• NAVC Conference 2016
    Speakers of the Year

    You liked them. You really liked them.

    In early March, the NAVC announced its Speakers of the Year, chosen by veterinary professionals from around the world in an NAVC Conference 2016 poll. With a field of 350+ exceptional and nationally renowned veterinary speakers presenting more than 1,200 different sessions, it’s quite an honor to be voted as a top speaker by Conference attendees. Every vote counted, and we thank you if you participated and helped to select our winners.

    Here are the NAVC Conference 2016 Speakers of the Year:

    Equine Speaker of the Year: Amanda House, DVM, DACVIM (Large Animal)

    houseAmanda M. House, DVM, DACVIM (Large Animal), is a Clinical Associate Professor in the department of large animal clinical sciences at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She is a large animal medicine clinician and coordinates equine continuing education and outreach programs at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. House is the Director of the Practice-Based Equine Clerkship program. She completed her BS in Animal Science from Cornell University. After graduating from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2001, Dr. House completed an internship and large animal internal medicine residency at the University of Georgia’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Dr. House became board certified in large animal internal medicine in 2005. Her professional interests include neonatology, infectious disease, and preventative health care. Dr. House is active on committees for the American Association of Equine Practitioners and the Florida Association of Equine Practitioners. She was president of the Florida Association of Equine Practitioners in 2010, and is currently a member of the board.

    Exotics Speaker of the Year: Doug Mader, MS, DVM, DABVP (C/F, R/A)

    maderDr. Mader received his DVM from the University of California, Davis in 1986. In addition, he completed a Residency in Primate and Zoo animal medicine. Prior to moving to the Conch Republic he owned a small animal/exotic practice in Southern California. Currently he is the consulting veterinarian for the Marathon Sea Turtle Hospital, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Zoo, the Key West Aquarium, the Theater of the Sea and, the owner of the Marathon Veterinary Hospital, a referral practice in Marathon. Dr. Mader is an internationally acclaimed lecturer and is on the review boards of several scientific journals. He has published numerous articles in scientific and veterinary journals, national magazines, and, is the co-author/editor of the Elsevier textbook, Reptile Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Mader is a Past-President of the NAVC. Dr. Mader was selected for the 3rd year in a row and 6th time total — more than any other NAVC speaker!

    Food Animal Speaker of the Year: Cindy Wolf, DVMwolf

    In addition to working with veterinary students, Cindy also volunteers her time for the national sheep organization working on sheep health and welfare issues and policy. Cindy and her family raise sheep, goats, working dogs and beef cattle in SE Minnesota.



    Practice Management Speaker of the Year: Andrew Roark, MS, DVM

    roarkDr. Andy Roark is a practicing veterinarian, international speaker, and author. He is an award-winning columnist for DVM360, and has a regular column on Vetstreet.com. Dr. Roark’s popular Facebook page has over 125,000 fans, and his humorous educational videos have been viewed over a half million times. Dr. Roark has received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and has been named Practice Management Speaker of the Year at NAVC, one of the world’s largest veterinary conferences. In 2013, the practice where Dr. Roark works placed third in that American Animal Hospital Association’s Practice of the Year Contest.

    Veterinary Technician Speaker of the Year: Kara Burns, MS, MEd, LVT, VTS (Nutrition)

    burnsKara Burns is a licensed veterinary technician originally from New England, now living in Kansas. She holds a master’s degree in physiology and a master’s degree in counseling psychology. Kara is the Founder and President of the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians, the tenth recognized specialty for veterinary technicians and has attained her VTS (Nutrition). She teaches nutrition courses around the world on the VIN/Veterinary Support Personnel Network and on VetMedTeam. She also is a consultant for the Lafeber Company and is the Director of Nursing for Brief Media. Kara also works as an independent nutritional consultant. She is a member of many national, international, and state associations and holds positions on many boards in the profession; AAVN executive board technician liaison; Fear Free Executive Board; Pet Nutrition Alliance Board; VSPN Nutrition Board Moderator; BSAVA; and is the president of the Kansas Veterinary Technician Association, to name a few. She has authored many articles, textbooks, and chapters and is an internationally invited speaker, focusing on topics of nutrition, leadership, and technician utilization. Ms. Burns has been featured on the cover of the Veterinary Technician Journal and the NAVTA Journal. She was named the 2013 North American Veterinary Conference Technician Speaker of the Year. She was granted an honorary VTS (Internal Medicine) in 2011. She was also granted an honorary VTS (Dentistry) in 2012. She is the 2010 NAVTA Veterinary Technician of the Year, as well as the 2011 Dr. Franklin Loew Lecturer. Kara has also been named the National Association of Professional Women ‘Woman of the Year’ for 2010-2011 and the Cambridge Who’s Who in Professionals V.I.P. for 2010-2011. She was accepted into the International Women’s Leadership Association in 2012.

    Small Animal Speaker of the Year: Justine Lee, DVM, DACVECC, DABT

    leeDr. Justine Lee is the CEO and founder of VETgirl, a subscription-based podcast & webinar service offering RACE-approved, online veterinary continuing education (CE). Dr. Lee trained at Cornell University, Angell, and University of Pennsylvania. She has been published in JAVMA, JVIM, and JVECC, and is the editor of “Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice Emergency Medicine” and “The Five Minute Veterinary Consult Clinical Companion: Small Animal Toxicology” textbooks. Dr. Lee is also the author of two humorous pet reference books entitled “It’s a Dog’s Life… but It’s Your Carpet” and “It’s a Cat’s World… You Just Live In It.” She lectures throughout the world on toxicology and emergency/critical care. Dr. Lee is passionate about providing clinically relevant CE. More information can be found at www.drjustinelee.com and www.vetgirlontherun.com.


    See the NAVC Conference 2015 Speakers of the Year.

    See the NAVC Conference 2014 Speakers of the Year.

    See the NAVC Conference 2013 Speakers of the Year.



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