About Today's Veterinary Practice

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Today’s Veterinary Practice is an official peer-reviewed journal of the NAVC. This bi-monthly publication is free to veterinary professionals and provides information on a wide variety of clinical topics and and industry information important to the veterinary practice today.

Laura Walker


Nick Paolo


Renee Luttrell

Jackie D’Antonio

Lillian McAnally


Eastern States Veterinary Association Inc., dba NAVC
5300 SW 41st Blvd.
Gainesville, FL 32608-4930
Fax: +1.610.558.1437


SS-Plattimon R. Platt, MVBVM&S, MRCVS, Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology) & ECVN
University of Georgia
College of Veterinary Medicine


Simon R. Platt, BVM&S, MRCVS, Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology) & ECVN, is a professor of neurology and neurosurgery at University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. His research interests include ischemic disease of the central nervous system, canine brain tumors, and epilepsy. Dr. Platt is a member of the International Veterinary Epilepsy Task Force and a founding member of the Southeastern Veterinary Neurology Group. He has authored or coauthored more than 190 journal articles and 50 book chapters and is the co-editor of three textbooks: BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Neurology, Manual of Small Animal Neurological Emergencies, and Canine and Feline Epilepsy: Diagnosis and Management. Dr. Platt received his veterinary degree from University of Edinburgh (Scotland) and completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Ontario Veterinary College (University of Guelph) and residency in neurology and neurosurgery at University of Florida.


advisor2P. Jane Armstrong, DVM, MS, MBA, Diplomate ACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine)
University of Minnesota
College of Veterinary Medicine


P. Jane Armstrong, DVM, MS, MBA, Diplomate ACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine), is a professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. She is also a member of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Liver Standardization Group. Her clinical and research interests include gastrointestinal disease, feline medicine, integrative medicine, clinical nutrition, and canine genetics. Dr. Armstrong is a past president of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Small Animal) and Comparative Gastroenterology Society. She received her DVM from Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph; then completed an internship at University of Illinois and residency and Master’s degree at Michigan State University.


advisor3Mark Cofone, VMD, Diplomate ACVS
Veterinary Specialty Center
Wilmington, Delaware


Mark Cofone, VMD, Diplomate ACVS, is a surgeon at Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware in Wilmington, Delaware. He has been in private specialty practice for 18 years; the past 12 years as managing partner at VSCD. Prior to joining VSCD, he was a senior scientist at Ethicon, Inc. His specialty areas include orthopedic surgery, joint reconstruction, bone deformities, arthroscopy, and sports medicine.


advisor4Sheila Grosdidier, RVT, PHR
Veterinary Management Consultation
Evergreen, Colorado


Sheila Grosdidier, RVT, PHR, is a partner/consultant with Veterinary Management Consultation, Inc, and specializes in staff training/utilization, client service excellence, and technical proficiency within veterinary practices. She also conducts extensive on-site consultations and has developed a seminar series directed toward taking practices to their next level. Ms. Grosdidier has authored numerous book chapters and journal articles on professional development, practice management, and nutrition. She lectures nationally and internationally and has been named Speaker of the Year by the NAVC Conference and International/Australia Veterinary Nurses Association. Prior to her current position, she was a senior veterinary educator with Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc, and also a director of information technologies and certified systems administrator in both Unix and Microsoft operating environments. Ms. Grosdidier received her Bachelor’s degree in human behavioral science from New York Institute of Technology and her Associate’s degree in veterinary technology from Maple Woods College in Kansas City, Missouri. She has also completed postgraduate work in psychology and adult learning.


advisor6Garret Pachtinger, VMD, Diplomate ACVECC
Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center
Levittown, Pennsylvania


Garret Pachtinger, VMD, Diplomate ACVECC, is a veterinarian at the Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center in Levittown, Pennsylvania. He has helped develop the emergency room and intensive care unit at VSEC as well as develop their emergency and critical care internship program. His research and clinical interests include toxicology, respiratory disease, renal disease management, and fluid therapy. Dr. Pachtinger is actively involved with the American College of Emergency and Critical Care and is a consultant for the Veterinary Information Network. He has published numerous scientific articles and book chapters and lectures nationally and internationally. Dr. Pachtinger received his degree from University of Pennsylvania and completed a 1-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery, 1-year internship in emergency and critical, and 3-year residency in emergency and critical care at the same institution.


advisor7Michael Schaer, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM & ACVECC
University of Florida
College of Veterinary Medicine


Michael Schaer, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM & ACVECC, is a professor in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences and Special Assistant to the Dean at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. His research interests include small animal internal medicine, endocrinology, and emergency/critical care. Dr. Schaer has published numerous scientific articles and book chapters and is the author of Clinical Medicine of the Dog and Cat, 1st and 2nd editions, and Clinical Signs in Small Animal Medicine. He also lectures nationally and internationally. Dr. Schaer’s previous positions at UF include associate chairman, associate chief of staff, and service chief. Prior to joining the UF faculty, he was in small animal private practice in New Jersey and on staff in the Department of Medicine at The Animal Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Schaer received his DVM from University of Illinois and completed his internship and residency at AMC.

Kenneth Abrams, DVM, Diplomate ACVO
Clarke Atkins, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM
Dwight D. Bowman, MS, PhD
Regina J. Brotherton, DVM, CCRP, PhD
Camilo Bulla, DVM, MS, PhD
Michael J. Dark, DVM, PhD
Craig Datz, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Canine & Feline Practice) & ACVN
Mark Epstein, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Canine & Feline Practice) & AAPM
Derek Fox, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVS
Laura Garrett, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Oncology)
Frederic P. Gaschen, DrMedVet, Diplomate ACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine) & ECVIM (Companion Animal)
Gregory F. Grauer, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine)
Deborah Gross Saunders, DPT, MSPT, OCS, CCRP, Diplomate ABPTS
Debra F. Horwitz, DVM, Diplomate ACVB
Sandra Koch, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVD
Angela Lennox, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Avian)
Steve Martinez, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS
Kathryn Michel, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVN
Mark Oyama, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology)
Mark Papich, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVCP
R. Michael Peak, DVM, Diplomate AVDC
Lysa P. Posner, DVM, Diplomate ACVA
Jody Ray, DVM, MS
Margaret Root Kustritz, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACT
Rose Raskin, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVP
Elizabeth Rozanski, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM & ACVECC
Margie Scherk, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Feline Practice)
Claire Sharp, BSc, BVMS (Hons), MS, CMAVA, Diplomate ACVECC
Jörg Steiner, MedVet, DrMedVet, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM & ECVIM (Companion Animal)
Jennifer L. Wardlaw, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS
Tina Wismer, DVM, Diplomate ABVT & ABT
James Young, DVM

NAVC Board of Directors

Gail Gibson, DVM

Immediate Past President
Melinda D. Merck, DVM

K. Leann Kuebelbeck, DVM

Vice President
Cheryl Good, DVM

Laurel Kaddatz, DVM


Paige Allen, MS, RVT

Harold Davis, Jr, BA, RVT, VTS (Emergency and Critical Care) (Anesthesia)

Sally Haddock, DVM

Bob Lester, DVM

Mark Russak, DVM