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SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS
Christopher G. Byers, DVM, DACVECC, DACVIM
Christopher G. Byers, DVM, DACVECC, DACVIM (SAIM), CVJ is a practicing dual board-certified veterinary specialist, recognized international speaker, and respected author. Dr. Byers enjoys teaching, and is passionate about helping pet parents understand their fur baby’s health problems. He launched CriticalCareDVM.com to provide dog and cat owners with high quality, accurate, and comprehensive information they need to understand their pet’s health problems. Since 2014 the information available at CriticalCareDVM.com has been extensively used by pet parents and veterinarians, alike, helping Dr. Byers realize his primary goal: promoting the “triad of care” – a collaborative partnership between pet owners, primary care veterinarians, and board-certified veterinary specialists.
Lance Roasa, DVM, MS, JD
Dr. Lance Roasa’s multi-faceted career track helps him provide invaluable hands on expertise across many topics that are relevant to today’s veterinarians. He graduated veterinary school from Texas A&M in 2008 and today is a guest lecturer at thirteen veterinary colleges on a myriad of issues, including the legal and ethical aspects of veterinary medicine, medical record keeping, personal finance, and career development amongst other subjects. He regularly lectures at national, state and local veterinary conferences as well as at regional and national Veterinary Business Management Association chapters on the matters of growth, business metrics and technology implementation.
As a practitioner he has bought, operated and sold veterinary practices and, after achieving his law degree from the University of Nebraska, started the Roasa Law Group, P.C., where he is the primary attorney where he is dedicated to serving veterinarians in practice transactions, employment contract creation and review and as a legal counsel to startup businesses. This wealth of experience allows him to tackle the medical, financial and legal pieces of the veterinary puzzle in a fashion that is relatable to every veterinarian.
Drew Olson, DVM
Dr. Drew Olson’s wealth of experience across many different aspects of veterinary medicine help him pass that knowledge along to a broad base of veterinarians. He graduated from veterinary school at Iowa State in 2012 and is a Nebraska family farmer with a passion for veterinary compounding. Dr. Olson has led a nationally licensed PCAB* pharmacy accredited in sterile and non-sterile compounding, formulated various novel compounds, and acted as a formulation consultant. He has spoken on these topics to veterinary and pharmacy students as well as at local, regional, and national levels, including the American College of Internal Veterinary Medicine’s Forum.
Dr. Olson is also a practicing veterinarian and multi-veterinary hospital owner that leads his practices and team members toward medical and financial happiness through efficiency and positivity. He feels that the integration of these two methods help foster each other to propel hospitals and their teams to another level. Dr. Olson also works with health professionals and their organizations as partner of a boutique marketing firm and his leadership of the Drip Learning Technologies creative team is invaluable at every turn. This breadth of knowledge allows him to handle very disparate subjects and pass on information in an easily digestible fashion to all students and veterinarians.
*Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board
Kurt Smith, MBA
Kurt has been working in the veterinary industry for over 25 years. He’s worked in a variety of clinical and operational roles in both private and corporate practices. He found his passion was in financial analysis and practice operations. More recently, Kurt returned to school and completed a Healthcare MBA at Oregon Health Science University. He saw a need and an opportunity to engage with practice owners and started Cedar Rock Solutions based in Portland, Oregon.