|Kenneth Simpson, BVM&S, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM), DECVIM-CA (Course Leader)
Professor, Section of Small Animal Medicine
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ithaca, NY
Dr. Simpson graduated from Edinburgh in 1984, and gained a PhD in gastroenterology at the University of Leicester in 1988. After an internship at the University of Pennsylvania and a medicine residency at THE Ohio State University he was a lecturer at the other Royal Veterinary College. He joined the faculty at Cornell University in 1995.
He is a Diplomate of the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Internal Medicine, and a member of the Section of Small Animal Internal Medicine at Cornell. His research interests are centered below the diaphragm, with a focus on inflammatory diseases of the GI tract (including the pancreas and liver), host bacterial interactions in health and disease, and culture independent bacteriology.
Marnin Forman, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
Cornell University Veterinary Specialists, Stamford, CT
Dr. Forman is a graduate of the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, and completed his internship at the Animal Medical Center in NYC. Following a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California-Davis, he stayed on to complete a Fellowship in Nephrology.
In 2011, Dr. Forman helped establish and became the head of the Internal Medicine department at Cornell University Veterinary Specialists. Dr. Forman’s clinical focus is rapid and minimally invasive diagnostic testing and therapeutics utilizing advanced labwork, ultrasound, fluoroscopy, computed tomography (CT), endoscopy, and/or laparoscopy. He is actively involved with academia and industry in the development of diagnostic tools for pancreatitis. He has published manuscripts evaluating the next generation of feline and canine pancreatitis testing, as well as book chapters.
Vicky Lipscomb, MA, VetMB, CertSAS, DECVS, MRCVS
Associate Professor of Small Animal Surgery
Royal Veterinary College, University of London, London, United Kingdom
Dr. Lipscomb graduated from Cambridge University Veterinary School in 1996 and undertook a Small Animal Internship at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC). After working in small animal practice in Surrey, she completed a Small Animal Surgery Clinical Training Scholarship at the RVC, achieving the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Surgery in 2000 and the European Diploma in Small Animal Surgery in 2002.
Following a period in private referral practice, Dr. Lipscomb returned to the RVC in 2003 as a Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery, where she has since continued to develop her specialist surgical interests, clinical research and teaching. She became the Head of the Soft Tissue Surgery Service in 2011.
Robert O’Brien, DVM, MS, DACVR
Chief Radiologist and Director of Professional Services
Peregrine Radiology, Nobleboro, ME
Dr. O’Brien obtained his DVM degree from The Ohio State University and completed an internship and an imaging residency at the University of Pennsylvania. He has held several academic positions at several schools, among them: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Kansas State University and The University of Illinois.
Dr. O'Brien's latest primary clinical and research focus is finding ways to CT image emergency and critical care animal patients that are considered a high anesthetic risk. He developed a new positioning plexiglass device called the "VetMouseTrapTM." This Plexiglas tube securely encloses a cat or small dog so that it can be imaged without the need of general anesthesia.
Sara Wennogle, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
Dr. Wennogle graduated with her DVM from Colorado State University (CSU) in 2011. Following graduation, she entered general private practice in Fairbanks, Alaska. After one year in practice, she returned to CSU where she completed a one year Shelter and Internal Medicine Fellowship. She completed her Small Animal Internal Medicine (SAIM) residency in 2016 and became board-certified.
Dr. Wennogle stayed on at CSU and is currently dividing her time between working on a PhD in Clinical Sciences and serving on clinics in small animal internal medicine. Her principal areas of interest include chronic gastrointestinal and liver disease in dogs.
David Williams, MA, PhD, VetMB, DACVIM (SAIM), DECVIM-CA
Professor, Veterinary Clinical Medicine
University of Illinois, Urbana, Ill.
Dr. Williams received his veterinary degree from the University of Cambridge and his PhD from the University of Liverpool (where he first developed the canine TLI assay). He was an intern and resident at the University of Pennsylvania, and has held Faculty positions at the University of Florida, Kansas State University, Purdue University, Texas A&M University, and the University of Illinois.
Dr. Williams founded the "GI Lab" in 1985 at the University of Florida, when he introduced assay of serum trypsin-like immunoreactivity (TLI) in the dog to the United States. His research has been focused on the development and application of new tests for gastrointestinal diseases, particularly those affecting the pancreas, small intestine, stomach and liver of dogs and cats.