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Kathleen S. Engler, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Canine/Feline)

Technical Services Veterinarian – West Dechra Veterinary Products


Dr. Kathy Engler received her veterinary degree from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991.  Following graduation, she worked as a small animal clinician in a progressive general practice in Federal Way, WA for 5 years before joining Banfield in 1996.  Dr. Engler became a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) in 2001 and recertified in 2011.

During her 18 year career with Banfield, she was a practicing clinician and Chief of Staff in the greater Seattle area; Medical Advisor consulting with doctors across the country on on-going cases and reviewing adverse case outcomes, as well as building medical education for the practice; served on the Medical Standards Board;  held the position of Sr. Director of Veterinary Career Development building veterinary on-boarding and development programs; and supported the OR/SW WA market of 14 – 26 hospitals as the Medical Director for 6 years.

Dr. Engler joined Dechra in September 2014 as a field based Technical Services Veterinarian for the West.




Valerie A. Fadok, DVM, Ph.D., Diplomate, ACVD


Dr. Valerie Fadok received her DVM from Washington State University in 1978, after which she did an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the West Los Angeles Veterinary Medical Group.  A residency in veterinary dermatology followed at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, and Dr. Fadok became board-certified in 1982.  She earned a PhD in Experimental Pathology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences center in 1991.  

Dr. Fadok has worked on faculty at University of Tennessee, the University of Florida, Texas A & M University, and National Jewish Medical and Research Center.  She worked for 8 years at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston followed by 2 1/2 years at North Houston Veterinary Specialists.   She currently works for Zoetis as part of the Veterinary Professional Services Team.  
Dr. Fadok has lectured internationally, nationally, and locally on subjects relating to veterinary skin disease, immunology, and inflammation, and was a dermatology consultant on the Veterinary Information Network (VIN) for several years.  




 Barry N. Feldman, Ph.D.
Director of Psychiatry Programs in Public Safety 
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
University of Massachusetts Medical School


Barry N. Feldman, Ph.D., is a nationally-recognized researcher and educator in the field of suicide intervention and prevention. He specializes in suicide-related training and stabilization services for schools, military personnel, police officers, emergency medical responders, firefighters, correctional officers and health-care providers. Dr. Feldman serves as a suicide prevention consultant to the Massachusetts National Guard. He is a sought after speaker on the topic of suicide prevention and response in health care, community, and public safety settings.

He provides consultation and training to school districts across Massachusetts and   other states to assist in their developing and implementing policies, procedures, and strategies to prevent suicide, to effectively intervene with at-risk students when necessary, and to create appropriate postvention responses in the aftermath of suicide or other traumatic and sudden deaths that affect both the school and its local community.

Dr. Feldman has developed specialized teaching materials in the field of suicidology and created management programs for trauma recovery, substance abuse and crisis intervention. He also created a first-of-its-kind online training needs assessment for emergency medical technicians in Massachusetts and utilized his findings to design EMT-specific training modules.

He holds a research appointment with the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs and, through the Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health, conducts suicide-related workshops and in-service training sessions for mental health clinicians, educators, and other health care providers.

A lecturer for UMass Memorial Health Care’s Disaster Medicine and Emergency Medicine departments, Dr. Feldman is also an approved trainer for the American Association of Suicidology and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center. He is a certified trainer for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, serves on the Clinical Advisory Board of the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide, and former chairman of the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention.



Christopher Pachel DVM, DACVB

Christopher Pachel received his veterinary degree from the University of MN in 2002, operated a house-call behavior practice in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area until 2010 and became board certified by the ACVB in 2010.  He is the owner of the Animal Behavior Clinic in Portland, OR, lectures regularly throughout the US and Canada, has taught courses at the University of MN and at the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, and has authored several articles and book chapters. 


Simon R. Platt, BVM&S, Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology),

Diplomate ECVN, MRCVS 

RCVS Recognized Specialist of Veterinary Neurology
Professor of Neurology

College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia          

Dr. Simon Platt received his veterinary degree from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1992, following which he undertook an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph and a 2-year period in private practice in the England. Dr. Platt completed a residency in neurology and neurosurgery in 1998 at the University of Florida and afterwards spent 2 years as an assistant professor of Neurology at the University of Georgia. In 2000, Dr. Platt returned to the UK where he was Head of the Neurology/Neurosurgery service at the Animal Health Trust until 2006, from which time he has been at the Dept. of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Georgia where is currently a Professor.  Dr. Platt received the AAVC National resident of the year award in 1998, the BSAVA Blaine award for outstanding contributions to small animal medicine and surgery in 2005, the UGA Clinical Research Award in 2010 and the David Tyler Award for Innovative Teaching in 2012. Dr. Platt has authored or co-authored over 160 journal articles and 50 book chapters and is the co-editor of the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Neurology and the Manual of Small Animal Neurological Emergencies. Dr. Platt is Past-President of the ACVIM Neurology Specialty and Founder member of the South Eastern Veterinary Neurology (SEVEN) group in the USA. 


David M. Vail, DVM
Diplomate ACVIM (Oncology)

Professor and Barbara A. Suran Chair in Comparative Oncology


Dr. Vail received his DVM from the University of Saskatchewan in 1984 and subsequently completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Colorado State University prior to practicing in his native western Canada for two years.  He followed up with a residency in Medical Oncology at the Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University, completed in 1990.  He is currently Professor and Barbara A. Suran Chair in Comparative Oncology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a member of the UW Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center.  Dr. Vail has published over 140 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts and 50 book chapters in the field of veterinary and comparative oncology.  David is co-editor of the textbook Small Animal Clinical Oncology and currently serves as President of the Veterinary Cancer 

Society.  He is the past Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Boards for both the Morris Animal Foundation and the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Foundation, past President of the Canine Comparative Oncology and Genomics Consortium (CCOGC), a founding member of the Comparative Oncology Trials Consortium (COTC) and past North American journal editor for Veterinary and Comparative Oncology. He has been honored as the recipient of both the Mark L. Morris Sr. Distinguished Research Award and the Pfizer Award for Veterinary Research Excellence.


Megan Brashear, BS, CVT, VTS (ECC) 


Megan graduated from Brigham Young University in 2000 with a BS in Animal Science with an emphasis in Veterinary Technology. She worked during tech school as a veterinary assistant in general practice and made the jump to emergency and critical care in 2000. Megan earned her CVT in Oregon in 2000, and in 2004 became a VTS (ECC). She has been working at DoveLewis in Portland, Oregon since 2000 as an ER/ICU technician including 8 years of management experience. Currently Megan is the Education Manager at DoveLewis conducting in-house education for the medical staff and performing new hire training. She is also responsible for the medical content on

Megan has serves as a Member at Large on the board of the Oregon Veterinary Technician and Assistant Association and is currently the Legal Committee Chair for the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America. She enjoys lecturing on emergency veterinary nursing topics and the opportunity to meet veterinary technicians and nurses around the world. Her special interests include exploring the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, mastering the personality quirks of German Shorthaired Pointers, and helping technicians to learn to think critically. 




Friday, May 20, 2016

 Inaugural Luncheon:

12:20 pm -2:00 pm

Celebrate the installation of new officers of the AZVMA and the Veterinary Health Care Team of Arizona. Congratulate those who are being honored with AzVMA’s Distinction of Professionalism and Veterinary Hall of Fame Awards. The inaugural/awards luncheon program serves as an opportunity to honor selected veterinarians for their service to the profession, for volunteer leaders to review the association’s activities for the past year, to provide updates on current issues and to discuss future plans to meet the challenges that face the profession.


BBQ & Cowboy Carnival:

6:00 pm -8:30 pm

You are invited to a casual and fun Friday evening BBQ and Cowboy Carnival at The Last Territory as the Wild West comes to life.  Meet your colleagues and team up with your Allied Industry representatives to enjoy traditional BBQ style dinner, complementary soft drinks and cash bar. The Cowboy Carnival will include western/cowboy games, prizes, trophies, photo booth and fun for the entire staff and family. 






Saturday. May 21, 2016

Desert Sonoran Museum -

Desert Ark Community Outreach Van:

10:30 am - 11:30 am


Guests and family members are invited to attend and make new discoveries of the Sonoran Desert. Be ready to see live animals and enjoy a lecture by a skilled educational professional to teach you about the Sonoran Desert that is a very large territory in the state of Arizona. Space is limited to 30 people.



 Allied Industry Exhibit Hall Luncheon:

11:45 am - 2:30 pm 


Join us for the Allied Industry Luncheon featuring the latest products and services for your practice. “Allied On Your Side” is their team motto and join them in the Western Themed Exhibit Hall for a sumptuous buffet, games, prizes and valuable informative conversation on the goods and services they have to offer. Set appointments with the Allied representatives to provide Lunch & Learns and get to know who they are and what they can do for you, your staff and your practice.



Saturday evening you are on your own to relax poolside, have dinner with family, guests, colleagues or your Allied representatives, explore Tucson, hike the beautiful Santa Catalina Mountains, arrange a tennis match or a round of golf, all available to you at the El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort.  





Meet up with your Allied members for tequila tasting!




Resort Information


Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort

10000 North Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ  85704




call: 1-800-325-7832 (identify yourself as AzVMA Desert West Conference attendee)

book online: click here!

AzVMA Room Block Deadline

April 19, 2016

 El Conquistador Standard Room
(single or double):  $115 plus
 Available upgraded room types:
Casita Signature $155 plus
Junior Suite $155 plus

Children under 18 may stay free in their parent’s room.

 Pet Policy:  

$50 per pet per stay.  

Pets must be 75 pounds or under.

Business Center

Stay connected with the office or prepare for presentations at Hilton Tucson El Conquistador’s Business Center furnished with up-to-the-minute technology including computers, printers, photocopiers and high speed wireless internet access.  Additional services include faxing, courier and secretarial assistance.


Stay & Play 

Make it a staycation and enjoy 45 holes of championship golf, 30 lighted outdoor tennis courts, and 5 outdoor swimming pools, including 143 ft water slide!  

Take time for yourself escape to Elements Spa where expert therapists offer a wide spectrum of customized specialty massage services to allow you to relax and rejuvenate.



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