february, 2020

09feb10:00 amCanine Liver Disease and Wound ManagementHosted by CVMA Chapter 7

Event Details

Join CVMA Chapter 7 for an interactive, case-based session on canine liver disease and wound management from the team at Powers Pet Emergency and Specialty.

FREE for Chapter 7 members!


Brianna Backlund, DVM, DACVIM (internal medicine)

Dr. Backlund is an internal medicine specialist originally from Seattle, Washington. She earned her DVM from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Pullman, going on to complete an internship in small-animal medicine and surgery from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, and her residency in internal medicine at Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (DACVIM).

Dr. Backlund’s clinical interests include immune mediated disorders such as hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia and polyarthritis, gastrointestinal disease management (IBD, gastrointestinal lymphoma), and renal (chronic renal failure) and hepatic diseases (chronic active hepatitis, other inflammatory or infectious hepatobiliary diseases).

In addition, she is a skilled endoscopist and provides bronchoscopy, rhinoscopy, cystoscopy and endoscopy services.

Off duty, Dr. Backlund enjoys spending time with her family, running, and appreciating the natural beauty of Colorado.

Brandy Cichocki, DVM, MS, DACVS (soft tissue surgery) 

Originally from Indiana, Dr. Brandy Cichocki obtained her veterinary degree from Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, she completed a rotating internship and then a small animal surgery residency at Oklahoma State University. Following residency, she obtained a position as an assistant professor at Purdue University and focused solely on small animal soft tissue surgery. She has a passion for soft tissue surgery and enjoys the diversity of the case load. Dr. Cichocki has experience with oncologic, thoracic, abdominal, gastrointestinal, urogenital, and minimally invasive surgery.

In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities, reading, spending time with family and friends, and pampering her two cats (Finn and Avery). She is excited to be a part of the team at Powers Pet Emergency and Specialty and get to know southern Colorado.

Edmund Leigh, DVM, DACVR (diagnostic imaging)

Dr. Leigh began his career as a geologist working on civil engineering projects in Vermont and Colorado, eventually making his way to Alaska exploring for gold. After several years, he returned to school to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian, earning his DVM with honors from Colorado State University in 2001, then completing a one year internship in small-animal medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York City.

Dr. Leigh returned to Colorado and practiced small-animal medicine in the Denver area for two years before being accepted into the radiology residency program at North Carolina State University. After completing his residency training, he became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Radiology in 2007.

Dr. Leigh worked as a veterinary radiologist in Raleigh, North Carolina, before moving back to Colorado in 2008. His professional interests include small-animal abdominal and musculoskeletal ultrasonography, computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain and spine.

Dr. Leigh lives in Palmer Lake with his wife and son. He also shares his home with a Labrador retriever, a border collie mix, and a geriatric cat. When not working, he enjoys time with his family, mountain biking, skiing and hiking.

Rainier Ko, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVIM (neurology) 

Born in Montreal, Canada, Dr. Ko completed his biology undergraduate degree at McGill University, and his DVM in 2000 from the University of Montreal. Following an internship at the renowned Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, Dr. Ko returned to his veterinary college in Montreal as a laboratory instructor in small animal anatomy and applied surgical anatomy.

He then completed a residency in small-animal surgery and a master of science degree at Purdue University in 2005, earning board certification in 2007. Dr. Ko spent three years as a staff surgeon at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital and starred on Animal Planet’s popular television series “E-Vet Interns.” He returned to Purdue in 2008 as an assistant professor in small-animal orthopedics and neurosurgery.

Dr. Ko completed a neurology residency at Colorado State University and Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital in Denver, achieving board-certification in neurology in 2014.

This formidable accomplishment distinguishes Dr. Ko as one of only seven individuals worldwide with double-boarded certification in veterinary surgery and neurology/neurosurgery. His expertise, thoroughness and strong bond with his patients and clients have earned him numerous teaching and clinical awards, including CVTA’s “Colorado Veterinarian of the Year” in 2012.

Dr. Ko’s clinical interests include neurosurgical oncology (brain and spinal cord tumors, vertebral replacement), vertebral implantology, congenital spinal deformities, and electrodiagnostics.

In his spare time, Dr. Ko enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and the company of his three dogs, Rowdy, Hope and Cricket.

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