Dana Varble & Eugene O’Neill: January 21, 2020



What Breakthroughs We can Expect to See Over the Next Decade


Dana Varble

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Vice President of Veterinary Education, The North American Veterinary Community

Eugene O’Neill

Interim CEO, The North American Veterinary Community



Breakthroughs in cancer treatment and reconstructive surgery for cats; the use of artificial intelligence to better detect advanced eye disease in dogs; new pharmaceutical options like CBD for pets; and even ways for the veterinary team to treat the traumatized turtle are among the topics that will be taught, discussed and demonstrated at the world’s largest gathering of veterinary professionals January 18 – 22 at the Orange County Convention Center.


 From January 18-22, approximately 17,000 veterinarians, veterinary nurses/technicians, support staff and global leaders in animal healthcare from more than 80 countries will attend the 36th annual Veterinary Meeting and Expo (VMX) hosted by the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC), the world’s largest provider of continuing education for veterinary professionals. Veterinary professionals from all over the world will have the opportunity to learn life-saving and life-changing techniques from the most renowned leaders in animal medicine. As the first veterinary conference of the year, and with more than 700 exhibiting companies, VMX has become the launchpad for new product and pharmaceutical introductions each year.


Dr. Dana Varble and Gene O’Neill are available for interviews from the floor of the Orange County Convention Center about some of the innovations being taught and introduced at the conference. The NAVC provides continuing education and training to approximately 500,000 veterinary professionals each year through a variety of learning opportunities.  allowing them  to meet and exceed their continuing education requirements.  At VMX, the NAVC will provide more than 1,200 continuing education credit hours to choose from, and over forty hands-on workshops. 


Conference highlights will include:

  • Trends/advances in early cancer detection and diagnosis
  • Nutrition, mental health and wellness
  • Veterinary medicine of the future including wearable monitors, and an “echo in your pocket” for early detection of feline heart disease
  • Medical marijuana and pets, what veterinarians need to know


For more information, visit: www.navc.com



Dana Varble has practiced clinical medicine in exotic pet, small animal general practice and emergency medicine and continues to serve as an associate veterinarian on a limited basis for Chicago Exotics Animal Hospital in Skokie Illinois and as a relief veterinarian for emergency services. She has spoken locally, nationally, and internationally at conferences and seminars on herpetological and exotic animal medicine and surgery and has written several publications in the same field. She joined the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV) in 2003, served on the board of directors from 2008 to 2014, and was the president of ARAV from 2012 to 2013. She is also a member of American Veterinary Medical Association and the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians. In January 2015, she joined NAVC as the Executive Director of ARAV and progressed to the Senior Director of Hands-On workshops in October 2017. In October 2018 she was promoted to Vice President of Veterinary Education. She shares her home with a mixed-up brown dog named Hannah and four ball pythons, Phil, Jake, Hickok, and Saffron.



Eugene (Gene) O’Neill joined the NAVC in 2013 as Chief Financial Officer.  He was promoted to Deputy CEO and CFO in 2018 and, at the end of 2019, he was appointed Interim CEO. In six short years, O’Neill helped transform the NAVC’s portfolio which primarily included its annual veterinary conference to now include:  a media division that today is the veterinary industry’s largest trade publisher; an online news station; a certification program; a service group supporting smaller veterinary associations; and an online recruiting tool for veterinarians. This strategy enabled NAVC to more than double its revenue and more than triple the size of its staff.  Prior to joining the NAVC, Gene held leadership roles at organizations including Vice President of Finance at the Institute of Internal Auditors, Interim CEO for IIA-Australia and finance and administration positions at SeaWorld of Florida.  He has held CPA and CIA designations throughout his career.  A New Jersey native, Gene has lived in the Orlando area since 1986. He is an avid golfer, a music enthusiast and a loyal follower of the bands and musicians who made New Jersey famous.

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