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.
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.
EDWARD J HALL
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 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.
Aarti Kathrani BVetMed (Hons), PhD, DACVIM, DACVN, MRCVS 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.
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 BSc BVMS MRCVS, Founder of VBS Direct Ltd 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 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.
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 DVM PhD DipRCPath DipECVCP MRCVS 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 MD MBA 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 BVetMed DZooMed MRCVS 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 BVSc MRCVS DMS Director of Vet Dynamics 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 VetMB MA CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS 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 HOTSTON MOORE
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 BVSc CertSAS MRCVS 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.
Claire Roberts Dip AVN(Surg) PGCertVetAA VNCertECC RVN. I have been a veterinary nurse for over 20 years. In 2006 I gained the Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Surgical) and in 2013 I gained the VN certificate in Emergency and Critical care. I am currently studying toward the MSc in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia and have successfully completed the certificate year. I currently work as a theatre nurse for Northwest Surgeons; a multi disciplinary referral centre based in Cheshire alongside running my own CPD company called SynergyCPD.
Danièlle Gunn-Moore BVM&S BSc PhD MACVSc FRCVS graduated from the R(D)SVS, University of Edinburgh, with the Dick Vet Gold Medal in 1991. After a year in small animal practice she joined The Feline Centre, University of Bristol, initially as the Feline Advisory Bureau Scholar, then the Duphar Feline Fellow, and completed a PhD study into Feline Infectious Peritonitis in 1997. After a short period as Lecturer in Veterinary Pathology, University of Bristol, she returned to Edinburgh to establish the Feline Clinic and became Professor of Feline Medicine in 2006. She is interested in all aspects of feline medicine; she is an internationally recognised expert in her area, has lectured extensively and published over a 130 peer-reviewed research papers, plus many reviews and book chapters. In 2009 she was awarded the BSAVA Woodrow Award for outstanding contribution in the field of small animal veterinary medicine, in 2011 she was awarded the International Society for Feline Medicine/Hill’s award for Outstanding Contributions to Feline Medicine, in 2012 the Royal Dick students voted her “The clinician I would most like to be”, and FECAVA awarded her “Increased Vocalisation in Elderly Cats” the most original paper in the European Journal of Companion Animal Practice award in 2016. She shares her home with her husband Frank, a 16 year old Maine Coon boy called Mortlach (named after a Scottish single malt whisky), and a tiny little 16 year old black cat called Sheba-Ardbeg.
Juliet Pope BVSc CertSAS MRCVS qualified from Bristol University in 1993. Since qualifying Juliet has worked in a variety of mixed and purely small animal practices. She obtained her RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Surgery in 2004, undertook a 3 year residency via the RCVS alternate program in Soft Tissue Surgery and worked in private referral practice for 10 years before joining Improve International as Veterinary Operations Manager in 2017.
Jacky Reid BVMS PhD DVA MRCVS graduated from Glasgow University Veterinary School and after being awarded her PhD in 1984 went on to specialise in Veterinary Anaesthesia, during which time she developed an interest in pain assessment and management. She is a founding member of the Glasgow University Pain and Welfare Group, whose work has been and is focused on pain and health related quality of life (HRQL) measurement. She is currently an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the University of Glasgow and a director in NewMetrica a company specialising in developing valid, reliable and responsive questionnaires to measure pain and HRQL in companion animals.
David Sewell MRCVS BVM&S BSc CertVC graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2003 with a BVM&S and an intercalated honours degree in veterinary science. He has been in small animal practice for over 14 years and completed an RCVS certificate in veterinary cardiology in 2011. He is currently working at Heathside Veterinary Surgery in Southampton as a cardiologist and general practitioner.
Professor Michael E. Herrtage M.A., B.V.Sc., D.V.Sc., D.V.R., D.V.D., D.S.A.M., F.R.C.V.S., Dip. E.C.V.I.M., Dip. E.C.V.D.I.
RCVS and European Specialist in Small Animal Medicine
Mike Herrtage graduated from the Liverpool University and is currently Professor of Small Animal Medicine at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge. He is Dean of the Cambridge Veterinary School and is in charge of the small animal medicine and diagnostic imaging services at the Queen’s Veterinary School Hospital. His clinical responsibilities include all aspects of small animal medicine and diagnostic imaging, but he has a particular interest in endocrine and metabolic disorders.
He was awarded the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (B.S.A.V.A.) Woodrow Award in 1986 for outstanding contributions in the field of small animal veterinary medicine and the B.S.A.V.A. Blaine Award for outstanding contributions to the advancement of small animal medicine in 2000. In 2014, he was awarded the World Small Animal Veterinary Association International Award for Scientific Achievement for outstanding contributions by a veterinarian, who has had a significant impact on the advancement of knowledge concerning the cause, detection, cure and/or control of disorders of companion animals. In 2016, he received the Kennel Club International Canine Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of a career dedicated to improving canine health and welfare. He was voted Webinar Vet Speaker of the Year in 2015 and 2016 at the Annual Webinar Vet Veterinary Trust Awards.
He has been President of the British Veterinary Radiology Association, President of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association, President of the European Society of Veterinary Internal Medicine and President of the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation. He is a Diplomate of both the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging and was until recently President of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
He has spoken at many international meetings and published over 200 articles in refereed journals.
Charlie Sale BVMS, CertSAO, DipECVS, MRCVS is an RCVS and European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery. Charlie has over 20 years of experience in orthopaedic and spinal referrals. He graduated from Glasgow in 1991 and then worked in a small animal practice in Bolton for four years where he developed an interest in small animal orthopaedics. In 1995 he moved to the Willows Veterinary Hospital, part of the Willows Veterinary Group, and set up an internal orthopaedic and spinal referral service. In 1997 he attained the RCVS certificate in small animal orthopaedics and began accepting external referrals. Charlie’s services came under the Oakwood umbrella after Oakwood started in 1999. Charlie became a diplomate of the European College of veterinary Surgeons in 2007. Charlie is interested in all aspects of orthopaedics and spinal neurosurgery.
NEIL A FORBES
Neil A Forbes BVetMed DipECZM(avian) FRCVS RCVS and European Recognised Specialist Avian Medicine
Neil qualified from RVC in 1983. He is a Diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine, Specialist in Avian Medicine and an FRCVS. Neil was responsible for teaching avian medicine at Bristol Vet School from 2001 – 2011. Neil has lectured internationally for many years, has contributed >65 peer review papers and to >37 books. Neil has received multiple national and international awards. Neil is a past President of both, The European College of Zoological Medicine and The European Board of Specialisation. Neil headed up Great Western Exotic Vets (part of the Vets Now group) in Swindon, from 2004 – 2017. He now consults part time at Fitzpatrick Referrals and is otherwise occupied with voluntary conservation work with critically endangered Vultures (Vulturealliance.org), lecturing, and managing other consultancy instructions.
Bob Partridge BVM&S Dipl. EVDC MRCVS
European Veterinary Specialist in Veterinary Dentistry
Recognised RCVS Specialist
Bob qualified from the Royal Dick in 1984 and set up practice in 1988, opening the 1st North Yorkshire Hospital in 1992. He became a European Diplomate in 2011. He teaches around the world, with a practical and enthusiastic approach and sees referral cases from around the UK.
Bob Partridge is one of the most experienced Veterinary Dentists in the UK, he is recognised both by the RCVS and the European College as a Specialist in the field (a qualification rarer than being a 3 star Michelin Chef!). He regularly lectures and provides practical tuition in the UK, Ireland, Europe and has taught in Japan. Bob also frequently travels around the UK providing in-practice training to the whole practice team. He is known as an inspirational and motivational speaker, providing practical and relevant tips for everyday practice.
EMMA J LOVE
Emma J Love BVMS PhD DVA DipECVAA MRCVS FHEA
Fiona Gosling BSc(Hons) BVMS (Hons) DipACVP (Clin. Path.) MRCVS graduated from Glasgow University in 2011 having completed an intercalated honours degree in Veterinary Pathology at the Royal Veterinary College. She spent two years in first opinion small animal practice in Somerset before starting her Clinical Pathology residency in 2013 with the Veterinary Pathology Group. During her residency she took part in externships at the Royal Veterinary College and Colorado State University. After passing the AVCP diploma in 2016, Fiona now works at PTDS (member of SYNLAB) in Hertfordshire as a Veterinary Clinical Pathologist. She is directly involved in the day to day processing of the first opinion and referral caseload, with an emphasis on ensuring that reports are tailored to the needs of veterinary surgeons in practice. She is also a director of the residency program at the Veterinary Pathology Group, lectures at Surrey University and has published papers in Veterinary Clinical Pathology.
Rachel Burrow BVetMed CertSAS CertVR DipECVS MRCVS
Geoff Little MVB MRCVS Qualified from Trinity College, Dublin in 1973. After a short spell in small animal practice and 5 years in mixed practice in Somerset, he returned to Stockport in 1979 to take up a partnership in what developed into a 10 vet small animal practice working from 2 hospitals and 2 branches. Retired from practice at the end of August 2002.
Currently a Training Associate with the Veterinary Defence Society and President of Vetlife.
Has spoken on, and published many articles on various aspects of Veterinary Practice Management both in the UK and abroad, including the following congresses, BSAVA, WSAVA, VPMA, BEVA, FECAVA and SPVS, Royal Canin VBF.