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Outpatient Medicine Conference

Hosted by: Office of Continuing Education

We are excited to bring you this conference virtually this year. We will offer 11 hours of continuing education credit, which includes 2 hours of LEAP.

***Can't make the live meeting? Recorded lectures will be available until December 20, 2020!

*** LEAP session must be attended live to receive credit. This session will not be available via recording.

Event Information

2 hours LEAP only : $90
Full Conference (11 hours with LEAP) : $265




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

Event Agenda


Start Time
End Time
12:50 pm 1:00 pm
Dawn Clarke, DVM, DACVIM
1:00 pm 1:50 pm
Encouraging developments in the management of canine osteosarcoma
Travis Laver, VMD, PhD, DACVIM
2:00 pm 2:50 pm
What’s new in cancer diagnostics and treatments
Brittany Feldhaeusser, DVM
3:00 pm 3:50 pm
Nailing your diagnosis & treatment of feline inappropriate elimination
Dr. Leticia M. Souza Dantas, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVB
4:00 pm 4:50 pm
Rabbit Radiology
Stephen Divers, BVetMed, DZooMed, DACZM, DECZM (herpetology), FRCVS
5:00 pm 5:50 pm
Heat and light for the reptile patient
Joerg Mayer, DVM, MS, DABVP (ECM), DECZM


Start Time
End Time
8:00 am 8:50 am
Updated feline retrovirus management guidelines
Sara Gonzalez
9:00 am 9:50 am
Management of congestive heart failure
Rebecca Bates
10:00 am 10:50 am
What's new in Interventional Cardiovascular Therapeutics
Lauren Markovic, DVM, DACVIM
11:00 am 11:50 am
Blood Allergy Testing Ins and Outs – What do these numbers tell me?
Michaela Austel
12:00 pm 12:30 pm
12:30 pm 2:30 pm
Making the Most of Mentorship: Retaining New Graduates at your Practice (LEAP GBVM-2392)
Ira Roth/Alison Meindl


  • Dr. Leticia M. Souza Dantas, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVB

    Dr. Dantas earned her DVM at the Universidade Federal Fluminense in sunny Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2003. She obtained a M.S. on feline medicine and welfare in 2008 and a Ph.D. on domestic cat social behavior, aggression and environmental enrichment for shelter and communally housed cats in 2010. Dr. Dantas has over 16 years of experience working in academia. She has taught Ethology, Behavioral Medicine, Bioethics and Animal Welfare Science and trained senior veterinary students in Clinical Behavioral Medicine. In 2009, she came to work at University of Georgia Veterinary Teaching Hospital’s Behavioral Medicine service, where she also did her residency. She is the co-founder and co-director of ZooPsych, Inc., a consulting business in behavioural medicine and animal mental health, is a member of the advisory panel for the Fear Free initiative and certified Fear Free professional. She is the director and attending faculty of our VTH’s Behavioral Medicine Service and one of the editors of the textbook Veterinary Psychopharmacology.

  • Sara Gonzalez, DVM, MS

    Dr. Sara Gonzalez received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (2011) and Master of Science (2007) degrees from the University of Florida. After graduation, she spent several years in small animal private practice in Manhattan, Kansas. Following this experience, she joined the faculty at Kansas State University as Small Animal Emergency Clinician in the Veterinary Health Center and Clinical Veterinarian in the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. In 2019, Dr. Gonzalez moved to Georgia, where she serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of Community Practice in the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Gonzalez coordinates the Small Animal Infectious Diseases elective at UGA and primarily works with senior veterinary students on the Community Practice rotation. Some of her other special interests include preventative care, internal medicine, dentistry, and clinical skills and communication training for students.

  • Alison Meindl, DVM

    Dr. Alison Meindl graduated from Colorado State University with her DVM in 2005. After graduation, she completed a year-long internship in small animal medicine and surgery at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital. She practiced at a variety of small animal private practices in the Phoenix, Arizona area before coming to the University of Georgia Community Practice Clinic in 2015. Her research interests include dentistry, proteinuria, and communication. She enjoys being able to practice medicine while teaching veterinary students and is committed to helping them transition to the workforce as seamlessly as possible while retaining enthusiasm for the veterinary medical profession.

  • Ira Roth, DVM
  • Travis Laver, VMD, PhD, DACVIM

    Dr. Laver received his PhD in cell biology from the University of Alabama-Birmingham where he studied molecular signaling in the human brain tumor glioblastoma multiforme. He went on to receive his VMD from the University of Pennsylvania and subsequently completed a residency in medical oncology at Colorado State University. He is currently an assistant professor of oncology at the University of Georgia where he splits his time between the oncology service and his research lab, which focuses on identifying new molecular targets and therapies in a variety of canine and feline cancers.

  • Joerg Mayer, DVM, MS, DABVP (ECM), DECZM

    Dr. Joerg Mayer grew up in Germany where he received his primary education. He went to Budapest / Hungary to study veterinary medicine shortly after the “iron curtain” fell. During his studies he was fortunate to be able to work with veterinarians in South Africa and Namibia for 6 months. He always had a strong interest in exotic animal medicine. After he received his doctoral degree from the University of Budapest/Hungary, he went to the USA for an internship in ‘Zoological Medicine and Surgery’ at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, RI. At the end of the internship he was part of a research team to study wild tree kangaroos in the rainforest of Papua New Guinea for 3 months. After this exciting experience, he went to the Royal veterinary College in London / England to study for his Masters of Science degree in wild animal health. The masters project which focused on lead toxicity in the common loon, brought him to the Tufts Wildlife Clinic in the USA. There he was hired to serve as a clinical associate professor and as the head of the clinical service for exotic animals. After 10 years at Tufts University he moved to Athens, Georgia in 2010 to take the job of Associate Professor in Zoological Medicine at UGA.

  • Stephen Divers, BVetMed, DZooMed, DACZM, DECZM (herpetology), FRCVS

    Stephen Divers graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 1994. He obtained his Certificate and Diploma in Zoological Medicine from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), and is a recognized Specialist in Zoo & Wildlife Medicine and a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. He is a Diplomate of both the American and European Colleges of Zoological Medicine (Herpetology and Zoo Health Management).

    He is a past-president of the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians, scientific editor of the Journal of Herpetological Medicine & Surgery and an associate editor for the Journal of Zoo & Wildlife Medicine. He has served on the ABVP subspecialties in small mammal and herpetological medicine, and was involved with the establishment of the zoological companion animal (exotic pet) examination through the ACZM, as well as the European College of Zoological Medicine, herpetology and zoo health management subspecialties.

    Dr Divers has lectured at over 80 national or international conferences across the Americas,  Europe and Australasia. He has twice received the Best Speaker Award at the North American Veterinary Conference and the International Conference on Exotics, and was voted “Exotic DVM of the Year” in 2006. Stephen heads the Zoological Medicine Service and supervises the zoological residency program (currently at 4 residents) at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, USA. He has over 150 publications to his name including various editorships, book chapters, and scientific journal papers. He is co-editor of the    recently published 3rd edition of Mader’s Reptile and Amphibian Medicine and Surgery.

  • Michaela G. Austel, Dr.med.vet., DACVD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology

    Dr. Austel has been a veterinarian for 28 years, 23 of those were dedicated to dermatology.

    She spent over 20 years in academia (torturing students…) in Europe and the United States. She received her specialty training in dermatology (a very long time ago) at the University of Georgia und subsequently became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology.

    She explored ‘new territory in private practice in West Virginia, Massachusetts and Georgia for several years before re-uniting with the College of Veterinary Medicine of The University of Georgia in 2019 as an assistant clinical professor of veterinary dermatology.

    Dr. Austel has been a volunteer at the Athens Clarke County Animal Shelter since 2008. She is the proud parent of six adopted furry children. Five of them have allergies ?.

  • Brittany Feldhaeusser, DVM

    Dr. Feldhaeusser is the third year medical oncology resident at the UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital. She completed her undergraduate and veterinary degrees at UGA – Go Dawgs! She then completed a rotating internship at Ohio State University before returning to UGA for her residency. She will be joining a private practice in Atlanta after finishing her program next year.

  • Rebecca Bates, DVM

    Dr. Rebecca Bates received her DVM from Auburn University in 2017.  Following graduation, she completed a year-long rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at UGA. She stayed at UGA to pursue a  residency in cardiology, which she will complete in 2021.

  • Lauren Markovic, DVM, DACVIM

    Dr. Markovic received her DVM from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2009. Following her DVM, she completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at the VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center in California, a residency in Cardiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a two year veterinary Interventional Cardiology Fellowship at Colorado State University.

    Dr. Markovic’s primary interests involve advancing the fields of cardiology, interventional cardiology, and enhancing translational medicine