Course Leader

Pamela Wilkins
Pamela Wilkins
DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM (LAIM), DACVECC
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Pamela Wilkins has been, a professor at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine since 2008. She is double boarded, having earned diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Large Animal) and the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. She earned a bachelor’s, veterinary degree, masters, and PhD from Cornell University, in Ithaca, N.Y.

Dr. Wilkins was recently honored at the 15th World Equine Veterinary Association (WEVA) Congress, in Beijing, People’s Republic of China in April 2018. She received the Boehringer-Ingelheim WEVA Applied Research Award. Her clinical interests include cardiovascular and respiratory problems of critically ill horses and bacterial blood cultures in foals and adult horses as indicators of disease severity and prognosis.

Speakers

Ryan Fries
Ryan Fries
DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Ryan Fries received his DVM from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2007 after completing his clinical rotations at Washington State University. Dr. Fries completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at The Ohio State University and a cardiology residency at Texas A&M University. He became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology) in 2012.

Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Fries worked as a staff cardiologist in a private referral practice in Cincinnati, OH and then a Clinical Assistant Professor of Cardiology at Texas A&M University and an Associate Research Scientist for the Texas A&M Institute for Preclinical Studies (TIPS).

Kelsey Hart
Kelsey Hart
DVM, PhD, DACVIM (LAIM)
University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Kelsey Hart received her DVM from Cornell University in 2004. She completed an internship and a residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Georgia in 2008, and a PhD in Endocrinology at the University of Georgia in 2010. Dr. Hart’s clinical interests include large animal endocrinology, neonatology, and neurology, and her research focus centers on equine adrenal axis function and immune-endocrine interactions in equine neonatal sepsis.

Cris Navas
Cris Navas
MS, PhD, LV, DACVIM (LAIM)
Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Cris Navas graduated from veterinary school in 2001 in Valencia, Spain. He completed his residency in Equine Internal Medicine/Masters in Veterinary Clinical Medicine at the University of Illinois (2005-2008), and PhD program at the University of Barcelona from 2009-2013.

Prior to his current position with Texas A&M University, Dr. Navas spent time at the Cardiology and Ultrasound service of New Bolton Center at the University of Pennsylvania from 2008-2012, during which ultrasound and cardiology became his main interests. He also worked at the Internal Medicine Department of Washington State University (2012-2013) and at the University of Bern, Switzerland as clinician and researcher in 2014-2015.

Rose Nolen-Walston
Rose Nolen-Walston
DVM, DACVIM (LAIM)
University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Rose Nolen-Walston grew up on a farm in England with plans to become a professional dressage rider but a complete lack of talent for the sport led her to veterinary medicine, where she eventually graduated from UGA in 2001 with her DVM. She went on to do an internship and residency in large animal internal medicine at Tufts before joining the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine in 2006.

In 2014 Dr. Nolen-Walston won University of Pennsylvania’s Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, the highest teaching honor awarded at the university-wide level, and is past president of the Veterinary Comparative Respiratory Society. Her interests include critical care medicine, equine pulmonology, and medical education.

Jonathan Palmer
Jonathan Palmer
VMD, DACVIM (LAIM)
University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Jon Palmer is a 1977 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania; board certified in internal medicine and for many years was Chief, Neonatal Intensive Care Service at New Bolton Center. For the past 35 years his clinical practice has been restricted to neonatal/perinatal intensive care with special interests in fetal and neonatal resuscitation.

Dr. Palmer has a reputation as an innovator in caring for the late term fetus and critically ill neonate and has offered insights to many areas of neonatal care including fluid management, ventilator management and successful CPR. He has recently joined the ranks of the emeriti at the University of Pennsylvania.