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Dog Behavioralist Expert Witness

Expert Witness No. 2399


As an internal medicine specialist I can consult on several large animal species with medical (non-surgical) conditions, species including horses, cattle, alpacas, llamas, goats and sheep. Medical conditions that I can consult on include medical respiratory disorders such as pneumonia; renal and liver disease, toxicities, muscular disorders (non-orthopedic), and medical gastrointestinal disorders (peritonitis, non-surgical colic, colitis/diarrhea). 

Diplomate ACVIM (Large Animal Medicine)
Diplomate American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation


1992-1996: Murdoch University School of Veterinary Studies

1994: Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Biology)

1996: Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery  with First Class Merit Honors

University academic awards:


  • Adamson Prize in Equine Medicine and Surgery
  • Mallinckrodt Veterinary Prize for Sheep and Cattle Medicine and Production
  • Australian College of Veterinary Scientist’s Prize for Veterinary Pharmacology
  • Westralian Drug Company Prize for the best academic performance in 4th and 5th year
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Commendation for Academic Excellence

1998-2003: University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine
o    2003: Doctor of Philosophy; PhD thesis title: ‘The nutritional and pharmacological management of Recurrent Exertional Rhabdomyolysis in Thoroughbred racehorses’

6/2011- Present     Associate Professor (indefinite tenure) Large Animal Medicine
        Department of Clinical Sciences

9/2005-2011    Assistant Professor, Large Animal Internal Medicine
        Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
7/2003-7/2005    Post-doctoral research fellow
        Equine Athletic Performance Laboratory
        Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma

7/2001-6/2003     PhD candidate/Assistant Clinical Specialist, Large Animal Medicine
        University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, Minnesota

7/1998-6/2001    PhD candidate/Resident, Large Animal Medicine
        University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, Minnesota

6/1997-6/1998    Intern, Large Animal Medicine and Surgery
        Ontario Veterinary College
        University of Guelph, Canada    

1/1997-5/1997    Private practitioner (mixed practice)
        Wattle Grove Veterinary Hospital
        Perth, Western Australia

Certifications and Specialty Status      
2001: Boarded Specialist of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

June 2003: Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates

April 2010: Invited charter diplomate of the newly established American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR)    

Awards and Honors
2000:  University of Minnesota Food Animal Biotechnology Center Award

2001: University of Minnesota Center for Muscle and Muscle Disorders Award

2004: National Phi Zeta Clinical Research Literary Award for the manuscript:  ‘Effect of dietary starch, fat and bicarbonate content on exercise responses and serum creatine kinase activity in equine recurrent exertional rhabdomyolysis’. Publication redacted.

2009: Inducted into the National Veterinary Honor Society of Phi Zeta for contributions to the veterinary profession.

2010: Invited as one of 30 nationally selected charter diplomates of the newly established American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR)    

2010: Oregon State University’s recipient for the Pfizer Award for Research Excellence

2010: Invited to sit a 12 year term on the 10 member international committee of the International Conference of Equine Exercise Physiology.

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Scientific Abstracts: Total of 14 first author and 9 co-authored scientific abstracts (not shown) which have been presented at the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Disease (1999); the Annual Forum of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (2000-2003, 2006-2008); the Veterinary Comparative Respiratory Society meeting (2003); the American College of Sports Medicine meeting (2004); the International Camelid Health Conference (2009); the International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care meeting (2009); the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists Symposium (2009); the American College of  Veterinary Pathologists (2009); the Veterinary Orthopedic Society (2010) and the 8th International Conference on Equine Exercise Physiology (2010).

Case Studies and Clinical Reports: Upon Request

Original Research Manuscripts: Upon Request

Review Articles: Upon Request
Book Chapters: Upon Request

Grant and Contract Support (funded research): Upon Request


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