MVMA Great Lakes Veterinary Conference

The 2020 Great Lakes Veterinary Conference will take place online on August 16-18, 2020



Melanie Goble, DVM
Vice President, Not One More Vet

Melanie Goble, DVM graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 2005 after completing a BS in Psychology at Northland College, Ashland, WI in 2001. After working in private practices as an associate for 9.5 years in Maine and Wisconsin, she started her own business, Renewed Strength Veterinary Services, to allow veterinarians the time off to take care of themselves in mind, body, and soul. Currently based out of Wisconsin, Melanie is also licensed in Alaska, and is willing to obtain licensure in other locations. Her professional passions include behavior, preventative care, mentorship, and mental health and wellness in both people and animals.

Along with being a NOMV founding board member, Melanie is the CFO, Director of Fundraising, and Director of Membership. Melanie has also provided lectures for NOMV at veterinary schools and conferences in the USA and around the world.

Monday sessions supported by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health

Daniel Langlois, BS, DVM, DACVIM
Assistant Professor, Small Animal Clinical Sciences, MSU College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Langlois is a veterinary clinician scientist with specialty training and board certification in small animal internal medicine. His research program is primarily focused on copper-associated diseases and therapeutic targeting of copper in dogs. Pathologic hepatic copper accumulation has become an epidemic in recent years. While the exact etiology remains unknown, it is likely that large amounts of dietary copper in commercial dog foods have exacerbated underlying genetic susceptibilities to copper overload. Despite wide-spread recognition of copper-induced liver disease in dogs, there have been relatively few advances in diagnostic testing and treatment options in recent years. Dr. Langlois and his team are actively working to develop minimally invasive biomarkers and new treatment approaches for this potentially fatal disease. Work in this field also has led the team to more broadly investigate applications of copper chelating agents, especially as it relates to cancer treatment across multiple species.

In addition to his copper-related work, Dr. Langlois has long-standing interests in clinical endocrinology, specifically adrenal gland disorders. Disease resulting from both hyper- and hypo-functioning adrenal glands are far more common in dogs than in humans. The diagnosis and treatment of these conditions can be challenging and of substantial cost to pet owners. The Langlois team is currently investigating new diagnostic testing options and refined treatment protocols to help address these limitations.

Sessions sponsored by MSU Veterinary Medical Center

Sarah L. Babcock, DVM, JD
President, Animal & Veterinary Legal Services, PLLC

Dr. Sarah Babcock provides continuing education and online training opportunities at to help her colleagues fulfill their lifelong obligation to the continual improvement of professional knowledge and competence, as well as satisfy state licensing requirements. For almost 10 years, she served as the Principal Senior Science Policy Advisor to the Chief Medical Officer at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In this role, she led global health security activities to strengthen health preparedness and responsiveness, including focusing on public health law and disaster planning for disease outbreaks of global public health significance and specifically zoonoses. Currently, Dr. Babcock is a part-time small animal veterinarian, One Health adjunct faculty at the Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine, and a peer-reviewer for a veterinary medical board. She is a 2004 graduate of the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine and College of Law, with a Concentration in Health Care Law.

Sessions are sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health

Sessions are sponsored by Animal & Veterinary Legal Services, PLLC

Assistant Professor, Small Animal Clinical Sciences, MSU College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Petersen graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine in Hannover, Germany in 1991 and completed her dissertation in 1992 from CVM Hannover, Germany (equal to a master’s degree in the United States). Dr. Petersen completed a rotating small-animal medicine and surgery internship at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University in 1993, as well as continuing to do some relief work in small-animal practices in Germany during 1993. Subsequently, she worked in private practice in the state of Washington and Idaho from 1994-95 and then completed the Veterinary Dermatology Residency Training Program at Michigan State University from 1995-97. She has been an assistant professor of veterinary dermatology at MSU since 1998 and completed her board certification in veterinary dermatology in 2004. Dr. Petersen has been presenting lectures and research presentations to veterinarians and veterinary students nationally and internationally since 1996.

Clinical and research interests: allergic skin diseases, autoimmune skin diseases, otitis externa and media, the treatment of mycosis fungoides (cutaneous lymphoma), with a focus on equine skin diseases.

Academic Specialist, Anatomic Pathology, MSU College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Noland graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014 after completing her MS at Georgia Institute of Technology in 2010. Her residency in veterinary anatomic pathology was completed at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. Dr. Noland became a Diplomat of the American College Veterinary Pathologists that same year. Her education spans molecular pathology, cutaneous lymphoma diagnosis and prognostication, Immune-mediated skin conditions, and Infectious diseases of the skin.

Diagnostic interests: Surgical Pathology, Dermatopathology



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