Speakers at the 2020 conference will include:
A Bristol graduate, he worked in mixed practice in Wiltshire for 16 years. He joined MAFF “temporarily” in 2000, worked through the FMD epidemic of 2001 and became a Veterinary Officer. He left APHA after 14 years, which included a year seconded the Welsh Government as a Veterinary Advisor on bovine TB. Now a regional TB test assessor and has worked on OCQ(V)s for Improve International. He also continues to work part-time for a large practice in Wiltshire.
Jon., originally from Somerset, graduated from the RVC in 1999 and spent two years in mixed practice in Dolgellau, North Wales. From there, he moved to Pembrokeshire where he spent seven years in a couple of practices as a mixed practitioner and VN assessor, and then as a predominantly large animal/abattoir vet. He then spent three years working for the State Veterinary Service (now APHA field services). In 2009, Jon. Moved to Aberystwyth where he spent six years as a mixed practitioner and VN assessor. Other duties included a TB-testing assessor for Improve International.
Jon. now works as centre manager for the Wales Veterinary Science Centre in Aberystwyth. Most of his time is occupied by lecturing in all aspects of veterinary science at Aberystwyth University on the Veterinary Bioscience degree, post-mortem examination of animals and as Quality Manager. He has chaired the OV conference for Improve International for the last three conferences.
President of BVNA
Wendy, President of BVNA, started as a trainee Veterinary Nurse at a small animal practice in Surrey during 1991 and on qualifying moved to Yorkshire; working in a large mixed practice. She then left there as Head Nurse to have her first son and to also re-locate to Germany with her Forces husband.
Following a move to Devon and having had her second son, Wendy started work at a two branch, small animal practice as a nurse, VN Assessor and then Practice Manager. Moving to the North West in 2002, she worked as a nurse in a small animal practice, before becoming the VNAC Co-ordinator at Myerscough College. After four years there, she then returned to practice as a part-time VN, which enabled her more time with her family.
She started working for Anthony Chadwick in 2007, initially as Nurse Manager, then as Practice Manager. During this time, The Webinar Vet was created. Once this became established, Anthony sold the practice and she remained with him as his Operations Manager.
In this role, Wendy organised CPD for Vets, nurses and SQPs. In addition, she dealt with Dermatology referral clients and spent at least one day a month working in practice. She joined BVNA Council in October 2016 and set up Malex Consulting Ltd in November of 2016 and now helps businesses with their online presence, as well as locum nursing. In March 2017 she became Junior Vice President of BVNA and then became President of BVNA in October 2017.
Amelia began working in practice in 2008 and went on to obtain her Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (RVN) in 2012. Whilst currently studying for her Certificate in Anaesthesia, she is Consulting Nurse Lead and Clinical Coach in a mixed, first opinion practice in South Wales. Amelias trained at hospital standard and has experience in a variety of settings, including working as an emergency nurse covering out of hours.
Amelia’s keen interest in wound management goes back to her days as an SVN and after completing the first cohort of the Delving Deeper into Wounds Certificate she has successfully carved out a role as a wound nurse in practice. In 2014 Amelia became involved with The Veterinary Wound Library and she went on to become Bandaging Angels Co-ordinator followed by a role as Clinical Development Manager.
David qualified from Cambridge vet school back in 1988 knowing he wanted to focus on veterinary ophthalmology. He worked at the Animal Health Trust and Royal Veterinary College gaining a PhD in ocular immunology and Certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology followed by a Fellowship of the Royal College by thesis on ocular abnormalities in farmed halibut (well someone had to do it!) and a VetMD on age-related cataract across different species. He is also passionate about animal welfare and is a diplomate of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behaviour Medicine. He teaches at Cambridge Vet School running the ophthalmology clinic there and has in an honorary senior lecturer in ethics and welfare at the RVC. He is currently completing a (third!) doctoral thesis on teaching ethics to vet students. In his spare time, he helps run the youth group in his local church and walks to keep up his 10,000 steps a day!
Emeritus Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine, Langford Vets.
Ed Hall is Emeritus Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Bristol, and currently sees referral GI cases at Langford Vets. A Cambridge graduate, he undertook postgraduate clinical and research training in Philadelphia and Liverpool, and is a Diplomate of the ECVIM-CA. He is a Past President of the BSAVA and, so far, is the only RCVS Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Medicine (Gastroenterology).
Jon grew up in the veterinary profession with his parents owning a small animal practice near Wigan. After several years in small animal practice, an internship at the RVC and residency at Cambridge, he was appointed senior lecturer in soft tissue surgery at Royal Dick in Edinburgh and recently set up VetEd Specialists Ltd providing high quality CPD and veterinary specialist services. He is a European and Royal College Specialist in small animal soft tissue surgery and a senior fellow of the higher education academy, regularly lecturing at national and international conferences. He is highly active in postgraduate education programmes and has held Examiner positions in veterinary undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications. Recently he has been working closely with Wear Referrals in the North East of England helping develop the impressive patient care provision currently offered and ensure that the cutting-edge surgical advancements and principles refined in academia are teamed with the client care, efficiency and professionalism of private practice.
Kieran worked in general practice for 6-years after graduation, where he became interested in cardiology and gained an initial post-graduate qualification in the subject. In 2011, he undertook a cardiology residency and Master’s degree at the Royal Veterinary College in London. He is an American and European college Diplomate in Cardiology, and an RCVS Recognised Specialist in the subject. He works as Clinical Lead in Cardiology at Langford Vets, University of Bristol, where he treats all species and works alongside two other Diplomates and two residents in training.
Alongside a busy cardiovascular interventional caseload in dogs and horses, he works with the feline centre to treat cats with heart disease. He has published widely on a variety of topics but has a particular passion for feline cardiomyopathy and congenital heart disease. He had the privilege of speaking all over the world to help vets learn more about cardiology, and is supported at home by his incredibly patient wife and four children – as well as a troublesome cat called Boris (in no way related to the current/former* UK Prime Minister [delete as appropriate based on the forthcoming election!]). You can follow him on Instagram via @cardio_vetbristol for posts of interesting cases and mini-CPD updates.
Owen graduated from Cambridge University in 2005 and worked in a rural practice for three years before undertaking a rotating internship and then two years of work for charities, at first in India and then back in the UK. In 2011 he moved to work in a large hospital practice and emergency centre where he focused on medical cases, and in 2014 he moved to the Royal Veterinary College to further specialize in veterinary oncology. After completing his residency term at the Royal Veterinary College he started work for Highcroft Referrals in 2017.
Owen passed examinations to award him membership of the Australian & New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (chapter of Small Animal Medicine) in 2012 and passed speciality examinations of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2017. He was awarded American Specialist status in veterinary oncology in 2018 and RCVS specialist status in 2019. Owen holds a Master’s degree based on research into canine lymphoma and is interested in all aspects of medical oncology, especially haematopoietic malignancies, targeted therapy for cancer and paraneoplastic disease.
Prue graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1993, underwent surgery specialist training at Uni of Penn, Philadelphia, and became a Diplomate of the American & European Colleges of Veterinary Surgery in 2000. Prue has worked in private referral practice since 2005, and at Oakwood Vet Referrals, she works alongside a fantastic group of first-opinion GP colleagues in a busy Hospital. She has been a member of committees for RCVS Surgery Certificate and ECVS Surgery Diploma exams, and greatly enjoys teaching post-graduate surgical skills, including an annual Surgical Oncology Module for BSAVA. Prue has a particular interest and expertise in Surgical Oncology, but enjoys all aspects of surgery and critical care, and a growing interest in how ‘soft skills’ translate into a happier, more successful team in the veterinary workplace.
Criticalist at Vets Now Referrals Manchester and previously 8 years at Petmedics emergency hospital in Manchester. Designated RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice in the field of Emergency and Critical Care.
Will graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2010 and then completed an internship in a busy referral hospital in Berkshire. He subsequently worked in both first opinion and referral practices before starting a residency in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia at the University of Bristol in 2014. During his residency he completed an RCVS Advanced Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia in 2016, before finishing his residency in 2017. Will plans to sit his specialist exams in 2019. He is part of the Associate of Veterinary Anaesthetists subcommittee promoting safer practice in veterinary anaesthesia, which recently published a set of guidelines to highlight the importance of anaesthesia to both veterinarians and owners.
I started my nursing career back in 2007 in a 1.5 vet 1.5 nurse practice in Cornwall.
I have travelled around throughout my training and early qualified years but have settled in the Manchester area with my husband, 2 boys and small ménage of animals.
I really became interested in wounds and wound management whilst training where I saw my first skin graft back in 2008. This then continued when I moved to Manchester and started working at an animal hospital where we had lots of RTA and dog attack wounds coming in.
I became the Deputy Head nurse at this hospital before moving to my previous practice as head nurse. It was here I completed the ‘Delving deeper into wounds’ course in 2017 and have not looked back.
I recently moved practice and stepped down from my head nurse role after having my second son to allow for family time.