VMX 2023 Speakers
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.
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
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 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
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
Dani McVety-Leinen, 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
Dave Nicol, Cert Mgmt, MRCVS
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.
Ross Palmer, DVM, MS, DACVS (Physiology)
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.
Ralph Hamor, DVM, MS - Ophthalmologist
Dr. Hamor was born and raised in Maine. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1987 and completed an internship Auburn University in 1988. He was then in private practice for two years. He completed a residency and masters at Colorado State University in 1993 and became board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 1994. He taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for 23 years prior to starting his current position at the University of Florida in 2016. Dr. Hamor is currently a Clinical Professor. Dr. Hamor served on the ACVO Board of Regents for 5 years including a year as President of the ACVO in 2016-2017. He currently serves on the American Board of Veterinary Ophthalmology. Dr. Hamor has received numerous teaching awards which include: Elective Small Animal Clinician of the Year, 2019 & 2020; Pfizer/Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teacher Award, 2009 & 1996; Dr. Gordon and Mrs. Helen Kruger Teaching Excellence Award, 2005 and the Dr. and Mrs. Lloyd Helper Faculty Collegiality Award, 2003. He has given over 150 scientific and continuing education presentations on the local, state, regional, national and international level.
Topics include: Physiology
Sharon Deem, DVM, PhD, DACZM
Dr. Sharon L. Deem is a veterinarian with a DVM from the VMCVM and a PhD from the University of Florida. She also completed a residency in zoo and wildlife medicine at the University of Florida. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine, and currently serves as Vice-President of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians. Sharon is the Director of the Saint Louis Zoo Institute for Conservation Medicine. Author of over 150 scientific articles and chapters, her first textbook, Introduction to One Health: A Transdisciplinary Approach to Planetary Health was published in 2019.
Topics include: Exotics
Monique Feyrecilde, LVT, VTS
Monique Feyrecilde works full-time in small animal private practice, and also owns a consulting business called Teaching Animals. She is a technician specialist in behavior, and a Past President of the Academy of Veterinary Behavior Technicians. Author of the textbook Cooperative Veterinary Care, numerous other textbook chapters and articles, multiple Fear Free Educational Modules, and much more, Monique strives to provide practical solutions attendees can implement for immediate success.
Topics include: Nurse/Tech Behavior
Kemba Marshall, DVM, MPH
Dr. Kemba L. Marshall earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Florida in 1999. After a one year internship she completed a residency in Avian and Exotic Animal Medicine at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Marshall earned her Master's in Public Health degree from the University of Iowa in 2018 and is a boarded Avian specialist of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.
Kemba spent five years in private, emergency and lab animal medicine in Dallas TX after completing her residency. She has authored peer-review journal articles and served as Guest Editor for publications including the Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery, 5 Minute Veterinary Clinics and the Veterinary Clinics of North America.
As Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. Marshall oversees the health and wellbeing of all animals on the 2000-acre Land O' Lakes Purina Animal Nutrition Center complex and serves the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Officer.
Kemba embarked on her latest venture in 2020 when she founded Marshall Recruiting Consortium to address the lack of diversity in agricultural and animal health settings.
Topics include: DEI, Exotics
Zoltan Szabo DVM, DACZM, DABVP (ECM), DABVP (Avian), GpCert (ExAP), MRCVS
Dr Zoltan is the Director of Exotic Services at Concordia Pet Care, the largest exotic animal referral center in Asia, and he is an Adjunct Professor at the City University of Hong Kong. He has six postgraduate degrees in exotic animal medicine from three countries. In the USA, apart from being a diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine, he is also a double-boarded diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, specializing in Avian Practice and Exotic Companion Mammal Practice. In the United Kingdom, he is a Specialist of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in Zoo & Wildlife Medicine, and he received the General Practitioners Certificate in Exotic Animal Practice and the Certificate in Exotic Animal Medicine in Hungary. Dr Zoltan is an international speaker and a co-author of several books about exotic animal surgery and avian diseases. He focuses on microsurgery and uses social media to promote exotic animal medicine. His motto is "No patient is too small to help."
Topics include: Exotics
Speakers of the Year
As an event attendee, you’ll have a chance to vote for our coveted Speaker of the Year award. See the winner’s from last year’s event.
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