Welcome to Catalyze 2022!
March 3-5, 2022 at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC

Jennifer Booth

Booth is an Associate Professor in the Department of Comparative Medicine at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Dr. Booth obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Purdue University in 2006 and completed her veterinary training at Michigan State University in 2011. She then went on to complete a residency in the Penn State College of Medicine Laboratory Animal Medicine program and later joined the faculty in 2015. In this role, along with providing veterinary support for the Animal Resource Program, she also provides training and mentorship to the veterinary residents that are enrolled in the Laboratory Animal Medicine Residency Program. She has also served on the Institutional Biosafety Committee since 2017. She became a diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine in 2018. She has been a member of the Penn State Diversity Council since 2019, helping to develop and lead the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives for the Department of Comparative Medicine. Currently, she is working to integrate DEI concepts into the Laboratory Animal Medicine Master’s degree program. Her latest research activities include the development of simulation training devices, studying the effects of obesity and libido utilizing a rat model, improving animal enrichment and welfare, and increasing workplace performance utilizing continuous improvement methodologies.

Christin Kleinsorgen

Kleinsorgen is a research associate in the Center for E-Learning, Didactics and Educational Research at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover. She develops and advises on the creation of digital teaching and learning materials, teaches communication and performs her research in the area of virtual patients and professional skills development within veterinary education.

Lada Radin

Radin’s ongoing position is at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Zagreb, Croatia, as a head of EU funds office. She was previously a teacher in Veterinary Physiology with scientific interests in small ruminants, antioxidants and sports medicine. She is recently invested in project management, higher education policies, competence based education and life skills within biomedical education. Her interests also lay in sustainable development of rural areas, food production and locally invested forms of tourism.

Julie Hunt

Hunt is an administrator, clinical skills educator, and educational researcher at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. She designed the LMU College of Veterinary Medicine’s clinical skills program from the inception of the college and now serves as the Associate Dean of Clinical Sciences. After receiving her veterinary degree from Michigan State University, she worked in private mixed practice and then small animal corporate practice before joining the clinical skills faculty at Ross University, where she received a Master of Science by Research in Veterinary Medical Education. Her research was in the development and validation of small animal clinical skills training models. Dr. Hunt is a co-founder of LMU’s Center for Innovation in Veterinary Education and Technology (CIVET), and her research includes clinical skills model validation, assessment methods, and innovative teaching methods. She has recently published validation studies of models for canine castration, feline venipuncture, and bovine castration. She has published studies comparing learning outcomes achieved using different models to teach canine celiotomy closure and dental cleaning. She also has published on the implementation of virtual reality surgical training. Dr. Hunt has presented her research internationally at conferences for healthcare education, veterinary education, simulation, and surgery.

Donna Harris

Harris earned her DVM degree from Michigan State University, her MBA from Grand Valley State University and a Masters in Strategic Foresight from the University of Houston.  She teaches career development and practice management at the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

 Lori Stout

Lori Stout is the Director of Admissions and Recruitment for Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in West Lafayette, Indiana. Throughout her 13 years at Purdue, she has worked in graduate and professional program admissions. She received her B.S. in Public Relations from Franklin University and her Master’s in Higher Education from Purdue Global. Since joining Purdue’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Lori has been instrumental in streamlining and bringing efficiency to the admissions process.

Malathi Rahavan

Malathi Raghavan has a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree and a Ph.D. in Comparative Epidemiology. Her publications are in the areas of epidemiology and public health, medical education, and medical college admissions in Canada including on the multiple mini-interview (MMI). Dr. Raghavan has worked on Accreditation and Certification issues, with international stakeholders, for the American Veterinary Medical Association. She began her faculty appointment at Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine (PVM) in August 2016 as a Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Outcomes Assessment and Data Management with research, teaching and institutional data assessment responsibilities. She serves on PVM’s admissions committee in her capacity as a faculty member.

S. Kathleen Salisbury

Salisbury is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Small Animal Surgery at the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. She earned her DVM degree from Michigan State University and a Master of Science degree from Purdue University where she completed residency training in small animal surgery. Kathy is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and has been teaching surgery to veterinary students, interns and residents for 40 years. She has received several teaching awards including the national Student American Veterinary Medical Association Teaching Excellence Award in Clinical Sciences and the National Pfizer Distinguished Teacher Award. In 2018, Kathy was named one of Purdue University’s ten 150th Anniversary Professors based on excellence and impact in teaching. For over 20 years her primary focus has been teaching and curriculum revision. She has served on the AAVMC’s Competency-Based Veterinary Education Working Group since its inception in 2015 and is now a member of AAVMC’s Council on Outcomes-based Veterinary Education.

Jim Weisman

Weisman is the Assistant Dean for Clinical Education and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. He received his DVM degree from Purdue University in 1997. Prior to returning to Purdue, he was a practice owner who enjoyed all aspects of business management. Dr. Weisman continues his focus on business management and teaches the required DVM business curriculum at Purdue. He practices small animal emergency medicine in the Purdue Veterinary Hospital. 

Tamara Roba

Roba holds a BS degree in Animal Science and is currently a 2nd-year dual DVM-MPH student at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. She is currently involved in many diversity initiatives within the college, acting as the Diversity Chair for the Class of 2024 and the student representative for the college-wide Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion council. She currently holds a position at the student-run bookstore within the college and is involved in clubs like VOICE-Broad Spectrum and the Veterinary Public Health Club. During the past summer, Tamara was recruited as a student worker to primarily interview educators on the purpose and impact of completing diversity pledges.

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