2023 Annual Conference


Fargo, ND
AUG. 13-15
Tamara Grubb

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 Maritato

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.

Jennifer Kozial

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.


Tamara Swor

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.

Joe C. Gillespie

I want to introduce myself to you, my name is Joe Gillespie, I was born and raised in rural Poteet, Texas and after attending Texas A&M University where I received degrees in Animal Science (BS, 1990), Reproductive Physiology (MS, 1993) and Veterinary Medicine (DVM, 1995) I moved to McCook, Nebraska. My wife Julie and I have raised our family of 5 here in Nebraska.  I have a daughter Andersen (23), son Tucker (19) and son Reese (15). I enjoy spending time watching all my children compete in various event and as a family competing in Working Cow-horse competitions. Since coming to rural Nebraska, I have been involved in all areas of bovine practice.  First as a mixed animal veterinarian for 5 years in a group practice in McCook.  Then in 2000 I transitioned to an exclusive large animal practice working in both beef and dairy as the dairy industry began to move into western Nebraska and Kansas.  In 2012 with my growing interest to build better teams at some of my larger dairy clients, I joined a large dairy group in Northwest Kansas to operate as the Chief Operations Officer.  Supporting the business by developing a relationship with a large dairy company and building a milk processing plant on sight at one of the dairies.  As I have worked in all areas of bovine medicine and production, I have learned the value of teamwork and sacrifice.  I feel my experiences across multiple species and species groups have helped me better understand the goals of system thinking.  In December of 2018 I joined Boehringer Ingelheim as a Professional Services Veterinarian with a focus on Animal Health, Reproduction and Continuous Improvement to create Business Profitability. 

Jeremy Bachtel

Dr. Jeremy Bachtel is currently an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Colorado State University. Though an Arizona native, he has spent most of his veterinary career in Colorado, having received his DVM from CSU in 2005 and completing a dermatology residency and board certification also at CSU in 2015. He had been in specialty dermatology private practice for six years in Englewood, CO, before returning to CSU in 2021. Dr. Bachtel is interested in all facets of dermatology but has a particular interest in chronic otitis externa and chronic management of inflammatory disease.

Michelle Mostrum

Dr. Michelle Mostrom is a veterinary toxicologist at the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at North Dakota State University (NDSU) in Fargo, North Dakota [2002 to the present]. Dr. Mostrom received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University at Ames, Iowa. She spent several years in a mixed animal practice in Iowa, and then went back to graduate school in toxicology. Dr. Mostrom completed a toxicology residency and M.S. (University of Illinois) and Ph.D. (University of Saskatchewan) in toxicology. She did clinical research on the environmental impacts of industrial pollution (Oil & Gas) in livestock for the province of Alberta for numerous years and has done research in human allergics and asthmatics for several years. At NDSU, Dr. Mostrom has focused on mycotoxins and feed issues, environment, and water quality. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology and the American Board of Toxicology (1995-2020).

Andy Carver

Dr. Andy Carver is a board-certified specialist in emergency and critical care. He grew up in Minot and attended MSU and UND. Dr. Carver graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. He completed a rotating internship at Colorado State University, then specialized and completed a 3-year residency in Emergency and Critical Care from Michigan State University. He was faculty at the University of Florida Veterinary Teaching Hospital prior to moving back to North Dakota. Dr. Carver is passionate about all things emergency medicine, but has special interests immune-mediated blood disorders, cardiac cases, sepsis, trauma, and kidney disease. He is also trained in hemodialysis therapies and utilizes hemodialysis in his emergency practice. He has published research in multiple journals and lectured both nationally and internationally. He is currently at Red River Animal Emergency Hospital in Fargo and is thrilled to be back in North Dakota for good.

Lori M. Teller

Dr. Lori Teller is a Clinical Associate Professor at Texas A&M University School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (and a board-certified diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Canine and Feline Practice. Dr. Teller teaches in the Primary Care Services rotation and is passionate about teaching students the joys of general practice and helping them develop confidence in their abilities. She also oversees the development of the telemedicine program at TAMU SVMBS to provide additional ways to deliver patient care, and she has an ongoing access-to-care project in rural Texas. Dr. Teller currently serves as the President of the American Veterinary Medical Association.


David Calderwood
DVM, VDP Certificate

Dr. David Calderwood grew up in Crary, ND on the family farm.  After graduating from Crary High School, he attended NDSU majoring in Pre-Vet.  Graduated from Iowa State University Veterinary School with his DVM in 1980.  Following graduation, he was employed by Prairie du Chien Veterinary clinic, Prairie du Chien, Wi.  In 1983 he moved back to North Dakota and worked at Enderlin Veterinary Clinic in Enderlin, ND.  In 1984 he bought into Casselton Veterinary Clinic, Casselton, ND.  In 2017 to present he has worked at Prairie Winds Veterinary Center, Fargo, ND where he does primarily dentistry cases.

In 2017 he attended NAVC postgraduate 5-day dentistry course.  This course sparked a big interest in dentistry.  He took the Veterinary Dental Practitioner course (VDP) sponsored by International Veterinary Institute (IVDI) and received his VDP certificate in 2021.

Currently he is on the IVDI board of directors and is one of their instructors that teaches small animal oral surgery to veterinarians around the world.

He is also hired by South Dakota State University to teach the second-year vet students about dentistry and oral surgery.

Dr. Calderwood served on the NDVMA board of directors, Past president of the NDVMA, ND AVMA alternate delegate (4 years) and delegate (4years)

Dr. Calderwood enjoys family time, spending time at the lake, wakeboarding, winter family ski trips, snowboarding and woodworking.  He currently makes custom cabinets for Kitchen Refresh company in Fargo.

Dr. Calderwood has been married to his wife June for 46 years.  They have 3 awesome children and two lovely fun granddaughters.

Daniel McCormick

Daniel McCormick is the current Diversion Program Manager for the Omaha Field Division.

Mr. McCormick began his federal career in 1990 working for the Office of Personnel Management, Security Programs, in Washington, D.C.  In 1994, Mr. McCormick joined the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in Cleveland, Ohio as an Investigator.  Mr. McCormick later transferred with the EEOC to Denver, Colorado.  In 2002, Mr. McCormick joined the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development as an Investigator.

Mr. McCormick has been employed by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) since April of 20033 when he joined the DEA as a Diversion Investigator in the Rocky Mountain Field Division in Denver, Colorado.  As a Diversion Investigator Mr. McCormick worked a variety of criminal, civil, and administrative cases.  Mr. McCormick served in both Diversion Groups and Tactical Diversion Squads.  In December of 2017, Mr. McCormick became a Diversion Group Supervisor.  In March of 2021, Mr. McCormick transferred to the Pharmaceutical Investigations section at DEA headquarters as a Staff Coordinator.  In April of 2022, Mr. McCormick became the Diversion Program Manager for the Omaha Field Division overseeing the DEA’s Diversion Program in the states of Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Mr. McCormick received his Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice from the University of Wyoming.