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Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers & Special Events


Keynote Speakers

Wednesday, September 26

Sponsored by Best Pet Rx

The Opioid Epidemic: Origins and Implications

Over 3500 people die every month from opioid overdose.* A perfect storm of corporate greed, bureaucratic naiveté and a brilliant new model of aggressive illegal narcotics distribution combined to create the current crisis. No sector of American life is unaffected.

*US National Institute Of Drug Abuse (USNIDA) August 2018

Gerald O'Malley, D.O.
Professor, Emergency Medicine and Toxicology
Sidney Kimmel School of Medicine
Thomas Jefferson University

Dr. Gerald O'Malley was born in the Bronx, NY, graduated from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1990, completed his emergency medicine residency at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in North Philadelphia and a clinical toxicology fellowship at the University of Colorado/Rocky Mountain Poison Center in Denver, CO. Dr. O'Malley is currently a Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Sidney Kimmel School of Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University where he teaches Pharmacology and Toxicology and is also a Clinical Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia SC and the Director of Toxicology at the Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, SC. Dr. O'Malley has written the General Poisoning and Recreational Drugs chapters for the past three editions of the Merck Manual, has provided peer review for over 70 scientific manuscripts and  is a Senior Reviewer at Annals of Emergency. Dr. O'Malley has authored numerous scientific papers and book chapters and lectured extensively both in the US and abroad. Dr. O'Malley lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with his wife, two children and two Scottish Terriers, Tara and Percy.


Thursday, September 27

Sponsored by Zoetis

The Future of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Jenkins will provide an overview of relevant trends impacting the veterinary profession. These trends include the landscape of practice, client and customer demand and expectations, and current legislative and governmental activities of potential impact to the veterinary profession. 

Christine C. Jenkins DVM, DACVIM-SAIM
Chief Veterinary Medical Officer
VP, Veterinary Medical Services and Outcomes Research
US Operations

Dr. Christine C. Jenkins leads the Zoetis, Veterinary Medical Services and Outcomes Research group which include Veterinary Medical Information and Product Support, Academic & Professional Affairs, and Outcomes Research for US Operations.  As a member of Zoetis U.S. Leadership Team, Jenkins serves as the Chief Veterinary Medical Officer and is responsible for the Commitment to Veterinarians™ platform. Dr. Jenkins leads philanthropic efforts for Zoetis US Operations which includes support of the veterinary profession through scholarships, veterinary wellness initiatives, disaster relief, and diversity.

Jenkins received her BS degree in Animal Science from Florida A. & M. University and her DVM from Tuskegee University. She completed an internship at the University of Florida and a residency at the University of Tennessee in small animal internal medicine. Prior to joining industry, Dr. Jenkins was a tenured Associate Professor of Medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Prior to joining Zoetis, Dr. Jenkins held Director roles in clinical research, regulatory affairs, and marketing at Pfizer Animal Health, Merial Ltd. and Hill’s Pet Nutrition.

Special Events

Breakfast with Exhibitors each day

  • Date: Wednesday, September 26 and Thursday, September 27
  • Time: 8:00 am - 8:30 am

Arrive early each day to enjoy complimentary breakfast and speak with exhibitors in our exhibit hall. Meet over 50 exhibitors and network with colleagues in the veterinary profession. See a list of 2018 exhibitors.

Dean's Alumni Reception

  • Date: Wednesday, September 26
  • Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join the new Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Andrew M. Hoffman, for a reception following the first day of the conference. Dr. Hoffman is an acclaimed researcher, clinician, teacher, and mentor who most recently served as director of the Regenerative Medicine Laboratory and professor of large animal internal medicine at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Dr. Hoffman is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, past president of the Veterinary Comparative Research Society, and a member of the International Society for Stem Cell Research. His research programs have received continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health for nearly 20 years. He has authored more than 100 publications, including many in leading scientific and clinical journals.

Dr. Hoffman earned his undergraduate degree with honors in biology from the University of Delaware, received his veterinary degree from Cornell University, and holds a doctorate in veterinary science from the University of Guelph in Canada.