Meet the Lecturers. Our hand-picked lecturers are all engaging teachers and have huge depth of experience in their chosen disciplines.

Victoria Roberts

BVSc MRCVS

Victoria qualified from Liverpool in 2000, but has had over 45 years of breeding and judging exhibition poultry and waterfowl. She was honorary avian (and small furry) lecturer at Liverpool Vet School for 15 years, edited the British Poultry Standards, had a column in Country Smallholding for 18 years, is a Past President of the British Veterinary Zoological Society and currently their Administrator. Victoria has several books on poultry in print and her website is www.vicvet.com. She keeps too many pure breed chickens, a couple of springer spaniels and locums as a small animal vet in her spare time.

Elisabetta Mancinelli

DVM CertZooMed Dipl. ECZM (Small Mammal) MRCVS

European Veterinary Specialist in Zoological Medicine (Small Mammal)

RCVS Recognised Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine (Small Mammal)

Elisabetta graduated from the University of Naples “Federico II”, Italy, in 2002. Her interest in exotics became clear shortly after her graduation, anticipating a career mainly based on non-conventional animal medicine and surgery. After a small animal focused internship, she’s been working solely with exotics since 2003. She undertook an externship in France, mainly based on reptile medicine and then completed an externship program at the “Angell Animal Memorial Hospital” in Boston (USA), focusing on exotic animal medicine and surgery. In 2007, she moved to UK where she initially worked in private practice and wildlife charities. In 2009, Elisabetta started the first European College of Zoological Medicine (ECZM) Residency in Small Mammal Medicine, which she completed at The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh. From September 2010, she holds the RCVS Certificate in Zoological Medicine. In 2014, she obtained the ECZM Diploma, Specialty “Small Mammal Medicine and Surgery”. She currently leads the exotic department at Highcroft Veterinary Referrals, Bristol (UK).

Henry L’Eplattenier

DrMedVet, PhD, DipECVS, MRCVS RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Henry L’Eplattenier was born and grew up in Neuchâtel, in the French-speaking region of Switzerland and graduated at Bern University. He completed a residency in small animal surgery at Zurich University and has been a specialist in small animal surgery for more than 20 years now. He has worked as a lecturer at veterinary teaching hospitals in Oslo, Norway, and in Utrecht, in the Netherlands before moving to the UK. Since 2006, Henry has been a consultant surgeon in a private referral centre in Essex, VRCC Veterinary Referrals, which is now called Southfields Veterinary Specialists. He became its Clinical Director when the centre joined the Linnaeus Group in 2016.

Henry has been involved in the Examination Committee of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons (ECVS) and is also one of its past Presidents.

Mike Clare

CEO of VetRunner

Mike is CEO of VetRunner, a veterinary business consultancy.  Mike works with independent vet practices as well as other small businesses and start ups, acting as a Virtual Director, where he helps establish and execute strategic goals and growth plans and provides support in resolving key business issues.  He also lectures and provides training on how to run a successful vet practice and create a positive workplace culture.

Mike spent 10 years as Managing Director of Stanbridge Veterinary Clinics, a multi-site independent veterinary group in West Sussex, during which time he helped create and deliver Leadership Programmes and KPI platforms for the vet industry, as well as speaking at industry events.

“I am fascinated by the notion of turning ideas into reality.  I love to scope an idea out to see how far it can be taken; analyse the potential opportunities and stumbling blocks, be challenged on potential directions.  Seeing the potential of ideas and working with other passionate individuals to bring them to life is what I go to work for”.

Dr Hamish Denny & Dr Shane Guerin

Dr Hamish Denny

Bristol UK MA, VetMB, PhD, DSAO, FRCVS

Dr Shane Guerin

Cork IRE MVB, MACVSc, Cert, SAO, DVCSc, Dipl. ECVS, MRCVS

Terry Emmerson

MA VetMB CertSAS DipECVS FRCVS

RCVS and European Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Benito de la Puerta

DVM CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS

European and RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

 

After qualifying from the University of Madrid in 1997, he obtained a three year clinical scholarship at the same university.  In 2002 Benito completed an internship at the Royal Veterinary College. After a period in general practice, he returned to the RVC to complete a three year residency in Small Animal Surgery.  Benito passed his board exams in 2010 becoming an ECVS Diplomate and in 2011 became a European and RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery.   Since 2008 he has been working at North Downs Specialist Referral. Benito has published various clinical and research papers and is an avid speaker; he has particularly interest in thoracic and oncological surgery.

 

 

Stuart Carmichael

BVMS MVM DSAO FRCVS

RCVS Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Orthopaedic Surgery

RCVS Diplomate in Orthopaedics

Duncan Midgley and Dr Kinley Smith

MA VETMB PHD CERTSAS DIPECVS MRCVS

Duncan Midgley

BVMS CERTSAO MRCVS

Duncan graduated from Glasgow in 1991 and achieved his certificate in small animal orthopaedics in 1996. He is a clinical director at Rutland House Referrals, St Helens, where he has worked in orthopaedics for over 20 years.

His interests lie in all areas of orthopaedics and traumatology; specifically, cranial cruciate disease, application of locking plates, plate rod systems and novel treatment for canine hip disease.

 

Dr Kinley Smith

MA VETMB PHD CERTSAS DIPECVS MRCVS

European specialist in small animal surgery. Kinley graduated from Cambridge Vet School in 2000 and worked in small animal practice where he gained a certificate in Small Animal Surgery. This was followed by a PhD in cruciate ligament disease at University of Liverpool. He subsequently became a resident in Small Animal Surgery at Glasgow Vet School, from which he qualified as an ECVS Diplomate. Kinley’s areas of clinical interest are traumatology and critical care; surgical and medical management of joint disease; wound management; and reconstructive surgery.

Jane Boswell and Professor Andy Durham

Jane Boswell MA VetMB CertVA CertES (Orth) DECVS MRCVS, RCVS and European Specialist in Equine Surgery:

Jane qualified from Cambridge University in 1993 and after 2 years in mixed practice in Surrey, she undertook an internship and residency in equine surgery at the Royal Veterinary College. During this time she gained RCVS Certificates in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Equine Surgery (Orthopaedics) and she was awarded the ECVS Diploma of Large Animal Surgery in 2000. After a brief spell as a Lecturer in Equine Surgery at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, she joined Liphook Equine Hospital in 2000 as one of the surgical team and became a partner in 2006.

She is an RCVS and ECVS recognised Specialist in Equine Surgery. As well as surgery, she has a particular interest in magnetic resonance imaging and lameness diagnosis. She has been invited to lecture extensively on these subjects both in the UK and abroad. Jane has been an examiner and chief examiner for the RCVS Certificate in Equine Surgery and for the ECVS Diploma in Equine Surgery.

Professor Andy Durham BSc BVSc CertEP DEIM DipECEIM MRCVS, RCVS and European Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine:

Andy qualified from the University of Bristol in 1988 and worked initially in the Midlands where he gained a postgraduate qualification in Equine Practice before coming to Liphook in 1994. After a brief period away in Sussex, he returned to Liphook in 1999 and became a partner in 2001. He gained the RCVS Diploma of Equine Internal Medicine in 2003 and the Diploma of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine the following year.

Andy acts as a consultant for internal medicine providing a referral service for referring vets and has a particular interest in equine metabolic syndrome, liver disease and ophthalmology. Andy has published extensively on a wide range of equine medicine subjects and lectures frequently both in the UK and abroad. In addition to his role as medicine consultant, he runs the diagnostic laboratory within the hospital which provides rapid analysis and interpretation of results of samples from within the practice, referral hospital and those sent in by referring veterinary surgeons.

 

Professor Andy Durham 

BSc BVSc CertEP DEIM DipECEIM MRCVS

RCVS and European Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine

Andy qualified from the University of Bristol in 1988 and worked initially in the Midlands where he gained a postgraduate qualification in Equine Practice before coming to Liphook in 1994. After a brief period away in Sussex, he returned to Liphook in 1999 and became a partner in 2001. He gained the RCVS Diploma of Equine Internal Medicine in 2003 and the Diploma of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine the following year.

Andy acts as a consultant for internal medicine providing a referral service for referring vets and has a particular interest in equine metabolic syndrome, liver disease and ophthalmology. Andy has published extensively on a wide range of equine medicine subjects and lectures frequently both in the UK and abroad. In addition to his role as medicine consultant, he runs the diagnostic laboratory within the hospital which provides rapid analysis and interpretation of results of samples from within the practice, referral hospital and those sent in by referring veterinary surgeons.

 

Jane Boswell

MA VetMB CertVA CertES (Orth) DECVS MRCVS

RCVS and European Specialist in Equine Surgery 

Jane qualified from Cambridge University in 1993 and after 2 years in mixed practice in Surrey, she undertook an internship and residency in equine surgery at the Royal Veterinary College. During this time she gained RCVS Certificates in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Equine Surgery (Orthopaedics) and she was awarded the ECVS Diploma of Large Animal Surgery in 2000. After a brief spell as a Lecturer in Equine Surgery at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, she joined Liphook Equine Hospital in 2000 as one of the surgical team and became a partner in 2006.

She is an RCVS and ECVS recognised Specialist in Equine Surgery. As well as surgery, she has a particular interest in magnetic resonance imaging and lameness diagnosis. She has been invited to lecture extensively on these subjects both in the UK and abroad. Jane has been an examiner and chief examiner for the RCVS Certificate in Equine Surgery and for the ECVS Diploma in Equine Surgery.

Chris Shales

MA VetMB CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS

European and RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Sarah Gibson and Heide Klöppel

Sarah Gibson

BVSc MRCVS CertVA

Heide Klöppel

MRCVS Dr. med. Vet. CertVA

Heide Klöppel graduated from the vet school in Hanover, Germany in 2002 and moved to Switzerland where she completed her doctoral thesis at the University of Berne and also developed an interest in anaesthesia and analgesia. Heide undertook an internship at the University of Vienna, followed by a residency in anaesthesia and analgesia at the Animal Health Trust and gained her RCVS certificate in 2008. She moved to Australia and worked at the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Sydney. Heide joined the anaesthesia team at Davies Veterinary Specialists in January 2014.

 

Davina Anderson

MA VetMB PhD DSAS(Soft Tissue) DipECVS MRCVS
 RCVS Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Soft Tissue)

RCVS Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Soft Tissue)

EBVS® European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Duncan Midgley and Prof. Filippo Martini

Duncan Midgley

BVMS CERTSAO MRCVS

Duncan graduated from Glasgow in 1991 and achieved his certificate in small animal orthopaedics in 1996. He is a clinical director at Rutland House Referrals, St Helens, where he has worked in orthopaedics for over 20 years.

His interests lie in all areas of orthopaedics and traumatology; specifically, cranial cruciate disease, application of locking plates, plate rod systems and novel treatment for canine hip disease.

 

Prof. Filippo Martini

DVM

Filippo is an Associate Professor of Veterinary Surgery at the University of Parma, Italy. He graduated in Veterinary Medicine in 1993 and earned a PhD in Orthopaedics of Domestic Animals in 1997. Filippo has been elected President of the Italian Society of Veterinary Orthopaedics and is also an Ambassador Member of AOVET. He is an author of some 80 works published in national and international journals.

His interests are orthopaedics and traumatology in dogs and cats, with a special focus on articular pathologies.

Craig Hunt

BVetMed CertSAM DZooMed MRCVS

RCVS Recognised Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine

Following graduation from the RVC in 1997, Craig worked for 5 years in mixed practice in East Sussex, followed by 3 years in small animal/exotic practice in Gloucestershire before settling at Chine House Veterinary Hospital in Leicestershire. His caseload is almost exclusively 1st and 2nd opinion exotic companion with a roughly equal proportion of avian, reptile and small mammal patients. In addition to clinical work he regularly teaches at Nottingham veterinary school, lectures nationally and has written numerous articles and book chapters relating to rabbit and exotic animal medicine and surgery.

Nuala Summerfield

BSc BVM&S MRCVS DipACVIM(Cardiology) DipECVIM-CA(Cardiology)

RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Cardiology

Becky Robinson

BVSc MVetMed DipECVAA FHEA MRCVS

RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia

Becky graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2008. After a short spell in first opinion small animal practice, she completed a 12 month rotating internship in the Small Animal Teaching Hospital at the University of Liverpool. Upon conclusion of this internship, Becky spent a further 6 months in first opinion practice before embarking on a 3 year residency programme in veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London in 2010. She passed her European Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia in 2013 and subsequently became an RCVS recognised specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia. She spent the next year working as a Lecturer in Veterinary Anaesthesia at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh. In October 2014 Becky joined the Animal Health Trust where she worked for two years as a senior clinician in veterinary anaesthesia. During this time she was successfully awarded Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in recognition of her teaching experience in Higher Education.  Becky joined the anaesthesia team at Davies Veterinary Specialists in November 2016; she takes an active role contributing to in-house staff training and enjoys working in the multidisciplinary environment with its varied caseload. Over the years Becky has authored a number of peer reviewed research journal articles, CPD articles and a chapter in the most recent edition of BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Anaesthesia and Analgesia.

Outside of work, Becky enjoys horse riding, walking and spending time with her Border Terrier, Piper.

Jo Hinde

RVN

Jo has worked in the veterinary industry since 2007 and has always had a special interest in rabbits. She started her own company, LagoLearn, that provides rabbit specific CPD to veterinary professionals in both the UK and internationally. She also spends a significant amount of voluntary time working with charities and parliamentary groups to highlight animal welfare and is proud to be a council member and officer of the British Veterinary Nurse Association. Jo attends many events, gives lectures and writes articles for the veterinary industry as well as the general public and schools. She has received several awards over the years including the Blue Cross Veterinary Nurse of the Year in 2014, an RCVS Innovation Award winner in 2017 and the IFAW Animal Advocate Award in 2017.

Claire Woolford

RVN VTS (Anesthesia)

My name is Claire Woolford, I am a qualified veterinary nurse. I started nursing in 1998 and spent 8 years working in general practice before leaving to travel through Australia and New Zealand. In 2006 I joined Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists in Hampshire where I am a head nurse and in charge of running the Soft Tissue department. I achieved my VTS (Veterinary Technician Specialist) in Anesthesia and Analgesia in 2013 and I am a member of the AVTAA Credentials Committee. I also work with SynergyCPD providing in house anaesthesia training for practices across the south of England.

Frances Downing

BVSc MSc MRCVS DipECVAA

RCVS and European Veterinary Specialist in Anaesthesia and Analgesia

Fran graduated from Liverpool University in 2007 and spent two years working in a busy mixed animal practice in Lancashire. Fran returned to Liverpool University in 2010 to undertake an internship in small animal anaesthesia prior to commencing a residency in Veterinary Anaesthesia at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.  Fran moved to Davies Veterinary Specialists in 2013 and has been working within the anaesthesia department since then.  Fran is a RCVS & European Veterinary Specialist in Anaesthesia and Analgesia.

Heide Klöppel

MRCVS Dr.med. vet. CertVA

Heide Klöppel graduated from the vet school in Hanover, Germany in 2002 and moved to Switzerland where she completed her doctoral thesis at the University of Berne and also developed an interest in anaesthesia and analgesia. Heide undertook an internship at the University of Vienna, followed by a residency in anaesthesia and analgesia at the Animal Health Trust and gained her RCVS certificate in 2008. She moved to Australia and worked at the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Sydney. Heide joined the anaesthesia team at Davies Veterinary Specialists in January 2014.

 

Frances Downing and Becky Robinson

Frances Downing

BVSc MSc MRCVS DipECVAA

RCVS and European Veterinary Specialist in Anaesthesia and Analgesia

Fran graduated from Liverpool University in 2007 and spent two years working in a busy mixed animal practice in Lancashire. Fran returned to Liverpool University in 2010 to undertake an internship in small animal anaesthesia prior to commencing a residency in Veterinary Anaesthesia at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.  Fran moved to Davies Veterinary Specialists in 2013 and has been working within the anaesthesia department since then.  Fran is a RCVS & European Veterinary Specialist in Anaesthesia and Analgesia.

 

Becky Robinson

MVetMed DipECVAA FHEA MRCVS

RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia

Becky graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2008. After a short spell in first opinion small animal practice, she completed a 12 month rotating internship in the Small Animal Teaching Hospital at the University of Liverpool. Upon conclusion of this internship, Becky spent a further 6 months in first opinion practice before embarking on a 3 year residency programme in veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London in 2010. She passed her European Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia in 2013 and subsequently became an RCVS recognised specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia. She spent the next year working as a Lecturer in Veterinary Anaesthesia at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh. In October 2014 Becky joined the Animal Health Trust where she worked for two years as a senior clinician in veterinary anaesthesia. During this time she was successfully awarded Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in recognition of her teaching experience in Higher Education.  Becky joined the anaesthesia team at Davies Veterinary Specialists in November 2016; she takes an active role contributing to in-house staff training and enjoys working in the multidisciplinary environment with its varied caseload. Over the years Becky has authored a number of peer reviewed research journal articles, CPD articles and a chapter in the most recent edition of BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Anaesthesia and Analgesia.

Outside of work, Becky enjoys horse riding, walking and spending time with her Border Terrier, Piper.

 

 

Mark Goodfellow

MA VetMB DPhil CertVR DSAM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS

RCVS and European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine

Head of Service- Oncology at Davies Veterinary Specialists

 

Philip Lhermette

BSc (Hons) CBiol FRSB BVetMed FRCVS

Special Lecturer in Veterinary Endoscopy and Endosurgery

The University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

Philip Lhermette BSc (Hons) CBiol FRSB BVetMed FRCVS is the principal and founder of Elands Veterinary Clinic, near Sevenoaks in Kent. After completing an honours degree in animal physiology at the University of Nottingham in 1977, Philip went on to complete his degree in veterinary medicine at the Royal Veterinary College, London, in 1982. Following four years in mixed practice in Surrey Philip moved to Kent to establish his own practice which moved to new purpose-built premises in 2010.

Philip has a particular interest in surgery – and more specifically, minimally invasive (keyhole) surgery using both rigid and flexible endoscopes. Philip trained with human minimally invasive surgeons in the UK and veterinary endoscopists in the USA. Having practised rigid endoscopy since 1995, Philip has extensive experience in endoscopy and endosurgery and has run a referral service since 2001. He pioneered laparoscopic bitch spays and laser endosurgery in veterinary medicine in the UK, is author and editor of the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Endoscopy and Endosurgery and has contributed to numerous other publications. He is special lecturer in endoscopy and endosurgery at the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and lectures extensively in minimally invasive techniques throughout the UK, Europe and Asia. In 2011 Philip received the BSAVA Simon Award for outstanding contributions in the field of veterinary surgery and in 2016 he was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary surgeons for meritorious contributions to clinical practice.

“Philip Lhermette was an excellent speaker; truly passionate about endoscopy! “
“Lecturer was excellent, interesting and friendly, a Very good course, loved the practical sessions.”

Georg Haimel

DVM DipECVS MRCVS

European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Georg graduated from the Veterinary University of Vienna in 2006. After working for six months in general practice, he completed a rotating small animal internship at the Veterinary University of Vienna. Thereafter, he worked for two years in the medical department of an international pharmaceutical company. Georg returned back to university to pursue a research project in islet cell transplantation followed by a three-year ECVS approved residency program in small animal surgery at the Veterinary University of Vienna. 2015 Georg moved to UK and joined the AHT as a clinician in soft tissue & orthopaedic surgery. He successfully passed the ECVS board exam in 2017.  Georg has lectured and been invited as a speaker at numerous conferences and CPD courses at national and international level.

” Excellent lecturer, great notes and demonstrations of surgery, high level of one-to-one help in practical sessions. Great ”

” Great lecturer, very helpful and extremely knowledgeable.”

Nicola Ackerman

BSc(Hons) RVN CertSAN CertVNECC VTS(Nutrition) A1 V1 C-SQP HonMBVNA

SQP Award Winner 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014

Blue Cross/BVNA Veterinary Nurse of the Year 2010

Nicola works as the Head Medical Nurse at The Veterinary Hospital in Plymouth, UK. Nicola graduated from Hartpury College with an honours degree in Equine Science, and subsequently qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2002. Nicola sits on the Veterinary Products Committee for the Veterinary Medicines Directive. Nicola has written for many veterinary publications and textbooks, and is the editor for Aspinall’s Complete Textbook of Veterinary Nursing and is on the editorial board of The Veterinary Nurse. Nicola has won the BVNA / Blue Cross award for animal welfare in 2010, and various SQP awards in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 and the College of Animal Welfare Professional Development Award in 2012. Nicola is currently studying for a Master’s degree in Advanced Veterinary Nursing with Glasgow University.

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“Very engaging speaker, her experience and knowledge comes through. Excellent course.”
“Very high standard of presentation, lots of relevant information delivered by a lecturer who is an expert on the subject.”

Linda Ryan (Roberts)

DipAVN (Medical) VTS (Oncology) RVN

Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner & Faculty Instructor

Canine & Feline Trainer & Behaviour Practitioner

Linda started her nursing career in general practice, qualifying in 2002. She then spent many years working in specialist clinics at two university referral hospitals. She has obtained the Diploma in Advanced Nursing (Medical) and  a Veterinary Technician Specialty (Oncology). She is a qualified animal trainer, behaviour practitioner. In autumn 2018, Linda also became a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Behaviour.

Linda runs Inspiring Pet Teaching, aimed at pet and owner training and education, and continuing education provision for veterinary and para-professionals. With a foot in both the camps of veterinary nursing and behaviour, she has a strong focus on the interplay between clinical practice and animal behaviour, and on the value of an interdisciplinary team to provide the best possible care and education to pets and people. She is passionate about cooperative care and patient-friendly practice, and regularly teaches on this topic to veterinary professionals.

Linda continues to study in the field of animal behaviour.

 

“Lecturer was superb. Very knowledgeable and engaging. Well formatted and interesting lecture.”
“Excellent lecturer knowledgeable and approachable. Notes very good and the sections presented in a sensible order.”

 

Elise Robertson

BS BVetMed MACVSc (Feline) DipABVP (Feline) FHEA MRCVS

American Board Certified Diplomate Feline Practice

Elise graduated cum laude from Colorado State University with a BSc in Biological Sciences/Anatomy & Neurophysiology. She then relocated to the UK in 1998 to study veterinary medicine at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London. She graduated with honours in 2003 and instead of moving back to the USA, she ended up staying permanently in the UK! She was awarded Membership Australian and New Zealand College Veterinary Scientists Feline Chapter (ANZCVSc) in 2008 and later Diplomate status from the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP). She’s head European mentor for the International Society Feline Medicine (ISFM)/University of Sydney Distance Education programme in Feline Medicine, Examiner for ANZCVSc Feline Chapter, Co-Lecturer for ESAVS Endoscopy/Endosurgery Courses and Co-Lecturer at Colorado State University Endoscopy/Endosurgery Courses . She currently operates a visiting feline medicine referral (Feline Vet Referrals, www.felinevet.net) and endoscopy consultancy service (Endoscopy Vet Referrals, www.endoscopyvet.net) for veterinary practices in SE England. She also heads the Feline Medicine and Endoscopy Referral Service at VRCC Referrals. Her professional interests include medical endoscopy & endosurgery (‘keyhole surgery’), receiving her formal training from both veterinary and human consultant surgeons in the USA, Germany, France, and the UK.

“Very good lecturer – Elise was very good at explaining some quite tricky concepts. The notes are also really useful.”
“Elise was friendly, open, ready to explain as many times as needed. Course notes were very good.”

Isuru Gajanayake

BVSc CertSAM DACVIM DECVIM-CA DACVN MRCVS

RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Medicine (Internal Medicine)

American and European Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine

American Specialist in Small Animal Nutrition

Isuru graduated from the University of Sydney and after working in general practice for several years in Australia and England, he completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Clinical Nutrition at the Royal Veterinary College (London). Isuru was the first Nutrition resident to be trained in the United Kingdom.

Isuru now works as a specialist (American, European and RCVS) in Small Animal Internal Medicine and as a specialist (American) in Small Animal Nutrition at the Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service in Solihull, where he is the head of the Internal Medicine service. Isuru enjoys seeing a wide range of cases in these two specialities, particularly where both internal medicine and clinical nutrition are closely interlinked. He also enjoys teaching vets, students and nurses in clinical and formal settings.

” Very approachable “

 

Denise Tonry

Bsc(Hons) RVN NCert(Anesth)

Denise Tonry was born in Ireland and she graduated from University College Dublin in 2014. After qualifying she moved to England and has worked in Fitzpatrick Referrals Orthopaedic and Neurology referral practice since then.

As a senior nurse, during the last three years, she has been exposed to a variety of patients ranging from surgical site wounds, open fractures, degloving injuries and surgical site infections allowing her to develop her skills in wound management.

She has a certificate in anaesthesia and is currently partaking in a certificate in emergency and critical care. One of her passions is anaesthesia and analgesia, this was one of her roles in her previous position now focusing on post-operative care of orthopaedic and neurology patients.

Paul Aldridge

BVSc Cert SAS MRCVS

RCVS Advanced Practitioner Small Animal Surgery

Paul is a surgical referral clinician with Vets Now Referrals.

Paul graduated from Liverpool University. After a short spell in mixed practice he moved to a surgical role in a small animal hospital in Manchester where he obtained his RCVS Certificate. Paul has continued to work in the Manchester area since then, seeing orthopaedic and soft tissue referral cases. Widely involved in delivering CPD, Paul has lectured to vets and nurses in the UK, Europe, and the USA, and has authored and contributed to text books.

Paul’s clinical interests include all aspects of traumatology, acute abdominal surgery, and cruciate disease.

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“Paul Aldridge was both an excellent lecturer and practical teacher! He patiently answered all of our questions and regularly visited each practical table. His lectures were pitched at the right level, and he was engaging and kept both my and my colleagues’ interest.”
“Paul is absolutely amazing and very helpful. Learned a lot.”

Roger Powell

MA VetMB DipRCPath Diplomate ACVP FRCPath MRCVS

RCVS Recognised Specialist in Clinical Pathology

Roger Powell graduated from Cambridge University in 2000 and after four years in mixed practice, returned there to complete a residency in clinical pathology.  Following this, he worked for a brief period at Cambridge Veterinary School, gaining both the British and American Diploma in Veterinary Clinical Pathology in 2007 and then fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists in 2009.  In 2008 he opened PTDS, an independent veterinary diagnostic laboratory that works alongside specialists and first opinion vets.  His keen interests are cytology and haematology, contributing chapters to several BSAVA manuals and veterinary cytology textbooks, and he enjoys teaching or discussing all aspects of clinical pathology and diagnostic testing with vets and nurses.

Sarah Caney

BVSc PhD DSAM(Feline) MRCVS

RCVS Specialist in Feline Medicine

Chief Executive Vet Professionals Limited

Sarah Caney is an internationally recognised veterinary specialist in feline medicine who has worked as a feline-only vet for more than twenty years. She trained as a specialist at the University of Bristol and is one of thirteen recognised specialists in feline medicine working within the UK. Sarah has written or co-written four books published by her business Cat Professional including ‘Caring for an elderly cat’ (co-authored with Vicky Halls). Sarah conducts online owner surveys and has published much of her research results in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. As a clinician she enjoys seeing a mixture of first opinion and referral feline patients.

” Dr Sarah Caney was a superb speaker, so informative and I left with lots of ideas for our cat clinics and applying for our practice accreditation to be a cat friendly clinic.”
” Superb, very informative and approachable lecturer. Loved how practical she was in terms of first opinion practice and truly passionate about her subject.”

Dr. Laurent Findji

DMV MS DiplECVS MRCVS

European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

RCVS Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Laurent graduated from Paris’ vet school, the Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire d’Alfort, in France in 1995 and was assistant instructor in the anatomy department the following year. He then qualified for a 2-year surgical internship in the same school and later completed a Master of Science in Biology and Physiology of Circulation and Respiration, as well as a university degree in Novel Surgery and Microsurgery.

After working for 3 years in a large private practice outside Paris, he spent 4 years at the Centre Hospitalier Vétérinaire Frégis, near Paris, where he completed an ECVS residency. He became a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2008 and was recognised as a specialist in small animal surgery by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2012.

Laurent worked at VRCC Veterinary Referrals in Essex, from 2006 to 2014, where he was one of the full-time soft-tissue surgeons and directors. He moved to Fitzpatrick Referrals in October 2014 to form the first team for their new Soft Tissue and Oncology Service.

Laurent is a member of multiple boards including the ECVS examination committee, NAVC’s Clinicians Brief Global Edition advisory board and the oncology division of the AFVAC, the French Small Animal Veterinary Association. He regularly contributes to international publications and book chapters, and gives lectures and presentation in many countries.

“Very good lecturer, good presentation and kept everyone entertained.”
“Excellent lecturer, found it very useful having the demonstration of each surgical procedure”

Dr Sarah Heath

BVSc DipECAWBM(BM) CCAB FRCVS

RCVS Veterinary Specialist in Behavioural Medicine

EBVS European Veterinary Specialist in Behavioural Medicine

Sarah qualified from Bristol University and spent four years in mixed general practice before setting up a behaviour medicine referral practice in 1992. She is an External Lecturer in small animal behavioural medicine at Liverpool University and a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist under the ASAB accreditation scheme.

In 2002 Sarah became a Founding Diplomate of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine (formerly the ECVBM-CA) and served as President from 2002 to 2008. She is currently Treasurer of the College.

Sarah has a special interest in the interplay between behaviour and physical illness in dogs and cats and particularly in the role of pain. She promotes the understanding of animal mental health within the veterinary profession and lectures extensively at home and abroad on behavioural topics.

” Excellent. Very clear and concise; so that despite the masses of information given it didn’t feel overwhelming. Very approachable and helpful.”
” Excellent lecturer, really knowledgeable, friendly professional disposition.”

 

Andrea Volk

DVM, Dr.med.vet, MVetMed, DipECVD

MRCVS European and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology

Graduated in 2002 followed by a research doctorate in pharmacology, both at Hanover Vet School/Germany Andrea spent some years in general veterinary practice in the UK. After that she worked at the Royal Veterinary College for 8 years, part of which she received specialist training in dermatology and worked as a specialist dermatologist before moving onto private referral practice.

Andrea enjoys looking after skin patients and their owners to manage these often chronic and frustrating diseases. Her special interests are atopic disease, with emphasis on food hypersensitivity and ear disease as well as the feline patient. She has a particular interest in progressing the understanding of the immunology of the intestine and skin.

” I love Andrea. She taught me in 4th year vet school and was my favourite clinician as she is so down to earth and makes it easy to learn. Excellent course.”
“Very engaging, clear, entertaining and approachable. Excellent course.”

Georgina Fricker

BVSc CertVOphthal DipECVO MRCVS

RCVS and European Specialist in Ophthalmology

Georgie graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2005 and started her career in small animal practice for 3 years before moving into referral ophthalmology. She gained her RCVS certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology in 2011 before moving to Davies Veterinary Specialists to undertake a residency in under the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmology. Georgie passed her European diploma in 2016 and is an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology. She remains part of the busy team at Davies Veterinary Specialists in Hertfordshire, running a weekly satellite clinic at their Hyde Park branch.

” Very approachable, good speaker.”
“Very good. Extremely helpful. Well thought out lectures. Excellent course.”
“The lecturer was very clear and willing to answer questions both during the lecture or in the intervals The information given was very practical and lots of practical tips on ophthalmic examination,              Excellent course.”

Angelika von Heimendahl

MSc MScVet Cons BVM (Berlin) MRCVS DipECAR

Angelika is a graduate of both Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine from the University of Berlin. She was a Resident at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London for three years and became a Diplomat of the European College of Reproduction (ECAR) in 2003. Angelika runs her own small animal referral practice in Cambridge, and teaches undergraduates, veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses. Her other interests are in conservation and she has recently completed a MSc in veterinary conservation medicine with Edinburgh University. Angelika was the President of the European Veterinary Society for Small Animal Reproduction (EVVSAR) in 2010/11 and is now the president of the ECAR examination board.

” I thought the course was fabulous, I thought Angelika was fab, [she] really helped me to look at all the sides of the story.”