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General Session

Dr. John Otto & Oklahoma State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners

Healing the Healer:  Mental Health, Addiction, and Recovery 

This session you will hear from various speakers covering topics such as:

  1. Addiction and the OHPP-OK Health Professionals Program
  2. Recovering Veterinarians- Brief stories of their struggles and triumphs
  3. Al Anon- Support structures for the spouse and family members
  4. Center for Veterinary Health Services- What they are doing to educate future veterinarians
  5. Suicide and the veterinary profession
  6. Future of wellness and mental health in the veterinary profession

We are inviting not only veterinarians and technicians but also their families to join in this vitally important session on Thursday evening from 7-10pm. Registration for family members is not required for this session. Please call the OVMA office with any questions


Dr. John Otto graduated OSU-CVM in 1990. Since then he has been the owner/operator of University Animal Hospital in Norman, OK. In 1991 he also started working as an advisor and volunteer veterinarian at the Norman Animal Shelter. At the Shelter he has help build a new shelter with spay/neuter capabilities, mentored pre-vet students at Norman Animal Shelter, provided treatment for all injured animals, install vaccine protocol via generosity of various pharmaceutical companies, helped start city animal web-cam program so potential owners can view pets, investigated, treated, and testified on animal abuse cases and founded the spay/neuter program at Norman Animal Shelter and Second Chance Animal Sanctuary with OSU-CVM veterinary students.

From May –June of 1999 he volunteered at the OKC animal shelter during the OKC tornados, setting up a triage system for 131 dogs and cats which were succumbing to a variety of illnesses.  Within two days, 110 dogs and 21 cats were placed in foster homes and on the road to recovery. For this work he received the American Red Cross Hero Award

Since 1996 he has worked with Friends for Folks at Lexington Assessment and Reception Correctional Facility. With this program he is a volunteer veterinarian in charge of the Lexington programs. This program takes pets from shelters and matches them with an inmate. The pair train together for 12-13 weeks.  Both the handler and dog must receive an 80%  score to pass the trained pets are given to widows, nursing homes, veterans’ centers, and people with special needs. The second part of the program is called HIT (High Intensity Training).  Family owned pets are placed in the program for intense training for 30 days. The program takes pets out of shelters, inmates receives unconditional love and a purpose in life and finally a needy person receives a trained companion for life.

In 2004 he helped set up and coordinate the Spay/Neuter Conference at OSU-CVM with the intent of exposing students and veterinarians to varied surgical techniques and new concepts. Also in 2004 he helped conceive the idea of “OK Day to Spay” which Oklahoma Governor, Brad Henry used to proclaim a week long campaign emphasizing spay/neuters in Oklahoma to reduce pet overpopulation.

Some of his other accomplishments include:

  • Helping pass 3 million dollar bond in City of Norman to build a new Norman Animal Shelter
  • Started OSU’s 4th year Shelter Medicine spay/neuter program at Norman’s Animal Shelter
  • Volunteer Veterinarian overseeing Norman Veterans Center Eden program-pet therapy for veterans
  • Department of Corrections Volunteer of the year
  • OSU center for Veterinary Health Services Distinguished Alumnus
  • Co-wrote children’s book, Marvin’s Shining Star, with son Payton
  • Produced Emmy Nominated documentary “The Dog’s of Lexington”
  • Received Human Hero Award for OK Humane
  • Produced documentary “Bassett Tales”
  • Oklahoma Special Olympics Volunteer of the Year-30 year service
  • Formed non-profit prison dog program-Friends for Folks and helped build new program at Mabel Bassett Correctional Center

Dr. Josh Payne

Oklahoma State University  /  Stillwater, OK

Basic Backyard Poultry Husbandry and Management:
This session will include:  an overview of backyard poultry production including management practices for raising a healthy flock, along with disease prevention, diagnostic strategy’s and Avian Influenza testing program for backyard flocks.  Other disease diagnosis resources provided by OADDL will be highlighted.

Backyard or Hobby Poultry in Urban and Suburban neighborhoods is an exploding phenomenon across the U.S.  Small Animal practitioners are receiving frequent calls, questions, and requests to serve these clients.  These sessions will help  private veterinary  practitioners  meet the needs of this growing section of veterinary practice.

Please join us for Dr. Payne and Dr. Clark’s presentations

Dr. Payne serves as the State Poultry Specialist for Oklahoma State University. He develops educational outreach programs for commercial and small flock poultry production while providing training and support for County Educators. His research and extension activities focus on pathogen control, animal mortality management, soil fertility, nutrient management and water quality as they relate to agricultural productivity and environmental quality.

Ph.D. in Animal and Poultry Science
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

M.S. in Poultry Science
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

B.S. in Agriculture
Major: Animal Science

Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR

Dr. Dustan Clark

University of Arkansas  /  Ft Smith, Arkansas

Common Diseases of Backyard Poultry and Biosecurity :
This session will include:  common diseases and problems seen in backyard poultry flocks, including clinical signs, lesions, prevention and/or treatment as well as biosecurity for private practitioners in urban and suburban veterinary practice.

Backyard or Hobby Poultry in Urban and Suburban neighborhoods is an exploding phenomenon across the U.S.  Small Animal practitioners are receiving frequent calls, questions, and requests to serve these clients.  These sessions will help  private veterinary  practitioners  meet the needs of this growing section of veterinary practice.

Please join us for Dr. Payne and Dr. Clark’s presentations



  • Ph.D., Veterinary Pathobiology, Texas A&M University, 1991
  • M.S., Veterinary Microbiology, Texas A&M University, 1984
  • DVM, Texas A&M University, 1980

Professional Experience

  • Director of the Utah State University Provo Branch Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, 1988-1994
  • Supervisor of the Utah National Poultry Improvement Program and Extension Veterinarian (avian species) in the Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Science Department of Utah State University.
  • Diplomate, American College of Poultry Veterinarians
  • Assistant Professor/Extension Poultry Health Veterinarian, Center of Excellence for Poultry Science, 1994

Angel Soriano

K-9 University  /  Oklahoma City, OK

The All Encompassing Utility / Service Personnel Class Curriculum 

Avoiding Dog Bites On The Job

  • “Understanding Your Environment in Advance”
  • “Your Placement vs Dog’s”
  • “Reading Body Language”
  • “Defusing Techniques”
  • “Avoidance Techniques”
  • “Defense Tactics”
  • “Dog-Bite Demonstrations” – live

Behavioral Subjects

  • “Overcoming Your Fear of Dogs”
  • “Why Dogs Bite”
  • “Understanding Dog Drives” – “Understanding Aggressive Dog Behavior”
  • “Reading The Elusive Dog”
  • “Avoiding Dog-Bites During Your Work-Day”

Angel Soriano, MS, founder of K9 University in Oklahoma City, is an established behavioral expert and educator with active memberships with the American Dog Trainers Association, the National Dog Trainers Association, the American Kennel Club, the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, and Schutzhund USA; while serving on the Board of Directors of multiple state and local animal based agencies since 1985.

Expertise covers extreme behavior curving, Occupational Dog Bite Safety, personal protection, police dogs, search and rescue, tracking, drug dogs, cadaver search, Therapy Dog training, general obedience, Trainer & Handler training, Seizure Alert, and specialty service animals.

In 1993, he developed Perfect Balance®, an advance, modern, positive reinforcement, and copy written training technique that is designed to teach reliable communication methods between humans and dogs. Now used in all facets of training at the University.

Behavioral curving and dog‐bite safety is a very busy part of his practice, and has proven to have saved countless dogs, while maintaining a well balanced humantodog life style.

Sgt. Jon Copeland

Washington County Sheriff’s Office  /  Washington County, OK

The Washington County active shooter presentation consists of an hour presentation that covers three basic concepts: Run, Hide, Fight.  This presentation will cover the history of active shooters (United States), what to expect in an active shooter event, what to expect from law enforcement, what law enforcement expects from those involved in an active shooter event, and finally the 3 main concepts.  Three deputies will break these points down and provide detail and encouragement to think outside the box and to develop a plan.  While this approach is not designed or intended to eliminate casualty, we believe being prepared can greatly minimize casualties in this type of incident/event

Coming soon…