Speaker: Kevin Christiansen, DVM, DACVIM – Cardiology
Dr. Christiansen works for Boehringer-Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. in the area of Pharmaceutical Clinical Development. Prior to joining BI this year, Dr. Christiansen was with the Midwest Veterinary Consultants group, Kansas City, where he served as Kansas City’s only Board Certified Cardiologist from 2006 to date. He received his Diplomate status from the ACVIM Specialty of Cardiology in July 2007. His residency training comes from the University of Pennsylvania, 2003-2005 and his DVM credentials achieved from Kansas State University in 1999. His undergraduate studies come from Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, Nebraska.
Dr. Christiansen has experience with BIVI both conducting cardiology seminars for veterinarians as well as, serving as a study investigator in clinical trials in a post-marketing capacity. His cardiology experience is primarily focused in the companion animal arena.
Speaker: Kenneth Burton, DVM
Dr. Ken Burton received his B.S. degree in Biology and D.V.M. from Kansas State University. He owned and operated the Lyons Veterinary Clinic in Lyons, Kansas, providing rural Rice County residents with companion animal and food animal production veterinary medicine and surgery for 28 years.
In 2010, Dr. Burton became Program Director for the National Agricultural Biosecurity Center (NABC) at K-State. He was principle investigator and co-principle investigator on projects involving trans-boundary animal disease (TAD) response planning, training, and education at the national, state and local levels.
Burton was also Director of Project Coordination for the Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI) at K-State. He provided oversight for BSL-3, ABSL-3, and BSL-3Ag research scheduling, research transition to containment, communications between research teams and BRI staff, and directed pre-project coordination prior to containment. He also provided veterinary support for TAD projects in containment.
Dr. Burton is currently the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) Coordinator for USDA/ APHIS and acting APHIS Director of Operations. He is on the NBAF transition leadership team, coordinating the move of programs from Plum Island Animal Disease Center in New York to the new NBAF facility in Manhattan, Kansas.