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Continuing Education Series Speakers

Christopher G. Byers, DVM, DACVECC, DACVIM, CVJ

Internal Medicine

VCA Midwest Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center

Dr. Christopher G. Byers is a practicing board-certified veterinary emergency and critical care and small animal internal medicine specialist based in Omaha, Nebraska.  He received his BS degree in Animal Sciences from Colorado State University and his DVM from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.  Dr. Byers’ professional passions are mentoring and coaching veterinary students and colleagues, in the areas of emergency and critical care, internal medicine, and communication skills.  To that effect, he’s been privileged to travel around the globe, partnering with veterinary professionals dedicated to advancing animal health.  Dr. Byers publishes a weekly blog called CriticalCareDVM.  The goals of this site are to educate pet parents and promote the triad of care between pet owner, primary care doctor, and veterinary specialist. 

Presentations:

Practical Approach to Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia- February 13, 2020

Pattern-Based Approach to Respiratory Distress- July 9, 2020

Jessica M. Clemans, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)

Internal Medicine

VCA Midwest Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center

Dr. Clemans earned her DVM from and completed her residency at Iowa State University. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in small animal internal medicine. Dr. Clemans enjoys all aspects of internal medicine but has a special interest in minimally invasive endoscopic procedures, biliary issues, and infectious diseases. She's eager to partner with the Omaha community to help provide the best possible healthcare for dogs and cats. Prior to joining VCA MidWest Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center, Dr. Clemans practiced in Texas and Ohio. She is thrilled to return to the Midwest with her husband (an Iowa native and fellow DVM), two children, and furry family members.

Presentations:

Chemotherapy Complications- June 11, 2020

What to do with that ALT Elevation-September 10, 2020

Crystal M. Cooley, DVM, MS Residency Trained in Small Animal Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine

VCA Midwest Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center

Dr. Cooley received her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Iowa State University and continued on to receive her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University, as well.  From there, she completed a one-year rotating internship at VCA Aurora Animal Hospital in Aurora, Illinois, followed by a three-year residency training program in internal medicine at Colorado State University before joining the internal medicine team at VCA MidWest Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center.  During her residency at Colorado State University, Dr. Cooley also received a Master’s degree in Veterinary Clinical Sciences, where her research focused on chronic kidney disease in cats.  Dr. Cooley understands the strong bond that exists between owners and their pets. 

Presentations:

Palliative Care of Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (Focus on Felines) and SQ Fluid Therapy- January 9, 2020

​Chronic Diseases of the Small Intestine- August 13, 2020

Sarah Fritz, BA, LVT

Technician Manager

VCA Midwest Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center

Sarah has been a Licensed Veterinary Technician since 2010, and has returned to VCA Midwest just recently from Raleigh, NC.  While she was in Raleigh Sarah taught at the Miller-Motte College in their veterinary technician program.  Sarah began her educational career by obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan College where she then moved forward with her career at Vatterott College in the Veterinary technician program which she graduated in 2010.  Sarah was a surgical technician and anesthesia technician for 2 years where she decided to change to emergency medicine that she has been in for 7 years.  She has also helped revise a chapter in a soon to be published veterinary book.  Currently she excels as our Technician Supervisor here at VCA Midwest.  When she is not at work she enjoys spending time with her spouse, her 2 cats, 3 bulldogs, and 1 hedgehog. 

Presentations:

Transfusion Medicine- July 17, 2020

TBD- November 19, 2020

Jodie Gerdin, DVM, DACVP

​Veterinary Anatomic pathologists

ANTECH Diagnostics

Dr. Jodie Gerdin hails from upstate New York, and is a graduate of Vassar College (co-ed since 1969) and Cornell veterinary school. After completing an internship in small animal medicine and surgery outside the Washington DC area, she worked for 5 years as an emergency veterinarian at a referral hospital outside of Richmond, VA. She returned to Cornell for her residency in veterinary anatomic pathology, where she developed expertise in veterinary forensic pathology and received advanced training in hepatopathology of dogs and cats. She enjoys rock climbing, riding her bike with family, shopping at Wegman’s, and misses riding her mothballed Kawasaki Ninja 250cc motorcycle. She resides outside of Baltimore with her husband, daughter, and 2 cats, all of whom are Washington Nationals fans.

Presentations:

​Exploring Renal & Hepatic Diagnostics- October 17, 2019

Mandy Gryskiewicz, LVT, BS

Surgery & Neurology Supervisor
VCA Midwest Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center

Mandy Gryskiewicz has worked as a Licensed Veterinary Technician since 2004 and has been at VCA MidWest Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center since 2006. Mandy enjoys all aspects of specialty medicine, with a special interest in surgery, neurology, and anesthesia & analgesia. In her role as the Surgical Supervisor, Mandy works closely with clients, referring doctors, and pets to ensure the highest levels of pet health care as well as excellent client service. Mandy enjoys seeing the progress that a patient can make after a major procedure as well as the development of her individual team members.

Mandy is the mother of a son and two high energy dogs.

Presentations:

Mechanical Ventilation for Anesthesia Patients- January 16, 2020

Danielle M. Hundley, DVM, MS, DACVECC

Emergency & Critical Care 

VCA Midwest Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center

Dr. Hundley received both her undergraduate and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from Iowa State University.  Critical care medicine was always her interest and passion throughout her veterinary studies to that end, she completed internships at Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center and Eastern Iowa Veterinary Specialty center.  She then completed a comprehensive residency in small animal emergency and critical care and earned her Master of Science degree at Purdue University.  As of October of 2019 she received her board certification as a  Doctor of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care.  Dr. Hundley’s special interests include minimally invasive vascular access, fluid therapy, trauma, mechanical ventilation, and SIRS/Sepsis.  When she is not caring for critically ill patients, Dr. Hundley enjoys spending time with her extended family and exploring the outdoors with her Labrador Retriever named Cash.  She also enjoys traveling, camping, baking, crafting, theater, music and attending Cyclone athletic events (although she admits she will give being a Husker fan a chance).

Presentations:

Heatstroke:  An Overview- May 14, 2020

​Alternative Access Routes for fluid Resuscitation-November 11, 2020

Jarrod Miller, LVT

Emergency & Critical Care Supervisor

VCA Midwest Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center

Jarrod started working as a Veterinary Assistant at Animal Emergency Clinic in 2013 while attending Vatterott College and pursuing a degree in Veterinary Medicine. He graduated in 2014 with an Associates of Applied Sciences of Veterinary Technology degree. After graduation he took the VTNE and became a Licensed Veterinary Technician.  He currently is an Emergency Supervisor at VCA Midwest Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center. Born and raised in Omaha, animals have been one of his biggest passions since he was a child. He finds Emergency and Critical Care to be both very intense and very rewarding. Seeing the smiles on the faces of the families of the animals he cares for and seeing their happy little tails wag when they get to go home means everything. His ability to confidently connect with clients helps to ensure they are as informed and comfortable as possible in entrusting their animal's care to our team. He enjoys being able to work in a facility with such tremendously skilled doctors and technicians where he can continue to learn to utilize his skills to their full potential. When not taking care of animals, Jarrod is a professional fire performer and spends time running, playing video games, and taking care of his hedgehog, Zelda.

Presentations:

Central Lines:  Indications, Placement, and Usage- May 21, 2020

Michelle R. Meyer, DVM, DACVS-SA

Medical Director & Surgery

VCA Midwest Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center

Dr. Meyer earned as both her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science and Industry and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Kansas State University. She then completed a rotating internship at the University of Missouri, a surgical internship in Wichita, KS, and residency in small animal surgery in El Paso, TX. Dr. Meyer enjoys all aspects of surgery, but she has special interests in surgical management for CCLR (TPLO), IVDD, wound management, and soft tissue surgeries. She's eager to partner with you to help provide the best possible healthcare for dogs and cats in our community.

Presentations:

Hemoperitoneum- April 9, 2020

​Bandage and Wound Management-October 8, 2020

Jennifer Reed, LVT

Licensed Veterinary Technician - Emergency & Critical Care

VCA Midwest Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center

Jennifer Reed has been working in her second career, Veterinary Medicine for over 7 years.  Having graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at Foothill College in Los Altos, California, she got her start at Adobe Animal Hospital, a 24hour general practice open hospital with 24 hour emergency care as well as a comprehensive state of the art ICU.  She moved to Nebraska in early 2019 and works in both general practice and Emergency and Critical Care.

Presentations:

Enrichment for Hospitalized and Boarding Felines- March 19, 2020

Sharon Schrad, BS, LVT, CPhT

Dispensary Supervisor
VCA Midwest Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center

Sharon was born and raised in Columbus, NE. She grew up on an acreage where her family cared for every species imaginable, from pigeons to horses. She holds an Associates of Applied Science in Animal Science and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. In addition to being a Licensed Veterinary Technician she is also a Certified Pharmacy Technician. Sharon has had an extensive career in veterinary medicine. She has worked in primary care, specialty, emergency and also as a professor in a veterinary technology program.  Currently, Sharon works as the dispensary and laboratory supervisor for VCA Midwest Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center. In this role she over sees all aspects of the dispensary and lab including preparation for USP800. Sharon is married and has two children. Her free time is spent following the Huskers and Blue Jays and spending time with her extended family.

Presentations:

Veterinary Urinalysis-Got Urine?  You Should!- September 17, 2020

Heather Wamsley, BS, DVM, PhD, DACVP

Veterinary Clinical Pathologist
ANTECH Diagnostics

Dr. Heather Wamsley is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She completed her B.S. in bacteriology in 1995 and DVM degree in 2000. She did a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at The Animal Medical Center NYC, and then completed a residency in clinical pathology and Ph.D. in molecular biology of infectious disease at the University of Florida. Heather is board-certified in veterinary clinical pathology with 17 years of experience in hematology, marrow evaluation, clinical biochemistry, urinalysis, cytology and pathology. She is a passionate educator and has received college and national teaching awards recognizing her abilities. Since 2004, she has been active in continuing education online and at local, national and international conferences for all levels of veterinary professionals, pre-veterinary students and K-12 students. She has published 13 book chapters in areas of urinalysis, clinical pathology as it relates to neurology and other topics. Her other publications are in the areas of in situ molecular diagnostics, mammalian and insect cell culture, arthropod-borne disease pathogenesis, Parvo Virus, preclinical evaluation of prospective therapeutics, histomorphometry, and clinical pathology. She is currently a clinical pathologist for Mars Petcare VCA Antech Diagnostics.

Presentations:

Exploring Renal & Hepatic Diagnostics- October 17, 2019

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