heart failure in dogs; thyrotoxic heart disease and advanced cardiac imaging. I am interested in early detection of heart disease in dogs and cats; the treatment of end-stage congestive heart failure; and novel therapies and surgical options for chronic degenerative valve disease. My goal is to provide comprehensive care that encompasses the pet family, the primary care veterinarian and myself. During my personal time, I love to spend time with my husband and daughter. We love to travel, spend time with our family and friends, sing and play music, and enjoy this beautiful life!