2023 Annual Conference
20 HOURS OF CE
DVM, MS, PhD, DACVAA
Dr. Tamara Grubb, a Texas A&M graduate, is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia & Analgesia with a strong focus in pain management. She owns an anesthesia/analgesia & continuing education consulting practice which serves both small and large animals. Dr. Grubb is a national/international educator and lecturer, a certified acupuncturist, an Adjunct Professor of Anesthesia & Analgesia and the President-Elect of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM). She is co-author of two books, including ‘Veterinary Anesthesia & Pain Management for Nurses & Technicians’. Dr. Grubb’s favorite achievement is winning the Distinguished Teaching Award at two Universities.
Karl C. Maritato, DVM, Diplomate, ACVS-SA, is a board-certified Veterinary Surgeon at MedVet Cincinnati, where he has been part of the medical team since 2010. Dr. Maritato attended the University of Florida, where he earned two Bachelor of Science degrees. At Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, he earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, graduating with highest honors and at the top of his class. He received the American Animal Hospital Association Small Animal Medicine Award, the Pfizer Parasitology Award, and the Novartis Pharmacology Award. Following his graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Maritato completed a yearlong internship in small animal medicine and surgery followed by a yearlong surgical internship at the Louisiana Veterinary Referral Center, now MedVet Mandeville. He then completed a three-year residency in small animal surgery at MedVet Columbus.
After completing his residency and becoming a board-certified Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Dr. Maritato played an integral role in the development and introduction of new surgical options for the Cincinnati community. Within months of opening the surgery department, he performed the first cement-less canine total hip replacement and minimally invasive arthroscopic procedures in Cincinnati. When MedVet Dayton opened in 2012, he used his skills and experience to develop a full service surgery department there as well.
Dr. Maritato is the co-editor of a textbook of locking implant technology for use in small animals as well as the co-editor of an issue of Veterinary Clinics of North America on minimally invasive fracture repair. He is also the author and co-author of scientific articles in a variety of veterinary publications, including Veterinary Surgery, the Veterinary Clinics of North America, the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Veterinary Comparative Orthopedics and Traumatology, Compendium for Continuing Veterinary Education, Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, Journal of Small Animal Practice, Preventive Veterinary Medicine and Clinicians Brief. Dr. Maritato is also consistently invited to review surgical literature for accuracy for select veterinary journals.
Dr. Maritato is an active advocate of continued education for veterinary professionals and has lectured on a variety of small animal topics throughout the country at regional, state, and national venues, as well as in Europe. He has also been featured on NBC 4 News in Columbus, as well as AM 550 (WKRC), ABC 9 News, and Fox 19 News in Cincinnati.
Dr. Maritato maintains an interest in all aspects of small animal surgery with particular interests in neurosurgery, oncologic surgery, and orthopedic surgery. He has a focused interest on diseases of the stifle (knee), angular limb deformities and minimally invasive fracture repair. Dr. Maritato also performs clinical research through the MedVet Clinical Studies department and has developed orthopedic implants for use in dogs. Lastly, he is the program director for both the Cincinnati Surgical Residency and Surgical Internship programs. He enjoys being able to offer clients and patients treatment options for complex disorders that seem untreatable. When not treating patients, Dr. Maritato enjoys gardening and traveling with his wife.
DVM, MS, DACT
Dr. Jennifer Koziol is a native of Oklahoma where she grew up ranching with her family. She received her Bachelors of Science in 2009 and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2012 from Oklahoma State University. After completing an internship Jennifer continued her formal training as a Theriogenology resident at Auburn University.
Dr. Koziol achieved diplomate status in the American College of Theriogenologists in 2015 and was awarded a Masters of Biomedical Sciences in 2016. Jennifer recently joined the faculty at Texas Tech where she is an Associate Professor of Beef Production Medicine and Theriogenology. Dr. Koziol co-authored the 2nd edition of the Society for Theriogenology Bull Breeding Soundness Manual which released in 2018 and her second book Sperm Morphology of the Domestic Animal was released in 2022. Jennifer has a special interest in bull fertility and Tritrichomonas foetus.
DVM, DACVS-LA, DACVECC
Dr. Swor is double board certified in Equine Surgery and Equine Emergency and Critical Care. Originally from Fargo, she graduated from Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. She completed an internship in large animal medicine and surgery at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. This was followed by a surgical residency and an emergency and critical care fellowship at Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. After being on faculty at both Washington State and Texas A&M University’s veterinary medical colleges, she was in private practice for several years in Casselton, North Dakota and in Waller, Texas. She returned to Iowa State in the fall of 2016, to facilitate the surgical training of professional veterinary students. Most of Dr. Swor’s research is clinical, resulting in several publications and manuscripts, multiple abstracts, and book chapters. She enjoys riding dressage and spending time with her horses and cats.
DVM, DACVS-LA, DACVECC
Fred Van Gorkom
DVM, DACVP, Veterinary Clinical Pathologist
Dr. Meg Warner graduated in 1986 with a DVM from Michigan State University, and then in 1991 with an MS in Respiratory Physiology from the University of Wisconsin. She worked in private practice for more than 30 years, including serving as the Chief of Staff and Medical Director at Banfield Pet Hospital. In 2015, she made the move to the corporate space to serve in more of a consulting role to veterinary teams.
Throughout her career, Dr. Warner has focused on supporting the needs of veterinarians as well as promoting veterinary medicine as a profession. She sees the profession as offering limitless potential for young people and is excited to see the field grow in diversity and opportunity. Likewise, she takes an active interest in addressing the very real issue of veterinary well-being and compassion fatigue among her colleagues. In joining Merck Animal Health, Dr. Warner knew she had found a company that cares as much about veterinarians as she does. Merck Animal Health’s commitment to world health and support for others also aligned with her own values. As a Sr. Professional Services Veterinarian, Dr. Warner enjoys supporting her territory managers by bringing them what they need to deliver value to clinics. “By bringing value to clinics,” she observes, “they can prosper and so can we.” When not in the field, Dr. Warner enjoys hiking, kayaking, paddleboarding, biking, and anything involving nature. She loves taking on things that are new and has recently ventured into watercolor painting as well as playing the guitar and ukulele.
DVM, MPH, CPH, DACVPM
Dr. Sarah Bailey joined
the North Dakota Board of Animal Health and North Dakota Department of Agriculture as the assistant state veterinarian in 2018.
She grew up in Minneapolis, Minn., but always had a passion for animals, announcing to her astounded parents at age 5 that she was going to be a sheep farmer. She spent time in the United Kingdom working toward that goal, which furthered her appreciation for a host of different species and veterinary work in general. She earned a doctorate degree in veterinary medicine at the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine and a master’s degree in public health from its School of Public Health. Her 14 years of practice experience in Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin included five years with a mixed animal practice, where she worked with Johne’s and scrapie disease programs. She is familiar with quality assurance programs and food-animal emergency response plans and is enthusiastic about zoonotic disease challenges, recognizing “the changing foodscape of urban agriculture and increasing interactions between people, wildlife, pests and domestic animals.” Dr. Bailey has a strong appreciation for agricultural people – “roll-up-your-sleeves, get-’er-done kind of people” – which is a reason she enjoys her animal health career.