SPEAKERS 2019

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CHAIRPERSON

ANDREW CARRINGTON

ANDREW CARRINGTON

BVSc MRCVS

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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 KING

JON KING

BVetMed MRCVS

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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.

SPEAKERS

EMMA MILNE

EMMA MILNE

BVSc MRCVS

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Emma graduated from Bristol university in 1996. After 12 years in practice she became a technical advisor for Hills Pet Nutrition and worked with them for seven years.

Emma was a trustee of the Animal Welfare Foundation for six years and sat as their representative on the BVA Ethics and Welfare group for two years. She has written nine books on pet animal welfare and pedigree health problems and spoken at various conferences on different animal welfare subjects such as pedigree dog health, the ethics of showing and the welfare of elite horses. Her latest book, Picking a Pedigree; How to Choose a Healthy Puppy or Kitten, was published in 2018.

Emma now lives in France with her husband, two girls and a cross-eyed moggie called Stella! She continues her welfare work and writing.
Photo credit: Bailey Cooper

NICK BEXFIELD

NICK BEXFIELD

BVetMed PhD DSAM DipECVIM-CA PGDipMEdSci PGCHE FHEA MRCVS

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EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine, RCVS Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine
Director of Small Animal Medical Services, Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge

After graduation, Nick worked in primary care practice before completing a residency in small animal medicine at the University of Cambridge. He gained both the RCVS and European Diplomas in Small Animal Medicine in 2006, and is a European and RCVS Specialist. He remained at Cambridge as a medicine clinician, before undertaking a Wellcome Trust funded PhD in canine hepatology. He moved to the University of Nottingham in 2013 where he was Clinical Associate Professor in Small Animal Medicine and Oncology for four years. In March 2018 he became Director of Small Animal Medical Services at the University of Cambridge, and is responsible for overseeing the medicine, oncology, dermatology and primary care services, along with running the residency and internship programmes. Nick is a member of the ECVIM internal medicine examinations committee, and was a previous Chair of the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine examination committee. He was a member of the BSAVA Congress Scientific Committee for several years and Chair between 2014 and 2017.

EDWARD J HALL

EDWARD J HALL

MA VetMB PhD DipECVIM-CA FRCVS

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EBVS® European Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine, RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Medicine (Gastroenterology) Editor-in-Chief of Veterinary Medicine and Science. Bristol Veterinary School

Ed Hall is Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Bristol. 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 is the only RCVS Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Medicine (Gastroenterology).

CAROLYNE CROWE

CAROLYNE CROWE

BVetMed (Hons), MSc, BSc (Hons), Dip Coaching, Dip Stress Management and Wellbeing, MRCVS

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Training Consultant, VDS Training

Carolyne Crowe BVetMed BSc MRCVS 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.

HELEN ROONEY

HELEN ROONEY

BSc (Hons) CVN, Cert Ed, Dip AVN (Medical), Cert VNECC, RVN

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Head Nurse, Vets Now 24/7 Emergency & Specialty Hospital

Helen Rooney BSc(Hons) CVN CertEd DipAVN (Medical) RVN. 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.

MOLLY VARGA

MOLLY VARGA

BVetMed DZooMed(Mammalian) MRCVS

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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.

JON HALL

JON HALL

VetMB MA CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS

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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.

DAVID WILLIAMS

DAVID WILLIAMS

MA VetMB PhD CertVOphthal CertWEL FRCVS

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David 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.

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