Course Architects

  • Dennis Chew, DVM, DACVIM – Internal Medicine: Dr. Chew is a 1972 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University. He did a one-year internship at South Weymouth Veterinary Associates and a two-year residency in internal medicine and nephrology at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. He became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1977. Dr Chew was an attending veterinarian at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital for 36 years and is now Professor Emeritus. Most of his work in clinics, research and publications involves urology/nephrology in small animals.  He has special interest in disorders of calcium metabolism, chronic kidney disease and vitamin D metabolite dynamics, idiopathic/interstitial cystitis of cats, and diagnostic urinary endoscopy. He has been the author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications and 2 editions of the Manual of Nephrology and Urology in Small Animals.
  • Thomas Graves, DVM, DACVIM - Feline Medicine:  Dr. Graves received the D.V.M. degree from Cornell University in 1991, and completed an internship at The Ohio State University, followed by a residency in small animal internal medicine at Michigan State University.  A diplomate of ACVIM, he also holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in pharmacology from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.  Prior to joining the faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois, Dr. Graves spent several years as a feline private practitioner, and as a small animal emergency veterinarian. Most recently, Dr. Graves served as professor and dean of the new College of Veterinary Medicine at Midwestern University in Arizona.  He has published extensively in the areas of small animal endocrinology and feline medicine. He has won numerous awards for teaching and research, and has lectured extensively throughout North America, South America, Asia, and Europe.  His research, focusing on feline geriatric medicine and endocrinology, has been funded by the American Association of Feline Practitioners, the American Animal Hospital Association, the Winn Feline Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health. 
  • Benjamin Brainard, VMD, ACVA / VMD, DACVAA, DACVECC – Emergency Medicine - Dr. Brainard received his VMD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2000, followed by a 1-year internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Georgia. Following his internship, Dr. Brainard completed dual residencies in Veterinary Anesthesiology and Emergency and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Brainard is board certified in both veterinary anesthesiology and emergency/critical care. He serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.  Dr. Brainard was named the Director of Clinical Research of the College of Veterinary Medicine in June 2017.
  • Victoria Lukasik, DVM, DACVAA – Anesthesia: Dr. Lukasik received her undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Washington State University, where she was awarded the Outstanding Senior Student in Medicine and Surgery (across all disciplines) and the Dorothy Eggerman Memorial Compassion Award. Dr. Lukasik completed her residency in anesthesiology at Cornell University and received her Diplomate status from the American College of Veterinary Medicine (DACVA) in anesthesia in 1997. She has received awards from the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists, American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), research awards from the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute, and actively participates on a committee at the National Cancer Institute. In addition, Dr. Lukasik is involved in research at the Arizona Health Sciences Center at the University of Arizona and has published numerous professional articles and contributed to textbooks on the field of anesthesia. She is a nationally and internationally recognized speaker and has been presented with several professional awards, including one for compassion. 
  • Andrew J Rosenfeld, DVM, ABVP – Clinical Diagnostics / Emergency Medicine: Dr. Rosenfeld is currently medical director of Animal Emergency and Referral Centers of York.  Dr. Rosenfeld was previously medical director of Companion Animal Health, a veterinary medical company that produces Regenerative / Rehab Medicine, Diagnostic and Treatment therapies.  Dr. Rosenfeld worked with Companion to develop and produce clinical diagnostics and new treatment modalities for veterinary medicine.  Before this, Dr. Rosenfeld was medical director of Abaxis Animal Health from 2014 – 2018 where he was responsible for the education of products, development of new product information and professional service veterinarians.   Prior to this, Dr. Rosenfeld was medical director of many facilities, his last position was medical director of VCA Boston Road Animal Hospital, a specialty, emergency and wellness hospital.  He graduated Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991.  He has practiced small animal critical care and emergency medicine for 31 years.  He has been performing abdominal and thoracic ultrasound for the last 15 years.  Dr. Rosenfeld has a strong interest in emergency and general surgery, internal medicine, ultrasound diagnostics and emergency care.  Dr. Rosenfeld is a member of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners and was an adjunct professor at Mesa Community College and Arizona State University.  Dr Rosenfeld has also authored a text for veterinary hospitals called The Veterinary Team Handbook from Blackwell Press.  Dr. Rosenfeld has co-authored a textbook in clinical pathology called Clinical Pathology for the Veterinary Team (Blackwell – 2009)
  • Stacey Farmer – Client Communications / Counselor: With a wide background in Leadership & Professional Development, Team Effectiveness, Culture Shaping, Change Management, Coaching, and Mentoring, Stacey brings over 25 years of talent development expertise. Her dynamic facilitation and consultative style keep audiences and clients fully engaged throughout the learning experience and project cycle. Stacey has been instrumental in the development of leadership and professional expertise to domestic and global audiences – _executive and senior leaders, new managers, individual contributors, high-potentials, and university graduates – _and works to assist in developing their skills to meet the needs of being a leader in the 21st century, and by meeting their professional and personal goals. Her passion and excitement will bring any virtual or face-to- face class or workshop, conference, one-on-one coaching experience, and speaking event to a new level. With the ability to make complex concepts/ situations easy to understand and fun to learn, she will deliver a powerful impact on your experience. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media Studies from the University of Houston – _Clear Lake and over 20 professional training certifications and accreditations, leadership expertise is unique in the industry. Her learning and development background, coupled with her work experience, has afforded her the opportunity to work in a variety of industries including veterinary medicine, commercial real estate, marine & offshore, energy – oil & gas, quality assurance, gaming, and many more. Stacey has worked at such domestic and global companies as Trammell Crow, Chevron, Nintendo, and Lloyd’s Register in a variety of leadership positions. Stacey’s 25+ years of experience have equipped her with a broad base of knowledge and understanding of the types of workplace situations and challenges leaders and individual contributors face. Ms. Farmer received her education at the University of Houston - Clear Lake Houston, Texas BA - Media Studies in 1993. Her Professional certifications include Change Management, Coaching, Consulting, and Improving Human Performance Certified Instructor for DDI, Situational Leadership, Crucial Conversations, Insights Discovery, Kaizen, Senn Delaney - Culture Shaping, and Business Etiquette.
    • Lorrie Gaschen, PhD, DVM,, Dr. habil., DECVDI:  Lorrie received her DVM from the University of Florida, was in private practice in Florida for two years after which time she did a diagnostic imaging residency at the University of Bern in Switzerland and became a diplomat of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging. She received her PhD in renal transplant imaging in animal models at the University Medical School in Utrecht then returned to the University of Bern where she became an associate professor upon completion of her work in vascular ultrasound of the canine gastrointestinal tract. She was a full professor of diagnostic imaging in the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, Dept. of Veterinary Clinical Sciences for 15 years and has authored numerous publications and book chapters mainly in the field of gastrointestinal ultrasound where she has done the majority of her research. Lorrie was also the Executive Associate Dean for Diversity, Student, and Faculty Affairs for 6 years at LSU and is the recipient of the 2022 AAVMC award for Excellence in Diversity in the Veterinary Profession. Lorrie is now working in teleradiology with VetCT and enjoys reporting on all species and all modalities with a special interest in exotic imaging. 

    • Barden A. Greenfield, DVM, AVDC - Veterinary Dentistry: Barden Greenfield is a 1985 graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  He became a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) after completing a non-conforming dental residency in 2010.  He has practiced specialty dentistry and oral surgery in Memphis from 2009-2021.  Starting 3rd quarter of 2022, he will start Your Pet Dentist of Nashville providing dentistry and oral surgery for the mid-state.  Dr. Greenfield is the Past-President of the AVDC as well as a Board member of the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry.  He was the recipient of the prestigious AVDC Peter Emily Service Award in 2017 and AVDC President’s Award for Stewardship in 2020.  Dr. Greenfield is also a veterinary dental educator, lecturing both nationally and internationally.

    • Teresa DeFrancesco, DVM, DACVIM (C), DACVECC - Cardiology / Critical Care: Dr. Terri DeFrancesco is a Professor in Cardiology and Critical Care with tenure at the North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, in Raleigh, NC. She is also the Assistant Department Head in the Department of Clinical Sciences and Small Animal Focus Leader.  Dr. DeFrancesco completed her DVM degree at Cornell University in 1991, followed by a small animal rotating internship at Virginia Tech and residencies in Cardiology and Emergency/Critical Care both at the College of Veterinary Medicine at NC State University. She is double-boarded in Cardiology and Emergency and Critical Care and has been on faculty at NC State since 1995. She has been the recipient of numerous teaching and clinical awards including the Cobblestone TAGS Faculty Excellence Award in Cardiology Endowment, two-time recipient of the Pfizer Norden Teaching award, six-time recipient of the Clinician of the year award, and the NCVMA NCSU Clinician of the year award. Dr. DeFrancesco is an author of over 70 peer-reviewed publications of clinical relevant research studies, clinical reviews, case series and case reports and 16 book chapters. She is a nationally and internationally recognized speaker with over 200 hours of continuing education in clinical cardiology and emergency medicine.  Dr. Ds areas of interest include improving the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure in dogs and cats, use of point of care ultrasound in emergency settings, cardiac emergency management including arrhythmias management, pacemaker and ventilator therapy.

    • Dr. Paul Bloom, Dipl., ACVD and Dipl., ABVP, Canine, and Feline Specialty - Dermatology: Dr Bloom obtained board certification in the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in 1984 and became Michigan's first board-certified veterinary dermatologist in full-time private practice in 2001 became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology. In 2016, he became an Elite Fear Free Certified Professional. In 2020 Dr. Bloom achieved Certified Cat-Friendly Veterinarian status. In 2019 Dr. Bloom was honored by being selected for the Distinguished Alumni Practitioner Award from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Also in 2019 he was selected as Philanthropist of the from Michigan State University by the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Bloom also serves as adjunct faculty at the MSU veterinary college. He has lectured at numerous state, national and international conferences and has written many book chapters. He serves on the program committee for the ACVD and is a reviewer for many professional journals. 

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