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Key Note Speakers

Our workshop leaders will center their discussions around Cultivating Connections and Community. 


Benjamin Wiggins, Ph.D., Professor of Biology at Shoreline Community College

Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, DACVECC, s a certified coach, yoga and meditation teacher, facilitator, and keynote speaker. She dedicates her time and energy to sharing evidence-based information regarding mental health and wellbeing.

Andrew Maccabe, DVM, M.S., Chief Executive Officer of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC)

Ben Wiggins
Dr. Benjamin Wiggins
Dr. Ben Wiggins is a Professor of Biology at Shoreline Community College and an Affiliate at the University of Washington School of Medicine. His scientific background and MS is in molecular biology, and he finished his PhD in Education at the UW in 2015. Ben has taught widely across biology, in courses ranging from 8 to 800 students. His NSF-sponsored research focuses on the use of active learning techniques and innovative assessments to include students in the processes of their own education. Having worked with coaches and professors on implementing equitable teaching across the US and as widely as Russia, China, Colombia and throughout Europe, Ben finds the most enjoyment in helping instructors to build classrooms that efficiently bring students into the core scientific practices of their field.

Marie Holowaychuk
Dr. Marie Holowaychuk
Dr. Marie Holowaychuk is a board-certified small animal emergency and critical care specialist and passionate advocate for veterinary team wellbeing. She lives in Calgary where she occasionally works in private referral practice and as a teleconsultant for Vet CT. Outside of clinical work, Marie facilitates wellness workshops and retreats for veterinary clinics and organizations and offers individual coaching and group wellbeing sessions for veterinary team members.
Marie is a certified yoga and meditation teacher and has completed a life coaching certificate program. She also has Compassion Fatigue Training from the University of Tennessee School of Social Work, as well as Mental Health First Aid Training from the Mental Health Commission of Canada and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training from the Centre for Suicide Prevention.
Marie writes a monthly blog and e-newsletter on pertinent issues related to veterinary wellness. She has authored dozens of articles and recorded a multitude of podcast interviews related to personal and professional wellbeing. Recently Marie launched her own podcast Reviving Vet Med and a YouTube channel that features monthly Wellness Wednesday videos.
Marie volunteers as a member of the ACVECC (American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, as well as the CVMA (Canadian Veterinary Medical Association) Wellness Advisory Committee. Marie’s former volunteer roles include the ABVMA (Alberta Veterinary Medical Association) Wellness Advisory Committee and the WSAVA (World Small Animal Veterinary Association) Wellness Committee.
When she is not working, Marie enjoys listening to podcasts, reading, hiking, and strength training, as well as spending time with her family and friends. For more information, please visit her website www.marieholowaychuk.com or follow Marie on Facebook

Andrew Maccabe
Dr. Andrew Maccabe
Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe is the Chief Executive Officer of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC). He received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from The Ohio State University in 1981 and 1985, respectively. Dr. Maccabe began his professional career in Jefferson, Ohio where he worked in a mixed animal practice with primary emphasis on dairy herd health.
In 1988, he was commissioned as a Public Health Officer in the U.S. Air Force where he managed the preventive medicine activities of several Air Force installations and directed programs in occupational health, communicable disease control, and health promotion.
Dr. Maccabe completed his Master of Public Health degree at Harvard University in 1995. That same year he became Chief of the Health Risk Assessment Branch of the U.S. Air Force where he directed the health risk assessment program for environmental restoration activities throughout the Air Force.
Dr. Maccabe completed his Juris Doctor degree, Magna Cum Laude, at the University of Arizona in 2002. He subsequently became the Associate Executive Director at the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges where he led programs to advance veterinary medical education. In 2007, he was appointed as CDC’s Liaison to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration where he coordinated policies and programs between the two agencies before returning to AAVMC in 2012 as the CEO.
Dr. Maccabe holds memberships in many professional organizations including the American Veterinary Medical Association, the District of Columbia Veterinary Medical Association, and the Pride Veterinary Medical Community. He is a member of the State Bar of Arizona, the Bar of the District of Columbia, and a Licensed Patent Attorney. After 24 years of service in the U.S. Air Force, he retired as a Colonel in 2017.