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Small Animal Round Table Discussion

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM


Nick Jeffery, BVSc, PhD, MSc, DECVN, DECVS

Professor, Neurology & Neurosurgery
Texas A&M University

Nick Jeffery qualified from University of Bristol in the UK and has worked in primary care practice, private referral practice, basic science laboratories and university veterinary schools in the UK and USA. Nick specializes in neurology and neurosurgery with diplomas from ECVS and ECVN and PhD in neuroscience and recently he has undergone specialist training in clinical trial design and analysis. In October 2016 Nick moved to join the neurology group at Texas A&M University. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Small Animal Practice.


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Heidi Phillips, VMD, DACVS-SA

Assistant Professor, Small Animal Surgery
University of Illinois

Dr. Heidi Phillips, VMD, DACVS-SA has performed soft tissue surgery for 15 years and ureteral surgery, vascular surgery, and feline and canine kidney transplantation as assistant director of the Renal Transplant Program at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine. As associate professor of small animal surgery at the University of Illinois, Dr. Phillips' expertise includes microvascular surgery, reconstructive surgery, urogenital surgery, especially feline and canine ureteral surgery and transplant surgery, and upper airway surgery. At the University of Illinois, Dr. Phillips has recently begun performing endoscopic-assisted treatments for upper airway obstructions in dogs, such as those procedures that have been described for intranasal obstructions in brachycephalic dogs.
Board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Dr. Phillips is also an award-winning teacher and has directed the Small Animal Surgery Residency Programs at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and the University of Illinois, Urbana. Dr. Phillips has trained with experts in microsurgical instruction from the Cleveland Clinic and Columbia University using the rodent model and recently validated a latex model of ureteral obstruction for use in microsurgical training. She has also assisted with instruction of respiratory endoscopy training laboratories, and directs the Microsurgical Research and Training Laboratory at the University of Illinois.
Dr. Phillips has published numerous articles in refereed journals and chapters in textbooks on topics of interest to her, including vascular and microvascular surgery and transplantation, urinary tract surgery and trauma, pancreatic surgery, magnification surgery, surgical teaching models and models of disease, surgery for brachycephalic syndrome, and drug eluting implants. As associate professor of small animal surgery and soft tissue surgery service chief at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital of the University of Illinois, she lives in Champaign with her husband and 2 cats, Minnie and Maxine.


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Clare R. Gregory, DVM, DACVS

Staff Surgeon
VCA PetCare East Veterinary Hospital

Achieved Diplomate Status in 1985. Was a member of the Faculty in the Department of Sugical and Radiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California , Davis, from 1983 to 2007. Currently a Staff Surgeon at the VCA PetCare Veterinary Hospital in Santa Rosa CA.


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Beverly K. Sturges, DACVIM (Neurology)

Professor, Clinical Neurology/Neurosurgery
University of California, Davis

Hello! My name is Beverly K. Sturges, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology) and I am currently a professor and chief of the Neurology/Neurosurgery service at the University of California, Davis. I completed my DVM degree from Oregon State University in 1986 and practiced general mixed animal medicine and surgery in the US and abroad until 1995. In 1998, I completed a Neurology/Neurosurgery residency at the UC-Davis and became ACVIM board certified in Neurology. In 2008, I completed the NIH program for training in Clinical and Translational Research and earned a Master’s degree in clinical research. My primary research interests include intracranial surgery and novel treatments for brain tumors; spinal biomechanics and implant surgery, and stem cell therapies combined with surgery for treating spina bifida. My 3 human children are grown and independent, so my 3 canine and feline children rule the house now.


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Chad W. Schmiedt, DVM, DACVS-SA

University of Georgia

Dr. Chad Schmiedt received his DVM from the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000, followed by internships at the University of Tennessee and the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center. Dr. Schmiedt completed a surgical residency at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and remained there as a clinical instructor for several years. In 2007, Dr. Schmiedt returned to UGA to join the Faculty at the College of Veterinary Medicine as a soft tissue surgeon. Dr. Schmiedt is currently a Professor in the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery and section head of Small Animal Surgery and Anesthesia. Clinically, Dr. Schmiedt enjoys all aspects of soft tissue surgery including oncologic, minimally invasive, and urogenital surgery. Dr. Schmiedt also runs the renal transplantation program at the University of Georgia. Dr. Schmiedt’s current research interests include responses of the kidney to injury, the relationship between acute and chronic renal disease, application of stem cells in kidney disease, and methods to improve surgical education.


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Fred Wininger, VMD, MS, ACVIM (Neurology)

Section head Neurology/Neurosurgery
Veterinary Specialty Services

Dr. Fred Wininger is the section head of the neurology and neurosurgery department at Veterinary Specialty Services, a busy referral private practice in St. Louis. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology).
Dr. Wininger graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. After concluding a rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at the University of Georgia, he completed his neurology/neurosurgery residency at Washington State University, concurrently earning a Master of Science in Neuroscience in 2009.

Following residency, Dr. Wininger joined the faculty at the University of Missouri as an assistant professor of neurology/neurosurgery and a member of the Comparative Neurology Program. In addition to serving as the attending neurosurgical clinician at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, he was an active researcher involved in the development of therapy for neurodegenerative diseases that affect both young dogs and children. His contribution to both enzyme replacement and gene therapy yielded international awards and translated into viable therapies that are used in both animals and humans. He maintains an adjunct professor role at Mizzou and remains an active member of the research and teaching program there. He developed one of the first hybrid private practice/academic residency training programs with the faculty at MU and trains four residents per year that will go on to practice neurosurgery themselves.

Dr. Wininger has extensive clinical training in all aspects of veterinary neurology/neurosurgery with a neurosurgical certification from the ACVIM. His special interests include advanced MRI neuroimaging techniques and minimally invasive neurosurgical procedures. He is the founding and current treasurer of Veterinary Neurosurgical Society, an organization committed to uniting veterinary surgeons and neurosurgeons in discovering the best therapy for pets. He is the founder of 3D Veterinary Printing LLC.


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