Mike Cavanaugh

Dr. Mike Cavanaugh, DVM, DABVP

Chief Executive Officer
American Animal Hospital Association

A 1983 graduate of the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Cavanaugh became the CEO of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) in January 2010. In this capacity, Dr. Cavanaugh is responsible for AAHA’s national headquarters located in Denver, Colo. where he oversees a staff of 75 and an annual budget in excess of $12 million.

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Bernadine Cruz

Dr. Bernadine Cruz, DVM

American Society of Veterinary Journalists

Bernadine D. Cruz, D.V.M., is an associate veterinarian at Laguna Hills Animal Hospital, Laguna Hills, Calif. She specializes in companion animal medicine and has been practicing veterinary medicine for more than 20 years. Dr. Cruz received her doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

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Eleanor Green

Dr. Eleanor Green, DVM

College of Veterinary Medicine & BioMedical Sciences
Texas A&M University

Dr. Eleanor Green holds the Carl B. King deanship of the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences in College Station, Texas. Dr. Green is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Large Animal, and Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, Certified in Equine Practice.

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David Haworth

Dr. David Haworth, DVM, PhD

President and CEO
Morris Animal Foundation

David Haworth, DVM, PhD, joined Morris Animal Foundation as its president and CEO in 2011. David has a diversity of experiences that include corporate partnership development, veterinary research, nonprofit oversight and clinical practice.

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Julie Legred

Julie Legred, CVT

Executive Director
National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America

Julie graduated from the University of Minnesota – Waseca in June, 1985 with an Associates in Applied Science in Animal Health Technology. That same month passed both the Minnesota State and Veterinary Technician National Exam and earned the credentials of Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT).

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Heather Loenser

Dr. Heather Loenser, DVM

American Animal Hospital Association

Dr. Heather Loenser grew up with a passion for animals and recognized at a tender age that she wanted to be a veterinarian. Her childhood was spent rescuing feral cats, local wildlife and riding horses. After graduating from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University in 2003, she spent three years in general practice before finding her true calling–emergency veterinary medicine.

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Paige Maasen

Dr. Paige Maasen, DVM

Oxford Animal Hospital

Dr. Maasen graduated from Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997 and has worked in the Kansas City area since that time. In addition to her experience as a companion animal practitioner, Dr. Maasen gained valuable experience working as the program director of a veterinary technology program, taking the program from a recent start up to full AVMA accreditation status.

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Mark McConnell

Dr. Mark McConnell, BVMS, MRCVS

American Animal Hospital Association

A graduate of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Glasgow in Glasgow, Scotland, he earned his BVMS (Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery) and MRCVS (Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons) in 1992.

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Pam Nichols

Dr. Pam Nichols, DVM

American Animal Hospital Association

Dr. Pam Nichols earned her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 1996. She opened the Animal Care Center (West Bountiful, UT) in 1999; she is the owner and medical director. In 2002 she opened the K-9 Rehab Center and became one of the first veterinarians to become certified in Canine Rehabilitation.

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Heather Prendergast

Heather Prendergast, RVT, CVPM


Heather Prendergast has spent over 19 years in small animal practice, and attended New Mexico State University to obtain a Bachelors degree in Animal Science. Once she completed her BS, Heather attended St. Petersburg College and received her Associates degree in Veterinary Technology.

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Kenita Rogers

Dr. Kenita Rogers, DVM, MS

College of Veterinary Medicine & BioMedical Sciences
Texas A&M University

Kenita Rogers is a native of West Virginia and completed her undergraduate education with a BS in Animal and Veterinary Science at West Virginia University in 1979. She graduated with a DVM degree from Louisiana State University in 1982.

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Mark Russak

Dr. Mark Russak, DVM

American Animal Hospital Association

Mark Russak, DVM, is past president of AAHA. He earned both his bachelor’s degree and DVM from Colorado State University, and his certificate in veterinary practice administration from the Krannert Graduate School of Management at Purdue University. Dr. Russak recently retired from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine after teaching there for seven years.

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Jamie Young

Dr. Jamie Young, DVM, PhD

Diplomate of American College of Veterinary Pathologists

Dr. Young is a 1988 graduate of Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. After four years of practicing small animal medicine in Southern California, Dr. Young completed a pathology residency and PhD program at Colorado State University and has since been a research pathologist supporting drug development at a large pharmaceutical company and contract research organizations.

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Jessica Tracy

Dr. Jessica Tracy, DVM, MBA

Blue Ridge Animal Hospital

Dr. Jessica Tracy, like many in her profession, has known she wanted to be a veterinarian from a very young age. She received her Biology degree from Millsaps College in Jackson, MS, and then headed north to Starkville, MS to complete her veterinary degree at Mississippi State University.

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Ernie Ward

Dr. Ernie Ward, DVM

Veterinarian, author and media personality

Dr. Ward is a 1992 graduate of the University of Georgia, founder of The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention and author of “Chow Hounds: Why Our Dogs Are Getting Fatter—A Vet’s Plan to Save Their Lives.”

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