Saturday, February 13, 2016
.: Meet the Team :.
Dr. Jim Humphries - Veterinary News Network

Dr. Jim Humphries

President and News Director

Dr. Humphries is the most experienced veterinary medical journalist in the country! For more than two decades Dr. Humphries has appeared on practically every popular local and national radio and television program in America.  He has acted as spokesperson for the giants in the animal health industry and is a highly popular speaker at state and national meetings in the areas of media communications, using the media for publicity and promotion, crisis communications and using media interview techniques for client communications. Jim has been called “one of the best media trainers in America today!”  Dr. Humphries is also the founder of The American Society of Veterinary Journalists, and serves as Adjunct Professor of Media and Communications at Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine.  He is a communications consultant for many companies, universities, and research organizations. 

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Thomas Dock

General Manager

Tom has a long history of veterinary practice management and media communications.  In addition to an understanding of the veterinary medical profession, Tom also is very involved in medical news media story research and writing.  With outstanding communications skills and a desire to become more active in media communications, Tom is now the Reporter Relations Manager for the Veterinary News Network.  Tom’s vision is to move VNN forward by learning the needs of all our reporters and connecting them with local media outlets for regular contributions.  This will help VNN in having media-trained veterinarians deliver factual veterinary medical information in the mass media.  Tom has recently moved from Indianapolis to Colorado Springs.

. : The Production Group : .

Dave Thomas

Production Director / Engineer

is VNN's technical director and has been actively involved in broadcast television for more than 20 years.  He is a member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, Institute of the Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and holds a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering.  Comfortable in the studio, satellite truck or on location worldwide, he has served as camera operator, director, engineer and technical consultant for productions shot in over 40 countries.  Clients include American Airlines, Conoco, Hewlett Packard, US Navy and many other giants of corporate America.  Dave manages production from script to post and coordinates satellite delivery of all VNN stories and he manages the Broadcast FTP download site. 


Amy Roemer is a professional producer, videographer and editor with over 13 years of experience including scripting and post-production.  She has both directed multi-camera events including seminars, concerts and stage shows.  She has extensive travel and administration experience.  Amy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication/Broadcasting from Evangel University in Springfield, MO.  Amy is our Associate Producer.


David G. Smith is a professional videographer who specializes in shooting news, broadcast and corporate television since 1985.  He regularly shoots national news assignments for NBC as well as all the other major television networks.  David has shot documentary productions for the Discovery Channel, History Channel, Travel Channel and covered the Olympics for NBC.  David travels to Asia, Central and South America frequently for his assignments.  Corporate video news releases and award winning training videos also make up a significant part of David’s schedule.  David owns Alpine Visions, Inc., and is based in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


Jon Matas has lived in Asia, Europe, Canada, and the United States and has visited over 55 nations documenting the work of charitable organizations.  He worked aboard a hospital ship for 6 years which offered medical procedures to people in underdeveloped countries.  Jon documented the work of Mercy Ships both for recruiting purposes as well as their national television show.  Jon has worked on a variety of television documentaries, video magazines and other types of productions around the world.  Jon is a VNN Associate Producer.

. : Advisory Board : .

Dr. Lowell Ackerman is a board-certified veterinary dermatologist, an award-winning author, an international lecturer, and a consultant in veterinary practice management. He is a graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology. In addition to his veterinary training, he also holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix and an MPA from Harvard University. Dr. Ackerman has been involved with private practice, teaching, industry, and consulting. He is the author of 78 books  and over 150 book chapters and journal articles. He lectures extensively, on an international basis. Dr. Ackerman is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and VetPartners.

Dr. Steve Crane is the past Chief Medical Officer and Director of Oquendo Center Programs at the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas. His immediate past position was the Executive Directorship of the Western Veterinary Conference. For almost 10 years, Dr. Crane was the inspiration and the power behind making WVC the largest continuing educational conference for veterinary medicine in the world! Dr. Crane had earlier careers in industrial veterinary medicine and academic surgery and university administration. After graduation from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Crane’s formative years in the profession were an internship at the Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston and a surgical residency at New York’s Animal Medical Center. Dr Crane now lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Since the VNN concept was born, Steve was our greatest supporter and has been instrumental in VNN becoming the media power it is today. Steve is a veterinarian, surgeon, academician, administrator, visionary and our greatest cheerleader.

Ralph Johnson
serves as the executive director of the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association, the Denver Area Veterinary Medical Society, and the Colorado Veterinary Medical Foundation. Ralph also sits on the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) State Advocacy Committee representing the American Society of Veterinary Medical Association Executives (ASVMAE), and represents ASVMAE on the Coalition for Reuniting Pets and Families. He serves as ASVMAE treasurer, is a member of the American Humane Association's Animal Protection Advisory Committee, is on the board of the Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund, and is immediate past president of the Colorado Society of Association Executives (CSAE). His honors include Meeting Professional of the Year (Potomac Chapter, Meeting Planners International); Association Professional of the Year (Colorado Society of Association Executives); the President's Award from the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association; and the Distinguished Service Award and the Executive of the Year Award from ASVMAE. Ralph was instrumental in helping launch VNN in 2005 and is one of our strongest supporters!



Dr. Diane Levitan Diplomate ACVIM, graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. She did an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the famous Animal Medical Center in New York City, and then completed a residency in Veterinary Internal Medicine (small animal) at the prestigious Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Levitan has appeared on numerous radio and television programs in the New York Market and writes for and NY Tails magazine. She is a contributor to PetStyle Internet Channel and owns and operates the Center for Specialized Veterinary Care on Long Island.



Dr. Zach Mills has served veterinary medicine in a wide and varied career. He graduated from Clemson University in South Carolina with a B.S. in Animal Science. In 1984 earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Georgia in Athens. For the next ten years Dr. Mills practiced in Charleston, South Carolina and experienced first hand the power of the mass media with his own radio talk show on pet care. Zack entered the world of industrial veterinary medicine and has quickly risen from Technical Services and Marketing, to Global Marketing, Veterinary Medical Affairs and Sales. Today Zack serves as the Vice President of US Companion Animal Enterprise, for Merial in Duluth, Georgia. Zack was one of the first to recognize the power of VNN and has been a constant supporter, motivating influence and we value his input as a member of our Board of Advisors.



Dr. Bonnie R. Rush is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) and a Professor of Equine Internal Medicine. Her clinical emphasis is equine respiratory, neurologic and immune-mediated disease. She earned her DVM degree from The Ohio State University in 1989, completed internship training at North Carolina State University in 1990, and completed internal medicine residency training at The Ohio State University in 1993. She has been awarded the 1996 and 2003 Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teacher Award, the 2002 Pfizer Award for Research Excellence, and the 2004 Outstanding Woman Veterinarian of the Year. Bonnie is currently a Professor and Department Head of Clinical Sciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University.


Dr. Sandy Willis
is small animal internal medicine consultant with Antech Diagnostics, Inc. and a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Medicine (ACVIM). She is Chair of the Communications Committee for the ACVIM and was recently elected to the AVMA Council on Communications. She is currently president of the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association. She is creator and co-host of “Ask the Vet” radio talk show program in Western Washington now in its seventh year. She has passion for promoting responsible pet care and the veterinary profession. Dr. Willis is a VNN reporter in Seattle and a proud member of the VNN Advisory Board.

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