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  • Rachel Marschang
    Rachel Marschang
    Co-Chair
    Rachel Marschang studied veterinary medicine and received her doctorate from the Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen, Germany and received her habilitation in Environmental and Animal Hygiene and Veterinary Virology from the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany. She has been studying infectious diseases in reptiles since 1997. She is a diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine (herpetology) as well as a certified specialist for microbiology (FTÄ Mikrobiologie) and for reptile medicine (ZB Reptilien). She is the past president of the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV), the chair of the herpetology specialty of the ECZM, and the European representative of the Global Ranavirus Consortium (GRC). She has written multiple book chapters and peer-reviewed papers on reptile medicine as well as presenting at many international conferences. She is currently working as a consultant veterinarian for reptile diagnostics at Laboklin GmbH & Co. KG in Bad Kissingen, Germany and as an adjunct professor (Privatdozentin) at the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany.
  • Karina Mathes
    Karina Mathes
    Co-Chair
    Karina Mathes received her DVM in 1996 from the University of Munich, Germany, and completed a doctoral thesis on investigations into mycoplasma and herpesviruses in free-ranging and captive Mediterranean terrestrial tortoises in France and Morroco. Since 2006, she is the head of the Department of Reptiles at the Clinic for Small Mammals, Reptiles and Birds, Veterinary University of Hannover, Germany, and lectures on reptilian and amphibian medicine at the University and at various national and international conferences. She has written book chapters and numerous articles on reptile medicine and is on the review boards of several scientific journals. She is a diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine (herpetology) and is also a certified specialist for reptiles and amphibians in Lower Saxony, Germany. She had been member at large of the ARAV Board of Directors from 2011 to 2013 and has been the chair of the ARAV International Committee since 2012.
  • Iain Cope
    Iain Cope
    BSc(VetSci)Hons BVM&S CertAVP(ZM) MRCVS RCVS recognized Advanced Practitioner in Zoological Medicine
    Iain Cope has worked with rabbits, exotic pet, wildlife and zoo animals since he graduated in 2006 from Edinburgh University. He gained his certificate in Zoological Medicine in 2011 and since 2014 is an RCVS recognized Advanced Practitioner in Zoological Medicine. He currently works in private practice in Cambridge working exclusively with rabbit and exotic/zoo species. He teaches nurses and veterinary surgeons on exotic species and also talks internationally. He has been published in peer reviewed veterinary journals. He is on the board for the journal UK VET: Companion Animal and is currently the ARAV and AEMV International Representative for UK and Ireland.
  • Dana Varble
    Dana Varble
    Dana Varble received her B.S. in Zoology from Southern Illinois University in 1999 graduating Suma cum laude with departmental and university honors having completed an honors thesis evaluating abnormal behavior in captive Spectacled Bears. She earned her veterinary degree with high honors from University of Illinois in 2003 where she pursued a non-traditional clinical rotation schedule and fulfilled her clinical and academic requirements at University of Illinois, University of Tennessee, Louisiana State University, Brookfield Zoo, and University of Pretoria. She also completed an externship at Marathon Veterinary Hospital including clinical experience at the Sea Turtle Hospital and Key West Aquarium.

    She has practiced clinical medicine in exotic pet, small animal general practice and emergency medicine and continues to serve as an associate veterinarian on a limited basis for Chicago Exotics Animal Hospital in Skokie Illinois and as a relief veterinarian for emergency services at Premier Veterinary Group. She has served as a veterinary consultant to the Mississippi River Sturgeon Project and Central Arizona Animal rescue.

    She has spoken locally, nationally, and internationally at conferences and seminars on herpetological and exotic animal medicine and surgery and has written several publications in the same field. Her interests are varied but include organized veterinary medicine, learning methodology, venomous bites and stings and antivenom development, herpetological medicine and surgery, working canines, soft tissue surgery, and improving job satisfaction for all veterinary health team members.

    She joined the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians in 2003, served on the board of directors from 2008 to 2014, and was the president of ARAV from 2012 to 2013. She is also a member of American Veterinary Medical Association and Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians.

    In January 2015, she joined NAVC as the Executive Director of ARAV and progressed to the Executive Director of Pet Nutrition Alliance and Senior Director of Hands-On workshops in October 2017. In October 2018 she was promoted to Vice President of Veterinary Education

    She shares her home with a mixed up brown dog named Hannah and four ball pythons, Phil, Jake, Hickok, and Saffron.
  • Louisa Asseo
    Louisa Asseo
    Louisa Asseo graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. She has worked in private practice since graduation in both general practice and emergency medicine with a focus on reptiles and exotic companion mammals. In 2016, she founded Oasis Veterinary Hospital in the east San Francisco Bay area of California to cater to dogs, cats, all companion mammals, reptiles, and poultry. She received certification as Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in canine and feline practice in 2015. She is an avid scuba diver and loves travelling to warm locations to explore reefs and wrecks. She also enjoys running, kickboxing, and wine tasting.
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  • Matt Allender
    Matt Allender
    Dr. Allender is a 2004 graduate of the University of Illinois. He then completed a residency at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville Zoo in Avian and Zoological Medicine. Following this residency, he returned to his alma mater in Illinois as an assistant professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Allender spends his career educating veterinary students, interns, and residents through clinical work and presentations. He has contributed to many book chapters and conference proceedings. In his spare time, he is active in research with a long list of publications relating to herpetological medicine.
  • Nichole Johnson
    Nichole Johnson
    Dr. Nicole Johnson (known to her staff and clients as Dr. Nikki) is a 2003 graduate of the University of Illinois. She is co-owner of Pekin Animal Hospital in her hometown of Pekin, IL. In the past, she has done some consulting on small mammal, reptile and bird cases for the Peoria Zoo. She is currently one of the Medical Directors of the Friends of Scales Reptile Rescue based out of the Chicago area. She is a contracted veterinarian for Tazewell County Animal Control. She has been a member of ARAV since 2000and is currently the Immediate Past President.
  • Antony Qureishi
  • Lionel Schillinger
  • Jeanette Wyneken
    Jeanette Wyneken
    Dr. Jeanette Wyneken is a Professor of Biological Sciences at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). She received Ph.D. in biology from the University of Illinois.
    She has more than 35 years of experience studying the biology, ecology, conservation, and health of reptiles and has a long history of successful collaborations with other biologists, educators, and veterinarians that resulted in more than 60 peer-reviewed publications, 4 books, 21 book chapters. Dr. Wyneken has mentored 27 M. Sci. students in biological, environmental, and marine sciences and 4 PhD students in FAU’s Integrative Biology Ph.D. program. Dr. Wyneken currently has 4 graduate student and two postdoctoral mentees and many undergraduate independent study students in her laboratory. She teaches the Vertebrate Structure, Development and Evolution, Biology and Conservation of Sea Turtles, Marine Conservation Biology, and Ecological Developmental Biology.
  • Tom Hellebuyck
    Tom Hellebuyck
    Tom Hellebuyck is head of clinic at the division for exotic companion animals and wildlife of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the Ghent University (Belgium). In 2006 he got his master degree as a veterinarian and finished his PhD in veterinary sciences with a focus on dermatological diseases in lizards in 2012. Tom became a diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine (Herpetology) in 2013. He is an author and co-author of several scientific publications and book chapters and continues his clinical research activities in reptile and avian medicine. He is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and symposia and is a member of a number of organizations concerned with veterinary medicine and herpetological societies. In addition, he acts as an advisor to authorities with regard to reptile medicine and welfare.
  • Joshua Llinas
    Dr Joshua Llinas moved from NYC to Australia in 2000 and graduated from the University of Queensland Veterinary School with honours in 2005. Joshua received his Masters degree in Clinical Medicine and Surgery from Murdoch University in 2009. He has been a member of ARAV for the past 5 years and on the ARAVN international committee. Josh currently runs a small animal practice in the western suburbs of Brisbane Australia and in 2012 established herpVet, a branch of the practice that deals exclusively with reptiles and amphibians. He is involved in a number of reptile related research projects with the University of Queensland and works closely with many reptile rehabilitation groups.
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