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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Denis Marcellin-Little, DEDV, DACVS

Research Committee Chair

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Denis Marcellin-Little, DEDV, DACVS, DACVSMR, DECVS

Research Committee Chair

Dr. Denis Marcellin-Little is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and a charter Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Marcellin-Little specializes in orthopedic surgery. He is professor and service chief of small animal orthopedic surgery at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Marcellin-Little graduated from the French veterinary school of Toulouse, France in 1988. He did an internship at Hollywood Animal Hospital in Hollywood, Florida, followed by a small animal surgery residency at North Carolina State University, where he was on the faculty from 1994 to 2017. He joined UC Davis in 2017. Dr. Marcellin-Little's surgical interests include total joint replacement and the management of limb deformities. His research interests include biomodeling and the fabrication of custom orthopedic implants using metal 3D printing. Dr. Marcellin-Little has completed all three phases of the faculty development program, Faculty education, Chair education and Leadership education programs.

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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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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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