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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
NEIL HOMER FORBES
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.
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.
Oliver graduated in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery from Glasgow University 1997 having completed an intercalated honours degree in Microbiology, also at Glasgow, in 1995. He spent eight years in mixed practice in Dorset during which he developed and increasing interest in medicine and, more specifically, diagnosis. In 2005 he began a laboratory based residency in Veterinary Clinical Pathology at TDDS Ltd, Exeter, under the supervision of Andy Torrance, with regular periods of study at Cambridge University Veterinary School (there supervised by Elizabeth Villiers and later Joy Archer). This led to fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists in 2009 and passing the ACVP diploma examinations later the same year. Oliver became Director of Pathology in 2011. He is directly involved in the day to day processing of caseload as well as supervision of six residents in varying stages of training, particularly in the field of cytology, with an emphasis on ensuring that reports are tailored to the needs of veterinary surgeons in practice.
Jacky Reid 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.
Rachel graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1996 and spent 6 years in general practice before taking the post of the Fort Dodge feline fellow at the feline centre at the University of Bristol from 2002-2005. Rachel holds the RCVS diploma in feline medicine and is a recognised RCVS specialist in this field. She has just completed a PhD on the epidemiology of feline injection site sarcomas in the United Kingdom. Rachel is currently a Clinical Associate Professor in Feline Medicine at the new Vet School in Nottingham where she directs the Centre of Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine. Rachel has a particular interest in feline infectious diseases and vaccination, and is passionate about improving the health and welfare of homeless cats and dogs.
David 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.
Alison graduated from the University of Bristol in 1996. After three years in general practice she spent a year as an Intern at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC). After a further year in practice she returned to the RVC in 2001 to undertake a three year Senior Clinical Training Scholarship (Residency) in Small Animal Surgery. She stayed at the RVC as a Lecturer in Surgery from 2004 until 2007 followed by 6 months working at a referral practice in Surrey. She joined Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists in 2008 where she works as a Soft Tissue Surgeon seeing referrals in all types of soft tissue cases. She is interested in and competent in all aspects of soft tissue surgery.
Alison is also involved with post-graduate teaching in the UK, providing webinars and teaching on post-graduate courses. She works for the RVC’s CertAVP program and for BSAVA assisting in the running of their postgraduate certificate. She is external examiner at Edinburgh University.
Alison became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2005 and was reaccredited as a specialist in 2010 and 2015, and is an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Surgery. She is involved with the veterinary community and as a volunteer has been Associate Editor of the Journal of Small Animal Practice, a member of the BSAVA Education committee and spent 10 years on the committee of the Association of Veterinary Soft Tissue Surgeons, most recently as President.
She co-edited the second edition of the BSAVA ‘Manual of Canine and Feline Wound Management and Reconstruction’ and has published many book chapters. She has published clinical and research papers and has lectured in the UK, Scandinavia, USA and Asia.
Juliet 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.
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.
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).
Ben is a Specialist Orthopaedic surgeon at Chestergates Veterinary Specialists, near Chester. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the School of Engineering, University of Liverpool, and the Clinical Director of R and D in a veterinary implants company.
Over his career he has worked in mixed practice, small animal general practice and emergency practice and has been a Lecturer in Orthopaedics at the University of Liverpool.
He has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and the veterinary press, and presents regularly both nationally and internationally.