2024 Spring Conference - Speakers


Craig A. Clifford, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology)

Dr. Craig Clifford is a graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine and received an MS degree in Animal Science/Virology from the University of Delaware. After completing an internship and a medical oncology residency at the University of Pennsylvania, he became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology) in 2003. He is a medical oncologist at BluePearl Pet Hospital in Malvern, PA, and has recently been named the director of BluePearl Science.

He is active in clinical research within a referral setting and serves as an advisory board member with both industry and non-profit foundations. He has authored/co-authored over 70 papers and book chapters and is a frequent lecturer at major veterinary meetings in the USA and abroad. Dr. Clifford is a member of the VCA Pet Cancer Care Alliance Committee, has served on many VCS and ACVIM committees, is a member of the Oncology Pathology Working Group, and was an Examiner for the Australian Scientist’s Oncology Specialty Exam.


Julius M. Liptak, BVSc, MVetClinStud,
ACVS Founding Fellow, Surgical Oncology
ACVS Founding Fellow, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
RCVS Specialist in Surgical Oncology

Dr. Julius Liptak is a specialist small animal surgeon, surgical oncologist, and founding partner at Capital City Specialty & Emergency Animal Hospital in Ottawa, Canada. He is a board-certified specialist in small animal surgery in Australia, North America, and Europe; an ACVS Founding Fellow in both Surgical Oncology and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; and an RCVS Specialist in Surgical Oncology. 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 is co-editor of Withrow and MacEwen's Small Animal Clinical Oncology.