For over a decade, the ASVNU has served to organize veterinarians with a passion for kidney and urinary disease. ASVNU members include veterinarians from many fields, including specialists in internal medicine, critical care, nutrition, anesthesia, interventional radiology/endoscopy, nephropathology, and cardiology as well as those working in industry and other fields. The ASVNU provides opportunities for collaboration, case discussion, and networking among its members. Each year at the ACVIM Forum, the ASVNU sponsors an educational tract, where groundbreaking and advanced lectures are given to help push the standard of care in veterinary nephrology and urology.
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Dr. JD Foster VMD, DACVIM
Dr. Foster graduated from the University of Pennsylvania school of Veterinary Medicine. After spending a year in private practice general medicine, he completed an internship followed by a residency in small animal internal medicine at the University of Wisconsin. After receiving board certification from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, he returned the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine where he served as faculty for four years. During this time he opened an extracorporeal therapies service providing hemodialysis, hemoperfusion, and plasma exchange to canine and feline patients. He is now a staff veterinarian at the Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington DC. There, he runs the only Extracorporeal Blood Purification service in the entire DC/MD/VA/WVA/DE region, providing hemodialysis, hemoperfusion, plasma exchange, plasma adsorption, and cell collection. His research interests include glomerulonephritis, acute kidney injury, novel usage of extracorporeal blood purification, and biomarkers of renal injury. He has published numerous textbook chapters, peer reviewed research, review articles, and has spoken internationally on many topics within renal and urinary disease.
Dr. Cathy Langston DVM, DACVIM
Dr. Langston developed a passion for kidney disease during her internal medicine residency at the Animal Medical Center (AMC) in New York City, while seeing numerous geriatric cats with chronic kidney disease. She developed a love of acute kidney injury during her fellowship in Renal Medicine and Hemodialysis at the University of California, Davis. She established a clinical dialysis program at the Animal Medical Center, and at The Ohio State University. She loves providing guidance and support to other hospitals that have launched such programs. Her current clinical interests include treatment of chronic kidney disease, complications of hemodialysis, and treatment of anemia of chronic kidney disease.
Dr. Langston received her DVM degree from Louisiana State University in 1991, completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at The Animal Medical Center, and a fellowship in Renal Medicine and Hemodialysis at the University of California, Davis, and is board certified by the American college of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She then returned to the AMC as a staff internist and head of the Renal Medicine Service and Hemodialysis Unit at the AMC from 1996-2014. She is currently an associate professor at The Ohio State University.
Dr. Langston is the author of over 100 publications, including peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. She has been invited to lecture nationally and internationally on nephrology. She has been involved in clinical research covering a variety of kidney conditions, including a clinical trial investigating a new drug to treat anemia of chronic kidney disease.
Dr. Carrie Palm DVM, DACVIM
After graduation from the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Palm completed a small animal rotating internship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, followed by a three-year residency in small animal internal medicine. She is Board Certified in Small Animal Internal Medicine.
Dr. Palm practiced as a small animal internist for one year in a specialty practice, Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group in Ventura, CA. She then left private practice and completed a two-year fellowship in nephrology, hemodialysis/extracorporeal medicine and urinary medicine at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She has since joined the faculty in Clinical Small Animal Internal Medicine at UC Davis. Dr. Palm is interested in all aspects of renal and urinary medicine, but her main focuses are acute kidney injury and ureteral obstructive disease, extracorporeal therapies (including hemodialysis, hemoperfusion and apheresis) and interventional endourology. She also co-manages the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Blood Purification Unit.
Dr. Jodi Westrop DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Dr. Westropp is the director of the G. V. Ling Urinary Stone Analysis Laboratory. She did her undergraduate work at The Ohio State University and stayed at Ohio State to complete her veterinary degree in 1997. She then moved NYC for a one year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center and returned to Ohio for her internal medicine residency and PhD. She was board certified in veterinary medicine in 2001 and completed her PhD in 2004. She is currently an associate professor in the Department of Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Her primary research focus is lower urinary tract disorders in dogs and cats.
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Dr. Larry Adams DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Dr. Adams is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in the
specialty of Small Animal Internal Medicine. After receiving his DVM from Auburn University
in 1984, Dr. Adams completed a small animal internship at the University of Minnesota.
Following one year in general small animal practice in Chicago, he returned to the University of
Minnesota to complete an internal medicine residency and PhD in veterinary nephrology. Dr.
Adams has been on the faculty of Purdue University since 1991 where he is Professor of Small
Animal Internal Medicine. Dr. Adams clinical research interests include hemodialysis for
management of acute kidney injury, extracorporeal therapies for intoxications, minimally
invasive interventional urology techniques, and nutritional therapy of urinary tract diseases.
Member at large
Dr. Jessica Quimby DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Dr. Quimby received her veterinary degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed a small animal rotating internship in Sacramento, CA. She subsequently spent two years in feline practice in Grand Rapids, Michigan before moving on to Colorado State University for a combined small animal internal medicine residency and PhD program. She completed a PhD focusing on feline CKD in 2012 and was faculty at Colorado State until 2017. Dr. Quimby is now a faculty member at the Ohio State University. Her research continues to focus on chronic kidney disease in cats. Current research areas include the study of renal aging, telomere length and cellular senescence, novel treatment strategies and evidence-based supportive care strategies. She has an interest in clinical trials and feline clinical pharmacology which is aimed at improving supportive care and quality of life in cats with chronic kidney disease.
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Dr. Sheri Ross DVM, PhD, DACVIM
After graduating from the Atlantic Veterinary College in 1996, Dr. Ross completed a Small Animal Internship at the University of Minnesota. She remained at the University of Minnesota to complete an Internal Medicine Residency combined with a PhD in Nephrology/Urology. After serving as an Assistant Clinical Professor for 2-years she moved to the University of California Veterinary Medical Center in San Diego to complete a Fellowship in Renal
Medicine/Hemodialysis. She is currently the coordinator of the Nephrology/Urology and Hemodialysis service at the UCVMC-SD. Dr. Ross has received awards for both teaching and research, has several refereed scientific publications and has been invited to speak at national and international meetings. Her specific research interests include; influence of diet on the progression of chronic kidney disease, feline acute ureteral obstruction, non-surgical urolith management and applications of hemodialysis and hemoperfusion.
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Dr. Mike Wood DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Dr. Wood is an assistant professor of small animal internal medicine and the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Wood earned his veterinary medical degree from Tufts University. He completed a small animal medicine and surgery rotating internship and a small animal internal medicine residency before completing a doctoral degree in immunology at North Carolina State University. His research interests include the mucosal response of the urinary bladder to infection and inflammation.