The Veterinary Innovation Summit offers a comprehensive look at the future of the veterinary world, while providing an open forum for the most creative minds in the industry to collaborate.
This year’s program will include:
Schedule at a Glance...
Featured 2023 VIS Speakers...
A technical executive and inventor in the fields of display, imaging and computer hardware. She was named one of the most influential people in the world by Time Magazine and one of CNN's top 10 thinkers in science and innovation for her work in display innovation. She founded and led two moonshots at Google and was an executive at Facebook/Oculus VR to advance virtual reality.
The Medical Futurist and Director of the Medical Futurist Institute, analyzing how science fiction technologies can become a reality in medicine and healthcare. As a geek physician with a Ph.D. in genomics, he is also an Amazon Top 100 Author. He is one of the top voices globally on healthcare technology and has given >500 presentations at places like Harvard, Stanford, Yale and Singularity. He is a Private Professor at Semmelweis Medical School in Budapest, Hungary.
A surgeon, educator, healthcare futurist and immigrant, who has a passion focused on the intersection of innovative technology and healthcare. He is the world's first surgeon to incorporate Google Glass into his surgery, reaching surgeons around the world. His talks are captivating and literally full of videos that bring what he does to life.
A world-renowned, multi-award-winning surgeon, teacher, futurist, innovator and entrepreneur. He is an award-winning cancer surgeon who has changed the face of medical education. Using VR, he has live-streamed operations to educate people on a worldwide scale, with a mission to merge the world of medicine, global education and virtual and augmented reality to democratize and scale surgical education. He brings a new look at the "Medaverse."
Co-founder and Advisor to Humane Genomics Humane Genomics and the founder and chairman of the Center of Excellence for Engineering Biology and the Genome Write Project. His passion is to help people better understand and use living systems to meet the needs of humanity. He says, "I am nuts about living cells. I love that all life on earth is built from them." His capabilities and views are fascinating. His experience and expertise are astounding.
Victor Echevarria joined Jackson Square Ventures after spending 10 years as a founder and operator of marketplace businesses in healthcare, labor, hardware, and ecommerce. Having experienced successes and failures alike, he loves helping founders of early stage companies build early traction and tackle scaling challenges. Originally an Electrical Engineer from UC Berkeley, Victor built high-speed memory systems before earning his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Additional VIS 2023 Speakers...
Dr. Jules Benson, who joined Nationwide in 2019, is a strategic industry leader focused on ways technology and data can transform the veterinary profession and the lives of animals.
Latonia Criag is a results-oriented leader with over 15 years of experience designing, implementing and assessing successful programming for faculty, staff, and students. Her work includes but is not limited to: leading professional development workshops, providing mentorship, leading cultural competency sessions, advising student organizations, student consultations, student leadership training, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) strategic planning, recruitment and retention initiatives and student success initiatives in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University.
Mark Cushing is the Founder and Managing Partner of the Animal Policy Group,LLC, based in Scottsdale, AZ, Portland, OR, and Los Angeles, CA. APG’sclients represent a wide-range of pet health, animal welfare andveterinary educational interests. Mark focuses his practice on providinghigh-level strategic advice, government advocacy, regulatory and policyservices to animal health and veterinary clients with needs at any level ofgovernment, and universities and industry groups throughout NorthAmerica. Mark is a frequent speaker at veterinary medicine and otheranimal policy conferences. He is a former partner of major regional andnational law firms and served as an adjunct professor of law at the LMUDuncan School of Law in Knoxville, Lewis & Clark Law School inPortland, and the University of Oregon School of Law. He is an Honorsgraduate with distinction from Stanford University and the WillametteUniversity College of Law. Most recently, Mark is the author of PetNation, a book released by Penguin Random House that illustrates aninside look at the forces behind how our pets transformed Americansociety and culture.
An entrepreneur, connector, community builder, growth catalyst, servant leader with a strong profit motive and a large social conscience, Ashby Green is driven to help owners and investors navigate the growth of their business. He has a passion for building relationships by making long-term decisions that lead to win-win scenarios, forge strong partnerships and yield returns for businesses and their communities.
Dr. Eleanor Green is the founding Dean of Lyon College School of Veterinary Medicine, professor and Dean Emerita of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University, and has held numerous leadership positions in veterinary organizations. She is also a pioneer in veterinary innovation and has received numerous awards from the AAVMC, the AAVC and the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame,among others.
Susan Groeneveld is an Entrepreneur, Co-founder of WS Marketing with Soul, Cat Healthy and sylvester.ai. With over 20 years of experience shaping growth marketing approaches for mid-large size companies, Susan uses a customer-centric approach in the food economy from growers to consumers; as well as in pet care, predicting audience behavior based on aggregated data and experience.
Mike Greenberg is a veterinarian working at the intersection of clinical practice, technology, and research. He splits his professional time between designing software for veterinary clinics and animal shelters, and working clinically in high-volume-high-quality spay-neuter and wellness. He has authored and co-authored several articles and books, including Every Nose Counts: Using Metrics in Animal Shelters.
Bio coming soon!
Kate McDaniel is a user experience researcher and practicing veterinarian in Scottsdale, AZ. Kate combines her clinical questioning skills with design thinking to approach health and wellbeing barriers for humans and animals alike. Her process of exploration and testing engenders thorough user-centric determinations. In this way, Kate advocates for her users just like her patients.
Dr. Brennan McKenzie has been in small animal general practice for over twenty years. In addition to his clinical work, he has served as President of the Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine Association, lectured and published on evidence-based medicine and canine aging, and taught veterinary and undergraduate biology students. Dr. McKenzie has managed the SkeptVet Blog and associated social media outlets, written a monthly column on evidence-based medicine for Veterinary Practice News, and published Placebos for Pets? The Truth about Alternative Medicine in Animals. Beginning in 2021, Dr. McKenzie began splitting his time between his clinical duties and serving as Director of Veterinary Medicine for Loyal, a San Francisco-based biotechnology company research aging and therapies to improve lifespan and healthspan in dogs.narian with 20 years of clinical experience. Director of Veterinary Medicine for Loyal. Past-president and Director of Outreach and Development for the Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine Association. Clinical preceptor for Western University of Health Sciences School of Veterinary Medicine, teaching senior veterinary students in Small Animal General Practice. Instructor in the Biology Department of San Jose State University, teaching upper division Scientific Communication. Author of the SkeptVet Blog and the book Placebos for Pets? The Truth about Alternative Medicine for Animals.
James Oldeschulte has a passion for evidence-based medicine and promoting the human-animal bond through education. With a background in technology and genetics, James hopes to merge his background with his passion for animals so that these companions can live happier, healthier lives.
Dwayne Paschall uses insights to make better decisions, optimize processes and improve products and services. Engineering novel features for learners (both human- and machine-learning), he teaches this powerful team to become experts in data interpretation and predict the future. His focus has been in the healthcare, financial services and energy industries to identify what drives their success and identify the real risks they face.
Ed Sayres began his career in animal welfare as the shelter manager at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in New Jersey. In 1981, he became the President of St. Hubert’s and went on to accept the leadership positions at American Humane, PetSmart Charities, and the San Francisco SPCA.In 2003 I became the President of the ASPCA, the oldest animal welfare organization in North America, and served in that role until 2013.In 2014, he accepted the leadership position at the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC)with the intention of improving animal welfare standards in the pet industry and facilitating a better dialogue between animal welfare organizations and the leaders of the pet industry. Oneof his first recommendations was to invite Dr. Candace Croney from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University to make a presentation on the Canine Care Certified (CCC)program at the PIJAC annual leadership conference. Since that time, he has been a strong advocate for Dr. Croney’s research on canine welfare and the CCC program itself and he currently serve on the Advisory Panel for CCC.In 2016, he joined Petland Corporation to create Petland Charities which provides grants to local shelters, service dog programs for veterans, and CCC. Today, Petland is a strong financial supporter of CCC and a prominent advocate to encourage and incentivize more commercial dog breeders to join the CCC program.From decades of experience leading regional and national animal welfare organizations and his recent work in the pet industry, he has developed a strong interest in the topic of how we can create an ethical and sustainable source of dogs now and in the future.
Aimee St. Arnaud is a business partner in two full-service veterinary clinics(Community Pet Care Clinic in Ohio and Open Door Veterinary Care in North Carolina) that focus on removing barriers to care and increasing access to veterinary services while still maintaining a net positive revenue. She has created a non-profit mentorship training called Open Door Veterinary Collective for clinics that want to replicate their business model, including giving back through their revenue, providing incremental care and creating strong community partnerships with human social service and animal nonprofits.She has experience in mentoring from her time at the ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance where she helped develop six training programs that mentored over 170+ clinics which perform 1.5 million spay/neuter surgeries annually, andtrained over 1,000 veterinary professionals annually in efficient spay/neuter techniques to help more dogs and cats.
Shawn Wilkie is a serial entrepreneur and technology enthusiast who can lead, sell and get things done. He has twenty years of experience in technology companies and was a finalist for Ernest & Young's prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2018. When not working, he want to be where the action is as a volunteer firefighter and avid traveler.