Veterinarians today are playing a more significant role and having a more substantial impact on the world than ever before. They are developing new therapies to treat cancer, containing the spread of disease, supporting disabled people through animal assistance programs, promoting the human-animal bond, combating climate change and addressing food security. Veterinarians are quite literally transforming the lives of people and our society each and every day.
This April, we’ll celebrate, explore and enhance the Veterinary impact on the world at the Veterinary Innovation Summit. You won’t want to miss it!
Get fresh perspectives from veterinary and non-veterinary entrepreneurs and health professionals on the latest technologies in veterinary healthcare.
Participate in interactive “Speaker Conversations” about the future of veterinary practice and enjoy positive, creative conversations among veterinary innovation and design competition finalists.
Learn about experiences, successes and failures from business owners during “Founders Fireside Chats.”
Listen to and participate in debates on controversial issues in “Collision Panels.”
Chairman & CEO of IDEXX
Jon has served as Chairman and CEO of IDEXX for the last 15 years, leading the company through a period of consistent organic revenue growth, resulting in a 400% increase in sales and IDEXX’s recent inclusion into the S&P 500. IDEXX’s growing global workforce of 7,000 includes over 700 veterinarians and PhDs who bring a consistent stream of diagnostic and software innovations to the veterinary industry — addressing the most pressing medical needs of veterinary practices. Jon brings to his work an intellectual curiosity, innovative spirit, and deep commitment to the human animal bond. Outside of IDEXX, Jon enjoys time with his wife, Helaine, their feline family members (Prince, Cake, Reese, and Potato, who have all benefited from IDEXX’s unique diagnostic menu), and three grown daughters who are now scattered across the country pursuing careers of their own. Jon also is an avid cyclist who achieved a personal record by riding over 10,000 miles last year.
Scientist, Entrepreneur and Biohacker
Ryan Bethencourt is a scientist, entrepreneur, and biohacker best known for his work as program director and venture partner at Indie.Bio, a biology accelerator and early stage seed fund. Bethencourt was head of life sciences at the XPRIZE foundation, a co-founder and CEO of Berkeley Biolabs, a biotech accelerator, and Halpin Neurosciences, an ALS therapeutics focused biotech company. Bethencourt co-founded Counter Culture Labs, a citizen science nonprofit, and Sudo Room, a hacker space based in downtown Oakland, California.
Founder of Petnostics, featured on Shark Tank
Wanting to make healthy living easier for pet parents, Stephen Chen founded Wanting to make healthy living easier for pet parents, Stephen Chen founded Petnostics in 2013, and was featured on Shark Tank in 2016. Petnostics helps pet parents keep their pets happy and healthy through a line of at-home urine test products. Using the same diagnostic test strips that veterinarians use in their clinics, pet parents can check their dog or cat’s health instantly with the Petnostics app and be alerted to potential health issues such as urinary tract infections and diabetes. With results easily shareable with vets and at a fraction of the cost of a vet visit, Petnostics makes healthy living easier for pet families. Stephen attended the University of Michigan and Harvard Business School, and he now lives in Downtown Los Angeles with his Westiepoo, Austin. Stephen Chen from Petnostics wins on Shark Tank with an investment from Lori Greiner and Kevin O’Leary who paired up to offer Stephen $300,000 for 20% equity in the company.
Founding Partner of Animal Policy Group
Mark is the Founding Partner of the Animal Policy Group. A long-time political strategist, lobbyist, corporate executive and former litigator, Mark focuses his advocacy practice on providing high-level strategic advice and services to clients with needs at any level of government, and key trade/industry associations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. He maintains an office in Portland, Oregon, and Washington, D.C. He is the Chair of the Government Relations and Public Policy Practice and also a partner at Tonkon Torp LLP, a largescale Northwest law firm. Most recently, Mark launched an innovative, one-of-a-kind Government Relations and Advocacy Certificate Program at Lincoln Memorial University in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he also serves as the Director of the Institute for Collaborative Leadership. Since 2004, Mark has specialized in animal health, animal welfare, veterinary and veterinary educational issues, developing a cutting-edge practice across these sectors. Mark is a frequent speaker at veterinary medicine and other animal policy-related conferences. He is an adjunct faculty member in Animal Law at the Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, and a visiting lecturer at the University of Oregon School of Law. Mark is an honors graduate with distinction from Stanford University and the Willamette University College of Law.
Founder of Rover
Founded on the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to experience the unconditional love of a dog, Rover makes it easy for dog parents throughout the U.S. to find sitters who will treat their dog like family. Rover recently acquired Doggy Vacay to effectively own the pet-sitting world. The company raised $40M in a Series E round in October 2016 from leading venture capital firms Foundry and Menlo Ventures, bringing the total investment to over $90M and giving this company a $300M valuation. Petco and Ashton Kutcher are also investors.
Disruptive Innovation Leader
Claude Ecochard is a disruptive innovation senior leader at Royal Canin. His job is to support the company Dream, Dare, Do. With a Master in Biochemistry and Food engineer, he leverages his 30 years of R&D experience in the food industry to rethink the futures of the Petcare ecosystem. Passionately curious, Claude advocates the importance of empathy in the organization, practices Design Thinking and effectuation principles to shape new opportunities. He is fond of emerging business models in food, cooperativism economy and pet technology, and looking at how to provide a positive impact on pet and pet owners lives. His buddy Frisko, a 7-year-old Border-line dog, is involved in most of his challenges.
Dean, Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Eleanor Green, DVM, DACVIM, DABVP holds the Carl B. King deanship of Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. She is a Diplomate of ACVIM and ABVP. She received a BS in Animal Science from the University of Florida and a DVM from Auburn University. She established a veterinary practice in Mississippi as partner/owner. She became a founding faculty member of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University. Her academic appointments have included: equine faculty member at University of Missouri; head of Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences and director of large animal hospital at the University of Tennessee; chair of Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences and Chief of Staff of large animal hospital at the University of Florida. She served as president of three national organizations: American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, American Association of Veterinary Clinicians. Her awards include: 2004 Award of Distinction from UF College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, 2011 Wilford S. Bailey Distinguished Alumni Award from Auburn, 2012 Women’s Progress Award for Administration and 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award for Administration at Texas A&M, and induction into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 2013.
Veterinary Radiation Oncologist, Scientist and Entrepreneur
Dr. Ira Gordon began work on his first company, VetPrep, in 2003, while he was a veterinary student at the University of California, Davis. While studying for the national board exam with his co-founders, they developed exam study materials that would help vet students in future years prepare for this exam with an interactive and online study platform previously unavailable within the veterinary community. Since that time, VetPrep has helped over 40,000 veterinarians prepare for and pass this exam. After VetPrep, XPrep Learning Solutions went on to create e-learning tools for other healthcare professionals, including optometrists, dental hygienists, and veterinary technicians. In 2014, they created ViralVet, a mobile professional network for veterinarians and technicians. This network allows the veterinary community to share difficult and interesting cases instantly and to help each other while learning from each other in a professional social platform. There are currently over 7,000 members of this community who have shared nearly 2,000 cases. In 2015, the company developed and launched “The Idea,” an innovation competition specifically for veterinary students. Dr. Gordon co-founded a real-estate holding company in order to help design and build a state-ofthe- art veterinary cancer center in Northern Virginia. He concurrently co-founded the company RadVets, a provider of advanced radiation therapy technology for pets. This company was subsequently acquired by The Oncology Service (TOS), a company that Dr. Gordon currently serves in the capacity of Chief Operating Officer (COO) and head of radiation oncology. TOS operates three full-service oncology centers providing both medical and radiation oncology services to pets. Ira has been a postdoctoral researcher at the National Institutes of Health, a clinician-instructor at the University of California, Davis, and has authored or coauthored over 20 peer-reviewed manuscripts, review articles, and textbook chapters. He has served on and/or chaired multiple committees for the American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR), the Veterinary Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (VRTOG) and the non-profit organization FETCH-a-Cure. He is a frequently invited speaker to veterinarians and students on topics including veterinary education and technology, licensing exam preparation, and veterinary oncology.
President of PetSmart Charities
David Haworth, DVM, PhD is the President of PetSmart Charities in the US and Canada. An independent non-profit, strategic grant-making organization, PetSmart Charities seeks to end pet homelessness by supporting partner organizations that keep pets out of shelters, find homes for pets in shelters, support and advance the relationship between pets and people, and provide disaster relief. PetSmart Charities also partners with PetSmart, Inc. to provide adoption centers in most of the over 1,400 PetSmart stores. PetSmart Charities has helped almost 7 million pets find their forever homes, and in 2015 provided more than $30 million in grants to organizations throughout the United States and Canada. Dr. Haworth was formerly President & CEO at Morris Animal Foundation, the world’s largest non-governmental funding agency for veterinary medical research. He was also previously Director of Global Alliances within the Business Development group at Pfizer Animal Health (now Zoetis, Inc.), the largest producer of veterinary pharmaceuticals and vaccines in the world, and before that, a Director in Pfizer Animal Health’s Research & Development division, focusing on development and global registration of vaccines and pharmaceuticals for companion animals (dogs, cats and horses). Prior to joining Pfizer Animal Health, he was an associate veterinarian at a small animal and emergency clinic in Washington State. Dr. Haworth received his bachelor of science in biology from the College of William & Mary and his doctor of veterinary medicine and doctorate of philosophy from Colorado State University. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Colorado State University’s Animal Cancer Center.
Co-founder and CEO of Whistle
Ben co-founded Whistle as an Entrepreneur in Residence at DCM Ventures in Menlo Park, Calif., combining a personal love of animals with his academic and professional experience across the U.S. and China. Ben was inspired to find a way for people to better understand and care for their pets – everyone’s favorite family members. Whistle launched with the Whistle Activity Monitor in summer 2013, catalyzing the pet tech category and the conversation around the role technology can play in a pet’s overall health. After hearing from customers that many owners fear losing their pet, Whistle focused on bringing a location monitoring solution to the platform – culminating in the acquisition of Tagg, a former Qualcomm subsidiary, and integration of best-in-breed GPS tracking hardware with Whistle software. The company raised $21M from companies such as telecommunications giants Nokia and Qualcomm and was acquired by Mars Petcare in 2016 for $119M. Prior to launching Whistle, Ben received his B.A. and M.A. in East Asian Studies at Yale University. After college, he worked as a consultant at Bain, where he was able to work closely with great brands and organizations across various fields, including technology, private equity and consumer goods. Today, Ben oversees the Whistle team as it maintains its position as the category leader in pet technology with its latest device and mobile app, the Whistle GPS Pet Tracker. Owners use the pet tracker to ensure their pet doesn’t become lost, while also tracking daily activity. The startling truth is 1 in 3 pets get lost during their lifetime – with 10 million pets lost in the U.S. each year. Whistle believes that pet owners can do better than that. Whistle is on a mission to equip owners everywhere with a simple tool to stay connected to their pet and provide the best care for their best friends.
Dean of Lincoln Memorial University- College of Veterinary Medicine
Dr Jason Johnson is the Dean of Lincoln Memorial University- College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM). He was one of the 8 founding faculty members of the 30th veterinary school in the USA, where a blank slate offered an opportunity for him to engage his innate innovative energies in curriculum development, college operations, facility design, and creation of a faculty culture, and also provided the platform for him to grow both professionally and personally. Dr. Johnson is also the founder and Executive Director of the Center for Animal and Human Health in Appalachia (CAHA), to improve the animal health and human health of the Appalachian region through developing research and research funding support on Appalachian animal health issues, developing public education, advocacy, and training programs, and developing curriculum and mentorship programs to promote veterinary practices in underserved areas, namely the 420-county Appalachian footprint. In 2015, under Dr. Johnson’s leadership, CAHA held its first annual conference and published the first-ever comprehensive analysis of animal and veterinary distributions within the footprint of Appalachia, and modeled the economic impact of those practices into rural America. He represents the Society for Theriogenology in the AVMA House of Delegates, and serves on the Legislative Action Committee, as well as Alternate Delegate for the Food Safety Advisory Committee for AASRP. Johnson is a 2003 graduate of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and a diplomate in the American College of Theriogenologists. He was a private practitioner first, and then completed a three-year residency at Auburn University in food animal theriogenology, while earning a master’s degree for research in Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus. Dr. Johnson is a native of Luverne, Alabama. He is married to his wonderful bride of thirteen years, Jennifer, and they have an eight-year-old son, Elijah.
CEO of whiskerDocs
Pet owners’ increasing expectation for instant access to information has created real stimulus for innovation from pet industry providers. whiskerDocs, an enterprise level service company offering on-demand decision support service for pet parents, has emerged as an industry leader in companion animal telehealth. Deb Leon, along with co-founder Trevor Page, launched their 24-hour-a-day service, offering real-time live chat and telephonic support to pet parents in late fall of 2013, and by spring of 2015 were providing services to over 600,000 pet owners. Prior to founding whiskerDocs, Ms. Leon had founded and operated Health Contact Partners, serving over 4 million families (7 million individuals) with its URAC and NCQA accredited 24/7 Health Services Call Center. H.C.P.’s clients included health plans, self-insured employers, third-party administrators and Taft-Hartley organizations, providing online health portals including electronic health records and interactive tools such as symptom checkers and video library. H.C.P. was the first organization of its kind to offer secure live chat with Registered Nurses. Their integrated offering was the first of its kind, and still remains the model for comprehensive decision support delivery today. In 2008, Ms. Leon sold her company, Health Contact Partners (H.C.P.), to Trustmark Insurance, after establishing herself as a significant market leader for innovations in on-demand clinical decision and resource support. Prior to founding H.C.P., Ms. Leon worked for a leading telephonic disease management company, CorSolutions, whose services included chronic condition management for individuals with conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, chronic pain and more, as well as wellness and 24/7 nurse line support.
Founder & Chief Operating Officer, The One Health Company
Ben is an animal lover and entrepreneur. He is the Founder of The One Health Company, an innovative and humane animal testing company that is revolutionizing pharmaceutical testing on animals. Ben is also the Founder and serves as Board Director of 4Vets, Brazil’s largest animal health distributor. 4Vets won numerous innovation competitions, including Start-up Chile and The Latam Challenge, and has illustrious venture capital backers. Ben’s first career was as a professional athlete, and in 2004, he captained the U.S. Olympic Team (K4) for Sprint Kayak and also trained competitively for cross-country skiing. Ben studied Bioengineering at Dartmouth College where he was inducted in the Dartmouth Hall of Fame (Wearer of the Green). Ben also studied Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, and Health Care Management at The Wharton School of Business. Ben himself participated as a patient in a clinical trial, as has his dog Lulo (see photo), who participated in a successful osteosarcoma immunotherapy trial.
Co-founder of Treat
In 2015, Kait co-founded Treat, an innovative mobile application that brought personalized and reflexive veterinary care to the people of San Francisco and their small animal pets. As Chief Science Officer, Kait ensured Treat provided cutting-edge medicine to clients while simultaneously providing fully integrated care that utilized strategic partnerships and conversational commerce to be a “one-stop-shop” for all pet-care needs, including: preventive care, nutrition, grooming, behavior management and personal care products. Prior to developing Treat, Kait trained as an Equine Sports Medicine Veterinarian in Ocala, Florida. Kait is a mix-practice professional, with over 10 years of experience working in both small and large animal practices. She graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2014. While attending university, Kait was employed in both the surgical and clinical studies departments at the veterinary teaching hospital. She contributed to research in alternative wound-healing therapies and regenerative medicine. An avid outdoor enthusiast, Kait enjoys exploring her new home of San Francisco with her Great Dane mix, Louis.
Executive Director, Veterinary Innovation Summit
Adam Little works at the intersection of accelerating technologies and veterinary medicine to help solve some of our world’s biggest problems. His entrepreneurial approach to global animal health creates more opportunities for veterinarians to tackle challenges ranging from companion animal medicine to food security and infectious disease spread. As a champion for the evolution of his profession, Dr. Little sees a near future in which real-time, personalized medicine for each animal on this planet is possible. And he believes veterinarians are the drivers of that future, leading global change that will benefit every man, woman, child and animal.
Chair of Digital Biology at Singularity University
Raymond McCauley is a scientist, engineer, and entrepreneur working at the forefront of biotechnology. Raymond explores how applying technology to life — biology, genetics, medicine, agriculture — is affecting every one of us. He uses storytelling and down-to-earth examples to show how quickly these changes are happening, right now, and where it may head tomorrow. His work and profile have been featured in Wired, Forbes, Time, CNBC, Science and Nature. Raymond is: Chair of Digital Biology at Singularity University, a Silicon Valley think tank devoted to training leaders about exponential technologies; Co-founder and Chief Architect for BioCurious, the hackerspace for biotech, a not-for-profit where professional scientists, DIY bio hobbyists and entrepreneurs come together to design the next big thing to come out of a Silicon Valley garage; and part of the team that developed next-generation DNA sequencing at Illumina (NASDAQ: ILMN), where he worked in bioinformatics, cancer sequencing, and personal genomics. Raymond’s postgraduate work includes studies at Texas A&M University, Stanford, and UC Berkeley in electrical engineering, computer science, biophysics, biochemistry, bioinformatics, and nanotechnology. He previously worked with Genomera, Illumina, Ingenuity Systems, TANSTAAFL Media, QIAGEN, Viatel, NASA, and other state and federal agencies, and currently develops and advises a variety of companies and organizations.
Co-founder and CEO of Lap of Love and Co-host of PetCareTV
For some, there is a light that appears at the toughest moments of being a doctor. Dr. Dani McVety found that light early in her career, and it sparked an idea that has become one of the most unique and fastest growing businesses in the veterinary space. Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, a service that has visited the homes of over 50,000 families, is now a nationwide network of over 90 passionate doctors and a full-time interdisciplinary support staff dedicated to making the end of life experience for pets, and the people who love them, as dignified and peaceful as possible. Dr. McVety is Co-founder and CEO of Lap of Love and co-host of PetCareTV. She frequently writes and speaks for professional and lay audiences in hopes of empowering both parties to seek the highest standards of care. Her talks have quickly garnered the reputation of being “fantastically hilarious,” “bringing humor where it’s needed most,” “incredibly inspiring,” and “simply authentic.” In her talks, Dr. McVety shares her struggles through veterinary school, how she found her passion in the emergency room, why she felt a calling in the toughest moments of medicine, and how she and her business partner have grown a nationally recognized business. As a certified body language instructor, one of her favorite topics is communication. Dr. McVety, Dr. Gardner, and Lap of Love have been featured on numerous local, national, and professional media outlets, including ABC, Fox 13, Associated Press, The New York Times, Washington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, Huffington Post, and many more. She graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and is the youngest recipient of both the college’s Distinguished Young Alumni Award (2013) and the Florida Veterinary Medical Association’s President’s Award (2014); she also won the Pet Industry Woman of the Year (2016).
North American Veterinary Community, Chief Operating Officer
Pete is an award-winning digital media and product development professional with over 20 years’ experience, specializing in association and nonprofit management. He and his team currently lead the association management division within NAVC and he currently serves as the Executive Director for The Pet Nutrition Alliance. He also serves as the Chairman of the Civil Service Board for the City of Orlando and is a member of the Business Ethics and Professional Standards Committee for the Public Relations Society of America. In his role with the NAVC, Pete leads the association management, event operations, technology, customer service, product development and Industry Services teams. Pete’s ability to merge creative strategy, business acumen, and governance has earned him the ear of those at some of the world’s largest organizations including Adobe, Deloitte, Microsoft, Razorfish, Wells Fargo, Ford, Hershey, Bloomingdales, Kraft, Samsung and others. His efforts have received recognition from media outlets including The Orlando Sentinel, The Atlanta Business Chronicle, Marketwatch.com, Associations Now, NBC 6 Miami, CFNews 13, Fox 13 Tampa, Internal Auditor Magazine and Compliance Week. As an award-winning author, speaker and strategist, he has worked with thousands of people worldwide from such organizations as the Federal Reserve Bank, Procter & Gamble, FINRA, Williams Sonoma, PepsiCo, Target, Walgreens, Northwestern University, PWC, Nielsen, The Canadian House of Commons, Saudi Arabian Capital Markets Authority and others. Pete gained recognition for his efforts by receiving two Brand Hall Excellence in eLearning Awards, an ASAE Gold Circle of Excellence Award, the Technology and Learning Magazine’s Award of Excellence, Forbes Best of Web and was a TechCrunch Disrupt and PepsiCo20 Technology Awards Finalist. Pete lives in Orlando with his wife Taberi and their two West Highland Terriers, Bailey and Bullet.
Founder of Vet2Pet
Dr. Stacee Santi graduated CSU in 1996 and began her veterinary career in Portland, Oregon, at a 13-doctor ER hospital. In 2002, she accepted a position at Riverview Animal Hospital in Durango, Colorado, and began managing the hospital in 2007. Being a veterinarian herself, she knows the challenges the industry faces to stay connected to clients. In 2013, Dr. Santi founded Vet2Pet and began working on new contemporary strategies to connect with clients — the first being the custom veterinary app.
Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Banfield Pet Hospital
Jeannine Taaffe is the senior vice president of Banfield Pet Hospital’s sales and marketing team where she is responsible for managing the company’s marketing and sales functions, call center, and wellness plan offerings. In addition to promoting and advertising the organization’s products and services, Jeannine also works to develop strategic business plans and strategies to attain corporate sales and profit objectives. With Banfield for nearly 16 years, Jeannine joined the organization in 2001 to oversee marketing and sales for Banfield’s former pet insurance company — True Paws — which soon after evolved from an inside insurance sales team of three associates to a team of 16 associates today. In 2011, Jeannine played an integral role in the rebranding of Banfield, helping to market the company as a full service hospital. Prior to joining Banfield, Jeannine held a variety of account services positions working for Topak Marketing, Inc. and DVM Worldwide, both Philadelphia-based marketing agencies. During her time with both agencies, Jeannine was responsible for day-to-day client coordination, production and creative oversight, database management, and marketing campaign strategy and analysis. From 1995-1999, Jeannine served as president of Philadelphia’s Direct Marketing Association. While living in Philadelphia, Jeannine volunteered at Carson Valley, a home ran by her father for children of the state, where she worked in the school teaching computer programming skills to kids between the ages of 9 and 17. Jeannine received her bachelor’s degree in hotel administration with a minor in marketing from Cornell University. She and her husband, Kent, reside in Portland, Oregon, where they enjoy exploring the city, and shops and restaurants in their neighborhood, Portland’s Pearl District. Jeannine also enjoys watching movies, reading and cooking. She has two cats, Tigger, who is 18, and Rudy, who is 5.
Founder of Seaside Animal Care, Founder of the VitalX Awards, Award-winning Speaker and Veterinary Entrepreneur
Dr. Ernie Ward is an internationally recognized veterinarian known for his innovations in general small-animal practice, long term medication monitoring, special needs of senior dogs and cats, and pet obesity. He has authored three books, including Chow Hounds: Why Our Dogs Are Getting Fatter. Dr. Ward has been a frequent guest on numerous television programs and served as the resident veterinarian for the Rachael Ray Show for over seven years. Dr. Ward is the founder of Seaside Animal Care, a National Practice of Excellence Award winning small-animal veterinary clinic, and DogGone Healthy, a practice dedicated to nutritional, behavioral and integrative care in Calabash, North Carolina. Dr. Ward has authored and been featured in more than 100 practice management and peer-reviewed medical journal articles and is a 1992 graduate of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. He was awarded the Speaker of the Year award for both the North American Veterinary Conference (now VMX) and Western Veterinary Conference (WVC) and has spoken at every major North American veterinary conference as well as in Europe, South America, and Asia, and has been a guest lecturer at most U.S. veterinary schools. He established the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention in 2005 and is a founding member of VetPartners. In 2016, he created the incentivized challenge awards, the VitalX Awards, to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation within the veterinary profession. He has also completed multiple Ironman triathlons and has been a Certified Personal Trainer and USA Triathlon accredited coach.
CEO & Co-founder of Pet Coach
Brock Weatherup is the CEO & Co-founder of PetCoach, recently acquired by Petco – revolutionizing the pet health care experience. PetCoach lets pet parents get personalized advice from veterinarians and other pet experts anytime, anywhere and for free. They have proudly helped over 100,000 pet parents and counting and raised $2.3M with an investment from Comcast Ventures. Brock is a CEO, entrepreneur, angel investor, builder of enterprise value and passionate advocate about the consumer and their interactions with digital media and e-commerce. Brock is also managing partner of Atai Ventures angel investments, volunteer President of Philly Startup Leaders, co-founder of ICONYC, an early stage NYC-based Israeli accelerator, investor/ advisor/board member for 7+ startups – VeryApt, SideCar, Social Ladder, Ethology and an industry advisor for VC firms EQT Partners, MissionOG and Safe Guard. Previously, Brock was SVP/Chief Digital Officer of PetSmart after selling Pet360, where he was CEO the prior 5 years. Brock was also CEO of Fathead and held several leadership positions with InterActiveCorp (Ticketmaster, Match.com, CitySearch, ReserveAmerica). A graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder, he sits as a board member of the Nature Conservancy – Adirondacks>. He is the father of two amazing girls and pet owner to a four-year-old retriever named Boulder.
Entrepreneur, Speaker, Writer and Co-founder of Imperative
Arthur Woods is an entrepreneur, speaker and writer on the future of work. He is the co-founder of Imperative, the first professional platform to help employees manage a fulfilling career and for companies to empower their people. Arthur’s deep expertise engaging the millennial generation has enabled him to lead both the conversation and innovation around the next generation of work. His efforts have been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, Huffington Post, Washington Post and ABC7’s Washington Business Tonight. Arthur previously led operations for YouTube EDU at Google where he oversaw operations of YouTube for Schools, managed the development of YouTube’s first guide for education and co-organized YouTube’s inaugural Education Summit. He is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and sits on the Boards of the Sierra Institute, Georgetown Technology Alliance and Compass Partners.
We are entering an incredibly exciting time for our profession. The acceleration of technologies presents veterinarians with the opportunity to deliver more personalized, accessible and ultimately impactful care to all species and stakeholders. However, the traditional approaches to education, research, and service are proving no longer sufficient. Our care model is outdated, student debt is overburdening, career diversity is limited and veterinary fulfillment and career satisfaction remains too low.
A new model of learning is required; one which harnesses the disruptors working at the fringes of our profession, focuses on their potential impact, works in collaboration with the industry and provides training for both current students and the existing generation of practitioners in these emerging fields. Achieving this requires a new platform to engage our existing profession and invite new collaborators.
The Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences joined forces with the NAVC to introduce this new model to you: the Veterinary Innovation Summit. You won’t want to miss it!
Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences