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57th Annual Veterinary Conference and Alumni Weekend

Hosted by: Office of Continuing Education

Come home to Athens!

Join us for a long weekend of learning, networking, and reconnecting with old friends at the 57th Annual Veterinary Conference and Alumni Weekend.

Registration will open Monday, December 2, 2019. Mark your calendars to reserve your spot!

Event Information

2-day conference : $375
Friday only conference : $195
Saturday only conference : $190
Saturday evening cocktail reception : $40
Friday alumni awards luncheon : $25
Saturday Class of 1970 50th Anniversary recognition luncheon : $25


UGA Center for Continuing Education and Hotel
1197 South Lumpkin Street
Athens, GA 30602
United States


Office of Continuing Education
Phone Number: (706) 542-1451
Email: cheryls@uga.edu

Event Location

Event Agenda


Start Time
End Time
6:00 pm 8:00 pm
Dean's Welcome Reception

Kick off the weekend with a welcome reception at the Veterinary Medical Center located at 2200 College Station Road. Tours of the veterinary teaching hospital will be available.



  • Frane Banovic, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ECVD
  • Michele Barletta, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVAA
  • Joseph Bartges, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVN

    Dr. Joe Bartges received his BS in zoology in 1983 from Marshall University in Huntington, WV, and his DVM from The University of Georgia in 1987. He completed an internship and residencies in small animal internal medicine and nutrition in addition to a PhD at the University of Minnesota in 1993. After a post-doctoral position at the University of Minnesota, he joined the faculty at The University of Georgia in 1994 where he remained until 1997. In 1997, he joined the faculty at The University of Tennessee where he remained until 2015. During this time he achieved Professor of Medicine and Nutrition, held the Acree Endowed Chair of Small Animal Research, and served as interim department head for approximately 2 years. He then joined the staff at Cornell University Veterinary Specialists in Stamford, CT, as an internist and nutritionist and was Adjunct Clinical Professor of Medicine and Nutrition at Cornell University. Currently, Dr. Bartges is Professor of Medicine and Nutrition in the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. He is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (small animal internal medicine) and the American College of Veterinary Nutrition.

  • Brian Beasley, DVM, CJF
  • Ben Brainard, VMD, DACVAA, DACVECC
  • Brandy Burgess, DVM, MSc, PhD, DACVIM (LAIM), DACVPM
  • Melinda Camus, DVM, DACVP

    Dr. Melinda Camus received her DVM from Louisiana State University in 2001.  She spent 5 years in mixed animal practice in Mississippi before completing her clinical pathology residency at the University of Georgia (UGA).  Upon attaining diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP), she joined the faculty at UGA where she is now an Associate Professor and director of the clinical pathology laboratory.  She is also the chairperson of the ACVP’s certifying examination assembly and administration group for clinical pathology.  Dr. Camus is passionate about all aspects of clinical pathology with a strong interest in quality assurance. She particularly enjoys resident training and teaching veterinary students.

  • Betsy Choder, Esq.
  • Brent Credille, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Large Animal)

    Dr. Brent Credille is an Associate Professor in the Food Animal Health and Management Program within the Department of Population Health in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia.  He currently serves as Service Chief of the Field Services section of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.  He completed his DVM training at UGA, an internship in Livestock Medicine and Surgery at Colorado State University, a Large Animal Internal Medicine Residency and PhD in Physiology/Pharmacology at UGA.  The goal of Dr. Credille’s research program is to better understand
    the epidemiology, mechanisms, and impact of antimicrobial resistance in Mannheimia haemolytica.  Additionally, his research program is evaluating the differences in cell-mediated immune responses to viral and bacterial respiratory pathogens in beef calves at high and low risk of developing BRD.  Furthermore, his lab is currently evaluating the utility of biomarkers as predictors of future BRD events in stocker cattle.  Long term, he hopes to use the information he obtains from his studies to develop antimicrobial use and management strategies that improve the health and welfare of beef cattle
    throughout North America

  • Katie Diehl, DVM, MS, DACVO

    Dr. Diehl is currently an assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated with her BA in biology from Cornell University, then MS and DVM from the Ohio State University. She then did a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at UGA, then a combined residency in comparative ophthalmology and fellowship in cellular biology at the University of Wisconsin. Since then she practiced as faculty at the University of Minnesota, Auburn University and the University of Wisconsin, as well as in private specialty practice, before returning to Georgia in 2014. Dr. Diehl also serves on the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists genetics and exam committees and tries to stay active and fit with just about any outdoor pursuit.

  • Karine Gendron, DVM, DipECVDI, DipACVR

    Dr. Karine Gendron is Assistant Professor of Diagnostic Imaging at UGA  where she has been faculty member since 2017. She completed her radiology specialty training at the University of Berne in Switzerland under the mentorship of MSK enthusiast Pr. Dr. Johann Lang, and her DVM studies at the University of Montreal.

    Dr. Gendron is a diplomate of both the European and the American Veterinary Radiology Colleges, and her current research interest is imaging of growth plate disorders, specifically of Incomplete Ossification of the Humeral Condyle (IOHC) in dogs.

  • Janet Grimes, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA
  • Janemarie Hennebelle, DVM

    Janemarie Hennebelle currently serves as the Assistant State Veterinarian and Animal Health program manager for the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Dr. Hennebelle received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine and her Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine from the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine.

  • Ray Kaplan, BS, DVM, PhD, DipEVPC, DipACVM (Parasitology)

    Dr. Kaplan is a Professor in the Department of Infectious Diseases in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia. Dr. Kaplan received his bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and his DVM from Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.  He worked as a clinical veterinarian in a mixed-species private practice in Pennsylvania for several years before leaving for the University of Florida where he earned a PhD in Veterinary Parasitology.  Prior to his position at University of Georgia, Dr. Kaplan served in the Army Veterinary Corps at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, where he was Chief of Parasite Biology in the Division of Experimental Therapeutics.  Since 1998 he has been in his current position where he performs research, teaching and service in veterinary parasitology.  Dr. Kaplan’s research program is focused on measuring, understanding, and solving the problem of drug resistance in helminth parasites.  He is a Diplomate of both the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists (Parasitology) and the European Veterinary Parasitology College, and is past President of the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists.  Dr. Kaplan also is recipient of the Pfizer Award for Research Excellence, the University of Georgia Charles N. Dobbins Award for Excellence in Service, the Dr. Fred C. Davison Award for outstanding service to veterinary medicine, and in 2018 he received the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists – Boehringer Ingelheim Distinguished Veterinary Parasitologist Award.

  • Stephanie Kleine, DVM, DACVAA
  • Andy Moorhead, DVM, MS, PhD
  • Kate Myrna, DVM, MS, DACVO

    Dr. Kate Myrna has a BA from Vassar College and received her DVM from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. She completed a 1-year internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, and went on to complete a 1-year specialty internship under the mentorship of Dr. Nancy Cottrill in Small Animal Ophthalmology at Angell Animal Medical Center – Western New England. Dr. Myrna then completed a Residency in Comparative Ophthalmology and obtained a Master of Science in Comparative Biomedical Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Myrna is interested in comparative ophthalmology, corneal wound healing and ocular analgesia

  • John Peroni, DVM, MS, DACVS

    Dr. Peroni is Professor of Large Animal Surgery at the University of Georgia College Of Veterinary Medicine. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Parma, Italy and completed equine surgery training at Michigan State University. His research interests include laminitis, respiratory physiology, vascular flow measurement using Xe133, equine bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells, and bone healing and enhancement.

  • Simon Platt, BVM&S, Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology), Diplomate ECVN, FRCVS RCVS Recognized Specialist of Veterinary Neurology

    Dr. Simon Platt qualified from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1992; he was then an intern at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph and completed a residency in neurology and neurosurgery in 1998 at the University of Florida. Dr. Platt is currently a professor at the University of Georgia.  Dr. Platt has authored or co-authored over 200 journal articles and 50 book chapters and is the co-editor of the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Neurology and the Manual of Small Animal Neurological Emergencies. Dr. Platt is Past-President of the ACVIM Neurology Specialty and Founder member of the South Eastern Veterinary Neurology (SEVEN) group in the USA. Currently, Simon serves as Editor in Chief of the NAVC journal Today’s Veterinary Practice. Dr. Platt was made a fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2018.

  • Andy Roark, DVM, MS
  • Mike Robbins, DVM
  • Corey Saba, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)

    Dr. Corey Saba graduated from the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. She completed a one-year small animal rotating internship at Texas A&M, followed by a three-year medical oncology residency at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Saba has been with the University of Georgia since 2006 and is currently a Professor of Oncology in the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery.

  • Chad Schmiedt, DVM, DACVS
  • Laura Smallwood, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
  • Nicole Trenholme, DVM


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