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Jessica Said

Veterinarian BVSc/BVBio (Hons)
South West Slopes Veterinary Services

Ariane Neuber

DrMedVet CertVD DECVD MRCVS EBVS & RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology

Owner Hund Katze Haut

David Rendle BVSc MVM CertEM(IntMed) DipECEIM FRCVS RCVS and European Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine

Following graduation from The University of Bristol in 2001, David worked in farm animal and equine practice before and completing an internship at Liphook Equine Hospital.  After a 3-year Horserace Betting Levy Board residency at The University of Glasgow and Liphook Equine Hospital, David spent a number of years at Liphook Equine Hospital with a break to work in the West country and Australia. He moved to Rainbow Equine Hospital in Yorkshire where he became a director prior to the hospital’s acquisition by the Vet Partners group. In 2019, David returned to his roots and now lives near family on the edge of Exmoor. He works as an independent equine medicine and therapeutics consultant around tending his sheep and is actively involved in clinical research. David has lectured and published on a broad range of topics but has particular interests in gastrointestinal and endocrine and diseases. In 2019, David was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in recognition of his contribution to clinical practice. He is President of the British Equine Veterinary Association (2022/23) and is chair of their health and medicines committee.  

Dr. James R. Crabtree BVM&S CertEM(StudMed) FRCVS

Director of Equine Reproductive Services (UK) Limited

James Crabtree graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh in 2001and was awarded the McCaughey Prize at graduation. James spent four years in mixed practice in Yorkshire. Before embarking on multiple back-to-back breeding seasons between the Southern and Northern hemispheres working with equine specialists in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. His time in the UK was spent at home in Yorkshire in Thoroughbred and Sport Horse practice with Dr. Jonathan Pycock. In 2010 James was awarded the RCVS certificate in Equine Stud Medicine and in 2011 was made an associate lecturer at Liverpool University and became examiner for the stud medicine certificate in 2012. James lectures regularly on the national and international stage and has published work on the management of mares and stallions, peri-partum problems in mares, granulosa cell tumours, persistent endometrial cups and hormonal manipulation of the mare. James continues to perform and publish practice-based research with the team at Equine Reproductive Services and in collaboration with the Royal Veterinary College. He also contributes widely at international congresses and international CPD with practical material on many subjects from basic management to advanced reproductive procedures. In 2013 he became director of Equine Reproductive Services (UK) Limited developing the busy Yorkshire equine practice started by Dr Pycock 16 years previously. In 2014, James became an honorary lecturer at Liverpool University and joined the editorial board of the UK Vet Equine journal. James is recognised as an Advanced Practitioner in Equine Stud Medicine and is a current member of the BEVA, the Association of Racecourse Veterinary Surgeons and an FEI Permitted Treating Veterinarian. In 2019 James was elected onto BEVA council where he hopes to play an active and useful role.

Dr. Mark Bowen BVetMed MMedSci(MedEd) PhD Cert VA Cert EM(IntMed) Dip ECVSMR Dip ACVIM-LAIM PFHEA FRCVS

Mark Bowen is an RCVS specialist in equine internal medicine and an EBVS in veterinary sports medicine and rehabilitation. He is a past president of BEVA and developed the PROTECT ME toolkit. This was recognised through an Antibiotic Guardian award, a programme that recognised this work alongside work in human healthcare.  He is one of the country’s leading equine cardiologists and has particular expertise in the diagnosis and management of cardiac disease and arrhythmias Mark now runs his own specialist equine medicine consultancy business,

Dr Tim Nuttall BVSc BSc CertVD CBiol MIBiol PhD MRCVS

Dr Tim Nuttall is Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology. He did his clinical training and PhD at the University of Edinburgh before joining the University of Liverpool in 2001. He returned to the Dick Vet as Head of Dermatology in 2013.
Tim has written over 100 clinical and scientific publications, presented over 150 lectures throughout the world, served on numerous scientific and clinical committees, and is on the editorial board of Veterinary Dermatology. In 2014 he received the BSAVA Woodrow Award.
Tim enjoys the Scottish mountains (completing the Munros last year), cycling and single malt whisky. 

Gemma Pearson BVMS Cert AVP (EM) MScR CCAB MRCVS Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Equine Medicine Director of Equine Behaviour, The Horse Trust Veterinary Liaison Officer, International Society for Equitation Science

Gemma combines her time between research and outreach on behalf of The Horse Trust and seeing clinical equine behaviour cases where she is based at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh. After working in ambulatory practice, Gemma moved to the Dick Vet, where she completed a rotating residency programme in the equine hospital, becoming an advanced practitioner in equine medicine, alongside an MScR investigating horse veterinarian interactions. Subsequently, she completed her CCAB (certified clinical animal behaviourist) and her PhD thesis ‘Stress in equids undergoing veterinary care and the development of interventions that positively influence the horses’ experience’.  As the Veterinary Liaison Officer for the International Society for Equitation Science, Gemma is passionate about improving interactions between horses and people, specifically regarding the application of learning theory. In her spare time she has competed up to advanced level endurance on a homebred horse as well as enjoying competing in affiliated dressage and eventing. 

Dr. Tamzin Furtado PhD

Postdoctoral Research Associate at University of Liverpool

Tamzin is a social scientist with a background in global health, and has a specific interest in the interconnections between human and animal health and wellbeing. She completed a PhD at the University of Liverpool studying how we can improve the management of obesity in horses, particularly focusing on horse-human relationships and human behaviour change. She now works on projects covering a wide range of aspects of understanding human behaviour in order to improve companion animal welfare, and in using social sciences to find out more about how we can help people to change. She is working with BEVA on their equine obesity initiative, and frequently gives lectures and talks about applying behaviour change principles to help equine professionals and owners manage weight.

Dr Nicola Jane Menzies-Gow MA VetMB PhD DipECEIM CertEM(IntMed) FHEA FRCVS

Senior Lecturer in Equine Medicine, Royal Veterinary College

Nicola qualified from Cambridge University in 1997 and spent three years working in first opinion equine practice in Essex. In 2000, she joined the Royal Veterinary College as a senior clinical training scholar in equine medicine. In 2005, she gained a PhD in equine endotoxemia and became a Diplomat of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine before being appointed as a lecturer in equine medicine at the RVC. Since then, she has been promoted to senior lecturer and reader. Her research focuses on equine endocrinopathic laminitis and individual animal predisposition to the disease.

Dr Emily Floyd, BVSc, DACVIM, MRCVS. RCVS Recognised Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine.

Clinical Director Rossdales Equine Hospital
Emily is a member of the internal medicine team at Rossdales Equine Hospital and has a particular interest in equine neonatology. She joined Rossdales in 2009 and became a partner in April 2016.  Emily is a graduate of the University of Bristol and worked in mixed practice before completing an internship at Liphook Equine Hospital in Hampshire. Between 2006 and 2009 she completed a residency at the University of California, Davis. 

Dr. Sally Coggins

BVSc (hons I) MANZCVS (Feline Medicine)
The University of Sydney

Dr. Sally Coggins graduated with first-class honours from The University of Sydney in 2007. After 2 years in small animal practice in Canberra, Sally commenced work in feline-only practice at The Cat Clinic in Prahran (Melbourne) in 2010, where she remained for 10 years, become a partner and director in this busy practice and seeing a high volume of both first opinion and referral cases. Sally attained her membership qualification in Feline Medicine with the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in 2012 and went on to become an examiner for the ANZCVS in 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Sally has now turned her attention to research, commencing a full-time master’s under the supervision of Professor Jacqueline Norris, Associate Professor Merran Govendir, and Associate Professor Mary Thompson at the Sydney School of Veterinary Science, The University of Sydney since late 2020. Sally is currently investigating novel antiviral therapeutics for Feline Infectious Peritonitis and is currently conducting clinical trials open for national recruitment. She continues to practice 1 day per week as a feline-only clinician at Gordon Veterinary Hospital, as well as being a feline medicine distance education course tutor for the Centre for Veterinary Education and an undergraduate tutor for Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students at The University of Sydney.

Professor Danièlle A. Gunn-Moore BSc(Hon), BVM&S, PhD, MANZCVS (Feline), FHEA, FRSB, FRCVS, RCVS Specialist in Feline Medicine

Professor in Feline Medicine, Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies and The Roslin Institute

Danièlle Gunn-Moore 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, in2012 the Royal Dick students voted her “The clinician I would most like to be”, in 2016 FECAVA awarded her “Increased Vocalisation in Elderly Cats” the most original paper in the European Journal of Companion Animal Practice that year, and in 2017 she became a Fellow of the RCVS. She shares her home with her husband Frank, a tiny little 20 year old black cat called Sheba-Ardbeg, and a gorgeous Maine Coon kitten of 8 months old called Brora.

Dr. Louise Clark BVMS CertVA DipECVAA MSc (Clinical Management of Pain) FRCVS

Head of Anaesthesia, Davies Veterinary Specialists

Louise is a European and Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons recognised Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia and a Fellow of the RCVS. In 2014 Louise was awarded an MSc (Distinction) in the Clinical Management of Pain from Edinburgh University. She is currently Past President of the Pain Medicine Section Council at the Royal Society of Medicine and has been an invited examiner on the European Diploma examination and a Treasurer of the Association of Veterinary Anaesthetists. She is the Head of the Anaesthesia service at Davies Veterinary Specialists and also part of their integrated pain management clinic.

Dr Emily Dutton BVM&S DVC MRCVS RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology

Director of Cheshire Cardiology
Cheshire Cardiology

Dr Emily Dutton BVM&S DVC MRCVS (RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology) is Director of Cheshire Cardiology, offering a peripatetic specialist cardiology referral service for veterinary practices throughout the North West. Emily was awarded the Diploma in Veterinary Cardiology in 2014, shortly followed by RCVS Specialist Status in Veterinary Cardiology. Emily was appointed Secretary of the Veterinary Cardiovascular Society in 2015 and has been heavily involved in CPD training for vets. She has contributed to international clinical trials and has written a number of articles for professional and peer-reviewed journals. Her interests include brain-heart interactions, syncope, echocardiography and cardiac biomarkers. She is currently actively researching echocardiographic reference intervals, ambulatory ECG recordings and dilated cardiomyopathy in deerhounds.

Fergus Allerton BSc BVSc CertSAM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

Internal medicine specialist
Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service Ltd

Fergus graduated from the University of Bristol in 2004 and spent six years in mixed animal practice in Worcestershire before completing a residency in Small Animal Medicine at the University of Liege, Belgium. He moved to Willows Referral Service in Solihull in 2013 and became a European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine in 2016.His current clinical interests include faecal matter transplantation, Shar Pei fever, gall bladder mucocoeles and antibacterial stewardship. He is currently chairman of the Small Animal Medicine Society and led the relaunch of the PROTECT ME antibiotic guidelines last year. He recently edited the 10thedition of the BSAVA formulary.  

Nadine Hamilton

Positive Psych Solutions

Dr Nadine Hamilton is a psychologist, author and speaker and is a leading worldwide authority on veterinary wellbeing.

Dr Hamilton helps veterinary professionals get on top of stress and conflict to avoid burnout and suicide and works with practice managers and owners to increase wellbeing, productivity, and retention in the workplace. 

Dr Hamilton has successfully completed doctoral research into veterinarian wellbeing and is the proud founder of the “Love Your Pet Love Your Vet” charity, in which she partnered with Royal Canin to raise awareness about the issues within the veterinary industry. She is also completing further research into stress, burnout, and suicide within the veterinary profession.

Dr Hamilton works tirelessly to advocate for veterinary wellbeing and the paradigm shift she believes is needed to facilitate positive change within the profession.

Dr Hamilton is the author of “Coping with Stress and Burnout as a Veterinarian”, published by Australian Academic Press and released in February 2019, and the winner of the Blackmores Mercie Whellan Women + Wellbeing Award in 2020.

Dr Sue Foster

Medical Consultant, Veterinary Specialist

Sue is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists(ANZCVS) and a registered specialist in feline medicine. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor in Small Animal Medicine at Murdoch University (Western Australia) and a small animal medical consultant for Vetnostics (Sydney) and ASAP Laboratory (Melbourne). In her role at Vetnostics, Sue has had extensive exposure and experience in monitoring response to trilostane treatment in Australian dogs detecting numerous compounding problems in this role as efficacy of compounded trilostane and ACTH can be measured indirectly i.e. not requiring pharmaceutical analysis.

Sue is also the current president and spokesperson of Vets Against Live Export (VALE).