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2019 Keynote Speaker

Dr. Karen Cornell, DVM, PhD, DACVS
Associate Dean for Professional Programs at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Friday, March 01, 2019  –  11:30am-1:20pm –  Veterans Hall

The Continuum of Veterinary Medicine:  Meeting at the Nexus of Change From Plow Horses to Poodles, from Anthrax to Zika, from Student to CEO

Dr. Cornell is a professor and the Associate Dean for Professional Programs at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Cornell graduated from Purdue’s College of Veterinary Medicine and after two years in private practice returned to Purdue where she completed an internship, small animal surgery residency and Ph.D. She joined the faculty at Texas A&M in 2016.

Dr. Cornell is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and is currently a member of the Board of Regents for the same organization. She is a soft tissue surgeon with a primary interest in communication skills training for veterinary professionals, teaching methodologies and reconstructive surgery.

She is a two-time recipient of the Carl Norden-Pfizer Distinguished Teaching Award, and in 2011 she was named a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor, the highest award for teaching at UGA. Karen became involved with communication training in 2003 when she was a participant in the first Bayer Communication Project train-the-trainer program for veterinary faculty.

She has served as a trainer for each of the subsequent annual veterinary faculty courses offered by the Institute for Healthcare Communication. Dr. Cornell’s previous private practice career and current engagement teaching veterinary students afford her a unique appreciation for the importance of communication and leadership in veterinary practice, and for the necessity of providing practical training in both areas to all members of the veterinary healthcare team.