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Emma Adam, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVSEmma Adam

Dr. Adam’s position at the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Center focuses on equine stakeholder engagement, outreach and liaison, and research. She is also responsible for veterinary continuing professional development and student engagement in research.

Dr. Adam did a residency in equine internal medicine at Texas A&M University, and an equine surgery residency at University of Pennsylvania, New Bolton Center. Her PhD research gave her up to date training in regenerative medicine, genomics, and research method.

Throughout her career, she has focused on the health and welfare of the equine athlete. She is a board member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and the Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners. Her horse experience is diverse, ranging from all aspects of the Thoroughbred industry. Quarter Horse disciplines, sport horses, gaited horses, and pleasure horses.
 


Jackie Christakos, DVMChristakos

Dr. Christakos grew up eventing with her off-the-track thoroughbred in southern Illinois before moving to Colorado. She completed her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees at Colorado State University. She then completed a rotating internship at Littleton Equine Medical Center.  

Dr. Christakos has remained with Littleton Equine since completion of her internship. She has focused her continuing education on musculoskeletal imaging and advanced lameness courses. Her practice focus is lameness/sport horse medicine and musculoskeletal ultrasound, but she also enjoys general practice, acupuncture, and emergency field work.

Dr. Christakos is an FEI Official Veterinarian in Eventing and Jumping disciplines. She has served as president of the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (2020-2021) and is a current member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners Board of Directors. She serves on multiple committees including co-chairing the AAEP Commission on Equine Veterinary Sustainability Internship Subcommittee. 

When she is not working, Dr. Christakos enjoys spending time with her husband Ty and daughter Levi, adventuring in Colorado, and playing with family horse Sherman and bulldog Frank. 

 


Tegan B. Easton, DVM, MSEaston

Dr. Easton started her own ambulatory practice, Phoenix Equine Veterinary Services in 2020, which has since turned into a three-doctor practice providing quality veterinary care for equestrians within the Phoenix valley. Her practice focuses on sports medicine, reproduction, and general health practices, including advanced dentistry. 

Dr. Easton received her Masters of Veterinary Medicine with a focus in Equine Reproduction as well as her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M University. After graduating, she completed a rotating surgical and lameness internship at Pioneer Equine Referral Hospital in Oakdale, Calif., and stayed on as an associate until 2011. She has also obtained certification in veterinary chiropractic to provide ancillary preventative and therapeutic modalities for her patients.  

Dr. Easton volunteers as a mentor for Arizona veterinary students through the AZVMA Mentorship program. Outside of veterinary medicine, she stays busy traveling, volunteering for local youth volleyball programs, and spending time with her husband, Stash, and their three children. 
 


Ryland B. Edwards, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMRRyland

Dr. Edwards grew up in Virginia and gained exposure and a desire to pursue veterinary medicine by working in his father's veterinary practice.

Ryland's veterinary education began at the University of Georgia where he graduated in 1990. This was followed by an internship, residency, Masters of Science, and clinical instructorship at Cornell University. He achieved Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1996 while working at Belmont and Aqueduct racetracks in New York. He was most recently a Clinical Assistant Professor at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he completed a PhD in veterinary science. Dr. Edwards has been actively involved in research of equine upper airway disorders, fracture healing, and the management of cartilage injury. His clinical interests are focused on surgical disorders and the diagnosis and management of poor performance in the sport horse.

When Dr. Edwards is not busy at Fairfield Equine, he enjoys time with his wife, Lynn, who is also a veterinarian, and three young boys. He tries to stay fit through running.

 


Brian Gilger, DVM, MS, DACVO, DABTGilger

Dr. Brian Gilger is Professor of Ophthalmology at NC State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.  He is board certified in veterinary ophthalmology and toxicology and is a gold fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.  He has been recognized as a distinguished alumnus of The Ohio State University and Auburn University. He was awarded the American Veterinary Medical Association Clinical Research Award and the Zoetis Award for Excellence in Veterinary Research.  He is the founder and past-president of the International Equine Ophthalmology Consortium. Dr. Gilger’s research is focused on ocular immunology, uveitis, and innovative therapies for ocular disease, including gene therapy.  He is the editor of 8 textbooks, including the 4th Edition of Equine Ophthalmology published in 2022. 

 


Amy L. Grice, VMD, MBAGrice

Dr. Grice was an ambulatory equine practitioner in the Hudson Valley of New York for over 25 years and served as the managing partner of the thirteen-doctor equine referral hospital in Rhinebeck, NY. At the end of 2014, she retired from clinical practice to concentrate on veterinary business consulting, and moved her residence to Virginia City, MT.

Dr. Grice received her BA in Biology from Wellesley College in Massachusetts and completed her veterinary education at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine in 1990. She earned her MBA with a concentration in Ethical Leadership from Marist College School of Management in 2014.

Dr. Grice is a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, where she served on the Board of Directors from 2015-2018 and is currently serving as treasurer (2021-2023). She is also a member of the AVMA Economic Strategy Committee (2018 – present).  Dr. Grice is a frequent speaker at educational seminars for veterinarians across the country, as well as leading regional Decade One networking groups for equine veterinarians early in their careers. In addition, she consults with a diverse range of veterinary businesses and collaborates with industry partners to bring business education to veterinarians. Dr. Grice aids with transitions of ownership, strategic planning, financial projections, and other solutions for private practitioners.

 


Amy Poulin Braim VMD, DACVS-LA Braim

Dr. Poulin graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in Animal Science in 2000 and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2004.  She then completed a multidisciplinary equine internship at Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center, followed by a three-year equine surgical residency at the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She was awarded diplomat status by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2010.  Dr. Poulin returned to the east coast as an Emergency Surgeon at Mid-Atlantic Equine followed by a surgical research position within the Global Surgery Group of Johnson & Johnson at Ethicon, Inc.  She joined Zoetis from clinical private practice as an Associate Equine Surgeon and Ambulatory Clinician at Running 'S' Equine Veterinary Services in New Jersey.  She spent 6 years as an Equine Technical Services Veterinarian covering the Southeast and has recently joined the Equine Marketing Team covering Stablelab and Regenerative Medicine Devices.  

Dr. Poulin's clinical interests include upper-level performance horse sports medicine and rehabilitation, advanced lameness diagnostics and treatment, assessment of poor performance, laparoscopic, orthopedic, laser and upper respiratory surgery and colic surgery.  

Horses have been a part of Dr. Poulin’s life from a very early age with her first lead line class at the age of 4.  From the age of 6, she has leased, owned, and showed hunters.  She currently owns a 19-year-old Thoroughbred mare “Roxie”, a former racehorse and patient.  When not working, Amy can be found with her husband trying to keep up with their two sons. 

 


Natasha Werpy, DVM, DACVRWerpy

Natasha Werpy is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology and specializes in equine imaging. She has dedicated her career to helping the horse by improving the diagnostic techniques available with imaging and has had a strong focus on musculoskeletal imaging of the equine athlete. She graduated from the Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO (CSU) in 1999. After completing an equine internship in 1999-2000, she completed an imaging internship with Dr. Norman Rantanen followed by a diagnostic imaging residency with Dr. Rantanen and Colorado State University. She worked as the Medical Imaging Director at the Gail Holmes Equine Orthopaedic Research Center at Colorado State University from 2004–2011. She worked part time as an Associate Professor of Diagnostic Imaging at the University of Florida in Gainesville from November 2011 – January 2016.

 

 


Nathan Voris, DVM, MBA

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Dr. Nathan Voris is the Associate Director of Equine Technical Services and member of the Zoetis Equine Leadership Team.  
Prior to joining Zoetis in 2010 as an equine technical services veterinarian, Dr. Voris was a practicing veterinarian for 10 years at Equine Medical Services in Columbia, Missouri.  A native of rural southwest Missouri, Dr. Voris grew up building fence, hauling hay, and raising cattle on a family farming operation originally established in the 1830’s.  Dr. Voris graduated from the University of Missouri with a B.S. in Animal Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1999 and earned a Master of Business Administration from William Woods University in 2004.  Following veterinary college, he completed a post-graduate internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.  

An active leader in both his profession and community, he has served on various boards and commissions at the local, state, and national level.  Dr. Voris resides in Columbia, Missouri with his wife and two children.

 


James Zeliff, DVM, MBAZeliff

Jim Zeliff grew up in northern New Hampshire where his interests were skiing and trail riding. He graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in Biology in 1983 and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. After graduation he completed an internship at Belmont Racetrack in New York. He came to western Pennsylvania in 1989 and founded Allegheny Equine in 1992. His primary interests are equine reproduction, sports medicine, lameness diagnosis and practice management. In 2019, Dr Zeliff completed and received his MBA degree. Dr. Zeliff and his wife Tammy have a son, Dustin and two daughters, Ali and Haley.

Dr. Zeliff is currently serving on the AAEP board of directors. He is the AAEP representative to the AVMA legislative advisory council and co-chairs the compensation subcommittee of the AAEP Commission on Equine Veterinary Sustainability. He is a past president of the NEAP.