Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois, 1978
Areas of Interest
Dogs and cats, reptiles and amphibians, client communication and service, clinical photography
Nature and wildlife photography, ecotourism, scuba diving
Recently attended Continuing Education
Wisconsin Exotic Animal Veterinary Conference, University of Wisconsin Madison, March 1-2, 2014. I gave 6 hours of lecture and taught a lab to veterinarians, technicians and veterinary students form 4 different vet schools, as well as sitting in on lectures by other specialists in exotics.
St, Matthews University, George Town, Cayman Islands, February 10-14, 2014. I taught a week-long course on herpetological medicine to the third year veterinary students, but got to tour the islands and photograph the wildlife. I also helped collect owl pellets on Cayman Brac as part of an ongoing study by Dr. Rosenthal, the dean of the veterinary school.
Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Ames, IA, January 30-31, 2014. I gave lectures and taught a lab to the third year veterinary students on herpetological medicine.
North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC) Orlando, January 18-22, 2014. 28 hours of continuing education over 5 days, plus entertainment by comedian Kevin Nealon and zoo personality Jack Hannah. I taught a lab and I enjoy working with the NAVC board of directors, staff, and program chairs as Program Coordinator.
North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC), Orlando, January 18-23, 2013. 6,000 veterinarians, 5 full days and evenings of continuing education, lectures, seminars and labs. This was my eighth year serving as the NAVC Exotics Coordinator, managing the Avian, Exotic Companion Mammal, Reptile, Zoo, Wildlife, and Aquatic Medicine Programs for the conference. I also presented a lecture on Ball Python medicine. I was promoted to Program Coordinator for the entire conference and will coordinate a program consisting of over 350 nationally renowned speakers, 1,300 hours of continuing education and 30 hands-on laboratories.
Combined Conference: Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians, Association of Avian Veterinarians, and Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians, August 9-13, 20011, Seattle. Concurrent sessions, lectures, seminars and labs on exotic pet medicine.
NAVC Expedition to the Inside Passage of Alaska, with lectures on local wildlife, their conservation and medical issues. My wife joined me and we had lots of wildlife photography opportunities! Orcas, humpback whales, sea otters, and eagles galore!
North American Veterinary Conference Expedition Conference to the Ecuador Rain Forest and Galapagos Islands, June 12-26, 2010. My wife was able to join me as we studied and photographed the wildlife of these amazing places with a group of 30 veterinarians. See my photos in the "Interesting Stuff" section of this web site.
North American Veterinary Conference Expedition Conference to Churchill, Manitoba, October 29-November 4, 2009. Dr. B joined 22 other veterinarians to observe and learn about Polar Bears and other Arctic wildlife, including Arctic Foxes, Red Foxes, Moose and Wolves. He also learned about the sport of dog sledding, and got to participate in a dog sledding outing (at night, under a full moon, zero degrees F). They saw and photographed over 50 Polar Bears.
North American Veterinary Conference Expedition Seminar to Antarctica, February 15-25, 2008. Dr. Barten joined a group of 30 veterinarians who flew to Ushuaia, Argentina, the most southern city in the world at the tip of South America. After a short tour of Tierra del Fuego, they boarded a ship to cross the notorious Drake Passage to the Antarctic peninsula. They saw pods of Humpback Whales, Albatross, Penguins (Chinstrap, Gentoo and Adelie), Seals (Antarctic Fur, Crabeater, Weddell, and Leopard), and many seabirds. Lectures centered on the natural history and medicine of Antarctic creatures. The Drake Passage threw a storm on the way home that the crew rated an 8 out of 10 for severity, but he got home safely with hundreds of spectacular photographs.
Chicago Veterinary Medical Association
Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association
American Veterinary Medical Association
Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians
Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles
Chicago Herpetological Society
Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians