Hill's Global Symposium 2022
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SEPTEMBER 29, 2022



SEPTEMBER 29, 2022

The Biggest Event of the Year

Why should you attend?

Cutting Edge Topics

  • Microbiome and the skin
  • Approach to the pruritic pediatric canine patient
  • Dietary management of cutaneous adverse food reactions
    …and more


Yes, 100% free, for everyone.
So, invite your friends and colleagues.


  • Earn 6.5 RACE CE credits (hours)
  • 0.5 RACE CE credit / 30 min lecture
13 Outstanding Speakers

Our Speakers

Event Schedule

Hill's Global Symposium 2022 Program

All times mentioned are in Central Daylight Time (CDT)

Time Lecture Topic Speaker(s)
8:00 AM - 8:15 AM
Karen Shenoy, DVM
Ashley Bourgeois, DVM, DACVD
8:15 AM - 8:45 AM
Keynote - Microbiome and the Skin
Zac Handler, MD
8:45 AM - 9:15 AM
Do Essential Fatty Acids have a Role in Skin Disease in Dogs and Cats?
Andrea Fascetti, VMD, PhD, DACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine, Nutrition)
9:15 AM - 9:45 AM
How to Feed the Skin from the Inside Out. What is Nutrition’s Role?
Sarah Wilson, DVM DACVIM (Nutrition)
9:45 AM - 10:15 AM
Diet Deficiencies and Dermatopathies: What's the Connection?
Angela Rollins, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Nutrition)
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM
Morning Break
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Approaching the Pruritic Pediatric Canine Patient
Sara Ramos, DVM, DACVD
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Nutritional Approach to Puppies with Skin Disease
Dana Hutchinson, DVM, DACVIM (Nutrition)
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Tracking the Itch: Quantifying Health with Wearables
Sue Wernimont, PhD, MS, RDN, CCRP
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Q & A Session with the Morning Speakers
12:30 PM - 1:15 PM
Lunch Break
1:15 PM - 1:45 PM
Don’t stress! How to Perform a Fear Free Dermatologic Exam
Ashley Bourgeois, DVM, DACVD
1:45 PM - 2:15 PM
'Quit Your Itchin’! Practical Tips For Practicing Dermatology
Melissa Streicher, AAS, CVT, VTS (Dermatology - Charter Member)
2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
The It(ch) Factor: Dietary Management of Cutaneous Adverse Food Reactions
Lisa Weeth, DVM, DACVIM (Nutrition)
2:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Dermatology: Getting those MVPs on Your Team
Jennie Tait, AHT, RVT, VTS (Dermatology - Charter Member)
3:15 PM - 3:30 PM
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
The Cases that Make You Scratch Your Head: Dermatologic Conundrums
Joya Griffin, DVM, DACVD
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Q & A Session with the Afternoon Speakers
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Keynote: The Future is Bright - Navigating Joy and Pain 90’s Hip Hop Style
Betsy Charles, DVM, MA

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Dr Zac Handler


Zac Handler, M.D. is a board-certified academic dermatologist and acclaimed lecturer. He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Dr. Handler is also an assistant clinical professor in dermatology at Rutgers University New Jersey Medical School. He served as a Fellow in the United States House of Representatives, and crafted cost-neutral legislation to combat HIV infection.
He has received the Congressional Recognition Award three times, from bipartisan House members for his work on health care policy, and was named a Nebraska Admiral, by the Governor of the State of Nebraska, in recognition of service to the community.

He has experience with medical news production, having worked with Sanjay Gupta, M.D. at CNN’s medical unit, assisting with medical programming. Additionally, he has been a medical contributor for the Discovery Health program, “Dr. G: Medical Examiner”.

Dr. Handler is a recipient of the prestigious Tatotsu Imaeda M.D. Ph.D. Academic Scholar Award for his extensive academic work, which includes greater than 30 peer-reviewed publications and 5 book chapters. Dr. Handler is the only person to be first author on back-to-back cover articles in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, the leading American journal in the specialty of dermatology.

Focused on improving health care access both locally and abroad, Dr. Handler has provided volunteer medical care with Project MediShare in earthquake stricken Port-au-Prince, Haiti. His experience in Haiti led to an invitation to assist the House Foreign Affairs Committee, in Washington, D.C., on USAID expenditures. He has since been a volunteer physician at the HIV hospital in Accra, Ghana and a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in Hoboken, New Jersey. Dr. Handler has been an invited guest lecturer around the globe, including Montenegro, New York, Miami, Kuwait, Iran, and Jordan. Dr. Handler holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of California, San Diego, and received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Nebraska. Dr. Handler completed a research fellowship in pediatric dermatology at the University of Miami with department chairman, Dr. Lawrence Schachner, author of Pediatric Dermatology. He completed his residency in dermatology at Rutgers University with Dr. Robert A. Schwartz, providing needed care for the underserved patients of Newark, New Jersey and military veterans at the East Orange Veterans hospital. He was selected to serve as the program’s Chief Resident his senior year. He completed a Mohs micrographic surgery and Procedural Dermatology fellowship at Skin Laser & Surgery Specialists of NY and NJ, under the direction of Dr. David J. Goldberg.

Dr Andrea Fascetti

VMD, PhD, DACVN, DACVIM (SA-Internal Medicine), University of California School of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Molecular Biosciences, Davis, CA

Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are essential because mammals cannot synthesize them. Essential fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids that are divided into two main categories. One is α-linolenic acid (omega 3). They are known as the n-3 series because the first carbon double bond is between the third and fourth carbon atoms.
The second category is linoleic acid (omega 6), known as the n-6 series. Their double bond falls between the sixth and seventh carbon atoms. Gamma γ-linoleic and arachidonic acid are members of the n-6 series. Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) belongs to the n-3 series.Essential fatty acids are also essential because they are a component of cell membranes. They are incorporated into phospholipids that are a part of cell membranes and cell fluidity. They are necessary to prevent transepidermal water loss (TEWL). Linoleic is a large part of ceramindes that are parts of the stratum granulosum and stratum corneum. Dietary EFA’s are precursors that serve as leukotrienes, prostaglandins and hydroxyeicosatetranoic acids (HETEs) that help modulate inflammation. EFA’s have been reported to provide benefits in cases of atopy, cornification disorders, sebaceous adenitis and symmetric lupoid onychodystrophy. Dosing and ratios will also be discussed.

Dr Sarah Wilson

BScH, DVM, DACVIM-Nutrition

Dr. Wilson started in nutrition many years ago getting an Honours Bachelor of Science in Animal Biology at the University of Guelph in 2003, with a strong focus on animal nutrition. Following her undergraduate degree, she graduated as a Registered Veterinary Technician at the University of Guelph in 2008 and then spent 2 years in private clinical practice in Canada helping clients with all aspects of veterinary health, including nutrition.
Dr. Wilson went on to study Veterinary Medicine in 2010 at St. Matthew’s University and the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) in Saskatchewan, Canada. She continued at WCVM in a small animal rotating internship and afterward worked as a Clinical Associate in the Small Animal Internal Medicine Department until 2015. Dr. Wilson then attended the University of California Davis, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital to complete a Small Animal Clinical Nutrition residency in 2017. Dr. Wilson is a Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist® and works as a private consultant for industry as well as a clinical consultant for individual patients. Dr. Wilson enjoys being able to help clients find ways to bring good nutrition to the pets we love, whether it is helping provide evidence-based nutrition guidance to companies so they can make nutritionally appropriate options for the public to purchase or helping customize options for individual animals.

Dr Angela Rollins

DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Nutrition)

Dr. Angela Witzel Rollins performed her DVM, PhD, and residency training at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. She has been a faculty member of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine for over 10 years and teaches courses in veterinary nutrition and physiology and participates in the clinical nutrition service.

Dr. Rollins is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Nutrition). She is also President of the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition and a former President of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition. Her research interests include obesity physiology, prevention, and treatment

Dr Sara Ramos


Dr. Sara Ramos grew up in Louisiana and graduated in 2015 from the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, she completed a one-year rotating internship at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, which is where she was inspired to pursue a career in dermatology. She then returned to LSU where she completed both a one-year dermatology internship and a three-year dermatology residency.
Dr. Ramos became a board certified Dermatologist in 2020 and now serves the dermatology needs of pets in the New Orleans and Baton rouge area working at Veterinary Specialist of Greater New Orleans and Capital Area Veterinary Specialists. Dr. Ramos is very passionate about continuing to learn and teaching others within the field of dermatology.

Dr Dana Hutchinson


Dr. Hutchinson is originally from New Hampshire and received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from North Carolina State University. After graduation, she did a one year rotating small animal internship at Tufts Veterinary and Emergency Treatment facility. Dana continued her training at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine after choosing to focus her career on animal nutrition, completing a residency in small animal clinical nutrition under Dr. Lisa Freeman.
Dana is board certified in small animal nutrition and currently works at Hill’s Pet Nutrition in Scientific Communications in addition to serving as the clinical nutritionist at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, MA. She has a particular interest in nutritional management for renal disease, geriatrics and the critical care patient. Dr. Hutchinson lives in Newbury, MA, USA with her husband Matt, daughter Hailey, son Blake, and dog Bosch. When she’s not working Dana enjoys traveling, running, hiking, and skiing.

Dr Susan Wernimont


Susan Wernimont is an Associate Director in the Global Research and Innovation group at Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. She holds a BS degree in Nutritional Sciences and Agricultural Biochemistry from Iowa State University, as well as an MS in Nutritional Biochemistry and a PhD in Nutrition, both from Cornell University. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Clinical Research Professional.
From 2010 to 2012, Dr. Wernimont held the position of Clinical Research Platform Lead and Nutritional Scientist at Pfizer Nutrition, and from 2012 to 2016, Dr. Wernimont held the position of Principal Scientist in Clinical Research at Nestle Nutrition. In both roles, she served as the lead Clinical Scientist on multiple innovation and technology platforms. She joined Hill’s Pet Nutrition in 2016. Her areas of interest include wearable devices, quantified health technologies, and clinical research.

Dr Ashley Bourgeois


Dr. Ashley Bourgeois is a board-certified veterinary dermatologist passionate about providing practical knowledge to general practitioners to help itchy pets. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Iowa State University and graduated from the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. She then completed a one-year small animal internship at Purdue University.
Upon finishing her internship, she accepted a residency position with the Animal Dermatology Clinic’s Tustin, California location in 2011. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology in 2014. Dr. Bourgeois moved to Portland, Oregon in 2016 to help expand the company. She has a strong interest in autoimmune skin diseases, allergies, cytology, and otology.

Dr. Bourgeois is passionate about educating veterinarians in dermatology and work/life integration through her podcast, lecturing, and social media presence (The Derm Vet).

Missy Streicher

AAS, CVT, VTS (Dermatology) Charter Member Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine Auburn, Alabama

Missy has been a Certified Veterinary Technician since 1993 and worked in a small animal hospital until 2000, when she began working for a private dermatology practice. In 2006, Missy moved to the Auburn University Small Animal Teaching Hospital and continued specializing in Dermatology. She sat on the organizing committee for the Academy of Dermatology Veterinary Technicians, which was accepted as a VTS by NAVTA in July of 2015.

Dr Lisa P. Weeth

DVM, DACVIM (Nutrition)

Dr. Lisa Weeth received her veterinary degree from the University of California, Davis, in 2002, and after spending two years in general and emergency practice she returned to UC Davis for a Residency in Clinical Nutrition. She completed her residency training in 2007 and became a Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist that year. 

Dr. Weeth has been in specialty practice offering in-person or telemedicine nutrition consultations since 2007 and since 2018 has been heading the Nutrition Department at Metropolitan Animal Specialty Hospital in Los Angeles, California. In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Weeth serves on the WSAVA Global Nutrition Committee; is on the Executive Board for the American Association of Veterinary Nutrition (AAVN); and is a regular lecturer at regional, national and international veterinary conferences.

Jennie Tait

AHT, RVT, VTS (Dermatology – Charter Member)

Jennie Tait is a very experienced veterinary technician who graduated as an Animal Health Technician in 1986 and worked in general practice for 3 years before working at the Ontario Veterinary College for just shy of 25 years. Jennie wrote at the first seating of what is now the National Veterinary Technician Exam and holds RVT certificate #4. She found her niche and love of dermatology while at OVC and became the Dermatology Service technician back in 2000.
Since then she has been very active in the derm world as a member of the organizing committee, Charter Member and former regent for the Academy of Dermatology Veterinary Technicians. She is currently the only VTS (Dermatology) in Canada with 15 others in the United States. Jennie is also the only technician on the executive committee for the Canadian Academy of Veterinary Dermatology, and is an accomplished author and international speaker in her field of expertise. Currently, she is living the good life of semi-retirement as a member of the health care team at the Veterinary Allergy Dermatology Ear Referral Clinic (VADER Clinic) in Morriston, Ontario.

Dr Joya Griffin


Dr. Joya Griffin is an Ohio native and graduated from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. While attending Cornell, she earned numerous awards, including the Dermatology Service Award for her aptitude in clinical dermatology and her research on Malassezia otitis externa. It was at Cornell that she saw firsthand the amazing transformation a dermatologist could make in the health and quality of life of the patients they treated.
After graduation, she completed an internship at VCA Berwyn and Aurora Animal Hospitals in Chicago where she was awarded the Intern Abstract Award for her presentation on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Dr. Joya returned to Cornell University for a residency in dermatology and after completing her residency-training program served one year as an instructor of dermatology. She taught fourth-year clinical students as well as lectured to underclassmen on bacterial, fungal, and immune-mediated skin diseases. Dr. Joya became a Diplomate of the College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD) in August 2010 and joined the Animal Dermatology Group. She has a special interest in fungal and immune-mediated skin diseases as well as feline and equine dermatology. She enjoys lecturing to fellow veterinarians, mentoring residents and teaching the veterinary students who extern with her. Dr. Joya is the star of Nat Geo WILD television series, “Pop Goes the Vet with Dr. Joya,” which highlights the challenging and mysterious cases she encounters in veterinary dermatology. She is excited to tell her story and show the tremendous impact her practice makes on the community they serve in Kentucky and Indiana.

Dr. Joya always strives to care for her patients as if they are her own pets and loves building long-lasting relationships with their pet parents. Outside of work, Dr. Joya enjoys spending time with her family and pets. She is happily married to Dr. Forrest Cummings, a veterinary internal medicine specialist, and they have 3 children- Caden and boy/girl twins, Coby and Carter. They have a new kitten named Donut and two dogs, Guri and Magic. She loves traveling, eating the delicious meals her hubby cooks for her and working out. She recently completed her fourth half marathon and is excited for the next.

Dr Elizabeth M. Charles


In short, Dr. Charles is an Adidas wearing, hip hop dancing veterinary radiologist who wants to change the world by cultivating a community of leaders through curiosity, creative conversations, and connection. What are the specifics? She holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with advanced residency training in diagnostic imaging as well as a master’s degree in Organization Leadership.
She was the Executive Director of the Veterinary Leadership Institute from 2011 until 2021 when she transitioned to a member of the VLI Board after accepting a position with Mission Veterinary Partners as the VP of Learning and Leadership Development.

She uses all her expertise to help veterinary professionals understand how servant leaders can facilitate the development of high functioning organizations. She has worked in general equine practice, specialty practice and was a faculty member at Western University of Health Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine for over 8 years. She has presented at over 75% of the veterinary colleges in the U.S., numerous state veterinary medical associations, the American Association of Equine Practitioners National Convention for several years, and the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Veterinary Leadership Conference for multiple years. She has been a keynote speaker for both veterinary audiences as well as non-veterinary audiences and has been a commencement speaker. She currently serves on the AAEP’s Member Engagement Committee and the Wellness Committee. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Lincoln Memorial University. She also absolutely LOVES her day job with Mission Veterinary Partners where she gets to help team members across the entire company develop the skills sets necessary to lead well.

She believes we all have the capacity to be exceptional people of influence by living into our true identities and learning the skills necessary to become emotionally intelligent and effective communicators, relationship builders and boundary setters. When she takes a break from trying to make a positive difference for the veterinary profession, she enjoys having meaningful and authentic conversations with all who cross her path, seeking adventure in the mundane, developing young entrepreneurs as they pursue their passions, spending time with her horses, and reading.