Thank you to our ​Speake​rs from the 2018 MeeTING!

Sherrie Yuschak, RVT, VTS (Behavior),


Mary Ellen Goldberg is a graduate of Harcum College and the University of Pennsylvania in 1976. She worked at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Division of Animal Resources and for Research Scientists advising on their choices for anesthesia and pain management on their protocols. She was a member of VCU’s IACUC for 10 years.  She has been the instructor of Anesthesia and Pain Management at VetMedTeam, LLC since 2003.  She has been the Executive Secretary for the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM) since 2008. She is a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner through IVAPM. Mary Ellen is also a Surgical Research Anesthetist certified through the Academy of Surgical Research. She is on the Organizing Committee for APRVT (Academy of Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians). She is Exam Chair for the Academy of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians and Nurses (APRVT). Currently, she is a staff member at the Canine Rehabilitation Institute, as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant. (CCRA). Mary Ellen was chosen NAVTA’s Veterinary Technician of the Year 2017. Mary Ellen has written several books, and contributed to numerous chapters regarding anesthesia, pain management and rehabilitation. She speaks at national meetings on these topics and gives private CE to organizational groups. She has worked in various aspects of veterinary medicine from small animal and equine to mixed practice, coccidiosis research for a pharmaceutical company, zoo animal medicine and laboratory animal medicine since 1976.


Sherrie is a faculty member of the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Behavior and Training. She was employed by the NC State University, Behavioral Medicine Service for 5 years: contributing to research, providing behavior modification and educating students, staff and clients. Sherrie is a co-creator of Family Paws Parent Education for Veterinary Professionals. She is a Fear Free Certified℠ professional and serves on the Fear Free℠ Initiative Task Force. Active in the veterinary community, Sherrie holds positions and maintains memberships with many technician and behavior organizations.


Sarah Owings KPA CTP​

Lori Stevens CPDT-KA, SAMP, CCFT

Dr Victoria L Voith obtained her DVM from The Ohio State University where she also received Masters degrees in Veterinary Clinical Sciences and Psychology.  She obtained  a PhD in animal behavior/neuroanatomy from the University of California, Davis and is a charter diplomate of the AVMA’s American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. She has been a pioneer in the study of the behavior of companion animals, the diagnosis and treatment of animal behavior problems, and the human-animal bond. She also has a strong interest in Shelter Medicine and dog breed identification.   Dr Voith is currently a professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, California.

Mary Ellen Goldberg BS, LVT, CVT, SRA, CCRA, CVPP, VTS-lab animal medicine (research anesthesia),
VTS-physical rehabilitation (OC)


Victoria L Voith, DVM PhD DACVM



Sarah Owings KPA CTP, is passionate about reaching challenging learners. She
specializes in the practical application of behavioral principles to help transform the lives of
fearful, shut down, and over-the- top dogs. As the owner of Bridges Dog Training, and a regular
contributor to online training forums, she is known for her innovative approaches to tough
behavior problems, and her compassionate and insightful teaching. She has written for Clean
Run Magazine on topics such as stimulus control, release cues, and toy-related cues, and serves
as faculty at ClickerExpo, an instructor for Karen Pryor Academy, and an advisor to the Glendale
Humane Society in Los Angeles.

Dr. Gary Landsberg received his DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1976. He is a diplomate of both the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB) and the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine (ECAWBM) and has previously served on the executive board and as president of ACVB, AVSAB and the Toronto Academy of Veterinary Medicine. 

Gary has owned and operated three companion animal hospitals in Thornhill, Ontario.  Since 2011 he has divided his workload as behaviorist at the North Toronto Veterinary Behavior Specialty Clinic, and as Vice President of Veterinary Affairs at CanCog technologies.  He serves on the fear free executive council and is now Chair of Fear free research and a practice certification veterinarian for Canada. He is also a consultant on the Veterinary Information Network.   

Dr. Landsberg is co-author of Behavior Problems of the Dog and Cat from Elsevier in 2012, and Canine and Feline Dementia from Springer in 2017.   In addition, he has contributed as co-author or editor to numerous research papers and publications including the Merck Veterinary Manual, The Cat, Feline Behavioral Health and Welfare; Blackwell’s 5-minute Veterinary Consult; and Textbook of Internal Medicine 8th edition.         

Dr. Landsberg has received awards for his service to companion animal behavior from AAHA and for meritorious service from the Western Veterinary Conference. 

Lori Stevens (CPDT-KA, SAMP, CCFT) is a Senior Tellington TTouch® practitioner for dogs, cats, and other animals. She is also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA); a FitPAWS Master Trainer; a certified Small Animal (dogs and cats) Massage Practitioner (SAMP) with a specialty in rehabilitation; and is certified in Canine Massage by the National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure & Massage. Lori is also a Certified Canine Fitness Trainer (CCFT) via the University of Tennessee.

She uses humane, scientific, and innovative methods, in an educational environment, to improve the health, behavior, and performance of animals. Lori’s experience and approach are holistic and one of respect for animals as teachers. She continually studies the interactions among animal behavior, movement, learning, and health. Her continuing education includes conferences (e.g. Clicker Expo) and seminars on animal behavior (e.g. Dr. Susan Friedman), positive-reinforcement-based training, canine fitness, and rehabilitation techniques. She has an established companion animal practice in Seattle which offers private sessions and webinars. She also teaches workshops and presents at conferences worldwide. Lori has three DVDs produced by Tawzer Dog Videos. The most recent of her DVDs is called “Gift of a Gray Muzzle: Active Care for Senior Dogs” and is co-presented with Kathy Sdao (Tawzer Dog Videos, 2017).

Lori adopted Cassie, an Australian Shepherd, at two years old. She has been using all of her skills to support and care for Cassie through her senior years.

Lori also teaches online classes for Fenzi Dog Sports Academy on Aging Dogs, Canine Fitness, and Massage. Lori is the creator of the Balance Harness® by Blue-9 Pet Products. See for more information.