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Program for Thursday

Small Animal Medicine

Critical Care

Steven Epstein, DVM, DACVECC
UC Davis College of Veterinary Medicine / Davis, CA

Dr. Steven Epstein attended UC Davis for both his undergraduate and veterinary education, and received his veterinary degree in 2004. He then went on to complete a one-year internship in anesthesiology at Kansas State University. Dr. Epstein returned to UC Davis in 2005 as an associate veterinarian at the VMTH, and followed that with the completion of a three-year residency in emergency and critical care at UC Davis in 2010. He is currently an assistant professor of Clinical Surgical & Radiological Sciences.


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.

Food Animal Medicine

Diagnostic Medicine

Amelia Woolums, DVM, MVSc, PhD, DACVIM, DACVM
Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine / Starkville, MS

Amelia Woolums received her DVM in 1988 from Purdue University.  She completed an internship at Kansas State University, a residency at the University of Saskatchewan, and a PhD at UC Davis, where she studied the immune response to bovine respiratory syncytial virus (BRSV) infection.  Dr. Woolums is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists. She works in the Department of Pathobiology and Population Medicine in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University, where she works as a clinician and teaches in the food animal clinic, and conducts research focused on the host response in bovine respiratory disease, vaccination to prevent BRD, and immunity in cattle and calves.

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.