Dr. Christine Budke is a professor of epidemiology and an associate department head at Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. She is also coordinator of the college’s Veterinary Public Health & Epidemiology graduate program and acts as a Senior Lead Scientist in Risk Prevention for the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD). Dr. Budke has a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from Purdue University and a PhD in infectious disease epidemiology from the University of Basel/Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute. Dr. Budke teaches epidemiology and public health at the undergraduate, graduate, and veterinary professional student levels and she is the recipient of the Bridges Teaching and Service Award and the Texas Veterinary Medical Association Teaching Award.
Dr. Kevin Cummings is a veterinary epidemiologist and Associate Professor at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, in the Department of Public and Ecosystem Health. He received his DVM from Cornell University and later returned to Cornell to earn a Ph.D. in Epidemiology, spending the intervening years in private clinical practice. He has been teaching epidemiology and public health to students for the last 20 years, including undergraduate, veterinary, MPH, and Ph.D. students. He strives to find creative, dynamic ways to engage students as active participants in the learning process. His research focuses on the epidemiology and public health impact of antimicrobial resistance, foodborne pathogens (including Salmonella and Campylobacter), and emerging infectious diseases, among hosts ranging from dairy cattle to wildlife.
Dorothy P. Debbie, Ph.D. is a senior lecturer at Cornell. She has been responsible for teaching bacteriology and mycology to veterinary students in their second year since 1999. This teaching encompasses lectures, case-based small group problem-based learning, and hands on laboratories, including a multi-day laboratory on antimicrobial sensitivity and resistance. Dr. Debbie teaches second- and third-year veterinary students in a course on microbiological safety of animal-based foods and gives a guest lecture on issues of antibiotics in manure. Dr. Debbie also teaches an undergraduate course in bacterial pathogenesis for which she has developed and implemented the use of five collaborative case-based activities. She published two of these case studies through the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science.
Dr. Fajt is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, where she teaches pharmacology to undergraduates and veterinary students and collaborates on clinically-oriented research on antibiotics and other drugs in multiple species of animals. She was the first chair of the AVMA Committee on Antimicrobials and is a past president of the American Academy of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics and the Evidence Based Veterinary Medicine Association. She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology.
Dr. Robert Goggs is a veterinary emergency and critical care (ECC) specialist, board-certified by the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. He has a PhD in Pharmacology. Dr. Goggs joined the ECC team at Cornell University in 2013 and is currently an Associate Professor. Dr. Goggs has authored over 80 peer-reviewed articles, including various consensus statements on viscoelastic testing, immune-mediated hemolytic anemia, and the use of antithrombotics in veterinary medicine. His other clinical research interests include biomarkers for guiding management of sepsis, the development of antimicrobial resistance, and antimicrobial drug prescribing practices. Within the Cornell University DVM curriculum Dr. Goggs provides teaching on pharmacology and antimicrobial prescribing and stewardship.
Dr. Meredyth Jones is a food animal medicine and surgery clinician at Oklahoma State University. She graduated from Oklahoma State in 2002 and entered private mixed-animal practice in Kentucky, later becoming board certified in Large Animal Internal Medicine - Food Animal Emphasis and earning a MS in Veterinary Biomedical Sciences. She taught food animal field services at Kansas State and Texas A&M prior to returning to Oklahoma State. She has practiced food animal medicine for nearly 20 years, teaching students in all aspects of food animal practice including antimicrobial decision making for 19 of those years.
Dr. Jodi Korich serves as the Associate Dean for Education at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. She received her DVM from Cornell University in 1997 and spent several years in private clinical practice before returning to academia. In 2010, she founded the Center for Educational Technologies at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and has managed over $4.5 million in funded educational projects throughout her academic career. Her professional interests include technology-enhanced teaching and competency-based veterinary curricular design.
Dr. Sara Lawhon is a professor at Texas A&M University and Director of the Clinical Microbiology & Immunology Laboratory (CMIL) for the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Her interest in veterinary prescribing behavior and antimicrobial resistance stems from her clinical diagnostic work. Her research laboratory studies antimicrobial resistance in Staphylococcus and Salmonella. Her primary goal is to provide veterinarians with the data and tools needed for their efforts to combat antimicrobial resistance. She serves on the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Veterinary Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing Subcommittee and the CMIL serves as an FDA Veterinary Laboratory Investigation Response Network site.
Dr. Menard is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. She graduated from the Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire D’Alfort (Paris, France). After completion of a rotating internship in small animal medicine at the Faculté de Médecine Vétérinaire de l’Université de Montreal in Quebec, Canada, she completed an ECC internship and at Cornell University. She worked as a faculty at the University of Zurich in Switzerland and Cornell University and is currently an assistant Professor at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. Dr. Menard also worked for international pharmaceutical company Vetoquinol doing clinical research and technical support for 2 years. Her research interests are in sepsis, antibiotic stewardship and antimicrobial pharmacology.
Daryl Nydam earned a BS in Biochemistry at the University of New York–Geneseo and then went to the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University and received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Following this, while living in Vermont, he entered private clinical practice where he focused on food animal herd health. Dr. Nydam returned to Cornell and received a PhD in epidemiology. Currently, he is employed at Cornell as Professor of dairy health and production and co-director of the Summer Dairy Institute. Daryl is a member of Quality Milk Production Services, the section of Ambulatory and Production Medicine, and is Faculty Director for the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability. In these roles he is active in on-farm dairy production medicine programs for efficient production, disease control programs, and provides regular clinical service. He publishes scientific works in these fields (over 150 peer-reviewed), often with gifted graduate students.
Dr. Perkins is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and is a Full Clinical Professor of Large Animal Internal Medicine at Cornell University. She has been acting as Biosecurity Director at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals since 2012 and is a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners Biosecurity Subject Matter Resource Team. Her research has focused on infectious diseases evaluating the pathogenesis, immunity, and prevention of equine herpesvirus 1, and antimicrobial resistance and control of salmonellosis. She teaches equine antimicrobial therapy to junior and senior veterinary students at Cornell using case examples and has an on-going project evaluating equine antimicrobial prescribing practices and developing an antimicrobial stewardship plan for the equine hospital.
Wayne S. Schwark
Wayne S. Schwark, DVM, MSc, PhD is an emeritus professor of pharmacology at Cornell University. Throughout his career he taught veterinary students principles of rational drug therapy in animals. Post-retirement he continued teaching his course on appropriate use of antibiotics and other antimicrobial agents. His laboratory performed therapeutic monitoring of levels of antibiotics and other drugs in patients at the Cornell Veterinary Teaching Hospital and internationally to provide clinicians with safe and effective dosing regimes. He continues collaborative research to develop insight into appropriate use of novel therapeutic agents in veterinary patients.