AO VET North America Board

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Jeffrey Watkins, DVM, MS

Chair

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Jeffrey Watkins, DVM, MS, DACVS

Chair

Dr. Watkins is a graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University. He completed his post graduate training in surgery at Texas A&M University and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Currently he is a professor of surgery, specializing in equine orthopedics at Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. In addition he is the current chairperson of AOVET NA and serves as a member of the large animal expert group for the technical commission of the AO Foundation. Dr. Watkins has a long history of activity within AOVETNA and AOVET international as a faculty member, course co-chair and committee member.

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Janik Gasiorowski, VMD, DACVS

Community Development Committee Chair

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Janik Gasiorowski, VMD, DACVS

Community Development Committee Chair

“Dr. Gasiorowski graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. Following graduation he completed an internship at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, followed by a 3 year surgical residency at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center. He was awarded diplomat status by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) in 2012. Dr. Gasiorowski started his career in the New Bolton Center section of surgery where he was on staff until moving to Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center in 2013. During his tenure there he received teaching awards and the Charles W. Raker surgery award. Dr. Gasiorowski is an active faculty member of AO VET. His primary clinical interests include orthopedic surgery and advanced imaging. More recently, he has been focusing on the development of CT and surgical techniques in the standing horse. His research interests include clinical orthopedics and he has presented on topics including current applications of locking compression plates, computed tomography (CT scan) assisted fracture fixation and orthopedic implant removal. On a more personal note, he has a growing interest in the transitioning of thoroughbred racehorses to second careers. Dr. Janik Gasiorowski paired academics with athletics throughout his undergraduate education. He began as a biology major and member of the crew team at Duke University. In 2000 he transferred to the University of California, Berkeley to pursue Division I rowing and was a recipient of the PAC-10 Division I Athletes All-Academic scholarship. These days he still enjoys rowing, skiing, and the outdoors and spends all of his free time with his wife Brooke, sons Calvin and Gabriel, and daughter Blake.

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Jose Garcia-Lopez, VMD, DACVS

Education Committee Chair

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Jose Garcia-Lopez, VMD, DACVS, DACVSMR

Education Committee Chair

Dr. José M. García-López, VMD, Dipl. ACVS, Dipl. ACVSMR American College of Veterinary Surgeons American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Associate Professor Large Animal Surgery Director of Equine Sports Medicine Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine José obtained his VMD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996 and went on to complete a 1-year Equine Internship at Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center (Ringoes, New Jersey, USA) followed by a 3-year Large Animal Surgical Residency with special focus on Equine Sports Medicine at Tufts University in North Grafton, Massachusetts. He became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2001. Following his residency José obtained a Lecturer position in the Section of Equine Sports Medicine and Imaging at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania where he remained for 2 years. In 2002, he returned to Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine as an Assistant Professor in Large Animal Surgery and in 2010, he was promoted to Associate Professor. While at Tufts, he has continued to concentrate his work in the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal disorders as well as the use of advanced imaging in the equine athlete. In 2010, he also became a faculty member of AO VET North America. He became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2013. Dr. García-López specializes in equine orthopedic surgery including arthroscopy and fracture repair, upper respiratory surgery, lameness diagnosis and treatment, and advanced imaging. He regularly lectures and provides consultations at the national and international level.

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Kyla Ortved, DVM, PhD

Research Committee Chair

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Kyla Ortved, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR

Research Committee Chair

Dr. Kyla Ortved is an Assistant Professor of Large Animal Surgery at New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania in Kennett Square, PA. She received her DVM degree from the University of Guelph in 2006 and completed her large animal surgical residency at Cornell University in 2010. Kyla became boarded with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2011. Following her residency, Kyla went on to obtain a PhD in equine cartilage repair at Cornell University. She received her PhD in June 2014 and joined the faculty at Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists in July 2015. In January 2016, Kyla became boarded with the American College of Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. She joined the faculty at New Bolton Center in February 2016 as a large animal orthopedic surgeon. Her research program at New Bolton Center focuses on orthopedic disease and investigating gene and cell therapies to improve cartilage repair and prevent osteoarthritis. Dr. Ortved has completed the Faculty Education Program.

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Shantibhushan Jha, DVM, MS

Preceptorship Chair

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Shantibhushan Jha, DVM, MS, DACVS

Preceptorship Chair

Dr. Shanti Jha, earned a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) with honors from Nagpur Veterinary College, Maharashtra, India in 2001. After BVSc, he did an MS from Oregon State University in 2005. Dr. Jha was a general small animal physician for one and a half years in Syracuse, NY after completing an ECFVG certification from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. He then completed a surgical internship at Veterinary Specialists of Northern Colorado, Loveland in 2009. Following this, he completed a Small Animal Surgery Residency at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in July 2012. In 2013 Dr. Shanti Jha became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (board certified small animal surgeon). Before coming to AMSC, Dr. Jha spent time working as Chief of Surgery at VCA Veterinary Specialist of Seattle for the last four years (2012-2016), building an efficient team which helped him in helping small animals needing surgical services. Apart from general orthopedic and soft tissue surgeries, Dr. Jha has also been heavily trained in minimally invasive surgery (MIS) techniques. He has been doing minimally invasive fracture repairs and arthroscopic correction of joint abnormalities for the last four years. Dr. Jha is also an AOVET faculty and enjoys teaching orthopedic courses in the US and abroad. His orthopedic areas of expertise include arthroscopy, fracture management of limbs and spine, angular limb deformity correction and joint surgeries. His other orthopedic interest includes joint replacement surgeries like total hip arthroplasty (THA) in dogs. Dr. Jha also holds the position of The National Director of Surgery for Pathway Vet Alliance.

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Steven Budsberg, DVM, MS

Member

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Steven Budsberg, DVM, MS, DACVS

Member

Dr. Steve Budsberg received his DVM from Washington State University in 1983. He completed an internship at Angell Memorial in Boston and then did his residency in Small Animal Surgery at Michigan State University in 1987. He is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgery. Dr. Budsberg spent time at Louisiana State University before joining the faculty at the University of Georgia. Currently, Dr. Budsberg is a Professor in the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. He is also is an adjunct Professor in the Departments of Physiology and Pharmacology and Veterinary Biosciences and Diagnostic Imaging.

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Amy Kapatkin, DVM, MAS

Member

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Amy Kapatkin, DVM, MAS, DACVS

Member

Dr. Amy Kapatkin is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and she specializes in small animal orthopedic surgery. Dr. Kapatkin graduated from the Gregorio Araneta University Foundation in the Philippines in 1981. After graduation from veterinary school, she entered private practice in general small animal medicine for four years. Dr. Kapatkin then completed a rotating internship and small animal surgical residency at the Animal Medical Center in New York City from 1986 - 1990. After her specialty training, she stayed on as a staff member at the Animal Medical Center. In 1996, Dr. Kapatkin accepted a faculty position at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2004, she came to the University of California - Davis as an Associate Professor with tenure, and during that time, completed a Master’s degree in Clinical Research. She is now a Full Professor. Her clinical orthopedic research is done in the Veterinary Orthopedic Research Laboratory. Dr. Kapatkin is an AO Faculty member, a Past-Chair of the AO VET North America Education Committee, served on the AO VET NA Board, AO VET Education International Board, AO NA Educational Advisory Committee, Faculty Alignment Committee, present Chair of the working group on Opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative and the President of AO NA. Dr. Kapatkin teaches AO VET courses both nationally and internationally.

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Noel Moens, DVM, MSc

Member

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Noel Moens, DVM, MSc, DACVS, DECVS

Member

Graduated from the University of Liege (Belgium) In 1991 and worked for three years as assistant in small animal orthopaedics at the University of Liege teaching hospital. He completed a residency in small animal surgery (1997) and a master of Science degree in small animal surgery in 1998 at the University of Saskatchewan (Canada). He is a diplomate of the American College and the European College of Veterinary Surgeons. Dr Moens held a post of assistant Professor in Small Animal Orthopaedics at the University of Prince Edward Island (PEI, Canada) until 2000 then joined the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada). Dr Moens presently holds the rank of Associate Professor in small animal surgery (Orthopaedics) at the University of Guelph. He is currently chief of surgery and is actively involved in teaching students, interns and residents in his field of expertise. Dr Moens interests and research areas is fracture fixation and implants biomechanics.

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Andrea McClimon, BS

Ex-Officio

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Andrea McClimon, BS

Ex-Officio

Andrea McClimon is responsible for the development, implementation, quality control and execution of projects as it relates to Fellowship, Research, Membership and Community Development programs for the AO Trauma and AO VET North America clinical divisions.

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