Our speakers serve as your Personal Consultant during the seminars and welcome questions at the meetings, in the hallways and even on the beach!

Ken Kwochka, DVM, DipACVD

Program Chair & Moderator, Muller-Ihrke Veterinary Dermatology Seminar

"What’s New?  Key Clinical Updates for General Practice from the North American Veterinary Dermatology Forum and Recent Dermatology Publications" 


   Dr. Kwochka has been involved in all phases of veterinary medicine including 25 years of academic and private practice dermatology at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, The Animal Dermatology Clinic in Marina del Rey, California, and Southeast Veterinary Dermatology and Ear Clinic in Mt. Pleasant and Greenville, South Carolina. Additionally, Ken was previously Vice President of Research & Development at DVM Pharmaceuticals and Teva Animal Health for 7 years. He is currently a member of the Bayer Animal Health team providing dermatology education throughout the United States.

     Dr. Kwochka is the current President of the World Association for Veterinary Dermatology and has served as President of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology. He is a Fellow of the Morris Animal Foundation, recipient of the Stanford University School of Medicine Outstanding Veterinary Dermatologist Award and recipient of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology Award of Excellence, for contributions to science and education in the specialty.

     Ken serves as the Muller-Ihrke Conference Scientific Program Leader. He lives in Greenville, South Carolina with his wife, Dr. Theresa Brim, and their cats, Sookie, Elphy and Lily.

Dawn Logas, DVM, DipACVD

"A Practical Guide to Topical Therapy in Veterinary Dermatology"

"New Concepts in the Pathogenesis and Management of Canine Atopic Dermatitis: Part 1" 

"New Concepts in the Pathogenesis and Management of Canine Atopic Dermatitis: Part 2" 

"What do we really know about Allergen Specific Immunotherapy?" 


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  Dr. Logas is a past president of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology and continues to serve on several committees for the college. She graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986 and practiced in San Antonio, Texas for three years while her husband completed his residency in pediatrics (for people). They returned to Ocala and Dr. Logas began her dermatology residency at the University of Florida in Gainesville. After finishing in 1992 she stayed on part time as assistant professor of dermatology.  In 1993, she founded the Veterinary Dermatology Center in Winter Park. 

Alexander Werner, DVM, DipACVD

"The Great Impostor: Cutaneous Adverse Drug Reactions"

"Challenging Eyelid Diseases: Dermatology or Ophthalmology?"

"Pemphigus foliaceus: The Most Common Autoimmune Challenge in General Practice"

"Cutaneous Adverse Food Reactions: Which diets and why?"



Dr. Werner is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of lesions and symptoms affecting the skin, hair, nails, and ear canals, and especially the management of allergic skin disorders. Dr. Werner sees referral cases, including cats, dogs, and horses, from across Ventura and Los Angeles Counties as well as in his practice in Reno, Nevada.  Dr. Werner was raised in the San Fernando Valley receiving his undergraduate degree from Iowa State University. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1987.  Following a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at California Animal Hospital, Dr. Werner was accepted to the residency program in veterinary dermatology at the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Werner passed his boards to become a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology in 1991.  Dr. Werner has published many articles in peer-reviewed journals. He is the author of several book chapters, and most recently is editor of the dermatology section in the latest edition of the 5-Minute Veterinary Consult textbook. His latest textbook, the Dermatology Companion to the 5-Minute Veterinary Consult was published in 2011.

Sheila Torres, DVM, MS, PhD, DipACVD

"Common Pitfalls in Veterinary Dermatology: How can we avoid them?"

"Strategies to Treat Canine Superficial Pyoderma: Am I doing this right?"  

"Malassezia Dermatitis: How to Diagnose and Treat this Common Skin Disorder "

"A Practical Approach to Diagnosing the Pruritic Dog ?"


     Dr. Torres graduated from veterinary school in 1979 at the Escola de Veterinaria da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Brazil.  She obtained a Master degree at the same Institution in 1982 and was hired as Assistant Professor where she worked from 1982 through 1992. In 1990 Dr. Torres obtained a PhD and completed a residency in veterinary dermatology at the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine, USA.  In 1993 she returned to the University of Minnesota as an Assistant Clinical Specialist and became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Dermatology in 1994.   She is currently the Dermatology Section Chief and Full Professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota.  Dr. Torres is also the vice chair for education and training at the same institution. She is the author or co-author of 42 peer-reviewed original articles.  Dr. Torres is the co-author of a canine and feline dermatology drug handbook and has written 15 book chapters. Dr. Torres current areas of research interest are canine atopic dermatitis, antimicrobial peptides and canine hypothyroidism.

Terri Bonenberger, DVM, DipACVD

"Clinical Approach to Canine Alopecia "

"How I Diagnose and Treat Cats with Facial Ulcers"

"How I Treat Viral Papillomatosis "

"Clinical Approach to the Pruritic and Over-grooming Cat."

"Cutaneous Draining Tracts: Confusing, Frustrating and Common" 

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Terri Bonenberger, DVM, DACVD, is a graduate of Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine and completed a 3-year residency and clinical fellowship in dermatology at the University of California, Davis. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology since 2000, Dr. Bonenberger has practiced dermatology specialty medicine in Texas, New York, New Jersey and South Carolina. She has authored numerous articles on small animal dermatology and lectures both nationally and internationally.  Dr. Bonenberger enjoys private clinical practice and working with pet owners in the treatment of skin disease to allow their pets to live a more comfortable and healthy life. She currently sees patients in Mount Pleasant, Myrtle Beach and Savannah. Her areas of expertise and interest include: allergic skin disease, ear diseases, keratinization disorders, endocrine diseases, autoimmune skin diseases, metabolic skin diseases, hereditary disorders, and cutaneous infectious disease (parasitic, bacterial and fungal diseases). She is an active member of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD), the International Society of Veterinary Dermatopathology and the American College of Veterinary Medicine.

Tekla Lee-Fowler, DVM, MS, DACVIM

"The Diagnosis, Consequences & Management of Chronic Cough"

"Current Understanding of Feline Asthma"

"Antimicrobial decisions for respiratory patients with case examples"

"Management of Brachycephalic airway disease (and associated diseases)"


Dr. Tekla Lee-Fowler received her DVM from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. After graduation, Dr. Lee-Fowler completed a rotating small animal internship at Mississippi State University CVM.  In 2009, she completed a residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Missouri CVM and earned board certification in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). During residency, Dr. Lee-Fowler earned her Master’s degree with research focusing on feline asthma. After residency, she served as a clinical instructor at the University of Missouri while completing a post-doctoral fellowship focusing on feline asthma and immunology.  She is currently an Assistant Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine at Auburn University.  

Research Interests:  Respiratory disease, immunology, & obesity


"Managing the Proteinuric Patient"

"Treating Challenging Urinary Tract Infections"

"Hypertension: perks and pitfalls of measurement and management"


Dr. Foster graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary medicine. After working in small animal private practice, he went on to complete an internship at VCA Norwalk, followed by an internal medicine residency at the University of Wisconsin. His training in extracorporeal therapies was achieved from UC-Davis, where he was the first long-distance nephrology fellow under the training of Dr. Larry Cowgill. For four years, he was faculty at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, where he reopened an extracorporeal service providing hemodialysis, hemoperfusion, and plasma exchange. He now is a staff internist at the Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington, DC, where he opened a new extracorporeal therapies service. Dr. Foster is currently a resident in clinical pharmacology, with a research focus on altered drug pharmacokinetics in patients with renal disease. His research interests include nontraditional uses of extracorporeal purification, acute kidney injury, and glomerulonephritis. Dr. Foster is currently the president of the American Society of Veterinary Nephrology and Urology.

Jon Klingborg, DVM

Program Chair & Moderator, The Veterinary M-E-D Seminar


Jon Klingborg DVM has published more than 250 newspaper articles, has coauthored a chapter in Vet Clinics of North America, has appeared on radio and television discussing veterinary issues and in print media around the world, was the youngest president in the history of the California Veterinary Medical Association, has served on committees to the American Veterinary Medical Association and the California Veterinary Medical Board, and has spoken nationally and internationally on animal welfare issues. Dr.Klingborg was awarded
the honorary title of Distinguished Practitioner (DPNAP) by the National
Academies of Practice in 2006. Dr. Klingborg is the author of Exam Room Communication for Veterinarians: The Science and Art of Conversing with Clients. (AHAA Press, 2011.) In 2018, he received the Alumni Achievement Award from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.