|Leslie Easterwood, DVM
Dr. Leslie Easterwood holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Animal Science and Veterinary Science, in addition to a Master of Agriculture in Animal Science. She received her D.V.M. degree from Texas A&M University in 1995, and then completed a one year private practice internship at Las Colinas Veterinary Clinic in Irving, Texas. After 10 years in private equine practice she returned to Texas A&M to begin a Residency in Large Animal Medicine in July 2005. After completion of her residency in July 2008, she has remained at Texas A&M as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Large Animal Clinic at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. She also serves as one of the two official show veterinarians for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo each year. She has been a member of the show’s Veterinary Committee since 1996. She is there to provide for the veterinary needs of the approximately 18,000 animals that enter the show grounds during the 24 days of the show. She also provides oversight for the committee members charged with checking animal health entrance requirements for the show. Additionally, she has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Alvin Youth Livestock and Arena Association, is a current member of the Texas Equine Veterinary Association Board of Directors, current member of the AAEP Foundation Advisory Council and the TAMU Veterinary Emergency Response team.
HHE moderator Rick Lamb is an author, educator and host of THE HORSE SHOW, an award-winning national TV and radio series that has been on the air since 1997. His first book, The Revolution in Horsemanship
, coauthored by Dr Robert M. Miller, is a modern classic that explores the history, science, and people of the natural horsemanship movement. Rick has authored Horse Smarts for the Busy Rider
, Human to Horseman
, and more that 100 magazine and blog articles. He holds three graduate degrees in educational technology and has a research interest in multimedia learning.
Rick and his wife, Diana, live in Phoenix with their two horses, a dog and cat. In his spare time, Rick is finishing his doctoral dissertation in learning technology.
Robert Miller, D.V.M.
Veterinarian, renowned equine behaviorist and lecturer, for more than 50 years, California-based Dr. Miller has helped people better understand horses and the horse-human relationship.
In addition to his pioneering work in equine behavior Miller is also a cartoonist and author. He has participated in every Hawaii Horse Expo for the past seven years and returns in 2015 for an unprecedented eighth year.
Among several books he has authored Handling Equine Patients tells how to approach and handle equine patients to prevent damage that occurs all too frequently to the patients, doctors, assistants and bystanders.
In The Passion for Horses and Artistic Talent, An Unrecognized Connection, Dr. Miller explores the connection between passionate horse people and the creative artistic skills inexplicably found in those same people. He also co-authored Revolution in Horsemanship with fellow Hawaii Horse Expo clinician, Rick Lamb.
Often working with difficult equine patients in his hands-on clinics, Miller has traveled to every continent sharing his knowledge which includes revolutionary methods on imprint training for newborn foals.
Dr. Miller was invited to teach at Mexico’s Olympic Training Center and spent a week teaching more humane methods of horsemanship, equine behavior and problem solving. He was also recently the featured speaker at the Sierra Veterinary Association meeting in Canada and the National Veterinary Convention in Denver.
Lisa Wood, D.V.M.
Dr. Wood grew up in Kamuela and attended Hawaii Preparatory Academy where she rode horses at A Lazy B Ranch and discovered her desire to work with horses as a career. After obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science at Colorado State University, she earned her Veterinary degree at Washington State University in 1990. Dr. Wood then returned to the Big Island to begin her work at Kamuela’s Veterinary Associates, Inc.
Dr. Wood has always had a special fondness for her equine patients with a particular focus on reproduction and neonatal medicine.
Eric Mueller, DVM, PhD
Eric Mueller is a professor of surgery, Director of Equine Programs, Chief Medical Officer-Large Animal Hospital, and equine surgeon in the Department of Large Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in Athens, Georgia, U.SA. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont and D.V.M. from Michigan State University. He completed a residency in Large Animal Surgery and Ph.D. in gastrointestinal physiology at the University of Georgia. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He served as Chief of Staff of the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at the University of Georgia from 2002-2008. His clinical interests are gastrointestinal surgery, minimally invasive surgical techniques, and the evaluation and treatment of equine lameness. His research interests have focused on the pathophysiology and treatment of tendon and ligament injuries and the prevention of postoperative intra-abdominal adhesion formation. Dr. Mueller has authored over 60 scientific publications and 20 veterinary book chapters. He is a frequent speaker at national and international scientific and continuing education meetings.
Susan L. White, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM
Dr. Susan L. White is a graduate of the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She practiced general large animal medicine in northern California prior to completing a residency in large animal internal medicine and a MS in veterinary pathology. Dr. White spent the remainder of her career at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, department of Large Animal Medicine. She is a diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the Josiah Miegs Distinguished Professor, Emeritus, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia. Dr. White and colleagues did extensive research in the physiology of the elite equine athlete prior to the 1996 summer Olympics held in Atlanta, GA. Results from these investigations allowed the equestrian events to be held in the high heat and humidity of the SE US in August, with no heat related injuries.
Dr. White has had a 35+ year interest in equine dermatology and is a frequent speaker nationally and internationally in equine dermatology. In addition to her scholarship as a veterinary internist, Dr. White has been an active educator in many areas of horse ownership such as the USEF, US Pony Club, 4-H horsemanship programs, University of Georgia and Clemson University extension service, Boy Scout Explorers, and the national junior riders in eventing.
Billy Bergin, DVM
Waimea’s own Dr. Bergin studied at Kansas State University and after college he established the first purely private veterinary practice in South Kona. His practice grew and in 1981, he built the Case Memorial Veterinary Hospital in Waimea. From 1970 to 1995, he was the lead veterinarian for Parker Ranch, one of the largest and oldest cattle ranches in the United States. Dr. Bergin went on to establish Aina Hou Animal Hospital, a full service equine health facility.
Always involved in civic and community leadership, Dr. Bergin was instrumental in founding the Paniolo Preservation Society, a nonprofit foundation with the mission of preserving the rich heritage of the livestock industry and ranch life in Hawaii. In 2000, he joined the board of directors of the Rodeo Historical Society of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City and was nominated as associate director of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.
An established author, Dr. Bergin has written many articles on veterinary medicine and several books on Hawaii’s history including “Loyal to the Land,” a sweeping history of Hawaii and Parker Ranch.
Dr. Bergin is currently a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, Hawaii Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, Hawaii Cattlemen’s Association, and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association as a charter member.
Alice E. Villalobos
Alice Villalobos, DVM, FNAP, is President Emeritus of the Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics. She is also a Past President of the American Association of Human Bond Veterinarians, the UC Davis Alumni Association, the Sierra Veterinary Medical Association, and the South Bay Chapter of the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Villalobos, renown for her work in veterinary oncology, has and continues to receive so many honors, citations, and awards that it is impossible to list them.
In 2000, Dr. Villalobos, in her keynote speech at the AVMA convention in Salt Lake City, introduced the concept of “Pawspice”. Pawspice embraces palliative care and kinder gentler cancer care for advanced, frail, and older patients. It transitions to hospice when the patient declines toward death. In 2004, she introduced the HHHHHMM Quality of Life Scale which is in use worldwide by veterinary teams and pet owners to evaluate and improve the status of pets diagnosed with life limiting diseases.
Dr. Villalobos, maintains a private practice in Southern California, and lectures nationally and internationally on the subjects of oncology, decision making, quality of life, longevity, medical and bioethics, preventing over treatment, immunonutrition, metronomic chemotherapy, chemoprevention, palliative medicine, end of life care, euthanasia, pet loss, bereavement, and compassion fatigue. She's written many articles on these subjects as well as a book, Canine and Feline Geriatric Oncology: Honoring the Human-Animal Bond.
A documentary film about the human-animal bond at the end of life, is being edited and formatted by Braverman Productions of Santa Monica, CA. This film taken over a one year period, features Dr. Villalobos and colleagues as they help pet lovers