who we are

Get to know the people behind the scenes of the Veterinary Endoscopy Society.

PRESIDENT

Nicole J. Buote
DVM, DACVS

njb235@cornell.edu

Dr. Nicole Buote received her DVM from Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. She then completed a rotating internship at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston and a surgical internship at the Dallas Veterinary Surgery Center. She went on to complete a surgery residency at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Buote was awarded Diplomate status in 2010. Dr. Buote worked in private practice for 11 years in southern California, as a staff surgeon and then the Chief of the surgery department. She joined Cornell University in 2020 as an Associate Professor of Soft Tissue Surgery in the Department of Clinical Sciences. Her surgical interests lie with minimally invasive surgery and interventional radiology techniques, as well as improving equity and diversity in veterinary medicine. Her lab is the first to have a Da Vinci surgical robot and she is also the founder and President of the Association of Women Veterinary Surgeons.

PRESIDENT-Elect

Valery Scharf
DVM, MS, DACVS

vfscharf@mcsu.edu

Dr. Scharf earned a Bachelor of Science in Earth Systems from Stanford University and her DVM degree from Texas A&M University prior to completing a rotating internship at The Ohio State University. She completed a surgical residency and earned her MS focusing on translational oncology at the University of Florida. Her research interests include minimally invasive surgery, spontaneous pneumothorax, surgical oncology and endocrine neoplasia, and the role of companion animals as models of environmental exposure. She also has a strong interest in teaching and developing new strategies for surgical education.

treasurer

Chris Thompson
DVM, DAVCS-SA

cthom28@gmail.com

Dr. Thomson earned his veterinary doctorate from the University of Minnesota. Following a rotating internship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he returned to the University of Minnesota for a residency in small animal surgery. Following residency, he completed the fellowship in surgical oncology at Colorado State University. Dr. Thomson has been on the executive board for the Veterinary Endoscopy Society for three years and is an active member of the Veterinary Society for Surgical Oncology and the Veterinary Interventional Radiology and Interventional Endoscopy Society. 

SECRETARY

Ingrid Balsa
MEd, DVM, DACVS-SA

balsai@oregonstate.edu

Dr. Ingrid Balsa received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of Arizona. Dr. Balsa graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and, after obtaining her DVM degree, completed a small animal medicine and surgery rotating internship at North Carolina State University and her residency in small animal surgery at the University of California-Davis. Since obtaining diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Surgery in 2017, she has worked as a clinical faculty member at the University of California-Davis and is currently an associate professor of soft tissue surgery at Oregon State University. Her research interests include minimally invasive surgery and surgical education.

WEBMASTER

William Hawker
BVSc, MANZCVS

hawker@uoguelph.ca

Will Hawker received his BVSc from the University of Sydney in 2012. He spent 7-years working in mixed animal practice on the Australian coast, before deciding to switch gears and pursue a surgical residency. He moved to Canada to undertake a rotating internship at the Ontario Veterinary College in 2019, before being accepted into a residency program at the same institution. He is currently in the final year of his residency program. Will has an interest in minimally invasive surgery with plans to start a fellowship in September 2024. 

Social Media Chair

Rebecca McOnie
DVM, DACVS-LA

rcm335@cornell.edu

Rebecca McOnie earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. After four years on the Canadian Prairies, she was elated to spend a year in the heat working as a Rotating Equine Intern at Arizona Equine Medical & Surgical Centre, outside of Phoenix. She then moved to upstate New York where she completed a three-year residency in Large Animal Surgery at Cornell University. Since completing residency, Rebecca has worked as a Clinical Instructor in Large Animal Surgery at Cornell. She enjoys sports and exploring the outdoors.

research committee

research chair

Sarah Marvel
DVM, MS, DACVS-SA

sarah.marvel@colostate.edu

Dr. Marvel achieved board certification from the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in small animal surgery in 2014. Following her surgical residency, she completed fellowships in surgical oncology and minimally invasive surgery (small animal soft tissue) at Colorado State University. She is currently an assistant professor in general surgery in the department of clinical sciences at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. She has an interest in emergency surgery, surgical oncology, and minimally invasive soft tissue surgery. 

Committee Member

Kelley Thieman
DVM, MS, DACVS-SA

kthieman@tamu.edu

Dr. Kelley Thieman Mankin, DVM, MS, DACVS (Small Animal), is an assistant professor at Texas A&M University. Dr. Thieman earned her DVM from University of Missouri. She completed an internship at University of Tennessee and a residency at University of Florida. Her clinical interests include soft tissue surgery, reconstructive surgery, and oncologic surgery.

Committee Member

Erin Gibson
DVM, DACVS-SA

eagibson@upenn.edu

Dr. Erin Gibson obtained her veterinary degree from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in Davis, CA. Upon graduation, she participated in a one-year rotating internship at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul, Minnesota before beginning her small animal surgery residency at UC Davis in 2017. Following completion of her residency in 2020 Erin then completed a minimally invasive fellowship at UC Davis (2021-2022). Erin is currently an assistant professor of minimally invasive surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. 

abstract review committee

Abstract Chair

Eileen Hackett
DVM, PhD, DACVS

esh8@cornell.edu

A native of Illinois and graduate of the University of Illinois Veterinary School, Dr. Hackett completed an internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, KY and surgical residency at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center. Following residency training, she joined the Colorado State University Department of Clinical Sciences where she worked over 19 years. Dr. Hackett joined Cornell University in 2021. She has a strong interest in minimally invasive surgery and upper respiratory disease conditions and surgical treatments.

committee member

Janet Kovak-McClaran
DVM, DACVS, DECVS, MRCVS

jkmcclaran@gmail.com

Dr. McClaran received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University, Massachusetts, USA in 1998. She then completed her internship and residency at the Animal Medical Center, staying on as a surgeon and residency director. She is a founding fellow of Minimally Invasive Surgery and served as Associate Editor of Minimally Invasive Surgery for the Veterinary Surgery Journal from 2017-2023. She is currently head of Surgery and Clinical Director at London Veterinary Specialists in the UK.

Commitee Member

Kristin Coleman
DVM, MS, DACVS

colemkr@gmail.com

Kristin Coleman graduated summa cum laude with the Biomedical Sciences Dean’s Medal and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from Auburn University in 2008. She then graduated summa cum laude with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and the ACVS Surgery Proficiency award from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. Kristin went on to complete a general rotating internship at the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan in 2013. She completed her small animal surgery residency at and earned a Master of Science degree from Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in 2016, and a few months later, she became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (DACVS-SA) in 2017. Kristin worked for a few years as a surgeon at a private practice specialty hospital in Brooklyn, NY before making the move to Houston, TX, where she has now worked for several years as a surgeon at a busy private practice specialty hospital, Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists (GCVS). As a surgeon, she enjoys orthopedic surgery, soft tissue surgery, MIS, and any procedure involving exotics, which has led to her position as liaison to the Houston Zoo. In her spare time, she loves traveling, especially when it involves teaching about or performing surgery, running, and spending time with her 3 cats and tiny brown dog.

behind the scenes

past presidents

Ameet Singh DVM, DVSc, DACVS

Professor, University of Guelph

J. Brad Case, DVM, MS, DACVS

Associate Professor, University of Florida

Phillip Mayhew, BVM&S, DACVS

Professor, University of California-Davis

Eric Monnet, DVM, PhD, DACVS

Professor, Colorado State University

Boel Fransson, DVM, PhD, DACVS

Associate Professor, Washington State University

Mary Ann Radlinksy, DVM, MS, DACVS

Associate Professor, University of Georgia

Lynetta Freeman, DVM, MS, DACVS

Associate Professor, Purdue University

FOUNDING PRESIDENTS

Eric Monnet, DVM, PhD, DACVS

Professor, Colorado State University

David Twedt, DVM, DACVIM

Professor, Colorado State University