Dr. Mary Gardner has a special place in her heart for the skinny, wobbly, grey-muzzled pets. Passionate about geriatric care, she is co-founder of Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, a nationwide practice whose 120+ veterinarians provide in-home hospice, euthanasia, and end-of-life care. She is a published author and co-editor of the textbook Treatment and Care for the Geriatric Veterinary Patient. A 2008 University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine graduate, she has been awarded the Angel Award and the Alumni Achievement Award. She has spoken at NAVC, AVMA, WVC, and IAAHPC, and has been featured in numerous local and national news media including DVM News Magazine, Today’s Veterinary Practice, DVM 360, Entrepreneur Magazine, and The New York Times.
Dr. Sheilah Robertson received her veterinary training at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. After some time in mixed animal practice, she pursued a PhD and training in anesthesia at the University of Bristol. She is board certified in anesthesia and animal welfare by the respective American and European colleges and is trained in small animal acupuncture. In 2014 she completed her graduate certificate in shelter medicine from the University of Florida. She has been on faculty at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (Canada), the University of Florida, Michigan State University, and served as an assistant director in the Animal Welfare Division of the AVMA. Dr. Robertson is the senior medical director for Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice.
Dr. James Gaynor received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Ohio State University and was in private small animal practice for one year prior to returning there for a three-year residency in anesthesiology. He is board certified in veterinary anesthesiology and a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner, certified in veterinary acupuncture, and is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management. Dr. Gaynor joined the faculty at Colorado State University in 1992 and was section chief and association professor of anesthesiology and pain management when in left the university in 2004 to start Peak Performance Veterinary Group in Frisco, Colorado.
Dr. Andrea Lear holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. While performing a large animal internal medicine residency with an emphasis in livestock medicine and surgery at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine, she received her master’s degree. Dr. Lear joined the Farm Animal Field Service team at the University of Tennessee and concurrently attained her PhD in immunology and infectious disease. She is currently an assistant professor in the department of large animal clinical sciences at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Her clinical interests include livestock medicine and surgery, backyard milk quality, herd disease investigation, and neonatology. Her research interests focus around maternal-fetal interactions, including placental immunology and reproductive physiology.
A native of Annapolis, Maryland, Dr. Nathan Slovis is the director of the McGee Medicine Center at the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. He received his bachelor’s degree from Radford University, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Purdue University, interned at Arizona Equine Center and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Slovis has published over 50 manuscripts in both national and international peer reviewed veterinary journals. He is a frequent speaker at many national and international veterinary conferences. He is the editor of both the Atlas of Equine Endoscopy and the Atlas of Diseases/Disorders of the Foal, and has authored numerous book chapters related to equine neonatology, equine neurology, hyperbaric medicine, and infectious diseases. He implemented the Infectious Disease Program and Equine Emergency Response Program at Hagyard and holds the position of infectious disease officer and equine emergency response co-director. He is also a member of the Veterinary Infectious Disease Society.
Dr. Maggie Baldwin earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine in St. Paul. She began her career in public service as a supervisory public health veterinarian with USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service and as a veterinary medical officer with USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Dr. Baldwin joined the Colorado Department of Agriculture Animal Health Division in January 2017 where she has focused primarily on emergency response, incident management, and public outreach. In her previous roles at the agriculture department, Dr. Baldwin worked on continuity of business planning, the Ag Liaison Program, and African swine fever preparedness. Most recently, as the department’s epidemiology traceability veterinarian, she has been extensively involved in the vesicular stomatitis virus outbreak in Colorado. She was named assistant state veterinarian in 2019. Dr. Baldwin sits on the Governor’s Expert Emergency Epidemic Response Committee and has played an active role in the state response to COVID-19.
Katherine Garcia is the clinical services manager for the Peer Assistance Services, Peer Health Assistance Programs. She has 13 years of experience working with individuals struggling with substance use and co-occurring disorders. In addition to her work with individual clients, Garcia has presented to audiences on issues concerning the health and wellness of health care professionals. She has done extensive work with professionals in the veterinary community to increase awareness of wellness issues that are unique to the profession such as high rates of compassion fatigue, substance use, and suicide. Garcia has published numerous articles for veterinary professionals and provides a webinar series for the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association. She holds a master’s in interdisciplinary studies with fields of psychology and social work, is a Licensed Addictions Counselor in the state of Colorado, and holds a national certification as a Master Addictions Counselor.
Dr. Jennifer House received a bachelor’s degree in animal science and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from North Carolina State University. She completed a master’s in public health from the University of Iowa and a certificate program in community preparedness and disaster management from the University of North Carolina. Dr. House is a diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Preventative Medicine. She recently served as president of the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians along with serving as a committee member of the Animals in Public Settings Compendium. Prior to working in Colorado, Dr. House was the director of the of the Indiana State Department of Health Zoonotic and Environmental Epidemiology Division and a veterinary specialist for the Emergency Programs Division of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. She has proudly served Colorado as the state public health veterinarian since January 2014.
Dr. Keith Roehr was raised on a family farm in western Kansas that included irrigated corn and wheat production in addition to small cow/calf and swine operations. He completed his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Kansas State University in 1981 and entered private practice where he practiced mixed and small animal veterinary medicine until 1995. In 1995, Dr. Roehr joined the State Veterinarian’s Office of the Colorado Department of Agriculture, where he is currently the Colorado state veterinarian. Dr. Roehr is past president of the Western States Livestock Health Association. Currently, he is a member of the U.S. Animal Health Association, and is past co-chairman for the committee of Animal Emergency Management. In 2011-2013, Dr. Roehr served as president of the National Assembly of State Animal Health Officials. He serves on the boards of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network Coordinating Council, the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases, and the Colorado State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Dr. Roehr is a member of CVMA, AVMA, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, and the Colorado Livestock Association.
Dr. Tracy Woodall graduated from the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine and completed her Master’s in Public Health (MPH) with a focus on animals, people, and the environment from Colorado State University. She has a special interest in medical entomology and earned the Graduate Medical Entomology Certificate from the University of Florida; additionally, she also completed the Medical and Veterinary Acarology Summer Program for advanced tick identification at Ohio State University. She is presently preparing for the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine exam to become a diplomate of the college. After graduating from veterinary school, Dr. Woodall worked for several years in small animal private practice. After completing her MPH she transitioned into the public health sector and has worked at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for over four years now. She is the veterinary epidemiologist in the zoonosis program. Her main focus is to prevent vector-borne and zoonotic diseases.