Keynote Speakers


Julius M. Liptak (Alta Vista Animal Hospital)

Dr. Julius Liptak graduated from the University of Melbourne in Australia in 1992 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science. He worked in private practice for 5 years before completing an Internship at the University of Queensland and a Residency in Small Animal Surgery at the University of Sydney. While at the University of Sydney, Dr. Liptak was awarded a Masters of Veterinary Clinical Studies for his investigation of autogenous grafting of the caudal vena cava in dogs. Dr. Liptak completed Clinical and Research Fellowships in Surgical Oncology at the Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University. He was on faculty at the Ontario Veterinary College in Canada prior to moving to his current position as specialist small animal surgeon and surgical oncologist at VCA Canada - Alta Vista Animal Hospital in Ottawa, Canada.

Dr. Liptak is a board certified specialist in small animal surgery in Australia (Fellow of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists), North America (Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons), and Europe (Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons). He has published over 100 papers and book chapters on surgical oncology related topics in peer-reviewed veterinary and human journals, and veterinary surgery and oncology textbooks; and presented at numerous local, national, and international conferences. Dr. Liptak was founding President of the Veterinary Society of Surgical Oncology and was awarded the Stephen J. Withrow Award for Advancing the Art and Science of Surgical Oncology in 2010. He became an ACVS Founding Fellow in Surgical Oncology in 2012. Dr. Liptak is a co-editor of the 6th edition of Withrow and MacEwen's Small Animal Clinical Oncology and co-author of the 1st edition of A Color Atlas of Surgical Oncology of Dogs and Cats.