SPEAKERS 2017

CHRIS LINNEY

CHRIS LINNEY

Cardiology

BVSc, GPCertSAP, CertAVP(VC), DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology), MRCVS, RCVS and European Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology, graduated with Honours from Liverpool in 2007 and then worked for two years in Lincolnshire in first opinion small animal practice.

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In 2009 he returned to Liverpool as an intern in small animal studies, followed by a three-year residency in cardiology and was subsequently appointed a Lecturer in Cardiology, before moving to the Veterinary Cardiorespiratory Centre in Warwickshire He is now Head of Cardiology at Willows Referral Service in Solihull, West Midlands, and sees both medical and surgical cardiology cases. He has a keen interest in congenital heart disease and performing cardiac catheterisation procedures for correction of heart defects. He has spent time with the charity Animals Asia in Chengdu, China investigating heart disease in rescued moon bears from the bile-farming trade and is helping to improve their health and general well-being.

MATTHEW OXFORD

MATTHEW OXFORD

Dentistry

BVM&S, GPCert(SAS), MRCVS, graduated from Edinburgh in 2005 and established the New Forest Veterinary Dental Service in 2011 to provide a referral service for advanced veterinary dental and oral surgery procedures for other veterinary practices.

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He provides referral and primary care veterinary dentistry and oral surgery at Priory Veterinary Hospital (Christchurch), and a referral veterinary dentistry and oral surgery service at South Devon Referrals (near Exeter) and Newdigate Veterinary Surgery in Surrey. He sees around 700 cases a year, ranging from routine work to advanced dental and oral surgery cases, and including work on some more “exotic” patients. He is the course organiser for the British Veterinary Dental Association, a role which involves providing and co-ordinating undergraduate teaching at the Bristol, Liverpool and Cambridge veterinary schools, as well as the association’s numerous postgraduate courses for vets. In addition, he tutors at the University of Nottingham. He holds the European Certificate in Small Animal Surgery and his main interest is in endodontic treatment of teeth.

LIBBY SHERIDAN

LIBBY SHERIDAN

End-of-life care

MVB, MRCVS, graduated from University College Dublin in Ireland and spent 10 years working in mixed and small animal practice followed by seven years as the UK & Ireland Veterinary Affairs Manager for Hill’s Pet Nutrition.

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She is a founder of Mojo Consultancy which handles communications, copywriting and project management, and is a regular contributor to veterinary and pet magazines. She works with Compassion Understood and has researched end-of-life support on behalf of this organisation for over two years, contributing to both the Compassion Understood website and the training programme for veterinary professionals.

MOLLY VARGA

MOLLY VARGA

Exotics

Molly graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1992. After graduation she spent the next 4 years working in small animal and exotic medicine in Canada. These varied experiences included working in multicentre urban practice in Toronto and a small exotics practice in rural Ontario.

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Her case load included a lot of native wildlife such as racoons, skunks and red-tailed hawks. After returning to the UK in 1996 she has worked in both London and the North West. Molly gained her Certificate in Zoological Medicine in 2001 and her Diploma in Zoological Medicine (Mammalian) in 2007. She is an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. She currently runs a first opinion and referral exotics service in a practice at Rutland House in St Helens as well as Manor Vets Edgbaston.

MAGGIE ROBERTS

MAGGIE ROBERTS

Feline

BVM&S, MRCVS, qualified at Edinburgh in 1986 and spent most of her career in private small animal practice, where she developed an interest in feline medicine. She has also worked in Malawi and Australia and was appointed the first Cats Protection Veterinary Officer in 1997.

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She became a partner in private practice but returned to Cats Protection as head of Veterinary Services in 2006 and is now director of Veterinary Services where she has responsibility for the charity’s work on cat welfare and neutering. Her professional interests are shelter medicine and feline population control and she is a founder member of the Association of Charity Vets. She was the recipient of BSAVA’s J. A. Wight Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to the welfare of companion animals in 2013.

CHRIS WARREN-SMITH

CHRIS WARREN-SMITH

Imaging

BVetMed, DipECVDI, CertVDI, MVetMed, MRCVS, qualified from the RVC in 2005 and then undertook a one-year small animal internship at the Queen Mother Hospital there. Following two years in general practice he returned to the RVC as a resident in diagnostic imaging.

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He attained the RCVS certificate in veterinary diagnostic imaging in September 2009 and a Masters in Veterinary Medicine in 2011. In 2013 he became a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging. He is lead clinician in diagnostic imaging at Langford Veterinary Services and has particular research interests in cervical malformations and CT.

DANIEL SÁNCHES-MÁASIAN

DANIEL SÁNCHES-MÁASIAN

Neurology

LicVet, DipECVN, MRCVS, RCVS and European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology/Neurosurgery, qualified from the University of Madrid (Spain) in June 1999. He worked for two years in the University Cardenal Herrera CEU, Valencia (Spain) after obtaining a scholarship at the Medicine and Surgery Department;

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and spent five years in a Neurology Referral Hospital in Barcelona (Spain) before he started a three-year ECVN approved residency in neurology/neurosurgery at the Ars Veterinary Hospital in Barcelona. He moved to the UK in 2011 and worked for two years at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket. In 2015 he passed the diploma examination of the European College of Veterinary Neurology (ECVN) and he became an RCVS recognised specialist in this discipline. Daniel started at the University of Liverpool in January 2014 and is a Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Neurology.

PIP BOYDELL

PIP BOYDELL

Neuro-ophthalmology

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.

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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.

DAVID L. WILLIAMS

DAVID L. WILLIAMS

Ophthalmology

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.

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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.

STUART CARMICHAEL

STUART CARMICHAEL

Orthopaedics

Stuart Carmichael BVMS,MVM,DSAO,MRCVS is a graduate of the University of Glasgow. He is a RCVS Diplomate and RCVS Specialist in SA Orthopaedics.  He was Director of the Small Animal Hospital in both the Royal Veterinary College and University of Glasgow. He served as Professor of Veterinary Clinical Studies and Associate Dean for Veterinary Clinical Services at Glasgow between 2000 and 2009.

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In 2009 he joined Vets Now Ltd. as National Hospital Director before moving to Fitzpatrick Referrals in 2012 where he was MD of FR Oncology and Soft Tissue Ltd.. He is Professor of Veterinary Science at the University of Surrey and Chair of the Board of Trustees of International Cat Care. He is currently running a Veterinary Professional Consultancy Business, Joint Adventures Ltd. and is also Director and Co-founder of Aim-OA.Sys Ltd., a company which provides a web-based Disease Management Support System for the management of chronic osteoarthritis in dogs.

GWEN COVEY-CRUMP

GWEN COVEY-CRUMP

Pain Management

BVetMed, CertVA, DipECVAA, MRCVS, European Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia, qualified from the RVC in 2001 and spent the next three years in small animal general practice.

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Between 2004 and 2008 Gwen completed a senior clinical training scholarship in veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia at Bristol, gaining the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia, before going on to work as a veterinary anaesthetist at the Queens Veterinary Hospital at Cambridge. Returning to Bristol in December 2009 Gwen took the team lead role for Langford Veterinary Services (LVS). She received the Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia in 2011 and continues to lead an expanding team of veterinary anaesthetists, including an anaesthesia nurse, within the clinical service of LVS and its clients and collaborate with the Bristol Anaesthesia and Analgesia Research Group.

JO MURRELL

JO MURRELL

Pain Management

BVSc, PhD, CertVA, DipECVAA, MRCVS, European Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia, graduated from Bristol in 1994 and was appointed as a senior lecturer in veterinary anaesthesia in 2007, primarily based at the School of Clinical Veterinary Sciences as well as having strong collaborative links with the School of Physiology and Pharmacology.

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Jo is an experienced and enthusiastic anaesthetist, with a passion for ensuring optimal pain management in animals after surgery. She leads the Anaesthesia and Analgesia Research Group which encompasses clinical and academic anaesthetists, veterinary nurses, three post docs and one technician.

PRUE NEATH

PRUE NEATH

Soft Tissue Surgery

BSc(Hons), BVetMed, DipACVS, DipECVS, MRCVS, RCVS, American and European Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Soft Tissue) graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1993 and completed a surgery residency at the University of Pennsylvania, USA.

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She became a diplomate of the American and European Surgical Colleges in 2000, has been an examiner for the RCVS and the European Surgery College, and is currently a member of the RCVS Surgery Board. Following five years running the Soft Tissue Surgery Unit at the Animal Health Trust, Prue has worked in private referral practice since 2005. She has a particular interest and expertise in surgical oncology, but enjoys all aspects of soft tissue surgery and is always happy to discuss problem cases or potential referrals.

GEORGIE HOLLIS

GEORGIE HOLLIS

Wound Management

BBSc, qualified as a podiatrist in Edinburgh in 1997 and is now an independent specialist in wound management and dressing technologies. She developed an early interest in prevention of and mechanics of ulceration in the diabetic foot and this led her to a role within the medical device industry where in 2004 she began to research advanced dressing techniques in veterinary wound management.

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In 2006 she decided to work independently to help bridge the gap between human advances and potential veterinary applications in wound technologies; now, under the heading of “Intelligent Wound Care”, she lectures nationally on the subject. Georgie founded the Veterinary Wound Library (www.vetwoundlibrary.com) in 2008 to offer an independent platform for both veterinary surgeons and nurses to access expert help for challenging wounds as well as free dressings which can be used in return for a shared case study. Her aim is to develop a resource that supports clinicians while enabling them to access the very latest in modern wound technologies. She is a member of the European Wound Management Association, an honorary member of Cardiff Institute of Tissue Engineering and Repair and an associate member of the BVNA.

ALISON LAMBERT (and the team at Onswitch)

ALISON LAMBERT (and the team at Onswitch)

Management Day

BVSc, MMRS, MRCVS, qualified at Liverpool in 1989 and worked in small animal practice for several years before leaving to pursue a business career, first with Hill’s Pet Nutrition and then Mars, during which she spent time working to understand consumers and why they do what they do.

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This apprenticeship in consumer understanding led to the formation of Onswitch (of which Alison is both founder and managing director) which today is at the leading edge of understanding what pet owners do and why they do it! Central to the work that Onswitch does is the evidence that consumers with pets are behaving less like “clients” and more and more like “shoppers”, with their decision-making driven by convenience factors. Alison is a member of the Market Research Society and a visiting lecturer at the Nottingham veterinary school covering customer understanding. She has spoken at congresses and meetings of the WSAVA, BSAVA, BEVA, VPMA, BVNA and various other animal health meetings.

TREVOR BELL

TREVOR BELL

Mind Matters

Trevor experienced his formative years in the Middle East but has lived in the north-east of England most of his life and worked for five Government departments in England before setting up his own training company in 2005.

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He cares passionately about mental health and destroying the stigma associated with the subject, which he says is a national disgrace. His training company has taken him all over the country delivering bespoke and off-the-shelf training programmes to help people and organisations increase their literacy in mental health. He is one of the most respected and successful specialist trainers in the country working with clients such as Boots, The John Lewis Partnership, Unilever, The Prince’s Trust, Procter and Gamble, various local authorities and civil service departments, as well as with much smaller organisations. He is an Associate of Mental Health First Aid England and was invited to the House of Lords in 2014 to receive a special award for the delivery of mental health awareness training and increasing people’s literacy in the subject. He has already delivered mental health awareness training to several hundred members of the veterinary team as part of the Mind Matters Initiative.

DIANE HORNER

DIANE HORNER

Practice Management

Diane Horner is one of the consultants on Bertha, the Onswitch coach. In 2004 she set up an ambulatory 100% equine practice in Manchester with her veterinary business partner.

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Being passionate about horses, but not veterinary-trained, Diane is able to make clear business decisions unclouded by clinical concerns. “Managing equine health throughout Greater Manchester” – the team of three vets and three administrative staff strive to consistently deliver a first-class personal service coupled with superior clinical expertise. The decision to join Onswitch in 2012 and deliver this message more widely was a no-brainer. Prior to the vet world, Diane spent 10 years managing customer service within a large multinational insurance company adopting many of their business principles within her own practice.

LISA WINTER

LISA WINTER

Practice Management

Lisa Winter, an RVN with 20 years’ experience in the animal care sector and veterinary profession, holds a BTEC & NVQ in Business Management, level 3, and has extensive experience in small animal and equine practice, clinical coaching and teaching.

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Lisa started out as an animal care student before progressing to the role of trainee vet nurse at a small animal and equine hospital. The next step was a move to a small animal practice on the East Yorkshire coast, where Lisa was soon promoted to head nurse and then ultimately to practice manager. Lisa joined Onswitch to share her passion for excellent customer service, drawing on her own skills and experiences in order to help delegates on board Bertha deliver an exceptional customer experience back in practice.