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Randy Basinger DVM, DACVS, is board-certified in veterinary surgery. Dr. Basinger received his DVM degree from the Ohio State University in 1983. After a one-year internship in Boston, he completed a three-year surgery residency and coursework for a master’s degree in physiology at the University of Georgia.  In 1987 he received the American College of Veterinary Surgeon’s award for the best research publication by a resident. He is currently the chairman of the ACVS Board of Trustees. In 1987, he established a veterinary referral center in Columbia, SC.

Fiona Bateman, DVM, DACVD graduated with honors from the University of Melbourne in 2005. After completing a year in Emergency and Referral practice in Melbourne, she undertook a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery in Brisbane, Australia.  She completed her residency in veterinary dermatology and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology in 2014. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the University of Georgia. Her research interests include therapeutic interventions in canine atopic dermatitis, otitis externa and the genetics of collagen disorders in dogs.

 Victoria Bender, DVM, BS in Biology earned her BS from Duke University in 2011, followed by a DVM from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. During veterinary school, she spent time learning at various zoological institutions and conducted research on the immune systems of elephants and manatees. Dr. Bender works at the Avian and Exotic Animal Care. Her special interests include avian medicine, dentistry, surgery, and behavior.

David Bradley, DVM, FASLMS graduated from UF in 1987. He has practiced for over 25 years in Mixed, SA, Equine, and Exotics with a special interest in surgery. Dr Bradley began using Lasers in private practice in 1999. Shortly thereafter, he began training and education in Laser physics and tissue interaction.  He is currently a member with Fellow status in the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Bradley has lectured nationally and internationally on veterinary laser use. He is a consultant in general medical Laser and the Veterinary Medical Director for KlaserUSA.

Benjamin Brainard, VMD, DACVAA, DACVECC received his VMD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2000, followed by a 1-year internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Georgia. Following his internship, Dr. Brainard completed dual residencies in Veterinary Anesthesiology and Emergency and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Brainard is board certified in both veterinary anesthesiology and emergency/critical care. He serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care and is the Director of Clinical Research of the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine.

Joshua Broadwater, DVM, DACVO was born and raised in the small coal mining town of Lonaconing, Maryland. He attended the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he studied biology and graduated with highest honors. Dr. Broadwater then attended veterinary medical school at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, Dr. Broadwater completed a one- year rotating medicine/surgery internship at Florida Veterinary Specialists in Tampa, FL. He then completed his 3-year ophthalmology residency at the Animal Eye Specialty Clinics of South Florida. Broadwater is an ophthalmologist at the Charlotte Animal Referral & Emergency, where he has a special interest in cornea disease and surgery, cataract surgery and glaucoma surgery.

Carl Cease, BBA, Finance, earned his degree in Business Administration and Finance at College of Charleston in 1984. He is a Registered Health Underwriter (RHU) and is currently pursuing the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter designation.  Carl is the president of The Covenant Group Inc, a commercial insurance brokerage located in Columbia, S.C. The Covenant Group specializes in insuring the risks of those in the animal care and veterinary industry. Carl attends First Presbyterian church where he serves as Deacon and teacher of the Special Friends Sunday School class.

Mark E. Epstein, DVM, DABVP Canine, DABVP Feline, CVPP, DAAPM is originally from Atlanta, GA. He graduated with honors in microbiology from N.C. State University in 1981 and obtained his DVM from the University of Georgia in 1985. He continued his training and became certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (specialist in Canine and Feline Practice) in 1993, and re-certified in 2003 and 2013. Dr. Epstein is the Medical Director for TotalBond Veterinary Hospitals and is the Director of its Forestbrook facility in Gastonia, NC where he continues to see his primary care patients and clients. He is an author and national, regional, and local speaker and lecturer in the area of animal pain management.

Corinne Goldman, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine) earned her BS degree and DVM from Virginia Tech and remains an avid fan. She completed an internship at Carolina Veterinary Specialists, followed by an internal medicine residency and master’s in veterinary science at Purdue University. During her residency, Dr. Goldman developed an interest in nephrology and minimally invasive urology and provides non-surgical alternatives for management of lower urinary tract disorders here in Columbia, SC. Dr. Goldman works at the South Carolina Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Care as part of the Internal Medicine team.

Towana Pittman Guinyard, DVM earned a B.S. degree in Laboratory Animal Science from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in May 2005, and later a DVM from N.C. State University in May 2010. Dr. Guinyard has taken several training courses in emergency preparedness and response and is a first responder for emergency management issues; she became qualified as a Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostician (FADD) in February 2012, which allows her to investigate foreign animal diseases. Currently, Dr. Guinyard is a Veterinary Medical Officer for the USDA, APHIS, VS in South Carolina.

Randy Lynn, DVM, MS, DACVCP completed graduate training in Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology and graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the Ohio State University in 1983. He is currently the Manager of Professional Services at Merck Animal Health.  In addition, he often lectures at local and national veterinary meetings regarding veterinary pharmacology, parasitology and internal medicine.

Annika Lynn McKillop, DVM, MSPVM, DACPV, earned her DVM, Poultry and Food Animal Focus from Western University of Health Sciences, CA in 2010; BSc Animal Science from California Polytechnic State University in 2011. She has a master’s degree in Specialized Veterinary Medicine, completed a residency in poultry medicine at North Carolina State University in 2012, and is a boarded Diplomat of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians. Dr. McKillop is the founder and owner of McKillop Poultry Medicine, LLC in Maryland.

Zenithson Ng, DVM, MS, DABVP is a clinical assistant professor of the Community Practice Service at the University of Tennessee. He received his DVM from Cornell University; then completed an internship at the ASPCA, and an ABVP residency combined with a Master’s in human-animal bond studies at Virginia Tech. His interests span all aspects of the human-animal bond including the effect of human-animal interaction on both humans and animals, the veterinary-client relationship, animal welfare, and stress reduction in veterinary settings as well as animal-assisted interventions.

Mark Olcott, DVM, MBA a native of upstate NY, obtained his bachelor’s degree in Biology from the State University of New York at Geneseo. He then earned his DVM from Cornell University in 1995 and, in 2013, his MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. He is a Co-founder and CEO of VitusVet. Before that Mark was a partner for several years in a multi-doctor small animal practice before leaving to start his own mobile ultrasonography business. He has also worked as an Emergency Veterinarian at a local referral hospital and is a published author.

Katherine Queck, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC opened The Carolinas Animal Hospital and Dental Clinic in 1993. A graduate of Iowa State University, she has performed advanced dental procedures on pets since 1986. In 1993, she became a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry of which there are less than 100 members worldwide. Dr. Queck opened The Hospital for Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery in 2016, which is the only dentistry referral hospital in the Charlotte area.  She is a boarded veterinary dental specialist and a member of the American Veterinary Dental College.

Rudy Rivas, DVM, DACVR is a staff radiologist at CVETS. Dr. Rivas was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and grew up in Barinas, a town in the southwestern part of the country. Growing up on a farm in Venezuela, he always knew he wanted to be a veterinarian. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Georgia, majoring in Biology and Psychology. Afterwards, he attended the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating, Dr. Rivas completed a one-year small animal rotating internship at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and then matched for a Diagnostic Imaging Residency at North Carolina State University.

Patty Scharko, DVM, MPH, DACVPM earned her DVM with UGA in 1983, master’s in public health- epidemiology in 1989 at the UNC- Chapel Hill and a BSA General Agriculture in 1980 at UGA.  She is the SC Designated Scrapie Epidemiologist and BQA (Beef Quality Assurance) state coordinator. Major areas of activities include Beef Quality Assurance, Scrapie eradication, biosecurity and FAMACHA/parasite control training in small ruminants.

Katie Sheats, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, is an Assistant Professor of Equine Primary Care at NC State. Her research focus is on neutrophil mediated diseases that affect horses and humans, including asthma. Dr. Sheats is a native North Carolinian and grew up riding and showing hunter jumpers in the Triad region. She now lives in New Hill, NC with her husband, 2 boys, 10 chickens and 2 retired pleasure horses.

Carly Watson Tobler, BBA, earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Stetson University. She is the Marketing Director at Simmons & Associates where she is involved in all aspects of the practice appraisal and selling process. Growing up in the industry and officially joining Simmons in 2010, she has been exposed to a wide range of appraisal and transition nuances as well as ownership transition trends. Born and raised on St. Simons Island, Georgia, Carly enjoys activities that involve soaking in the sun and salty air with her husband, Paul, son, George, and 2 small dogs, Bubba and Mikey.

Tristan Weinkle DVM, DACVIM (SAIM), completed his undergraduate and veterinary degrees at Cornell University. He interned at Boston’s Angell Memorial Animal Hospital and returned to Cornell for his internal medicine residency. He joined SCVSEC in 2003, becoming a partner in 2005. He has spoken on regional, national, and international levels and is published in veterinary medicine, virology, and wildlife medicine. His primary interests include liver and gastrointestinal diseases, and immunohematology.

Link Welborn, DVM, DABVP is certified in Canine and Feline Practice, the owner of five AAHA Accredited hospitals in Tampa, Florida and an AAHA past president. He has been a member of the AAHA Canine Vaccination Guidelines Task Force since its inception in 2002 and has served as chair since 2010. In addition to his clinical focus, he has a strong interest in practice management and the economics of the veterinary profession. He is President of Veterinary Study Groups, the umbrella organization for the 45 Veterinary Management Groups (VMG), a member and past chair of the AVMA Veterinary Economics Strategy Committee and serves as chair of the AVMA Practice Finance Research Group.