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Program for Friday

Small Animal Medicine


Wayne Hunthausen, DVM
Westwood Animal Hospital / Westwood, KS

Wayne Hunthausen is a veterinarian and pet behavior consultant who has been working with pet owners and veterinarians throughout North America to solve companion animal behavior problems since 1982. He received his Bachelor of Arts (zoology) and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (1979) degrees from the University of Missouri. Dr. Hunthausen is director of Animal Behavior Consultations in the Kansas City area, which provides behavior consultations and training services for pet owners, as well as a behavior support service for veterinarians.

Soft Tissue Surgery

David Upchurch, DVM, MS, DACVS
Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine / East Lansing, MI

David A. Upchurch graduated with a DVM degree from Auburn University. He finished a rotating internship at the University of Pennsylvania, a surgical internship at Louisiana State University, and a surgical residency and Master’s Degree at Kansas State University. He is currently an assistant surgeon at Michigan State University, a position he has held since August 2015. His clinical interests include all aspects of soft tissue surgery, particularly suture materials and closure methods and wound management and reconstruction. He also has interests in the field of regenerative medicine and its application to veterinary patients, and preclinical and clinical instructorship of veterinary students.

Food Animal Medicine

Calf Health

Geof Smith, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM
North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine / Raleigh, NC

Geof Smith received a BS in animal and dairy science from Clemson University in 1994. He received a MS in toxicology from University of Illinois in 1996 and a DVM in 1998. Following graduation, Geof remained at the University of Illinois for another 4 years while he completed an internship and residency in ruminant internal medicine along with a PhD in physiology. Dr. Smith joined the faculty at North Carolina State University in 2002 and is currently a Professor of Ruminant medicine in the Department of Population Health & Pathobiology. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) and his primary clinical and research interests revolve around clinical medicine of ruminants with a specific focus on calf health.


Tom Yazwinski, PhD
University of Arkansas / Fayetteville, AR

T.A. Yazwinski is a University Professor in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Arkansas in Fayettevill. His research activities are in the area of farm animal parasitology/hemlinthology (cattle, poultry, and sheep). He has been active in this area for over 40 years. He attained his degrees as the University of Vermont (BS, 1972), the University of Maine (MS, 1974) and North Carolina State University (PhD, 1976).