LAIM Candidate Boot Camp

Large Animal Candidate Boot Camp


October 12-15, 2017  |  Michigan State University (MSU) Veterinary Medical Center  |  East Lansing, MI 

This 3.5 day interactive course consists of a series of hands-on labs and small group discussions with a focus on muscular, neurologic, gastrointestinal, and urinary systems in large animals. Attendees are encouraged to bring challenging cases they are working on for discussion with other candidates and the four expert doctors. This course is appropriate for first and second year Large Animal Internal Medicine (equine emphasis) candidates, residents in training programs or Diplomates who wish to improve their knowledge and skills in Large Animal Internal Medicine.

17.5 CE credits

Your registration fee includes:                                                        
  • Hotel Lodging Wednesday - Saturday nights             
  • All meals Thursday - Sunday (excluding alcohol and Dinner on Saturday and Sunday)
  • Transportation between the hotel and course location at MSU

Course Leader

Dr. Harold Schott DVM, PhD, DACVIM (LAIM)

Dr. Schott received his DVM degree in 1984 from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He started his career with three years in private equine practice in Southern California. Dr. Schott subsequently pursued advanced training by completing a residency in equine internal medicine and a PhD in equine exercise physiology at Washington State University. Since 1995, Dr. Schott has been an equine medicine clinician at Michigan State University with a strong clinical interest in fluid and electrolyte balance, urinary tract disorders, and endocrinological disorders. In addition, he continues to pursue research interests in endocrinological disorders and fluid and electrolyte balance in critically ill patients and endurance horses.


Dr. Michelle Barton DVM, PhD, DACVIM (LAIM)

Michelle Henry Barton is a 1985 graduate from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois. Dr. Barton completed a one year Large Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship at North Carolina State University and then completed a four year combined Large Animal Internal Medicine Residency and PhD in Physiology at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia. Dr. Barton has remained at the University of Georgia and is the Fuller E. Callaway Endowed Chair, Professor of Large Animal Internal Medicine (a Georgia University System wide chair for teaching and scholarship) and a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor (a University of Georgia title for teaching excellence). She is currently the Director of Clinical Academic Affairs at the College of Veterinary Medicine at UGA. Dr. Barton has served the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine as the Specialty President for Large Animal Internal Medicine and as their Ombudsman. Clinical, teaching, and research interests include endotoxic and septic shock, neonatal medicine, coagulopathy, cardiology, colic, and critical illness related endocrinopathy.


Dr. Richard Hepburn BVSc, MS (Hons), CertEM (IntMed), DACVIM (LAIM), MRCVS

Richard Hepburn received his veterinary degree from University of Liverpool in 1997, before working in equine hospitals in the UK and New Zealand. In 2004 he completed a combined ACVIM LAIM residency and Masters Program at The Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center. Richard then returned to the UK as the first ACVIM LAIM Diplomate in equine private practice. Currently he is an RCVS recognized specialist in equine internal medicine at B&W Equine Hospital, a 35 vet equine centre, where neurology and gastroenterology form the majority of his caseload. Richard is a contributing author to the 2nd edition of the Equine Neurology textbook, and author of a new chapter covering neck pathology in the second edition of Equine Back Pathology. Richard has lectured on equine neurology and gastroenterology at meetings in Europe, USA, Middle East and Africa. Richard was a member of the 2015 ECEIM EGUS consensus statement committee. Richard is an FEI treating vet at Badminton 4* horse trials and at the London International Horse Show.


Dr. Tony Pease DVM, MS, DACVR

Tony Pease graduated from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Then he did an internship in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery at the Marion DuPont Equine Medical Center in Virginia followed by a Small Animal Internship at Affiliated Veterinary Specialists in Maitland Florida. Dr. Pease did a residency in Diagnostic Imaging at Cornell University. After completing the residency program, he then was an Assistant Professor at North Carolina for four years and a tenured Associate Professor at Michigan State University for 8 years. Currently, he is the Chief Veterinary MediDcal Officer for WVC (Western Veterinary Conference). Tony has been the President of the American College of Veterinary Radiology and has lectured nationally and internationally on diagnostic imaging with a focus on radiography and ultrasound. He has had 20 research grants funded with 58 scientific articles published and 6 book chapters. Dr. Pease’s research interest center around neurologic disease in dog and horse using CT and MRI as well as novel ultrasound guided interventional techniques. He is also an Associate editor for the Equine Veterinary Journal. When not involved with veterinary medicine or teaching, Dr. Pease enjoys playing ice hockey as a goalie and training for triathlons.


Dr. Steve Reed DVM, DACVIM (LAIM)

Dr. Reed is a 1976 graduate of the Ohio State University college of veterinary medicine. He completed an Internship and residency training at Michigan State University between 1976 and 1979 and then began an academic career at Washington State University (1979--1983). Dr. Reed moved to the faculty of Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine from 1983-2007 when he retired and moved to Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky, where he remains as a shareholder at this time. He is an Emeritus Professsor at Ohio State and holds an Adjunct Professor title at the University of Kentucky Department of Veterinary Science. His clinical and research interests are dedicated to understanding neurological diseases of horses, in particular Cervical Vertebral Stenosis, Equine Protozoal Meyeloencephalitis and Equine Herpesvirus Myloencephalopathy.


Dr. Stephanie Valberg DVM, PhD, ACVSMR, DACVIM (LAIM)

Stephanie Valberg, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (LAIM), ACVSMR is a professor in Large Animal Medicine at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, St. Paul Minnesota, USA. She received her DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College and completed a PhD in equine exercise physiology at the Swedish University of Animal Science. She is a Board certified internal medicine and sports medicine clinician at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Valberg was inducted into the Equine Research Hall of Fame in 2012.


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