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2019 Canadian Symposium in

Veterinary Cannabinoid Medicine

Southern Ontario


June 24th, 2019


Our Speakers


The CAVCM is honoured to have North America's leading experts presenting at this event!



Uma Dhanabalan



Dr. Dhanabalan is a highly respected physician trained in Family Medicine, Occupational & Environmental Medicine, specialized in heavy metals, a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, a Cannabinoid Medicine Specialist and Medical Review Officer.


She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree with high honors from Rutgers University and Medical degree from the University of Medicine & Dentistry in Newark, New Jersey. She completed a Family Practice Residency at the Medical University of South Carolina, in Charleston, South Carolina and then her Master’s in Public Health and Occupational & Environmental Medicine Residency and Fellowship at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston Massachusetts. She is also Certified by the American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine and by the Medical Review Officer Certification Council.


She has received awards from the American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine for her research project: “Occupational & Environmental Exposure to Lead in South India”, from The 7th World Ayurveda Conference & Arogya Expo for her presentation “Cannabis & The Therapeutic Uses" and the Educational Achievement Award presented by Clover Leaf at Cannabis Business Award 2017.


She is the Founder/CEO for Global Health & Hygiene Solutions, LLC established in 2006, with a mission to promote wellness and prevent illness. She worked for Kimberly Clark as Regional Medical Director for Asia Pacific She worked for the Hanford Site in Richland, Washington, the largest and most complex cleanup projects in the world, where plutonium was manufactured for the first nuclear bomb detonated in Japan.


She created the TotalHealthCareTHC model where she “Educates Embraces Empowers” patients and promotes cannabis as a treatment option at Uplifting Health and Wellness, in Natick, Massachusetts. She is an advocate, activist and educator and speaks globally about cannabis as a plant medicine. Her mission is to change the Stigma regarding Cannabis and for the world to know about the Endocannabinoid system through education

Dr. Dhanabalan states “Cannabis is not for everyone, yet it should be a first line option not the last resort” and “Cannabis is not an entrance drug, it is an exit drug from pharmaceuticals, narcotics, alcohol and nicotine.”


Conny Mosley



Dr. Cornelia Mosley graduated in 1997 from the University of Leipzig in Germany. She completed her thesis in Munich and an anesthesia internship in Glasgow Scotland. She then completed an anesthesia and analgesia residency at the University of Washington and Florida where she developed her long-time interest in anesthesia and analgesia of non-domestic species.


Dr. Mosley has held faculty positions at North Carolina State University, Oregon State University and most recently the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph. She has a passion for teaching veterinary trainees and her experiences at several different institutions have given her a unique and broad perspective on teaching and learning. She has been formally recognized several times for her excellence in clinical teaching and utilizes these skills at the 404 VERH where she mentors DVM Interns and RVTs.


Dr. Mosley also has an interest in pain management (perioperative, postoperative as well as chronic pain). Dr. Mosley is certified in acupuncture from the Chi Institute in Florida, which applies Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) principles to veterinary medicine. Dr. Mosley also leads an Integrative Pain Management Service, which helps improve the quality of life of patients experiencing chronic pain.  It is in this area that she sees cannabinoid medicine having tremendous potential.  As a founding director and the Vice-President of the Canadain Association of Veterinary Cannabinoid Medicine, Dr. Mosely has been lecturing on this topic to veterinarians and veterinary technicians in both Canada and the US.


In her spare time, Dr. Mosley tries to keep up with her two busy daughters, her even busier husband, and her Large Munsterlander `Birko’, she may even get to relax and enjoy a book or two.

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Louis-Philippe de Lorimier

DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)


After a B.Sc. degree from McGill University in 1991, Dr. de Lorimier obtained his DVM from the Université de Montréal in 1996. Following 4 years of small animal general practice in Montréal, he enrolled in a medical oncology training program at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in 2000. Upon completion of his residency in 2003, he stayed on as a clinical assistant professor until 2007.


Dr. de Lorimier is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) in Oncology and joined the team of specialists at Hôpital Vétérinaire Rive-Sud in July 2007. He sits on several oncology-related committees and boards, is an oncology consultant on the Veterinary Information Network (, and collaborates with veterinary and comparative oncology networks.

Along with his core expertise in the management of veterinary cancer patients, Dr. de Lorimier's interest in cannabinoid-based therapies and his clinical research experience brings considerable expertise to evaluate the safety and efficacy of cannabinoids in pets. 

Author or co-author of forty scientific papers and 12 book chapters, his main interests include novel cancer therapeutics, comparative oncology, pain control, and palliative and supportive care aiming to improve his patients' quality of life.​


Joli Jarboe

DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)


A native of Shepherdsville, KY, Dr. Jarboe graduated from the Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. After spending a year in private practice and two years in a 24-hr referral hospital as an emergency clinician, she began a three-year neurology residency at the University of Missouri-Columbia. After completion in 1999, Dr. Jarboe stayed on as a clinical instructor overseeing the neurology/neurosurgical practice as well as providing instruction to students, interns and residents in neurology/neurosurgery.


In 2001, Dr. Jarboe accepted a position at a busy multi-specialty veterinary referral hospital in Houston. In 2003, she had the opportunity to join a neurology-only veterinary practice in Las Vegas where she was involved in the training of three neurology residents; all of whom have gone on to become Diplomates in the college of veterinary internal medicine (neurology).

Dr. Jarboe has presented lectures at both the local and national level, as well as co-authored several book chapters and scientific articles pertaining to veterinary neurology. She was the recipient of the 2003 College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University Young Achiever's Award and also received the 2006 Distinguished Alumni Award from Eastern Kentucky University Department of Agriculture's College of Business and Technology. In 2013, Dr. Jarboe obtained her ACVIM Neurosurgery Certificate of Training. She is also the current secretary of the Veterinary Neurosurgical Society. Her passion lies in all aspects of neurosurgery with a particular interest in brain and cervical neurosurgery.

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Katherine Kramer

DVM, CVA, CVTNP, DAVBP (Canine & Feline Practice)


Dr. Kramer’s scope of practice includes Veterinary Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. 

Dr. Katherine Kramer joined Vancouver Animal Wellness Hospital in March 2011 after nine years of practicing veterinary medicine in North Carolina. Animals have always been a part of her life, from her early childhood on a wildlife refuge in the Florida Keys, to working on a white rhino in South Africa while earning her degree at the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine.

Kathy became interested in alternative modalities early in her career, “every day I see the benefits of melding the amazing advancements of Western medicine with the wisdom of Eastern medicine.” She greatly enjoys being a veterinarian particularly when she is working on complex internal medicine cases, educating clients on preventative healthcare for their pets, gently approaching geriatric cases and integrating Veterinary Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture into her holistic approach. As an integrative veterinarian, incorporating cannabis in her practice has been a natural progression and has resulted in her becoming a vocal proponent for research and the use of cannabis as a therapeutic agent for companion animals.

Kathy is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Canine and Feline Practice) and a member of the College of Veterinarians of BC, the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, The American Association of Feline Practitioners, the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management.  She serves as the chair of True Leaf Medicine International Ltd.’s Veterinary Advisory Board, and as a director of the Canadian Association of Veterinary Cannabinoid Medicine. 

Kathy and her husband Alex share their home with Eddie, Vonnegut and Sal, three very handsome black and white cats.


Sarah Silcox



Dr. Sarah Silcox is a founding director and President of the Canadian Association of Veterinary Cannabinoid Medicine, as well as a clinical practitioner, focused on integrative medicine and palliative and hospice care. 


Dr. Silcox graduated from the University of Guelph, Ontario Veterinary College in 1997. Following graduation, she worked at a busy, multi-doctor, small animal practice where she continued to upgrade her skills and fostered an interest in integrative therapies.


In 2001 she completed the Professional Course in Veterinary Homeopathy and soon after, left general practice and opened the first Integrative Medicine House Call Practice in the Durham Region. In 2004, she became certified in Veterinary Acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, and in 2010 completed her certification in Animal Chiropractic. 


Dr. Silcox has been working full-time in her House Call practice for the last 15 years but also spent 15 years working part-time as an emergency care veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of Durham Region.

An advocate for the veterinary use of cannabinoids, her interest in the potential benefits of medical cannabis for pets reaches back several years.  While she is excited about recent changes in legislation which will allow further studies in this area, she remains a powerful advocate for veterinarians' right to authorize cannabis use for their patients, and lectures extensively on the subject of cannabis in veterinary medicine.


When not working, Dr. Silcox shares her time with her husband, their cat, Marvin, and two dogs, Blackberry and Wallace.  She enjoys travel, working outdoors and starting home renovation projects.


Casara Andre



As the Founder of Veterinary Cannabis Education & Consulting, Casara Andre, DVM, cVMA is dedicated to providing practical education and harm reduction training to the emerging veterinary cannabis field.  She firmly believes that scientific curiosity can and will open unexpected, exciting, and hugely beneficial opportunities within this field but also that scientific rigor and scrutiny must never be neglected. 


Dr. Andre is a 2009 graduate from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.  While in veterinary school, she commissioned as an Army Veterinary Corps officer and has traveled the country providing veterinary services to military working dogs and family pets.  It is her passion to help both pets and veterinary practitioners find their own “veterinary well-being” and is dedicated propagating sustainable, community-minded paradigms that ensure the well-being of both pets and the veterinary practitioners that care for them. 

Dr. Andre also serves the veterinary community as the Owner of Cultivate, a veterinary co-working community; the Director of the Colorado School of Animal Massage; and the Manager of Scheduled Relief, a networking service connecting veterinary clinics and relief veterinarians.

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Presented by the

Canadian Association of Veterinary

Cannabinoid Medicine

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