SPEAKERS 2018

WENDY NEVINS

WENDY NEVINS

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Wendy began working as a trainee veterinary nurse at a small animal practice in Surrey during 1991. Since then she has worked in small animal and mixed practice as a head nurse, VN assessor and practice manager, and outside practice as a VNAC co-ordinator at Myerscough College and as Head of Internet Operations at The Webinar Vet. She now works as a consultant and locum veterinary nurse as well as being President of The British Veterinary Nursing Association.

CAROLYNE CROWE

CAROLYNE CROWE

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Carolyne is an experienced equine vet, an award winning personal performance coach, mentor, international speaker, researcher and lecturer. Carolyne has a Masters degree in Workplace Health and Wellbeing and is currently doing a PhD in veterinary team health, wellbeing, performance and engagement at Nottingham University. Carolyne is a training consultant for VDS Training. Loving a challenge, in 2017, Carolyne ran 10 marathons in 10 days raising over £18,000 for the Brooke charity.

AARTI KATHRANI

AARTI KATHRANI

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Aarti graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London, UK in 2006 and completed her rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals, Royal Veterinary College in 2007. She finished her PhD in canine inflammatory bowel disease at the Royal Veterinary College in 2011. Aarti then completed a three year residency program in small animal internal medicine at Cornell University in July 2014, and is board certified in small animal internal medicine. She also completed a two year residency program in small animal clinical nutrition at University of California, Davis in July 2016, and is board certified in small animal nutrition. Aarti is currently a senior lecturer in small animal medicine at the University of Bristol.

PIP BOYDELL

PIP BOYDELL

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BVetMed, CertVOphthal, MRCVS, qualified at the RVC in 1984, spent a year in general practice, followed by a house job at the Royal (Dick) and a year in referral practice before completing a residency in ophthalmology at the RVC. He co-founded AMC Referral Services, the first dedicated referral practice in the UK, in 1990.

His main workload involves ophthalmic and neurologic cases in all species with specific interest in feline herpetic disease, neuro-ophthalmology, and interferons. He has over 200 publications and abstracts in veterinary and human peer-reviewed journals and has described several new conditions and procedures. Outside work he is a professional martial artist, a multiple national kickboxing champion and world champion in 2011 and 2014. Recently he was inducted into the Martial Arts Illustrated Hall of Fame.

STEPHEN BARABAS

STEPHEN BARABAS

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Stephen Barabas is a graduate of Glasgow University veterinary medicine and zoology faculties. He has worked in mixed practice in the west of England and North Wales, and in Cumbria during the 2001 FMD. He was previously the technical director for VetPlus and Schering-Plough, both within the UK, USA and Internationally. He has been secretary and past President of Central Vet Society, and sits on the BVA Council as the London Regional Representative. He runs two veterinary companies selling innovative equipment and IT services to vet surgeons, nurses and their businesses, VBS Direct Ltd. and Animal Oracle Ltd. In addition, he has a human medical company that works directly with the NHS and Private Healthcare. He is also an Honorary Laser Consultant at St Thomas and Guy’s Hospital in London.

HELEN ROONEY

HELEN ROONEY

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Since qualifying in 1996, Helen initially worked for many years in a busy multidiscipline referral hospital, first in the soft tissue referral service and later as the Senior Ward Manager. Later in her career, she spent years as a veterinary nursing lecturer at Myerscough College lecturing mostly in medicine, patient care and emergency and critical care. In November 2016, Helen became the Head Nurse at Vets Now’s new Emergency and Critical Care and Specialty Referral Hospital in Manchester.

DAVID WILLIAMS

DAVID WILLIAMS

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MA, VetMB, PhD, CertVOphthal, CertWEL, FHEA, FRCVS, graduated from Cambridge in 1988. He then worked as assistant veterinary surgeon and later resident in veterinary ophthalmology at the Animal Health Trust, before gaining his certificate in veterinary ophthalmology and moving to the RVC to undertake a PhD investigating the pathology of chronic superficial keratitis in the German Shepherd dog.

After gaining his PhD he stayed at the RVC, as resident in clinical pharmacology with a particular interest in ocular pharmacology. After two years researching the practical and theoretical aspects of ocular drug delivery, he moved back to the Animal Health Trust for a period as clinical investigative ophthalmologist before moving back to Cambridge where he is now associate lecturer in veterinary ophthalmology in the Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine, a position he combines with teaching at St John’s College, where he is fellow, director of studies in veterinary medicine and college lecturer in pathology.

KOSTAS PAPASOULIOTIS

KOSTAS PAPASOULIOTIS

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Kostas graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece in 1989. He has completed a PhD, a residency in Feline Gastroenterology and a residency in Clinical Pathology at the Bristol Veterinary School where he has been a Lecturer and a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Pathology for more than 20 years. He has published more than 130 scientific papers, research abstracts, professional articles and book chapters. He is a European Veterinary specialist in Clinical Pathology, a Diplomate of the Royal College of Pathologists in Veterinary Clinical Pathology and delivers CPD courses regularly in the UK and Europe. Kostas will be joining the Idexx UK Clinical Pathology team later this year.

MARCELO ALVES

MARCELO ALVES

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Marcelo graduated as a medical doctor from the University of Coimbra in 2004 and completed his specialty in General and Family Medicine in 2008. He holds an MBA (Master of Business Administration) degree from INSEAD. After INSEAD he joined Janssen, the pharmaceutical division of Johnson & Johnson, where he worked as a Medical Affairs Manager, working side by side with the Marketing and Sales team.

Since 2012, Marcelo is the Managing Director of Vet Inflow – an online marketing company focused on helping veterinary surgeons market their services more effectively and enhance the client-practice bond.

Vet Inflow currently works with veterinary practices and business in the UK and other 11 international markets.

MOLLY VARGA

MOLLY VARGA

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Molly gained her RCVS Certificate in Zoological Medicine in 2001 and her Diploma (Mammalian) in 2007. Her special interests are rabbit medicine and surgery. Molly has contributed to several books including the BSAVA Manual of Reptiles, Nursing Exotic Pets and Wildlife, Rabbit Medicine and Rabbit Surgery and volumes on rodent/rabbit medicine and surgery. Molly’s update on the Textbook of Rabbit Medicine has recently been published. Molly also reviews articles for other authors and Journals, and has been involved in reviewing the WildPro volume on Lagomorphs. She is an examiner for the RCVS Diploma in Zoological Medicine. Molly heads the Exotics Referral Service at Rutland House Veterinary Referrals, St Helens, Merseyside.Since 2012, Marcelo is the Managing Director of Vet Inflow – an online marketing company focused on helping veterinary surgeons market their services more effectively and enhance the client-practice bond.
Vet Inflow currently works with veterinary practices and business in the UK and other 11 international markets.

ALAN ROBINSON

ALAN ROBINSON

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Alan Robinson has been a practicing veterinary surgeon owning a successful mixed practice for 20+ years, and a business consultant for over 20 years working with more than 600 practices. He is a director of Vet Dynamics whose mission is to help independent practice owners to improve performance and quality of life in and out of practice. Vet Dynamics provide tailored resources for Practice Performance, Business Intelligence, Leadership & Culture and Team Engagement.

JON HALL

JON HALL

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Jon graduated from Cambridge in 2004 and spent several years in small animal practice. He completed a rotating internship at the RVC in 2010 and then spent a few months working for an emergency out of hours provider. In 2011 he returned to Cambridge for a surgery residency and was an affiliated lecturer for 2 years after becoming an ECVS diploma holder in 2015. Jon has been a senior lecturer in small animal soft tissue surgery at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Science in Edinburgh since the beginning of 2017.

ALASDAIR HOTSON MOORE

ALASDAIR HOTSON MOORE

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Alasdair qualified from the University of Cambridge in 1990. Following graduation, he joined Bristol Vet School, first as Intern in Small Animal Medicine and subsequently as Resident in Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery. He was Lecturer and latterly Senior Clinical Fellow in Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery at Langford from 1997 until leaving in 2009. He was Head of Referral Surgery at Bath Vet Referrals until 2017, when he became a Group Veterinary Advisor for Independent Vetcare and moved his clinical activities to Vale Referrals.

Alasdair accepts cases in all areas of Soft Tissue Surgery. He speaks on his subject area nationally and internationally and has published widely in academic and professional journals. He holds post graduate qualifications in Veterinary Radiology, Small Animal Cardiology, Small Animal Surgery and Medical Education.
He was appointed a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2017 for Meritorious Contributions to Clinical Practice and is an Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery.

Alasdair has been performing laparoscopy since the 1990s and is an advocate for the procedure in dogs and cats.

PAUL ALDRIDGE

PAUL ALDRIDGE

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Paul qualified from Liverpool University, and after a short spell in mixed practice took a position in a hospital based practice in Manchester, and has worked in the region ever since. Paul currently works for Vets Now as a surgical referral clinician in their Manchester hospital seeing referrals in both orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery.

Paul is widely involved in CPD lecturing for both vets and vet nurses throughout Europe and in the USA. He is co-author of the textbook ‘Practical Emergency and Critical Care Nursing’ published by Wiley. His clinical interests include traumatology, fracture repair, and management of the acute abdomen.