1 Life Connected / San Clemente, CA
Dr. Pope’s medical experience, in addition to supporting over 200 veterinarians and their teams, provided her with a unique exposure to the in’s and out’s of the veterinary profession. From this experience, she has a strong understanding of the stresses involved with being a vet which can lead to a lack of fulfillment in the profession. Dr. Pope has found that helping others find the path to manage perfectionist tendencies as well as their personal shame while helping individuals to develop the skills of self-forgiveness and resilience is the foundation to a sustainable career in the Veterinary Medical industry.
University of Minnesota / St. Paul, MN
Dr. Bender is a veterinarian and public health practitioner with 20 years of post-graduate experience, he has directed and collaborated on a broad range of research and surveillance projects pertaining to infectious and zoonotic diseases (i.e. influenza, foodborne diseases, antimicrobial resistant organism). His research is multidisciplinary, requiring collaborations with government, industry, and commodity organizations. This includes scientists in academia, NIH, Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Department of Natural Resources, and private industry. Dr. Bender also have served on policy-making bodies designing programs to address emerging issues in public health.
DVM, MS, DACVIM (SAIM)
Oklahoma State University / Stillwater, OK
Laura Nafe obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Missouri in 2009. She then went on to complete a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at North Carolina State University before completing a residency in small animal internal medicine at the University of Missouri in 2013. Dr. Nafe has been a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine since 2013.
Dr. Nafe is currently an Assistant Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine Oklahoma State University. Her clinical and research interests include respiratory disease and immune-mediated disease.
Friday, January 26 / 6:30pm @ Embassy Suites- Ballroom E
This year’s Gala is about the future of animal health. It’s about incredibly committed individuals who devote themselves to the healing of animals in our state. And it’s about generous donors like you. Come raise a glass and help us advance the cause of veterinary medicine in Oklahoma. 100% of what you donate will directly fund veterinary student scholarships.
Friday, January 26 / Noon @ Embassy Suites- Crimson Room
Take advantage of this network exchange opportunity open to students and veterinarians interested in expanding their networking skills and establishing new relationships. Each table will be a mix of students and practicing veterinarians receiving new ideas on how to network and interact with others in the profession. Bring your business cards and make new connections!
Must register for a complimentary meal ticket, seating is limited.
Saturday, January 27 / 1pm @ Embassy Suites- Ballroom E
Learn what OVMA has been up to and witness the installation of the new OVMA officers. This joint lunch also celebrates the members of the Oklahoma Veterinary Technicians Association (OVTA). Must register to attend.