Our Speakers

Our educators are more than leading practitioners, researchers, and clinicians. They’re expert SPEAKERS! These award-winning lecturers are interactive and engaging, and we’re thrilled to welcome them to the great state of Texas! We’ll provide the notebooks, you provide the ears.

Come ready to learn real-life lessons, practical tips, and cutting-edge solutions to all types of cases. This year, we’ll help you hone your skills in localizing neurologic lesions. You’ll learn advances in treating pancreatitis and hepatopathies from the best-of-the-best. You’ll discover how to save lives and grow your practice by incorporating breed-specific considerations throughout your hospital. You’ll even learn how to empower yourself, set boundaries, and start living your best life from certified compassion-fatigue specialist, Julie Squires!


William Bush, VMD DACVIM (Neurology)

Session: March 30-31, 2019

Topic: Master Clinical Neurology by Monday

Dr. Bush was an English major at College of the Holy Cross and a naval officer prior to graduating near the top of his class at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School. He then completed a rotating internship in medicine and surgery at NC State University. Dr. Bush then returned to University of Pennsylvania for a residency in Neurology and Neurosurgery where he earned research and teaching awards. After finishing his residency, he settled into the DC Metro area and practiced locally until launching Bush Veterinary Neurology Service in 2005.

David Twedt, DVM, DACVIM

Session: June 22-23, 2019

Topic: Yellow, Smelly, & Stubborn: A Clinical Approach to Liver, Pancreatic, and GI Disease

of Dogs and Cats

Dr. David C. Twedt graduated from Iowa State University and entered an internship and medicine residency in gastroenterology at The Animal Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Twedt then joined the staff of the Animal Medical Center and was also a research associate at the Liver Research Center of Albert Einstein Medical School. Dr. Twedt is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Colorado State University in small animal internal medicine. He is also currently the Associate Director of the Center for Global Education in Medicine and Surgery (GEMS) focused on endoscopic education at CSU. Dr. Twedt is past President of the ACVIM and Comparative Gastroenterology Society. Publication and research interests include liver disease, gastrointestinal disease and endoscopy. He has also been the recipient of a number of teaching and research awards. He is also the co-editor of the textbook Current Veterinary Therapy 14 and 15 editions. Dr. Twedt has accepted well over 500 invitations to speak both nationally and internationally throughout his career, to share his expertise in the fields of Hepatology and Gastroenterology.

Nan Boss, DVM

Session: October 5-6, 2019

Topic: Breed-Specific Medicine: Using Genetics to Elevate Quality of Care

Dr. Boss received her DVM from the University of Illinois in 1985. She has served on many committees for veterinary organizations, including Partners for Healthy Pets, Fear Free and the AAHA Conference Development Committee, and has consulted for PetCare TV and Banfield. She has written seven books, including The Client Education Notebook, 3 volumes of client education materials from AVLS PetCom; How We Do Things Here, which consists of team training materials;and Educating Your Clients From A to Z, What to Say & How to Say It, 2nd edition, both published by AAHA Press; as well as books and client education materials on breed specific wellness available from Genesis4Pets.com. She is a contributing author for Blackwell’s 5-Minute Veterinary Practice Management Consult (3rd edition coming out in 2018). Dr. Boss has written articles for Trends, DVM and other veterinary magazines, and is a frequent speaker at major veterinary conferences, including AAHA, TNAVC, WVC & AVMA. Her practice was awarded the Practice of Excellence Award from Veterinary Economics and is AAHA accredited. Dr. Boss currently owns and manages Best Friends Veterinary Center.

Julie Squires

Certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist

Certified Life Coach

Rekindle, LLC


Session: November 16-17, 2019

Topic: The Gift of Presence

Julie Squires is a Compassion Fatigue Specialist who brings a unique perspective and approach to support the sustained energy and passion of caregivers – various types of professionals exposed to highly stressful and traumatic environments. She does this in a very distinct way, by empowering them to help themselves through easy-to-implement yet powerful daily practices.

Julie’s approach is a direct response to a need she’s identified over the years, through a rare blend of work experience within the veterinary industry.  From the oversight of organizational training and coaching with Nestlé Purina to direct experience as a veterinary technician and hospital administrator, Julie believes that the costly impact of compassion fatigue – the wellbeing and sustainability of both the provider and organization is both avoidable and reversible.

Julie has over twenty years of experience within leading organizations, developing and executing training, workshops and 1:1 coaching most notably for Nestlé Purina, Bayer Animal Health and IDEXX Laboratories.  She is a graduate of SUNY Oswego and a Certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist through Green Cross Academy of Traumatology.  Julie has also completed training from The Figley Institute, TEND Academy and Traumatology Institute.  Julie’s clients also gain from her experience as a Certified Health and Wellness Coach and Corporate Wellness Specialist.

Interested? Don’t hesitate! Space is limited, so that we may keep our members’ experience comfortable, engaging, and stress-free.