Meet the Speakers
Dr. Molly Brinkmann
Dr. Molly Brinkmann is a small animal general practitioner who lives and practices in Franklin, TN near Nashville. Molly graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015 where she held several leadership positions during her time there including SCAVMA president. Over the last 8 years in practice she has worked in specialty equine, mixed and small animal clinics. She has been an exclusively small animal practitioner for the last five years in and around Nashville. In practice she has a particular interest in soft tissue surgery and dentistry. “Dr. Molly” has gained a large following on social media platforms over the last year. Her content includes both humorous and educational content and she hopes to educate pet owners while also shedding light on the struggles in our field through her humor. Dr. Brinkmann loves encouraging and mentoring veterinary students/new grads because while our field faces many struggles she believes we can all find the joy in veterinary medicine again. Molly is also a working mom who balances life with two toddlers at home. Having experienced the loss of her first child five years ago Dr. Brinkmann has begun sharing her story and struggle with grief while working in a mentally taxing medical field.
Dr. Tony Rocconi
Dr. Rocconi is a 2003 graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary medicine where he served as class president. After graduation he went to work at a busy race track to practice servicing the racing thoroughbred industry. He then moved on to Ocala, FL where he worked for 4 years on young thoroughbred race horses in training, reproduction, and sales work. He subsequently moved to Aubrey, TX where he pursued his passion for lameness and surgery. Then Dr. Rocconi entered the Equine Surgical Residency at MSU-CVM - a 3 year program where he also obtained his Master's Degree in Veterinary Science. After completing his residency, he moved back to Texas and now owns and operates Mid-South Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery
Dr. Hannah Carter
Dr. Hannah Carter is a 2022 graduate from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She was born and raised in North Idaho and has always been emersed in the horse industry. She competed in AQHA all-around events in high-school and pursued her passion for horses in college where she competed in collegiate rodeo in Pendleton, OR. Hannah and her husband moved to Mississippi to further their education, where she attended veterinary school at Mississippi State University. Her love for sports medicine and lameness led her to pursue a practice that would allow her to expand her knowledge. While not in the clinic she loves riding her horses and running.
Dr. Patrick First
Dr. Patrick First grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. He spent his childhood helping care for his family’s Arabian horse farm. His love of horses and the equine industry led him to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Dr. First completed his undergraduate degree at Mississippi State University prior to attending the College of Veterinary Medicine, also located at Mississippi State. Throughout vet school, he was elected President of his class, President of the student chapter of AAEP, and received the Large Animal Surgery Award. After graduation, he moved to Tallahassee, Florida where he worked as an Associate Veterinarian at a referral equine practice then eventually moved to Mobile and started First Equine Veterinary Services alongside his wife, Dr. Brittany First. His professional interests include sports medicine, reproduction, and dentistry. Dr. First is an avid polocrosse player and enjoys being a part of the local equestrian community. In his spare time, he enjoys running, going to the beach, and spending time with Brittany. Dr First enjoys leading a fantastic team at First Equine Veterinary Services as well as mentoring the next generation of equine veterinarians
Dr. Kale Hatten
Dr. Kale Hatten is a large animal veterinarian at Pine Belt Veterinary Hospital in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He graduated from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015 and began his career at PBVH shortly after graduation. In 2019, Dr. Hatten was blessed with the opportunity to become partner at Pine Belt. He has a passion for theriogenology and offers services such as Ovum Pick Up (OPU) and embryo transfer in cattle and artificial insemination of cattle, dogs, and horses. When Dr. Hatten is not working at PBVH, he enjoys playing with his children, Hallie and Archie, spending time with his wife, Regan, contributing to his family’s commercial cow-calf operation, and being active at Temple Baptist Church.
Dr. Nancy Jackson
Dr. Nancy Jackson is a graduate of Mississippi State University with bachelor’s degrees in Animal Science and Dairy Science and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. She is the recipient of numerous awards and is a member of the Mississippi State University Hall of Fame. Dr. Jackson currently works as the Field Veterinarian for the Mississippi Board of Animal Health (MBAH). Before coming MBAH in 2019, she was the owner of PEAK Veterinary Service, a large animal ambulatory practice serving seven counties in northeast Mississippi. Dr. Jackson has been serving Mississippi clients since 1993. Dr. Jackson previously served as the first female President of the Mississippi Cattlemen’s Association, and is the current President of the Mississippi Beef Council. In addition, she is a registered 4-H Volunteer who actively works with youth in livestock showing. Her production agricultural background has led to other leadership roles as a current Commissioner in the Choctaw County Soil and Water Commission and state board member of Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation. She is married to Dr. Gary Jackson who is the MSU Associate Vice President for Outreach and Engagement and they have two daughters, Kelli Jackson Russell and Corrine Jackson.
Dr. Emily Vowell
Dr. Ryan Gibson
Dr. Sam Kerby
Dr. Debbie White
Dr. Alexa Delaune
Dr. Samantha Fraysier
Dr. Samantha Fraysier grew up in rural south central Pennsylvania. It was there that she developed her love for horses, as an active member in both the United States Pony Club (Graduate C-3) and 4-H. Dr. Fraysier received her doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Tennessee, where she graduated Valedictorian of her class. While in veterinary school, she received numerous academic awards, served as president of the student chapter of the AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners) ,and established a clinical rotation in the new state-of-the-art Performance and Rehabilitation Center, all while also actively competing her horse in USEA (United States Eventing Association) competitions. Dr. Fraysier’s veterinary interests include lameness and sports medicine, as well as conditions affecting the sport horse, such as gastric ulcers. She is a member of the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology (ISELP), and has attended their modules on diagnosis and treatment of lameness in the performance horse. Currently, she is working on becoming certified in Equine Rehabilitation (CERP). Dr. Fraysier is also an FEI Permitted Treating Veterinarian, and a member of both the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) and American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).