Officers

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  • President: Craig Ruaux
  • Immediate Past President: Jorg Steiner
  • President Elect: Al Jergens
  • Secretary-Treasurer: Jan Suchodolski
  • At-Large Member 1: Keith Richter
  • At-Large Member 2: Katie Tolbert
  • Webmaster: Kate Arnell



Jörg M. Steiner, med.vet., Dr.med.vet., PhD, DACVIM, DECVIM-CA, AGAF

Dr. Jörg M. Steiner

Contact Information

E-mail: jsteiner@cvm.tamu.edu

Phone: 979-862-4046

Fax: 979-458-2230

Professional Appointment

Professor with Tenure, Small Animal Internal Medicine

Dr. Mark Morris Chair in Small Animal Gastroenterology and Nutrition

Director, Gastrointestinal Laboratory

Biography

Jörg Steiner received his veterinary degree from the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany in 1992. He did an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Pennsylvania from 1992 to 1993 and a residency in small animal internal medicine at Purdue University from 1993 to 1996. He received his Dr.med.vet. degree from the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany in 1995 in recognition of research on feline trypsin and feline trypsin-like immunoreactivity. In 1996 he achieved board certification with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. In 2000 Dr. Steiner received a PhD from Texas A&M University for his work on canine digestive lipases and their use for the diagnosis of gastrointestinal disorders in the dog. In 2012 was recognized as a Fellow of the American Gastroenterology Association. He currently serves as Professor with the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery and the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology at Texas A&M University. In 2016 Dr. Steiner was named the Dr. Mark Morris Chair in Small Animal Gastroenterology and Nutrition. He also serves as Director of the Gastrointestinal Laboratory at Texas A&M University and is involved in a wide variety of research in small animal gastroenterology. He has authored or co-authored more than 230 peer-reviewed articles, 80 book chapters, and 350 research abstracts.


Al Jergens, DVM, PhD, ACVIM

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Contact Information

E-mail: ajergens@iastate.edu

Professional Appointment

Professor, Small Animal Internal Medicine

Biography

Al Jergens is a Professor of internal medicine at Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine.  His clinical interests include GI endoscopy, inflammatory bowel disease, and host-microbiota interactions mediating GI disease.  His research interests include clinical trials investigating host-microbiota interactions mediating GI health and disease, and animal models of disease.


Jan Suchodolski, MedVet, DrVetMed, PhD, AGAF

Contact Information

Gastrointestinal Laboratory
Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine
Dept of Small Animal Clinical Sciences

4474 TAMU

College Station, TX 77843-4474

E-mail: JSuchodolski@cvm.tamu.edu

Phone: 979-458-0933

Fax: 979-458-4015

Professional Appointment

Diplomate ACVM (Immunology)

Associate Professor, Small Animal Medicine

Associate Director for Research, Head of Microbiome Sciences

Biography

Jan Suchodolski graduated with a veterinary degree from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Austria in 1997. In 2005 Dr. Suchodolski received his PhD in Veterinary Microbiology from Texas A&M University for his work on molecular markers for the assessment of the intestinal microbiota. His research is focused on the canine and feline microbiome,  with an emphasis on how intestinal pathogens lead to disturbances in the intestinal microbiota. Dr. Suchodolski currently serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Small Animal Medicine at Texas A&M University and as the Associate Director of Research, Head of Microbiome Sciences.


Keith Richter, DVM, MSEL, Diplomate ACVIM

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Contact Information

E-mail: krichter@ethosvet.com

Phone: 858-975-7500

Fax: 858-875-7525

Professional Appointment

Chief Medical Officer, Ethos Veterinary Health

Biography

Dr. Keith Richter is a graduate of Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine. He completed an internship at the California Animal Hospital in Los Angeles and his Internal Medicine residency at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Richter has also completed a Master of Science degree in Executive Leadership at the University of San Diego.Dr. Richter's experience includes serving on the Internal Medicine staff of Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, serving as Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, and he was a professor at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Richter was also on the Board of Directors of National Veterinary Associates, Inc., from 1997-2004.  A Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Dr. Richter’s special interests include gastroenterology and liver disease. Dr. Richter is recognized for his skill in endoscopic techniques including gastroduodenoscopy, colonoscopy and bronchoscopy. In addition, he has been a pioneer in veterinary thoracoscopy and laparoscopy. He is also proficient in ultrasonography and percutaneous biopsy techniques. He has authored several scientific articles and textbook chapters and lectures frequently at local, national and international scientific meetings as well as many veterinary colleges around North America. He has also collaborated with gastroenterology programs at the Boston University School of Medicine, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, UC San Diego Medical Center and Scripps Memorial Hospital. Dr. Richter is the founder, and served as the CEO, of the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego. Dr. Richter is also a past president and current Board member of the Comparative Gastroenterology Society.  Dr. Richter has had the distinction of being on the Board of Regents of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and has served on its examination and credential committees.  Dr. Richter is the current Chief Medical Officer of Ethos Veterinary Health, and will establish the organization as a leader in veterinary referral medicine. He will be setting the bar for clinical excellence by providing rigorous continuing education for clinical staff members, encouraging collaboration, medical innovation and leveraging science to remain on the cutting-edge of veterinary medicine. Additionally, he will help lead a strategic focus in the development and commercialization of scientific opportunities, as well as the development of a national reference laboratory.

 


M. Katherine Tolbert, DVM, PhD, DACVIM

Contact Information

Email: mtoler2@utk.edu

Professional Appointment

Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine

Biography

Dr. Katie Tolbert completed her veterinary degree and small animal medicine and surgery internship at the University of Georgia. She then completed a small animal internal medicine residency at North Carolina State University. Following her residency, she pursued a Ph.D. in Comparative Biomedical Sciences at North Carolina State University. She is currently on faculty as an Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine. Her clinical research program is focused on small animal gastroenterology with a specific interest in the investigation of the efficacy of anti-secretory drugs and gastroprotectants and the rationale for their use in the treatment of acid-related disorders, organ failure, and inflammatory diseases in companion animals. Her basic science research program is dedicated to characterizing the pathogenic mechanisms of feline Tritrichomonas foetus infection and exploring novel therapies to prevent and/or ameliorate T. foetus-induced colitis.


Kate Arnell, DVM, DACVIM

Contact Information

Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego

10435 Sorrento Valley Road

San Diego, CA 92130

Email:  kharnell@gmail.com

Phone: 858-875-7500 ext. 651

Fax:  858-875-7525

Professional Appointment

Small Animal Internist, Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego

Biography

Dr. Kate Arnell is a 2006 graduate of the University of California, Davis. She completed a one-year general rotating medical and surgical internship at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital in 2007. She then completed a three-year internal medicine residency program at VSH in 2010, and has been a board-certified internal medicine specialist at VSH since that time.


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