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VMX features 350 of the brightest, most compelling speakers in the veterinary profession from all over the world.

Every year, we receive rave reviews about our speakers. You can count on them to share their stories, impart their wisdom and inspire you as you earn veterinary continuing education credit hours and much more.

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Marty Becker, DVM

Dr. Marty Becker works toward better health for pets and the people who love them. He is the founder of Fear FreeSM, an initiative to “take the ‘pet’ out of ‘petrified’” and get pets back for veterinary visits by promoting considerate approaches and gentle control techniques used in calming environments.

Topics include: Fear FreeSM, Behavior, Training, Practice Management, Leadership


Stephen Cital, RVT, SRA, RLAT, VCCS, VTS (LAM) – Speaker of the Year

Stephen Cital is a multi credentialed Veterinary Technician Specialist who has spent the last 15 years in private, specialty practice and academia/research. He is the co-founder for the Veterinary Cannabis Academy and research librarian for Veterinary Cannabis Education and Consulting.

Topics include: Veterinary Nurse/ Technician, Pain Management, Cannabis


Tres Clarke, DVM, DACZM

Dr. Elsburgh “Tres” Octavius Clarke III is the Sr. Staff Veterinarian at SeaWorld San Diego, California. He’s worked in small animal medicine at Gloucester Veterinary Hospital Gloucester, Virginia, the Virginia Beach Aquarium and Marine Science Center, as well as the Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans, Louisiana. He enjoys working on all creatures, especially sharks, reptiles and occasional dinosaurs.

Topics include: Reptile, Aquatic Medicine


Sue Ettinger, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)

Dr. Sue Ettinger is a practicing veterinary cancer specialist, international speaker, book author, and vlogger (video blogger). Also known as Dr Sue Cancer Vet®, Dr. Sue is the co-author of the second edition of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide, which is a best-selling book in small animal health for the last several years.

Topics include: Oncology, Terminal Illness


Eric Garcia

Eric Garcia is an IT and Digital Marketing consultant working exclusively with veterinary practices. His work in helping veterinary practices streamline their technology and attract and retain clients has been recognized throughout the industry.

Topics include: Oncology, Practice Management, Imaging, Customer Service, Marketing, Social Media


Temple Grandin

Subject of Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning semi-biographical film and one of Time Magazine’s most “influential people in the world,” Temple Grandin is an animal science professor, consultant and autism spokesperson. She is one of the first individuals on the autism spectrum to publicly share insights from her personal experience of autism.

Topics include: Bovine, Animal Welfare, Fear FreeSM, Animal Behavior


Nadine Hamilton

Australian leader in veterinary wellness, Nadine has conducted extensive research in dealing with the stress and burnout brought on by a combination of the veterinary profession’s biggest issues: difficult clients, compassion fatigue, financial concerns, performing euthanasia and dealing with unrealistic expectations.

Topics include: Health & Wellbeing


Michael Lappin, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)

Dr. Michael Lappin is the Kenneth W. Smith Professor in Small Animal Clinical Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University, is the director of the Center for Companion Animal Studies and he helps direct the shelter medicine program.

Topics include: Infectious Diseases, Emerging Vector Borne and Zoonotic Disease


Susan Little, DVM, DABVP (Feline)

Dr. Susan Little is the co-owner of two feline specialty practices in Ottawa, Canada, and has received the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association Small Animal Practitioner Award, the NAVC Small Animal Speaker of the Year Award and the International Society of Feline Medicine/Hill’s Pet Nutrition Award for outstanding contributions to feline medicine. Dr. Little is also the editor and co-author of two textbooks.

Topics include: Feline Medicine, Shelter Medicine, General Practice, Oncology, Practice Management


Stanley Marks, BVSc, PhD, DACVIM (Oncology), DACVIM (SAIM), DACVN

Dr. Stanley Marks is a Professor in the Department of Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of California, Davis. He has received numerous faculty and conference teaching awards and has published over 150 articles in the field of gastroenterology.

Topics include: Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine, Oncology


Dani McVety, DVM

Dr. Dani McVety is Founder and CEO of Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, a nationwide practice dedicated to home based veterinary hospice and euthanasia. Her passion lies in creating dignified and peaceful end of life experiences and empowering others to seek the highest standards of care and communication.

Topics include: End of Life, Geriatric Medicine, Euthanasia


Cathleen Mochal-King, DVM – Speaker of the Year

Dr. Cathleen Mochal-King is a graduate of Iowa State University and is currently the Service Chief of Equine Surgery and Medicine at Mississippi State University. She specializes in orthopedic surgery and lameness, with research interest in osteoarthritis and intra-articular therapies.

Topics include: Equine Surgery, Equine Sedation and Regional Anesthesia


Dave Nicol, Cert Mgmt, MRCVS – Speaker of the Year

Dr. Dave Nicol is a marketing, performance management and leadership expert from the United Kingdom. He has written three books, publishes the weekly Freewheelin’ Vet Biz Q & A Show on YouTube, and hosts the Blunt Dissection Podcast. Through his VetX:Ecosystem, Dr. Dave helps pets and their people live happy, healthy lives by teaching the tools, habits, lessons and systems that help vets and leaders reach their full potential.

Topics include: Practice Management, Animal Welfare, Recruitment Strategies.


Karen Overall, PhD, VMD, MA, DACVB

Karen L. Overall has given hundreds of national and international presentations and short courses, has authored over 100 scholarly publications, dozens of textbook chapters and books and journal articles and studies anxiety and mental health in dogs.

Topics include: Behavior and Training, Aggression, Anxiety


Ross Palmer, DVM, MS, DACVS (Physiology) – Speaker of the Year

Dr. Ross Palmer is the Chief of Orthopedic Surgery Service at CSU and has a clinical focus in traumatology, minimally invasive surgery, limb deformity correction and conditions of the knee. He trains veterinary students and surgical residents; and is an international lecturer and workshop instructor.

Topics include: Small Animal Surgery, Orthopedics, Lameness, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Limb Deformity Correction and Conditions of the Knee.


David Williams, M.A., M.Ed., VMD, PhD, DECAWBM, FHEA, FRSB, FRCVS

A Cambridge Veterinary School graduate, Dr. David Williams has worked as a research ophthalmologist, head of the ophthalmology clinic at Cambridge, a fellow at St John’s College and director of studies in veterinary medicine. He’s now working on a doctorate in education, evaluating the teaching of ethics to veterinary students.

Topics include: Wildlife, Avian, Ophthalmology, Reptile, Infectious Disease, Oncology

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