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Ask the Vet

Questions on Small Ruminants

Date: Sunday, September 25, 2022

Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p. m.

Location: APlex Lower Level Conference Room

Cost: FREE–Must register & submit questions at the Michigan Sheep Producers Association Booth

Description:  Panel of experts on ruminants will discuss/answer your questions on ruminants

Audience:  Maximum allowed will be 75 participants

The panel for this Question and Answer session on small ruminants will be facilitated by

Donna Vermil LVT, VTS (Ophthalmology), CHRS.

Meet the Panel


Melissa Holahan, DVM who is a Diplomate of The American College of Veterinary and Emergency and Critical Care.  She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Michigan State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. In July 2010, she completed a residency in emergency and critical care medicine at the Michigan State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. She obtained board certification in emergency and critical care medicine in 2010. Following this, Dr. Holahan worked as a staff criticalist and clinical instructor at a teaching hospital in Connecticut for two years before returning back home to Michigan and joining the Oakland Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Department in November 2012.


Dr. Kay Marinac graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario in 2015, specializing in food animal medicine and surgery. She practiced down in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania for 6 years before moving to Brighton, Michigan with her family in 2021. She started her own practice in April 2022, and works as a solo mobile ruminant veterinarian in South Central Michigan, servicing dairy, beef, sheep and goat clients. When she isn’t on farm calls, Dr. Kay enjoys gardening, cross stitching, lifting, and playing with her son, Theo.


Dr. McKane is the Cervid and Small Ruminant Program Manager at the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Animal Industry Division. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Michigan State University and her Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Minnesota. She has over 20 years of private practice experience, primarily in New Hampshire and Michigan in thoroughbred racetrack, small animal, and emergency/critical care. In 2009, Dr. McKane began working as a Program Epidemiologist at the Michigan Department of Community Health (now the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services); and for the past six years, she was a division director overseeing newborn screening, genomics, and non-communicable disease epidemiology.


Michael Metzger is a Small Ruminant Educator with MSU Extension Services. 

Here are some of his authored articles:

Goat milk versus cow milk: A comparison,

July 22, 2022

Fight or flight: Stressed sheep will react differently, September 10, 2021                 

Johne's disease in sheep and goats,

January 3, 2019

Mastitis in sheep and goats,

January 3, 2019

White muscle disease in sheep and goats,

January 3, 2019

Foot rot and foot scald in goats and sheep,

December 21, 2018

*Conference Room usage is sponsored by Alpena Agency, Inc.*
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