Welcome To VetsForNHS

VetsForNHS is a consortium of veterinarians, Invicta Animal Health, MSD Animal Health, Nimrod Veterinary Products, and the Vet Fair. We aim to provide quality online CPD for all veterinary professionals. The CPD sessions are free but we do ask that participants help us to raise money for our colleagues in the NHS by making a donation to the NHS Charities Together which helps and supports frontline NHS workers and their families through our Just Giving Page.

The date for the CPD event is Wednesday 21st April 2021, Lectures start at 9:30 am.

It is a fantastic opportunity for vets, vet nurses and vet students to get world class education form international opinion leaders and support our hard working NHS colleagues and make a difference at this most difficult of times.

Help out

Vets For NHS

Complete the form below to register your interest in attending our online CPD in aid NHS Charities Together. After sending the form you will be directed to a Just Giving NHS page to make your contribution. We would suggest a minimum donation of £45 but please feel free to donate more (The usual fee for this level of CPD is £500/day). This donation can be offset to your CPD budget and the confirmatory e-mail from JustGiving will act as your receipt for redemption at your practice. Closing date for guaranteed registration is Tuesday 20th April at 5pm. We will do our best to ensure registrants after this date receive a place but cannot guarantee a place at the event.

Our speakers

Please allow us to introduce our excellent speakers who will be providing your CPD

Emeritus Professor Derek KnottenbeltOBE, BVM&S, DVM&S, DipECEIM, DACVIM, MRCVS
Professor Derek Knottenbelt qualified from Edinburgh in 1970 and spent the first years as a research veterinarian in Zimbabwe. Thereafter, he spent 12 years in mixed and equine practice before turning to the academic world at Liverpool where he specialised in equine internal medicine. He retired from his personal Chair in Equine Internal Medicine at Liverpool in 2010 and then acted as a Consultant to the Weiper’s Equine Centre, University of Glasgow up to January 2019. He is a Diplomat of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine and of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He is Director of Equine Medical Solutions Ltd and through this provides an advisory service in equine oncology. He is the primary author of 10 recognised textbooks and over 90 refereed scientific papers. He has been awarded honorary life membership of ECEIM, BEVA, VWHA and ACVIM. He received the Animal Health Trust Scientific Award in 2003, the BEVA (Blue Cross) Welfare award in 2004 and the Merk -WEVA Welfare Award in 2006. In 2005 he was appointed OBE by the Queen for his services to equine medicine. He has published widely on a range of topics and maintains an interest in equine Internal medicine and oncology in particular. His main interests are in oncology, ophthalmology, wound management and dermatology. He is actively involved in animal and human charity work both in UK and abroad. He is a founder member of the ‘Vets with Horsepower’ team who champion the cause of the working equid as well as other welfare and humanitarian charities and raise money for Charity through provision of high quality CPD to vets and horse owners.
Harry Carslake
Harry is a senior lecturer in equine medicine at Leahurst Equine Hospital, University of Liverpool, where he can often be found in a darkened room with an ultrasound unit and a horse. He is interested in all areas of equine medicine, but has particular interests in endocrinology, gastroenterology, ophthalmology and cardiology. Before Liverpool, he worked for 7 years in mixed and equine practice, and 6 years at Massey University, New Zealand. He became a   diplomate of ACVIM in 2010.
Shaun McKane BVSc BSc(vet) PhD Dip ACVIM Dip ECEIM
Shaun qualified from the University of Sydney in 1993. After a time in equine practice, he completed a PhD at the University of Melbourne in 1998, centred on the effects of exercise induced pulmonary haemorrhage on racehorse lungs.  He moved to Oregon State University in 1999, to undertake a residency position and become a Boarded Specialist with the American College of Equine Internal Medicine. In 2002, he became a lecturer and then a senior lecturer in equine medicine at the University of Liverpool, and became a European College Specialist in Equine Medicine in 2005.  In 2010 Shaun moved to West Wales and became a Director at Cotts Equine Hospital, where he continues to practice in a wide range of clinical areas including respiratory disease, cardiology, ophthalmology, neurology, and sarcoid therapy. 
Isabel ManningBVSc, MRCVS
Originally from Edinburgh Isy first went to study Animal Science at Newcastle University where she was an active member of the Newcastle Argics. In 2006, she graduated and went straight onto study Veterinary Science at Bristol University. Having qualified as a vet in 2011 Isy went to mixed practice including zoo work in Norfolk, which she loved, and it taught her a lot especially about thinking outside the box. Following this she moved to Herefordshire, by day she was a mixed vet by night she was a farmer’s wife, herds women and potato grader on her husband’s farm. In 2015, Isy moved to poultry health services to be a poultry vet, to follow an interest in poultry gained in her first degree.
Stuart Russell
Stuart joined the team at Nantwich Farm Vets after graduating from The University of Liverpool in 2007 and has practiced as a dairy veterinarian ever since, working with some of the UK’s largest herds in both a primary and a consulting capacity. He completed a Diploma in Bovine Reproduction in 2012 which sparked a keen interest in dairy data and statistics, mostly because he felt his knowledge in this area was painfully inadequate at the time. He now has extensive experience extracting data from farm data sources & creating bespoke predictive models, primarily using a Bayesian statistical approach. He enjoys combining his skills in trying to answer otherwise-unanswerable questions. Although he continues to work as a veterinarian for certain existing clients, Stuart is a director of Define:Ag Limited, providing consultancy & high-level data science skills for the dairy industry and beyond.
Bryony Gilder
Bryony has been working in veterinary practice since 2006 and completed a BSc (Hons) degree in Veterinary Nursing Science from the University of the West of England in 2010.  Bryony joined Cave Veterinary Specialists in 2012 and her main interests are neurology and rehabilitation and is the Senior Neurology Nurse.  In 2014 Bryony completed a PGCert in Small Animal Rehabilitation at the University of Nottingham, and in 2016 completed a PGCert in Veterinary Oncology Nursing at Harper Adams University. She is currently in the application year for the VTS in Neurology. 
Paul WoodBVetMed, Msc, PGDipVetEd, FHEA, MRCVS
Paul graduated from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in 2005 and spent 18 months working in mixed practice across Herts, Beds and Bucks. He then moved around doing small animal and exotic animal locum positions before starting a yearlong MSc in Wild Animal Health with ZSL London. After completing this degree, he returned to the RVC as a Farm animal clinician working in both the ambulatory and referral practices. After three years at the RVC Paul had a brief foray into industry, providing maternity cover as an Area Veterinary Manager for Pfizer Animal Health. In 2012 he joined the farm department at the University of Cambridge where he developed the ambulatory, referral and consultancy services that were offered. During this time he completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Education. Since October 2016 Paul has taken up a role as Principal Clinician and Senior Lecturer in Farm Animal Practice at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh. Paul’s interests lay in Obstetrics and fertility, Surgery and Veterinary Education and Student Support.
Molly Varga-SmithBVetMed, DZooMed MRCVS
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. 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. In 2012 she became an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine and is the author of the textbook Rabbit Medicine. She currently runs a first opinion and referral exotics service within a practice in Merseyside.
Neil SmithBVetMed MSc MA FRCVS
Neil Smith qualified from the RVC in 1989 and was commissioned into the Royal Army Veterinary Corps. He has had an eclectic career which has taken him all over the world. He has been the Director Army Veterinary and Remount Services and the Queen's Honorary Veterinary Surgeon (twice). As well as a variety of veterinary clinical, policy and leadership roles he has also worked extensively in military healthcare. He has been a primary care regional clinical director, managed Defence's mental health service and commanded a Reserve Field Hospital. In 2015 he deployed to Sierra Leone as Commander Medical in the UK's contingent supporting the country in fighting the Ebola outbreak. Amongst other activities he is an elected member of RCVS Council, and was President 2013-14, has been a trustee of Blue Cross, helped set up StreetVet Birmingham, and has been a VetLife Trustee. He retired from the Regular Army in 2019 after 30 years’ service.
Andy DurhamBSc BVSc CertEP DEIM DipECEIM MRCVS
Andy Durham is an RCVS and European Specialist in Equine Internal medicine and a Clinical Director at the Liphook Equine Hospital in Hampshire. Andy graduated in 1988 and has worked in private practice throughout his entire career. After 2 years in mixed practice Andy entered equine practice in 1991. Andy joined the Liphook Equine Hospital in 1994 where he still works as Clinical Director. Andy gained the RCVS Certificate in Equine Practice in 1993, the RCVS Diploma in Equine Internal Medicine in 2003 and the European Diploma in equine Internal Medicine (de facto) in 2004. He is an RCVS and European Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine and visiting Professor at the University of Surrey. Andy’s clinical interests span a wide range of equine internal medical problems including endocrinopathies, abdominal disease, nutrition, liver disease, ophthalmology, dermatology, critical care and infectious diseases. His daily work is split between referral work, a little ambulatory practice and work in the ever-expanding clinical diagnostic laboratory at Liphook.
Richard StephensonBVMS, Cert VR, Cert EP
Richard Stephenson BVMS, Cert VR, Cert EP, MRCVS is a Clinical Director of Pool House Equine Clinic regularly dealing with colic referrals. He is an RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Equine Practice and is currently Chair of the IVC Evidensia Equine Clinical Board. His case-based presentation aims to give practical tips so that practitioners in the field can identify at an early stage those colic cases requiring surgical intervention.
Phil CrampBSc BVM&S MS Dip ACVS & ECVS
Having qualified from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 2005 Phil completed an Internship at The Equine Medical Centre of Ocala in Florida followed by a Surgical Residency at Michigan State University. As a result of these advanced qualifications, he is one of very few veterinary surgeons in the country to hold dual US and European Diplomas in Equine Surgery. His particular areas of interest are upper airway and orthopaedic surgery, and he has a high racehorse and sports horse caseload. Phil is one of the founding Partners of Hambleton Equine Clinic in North Yorkshire.  He has overseen the design and development of the Hospital from the start and as a result is now able to offer a referral service to vets across the North of England.
Celia M. MarrBVMS, MVM, PhD, DEIM, DipECEIM, FRCVS
RCVS Recognised Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine and European Veterinary Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine. Celia joined the team at Rossdales Equine Hospital and Diagnostic Centre in 2003. She is a Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine and works with both inpatients and outpatients with medical problems. She was awarded a Fellowship by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2016. She graduated from the Glasgow University Veterinary School in 1985, then remained in Glasgow to complete both Masters and PhD degrees. She then held a Fulbright Scholarship studying equine cardiology and internal medicine at the New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania. Before joining Rossdales, she held positions at the University of Cambridge Veterinary School, Valley Equine Hospital, Lambourn and the Royal Veterinary College. Her clinical and research interests are in Cardiovascular Medicine, Internal Medicine, Adult and Neonatal Intensive Care & Medical Imaging. She has published over 50 research papers and educational material relating to a range of medical disorders of the horse, concentrating on cardiovascular disease and diagnostic methods in medical disorders including editing a book on Cardiology of the Horse, the 2nd edition of which was published in 2010. Celia is an Honorary Professor of the University of Glasgow and Editor-in-Chief of Equine Veterinary Journal.

Julian HoadBSc(Hons) BVetMed MRCVS
Julian is Clinical Director at Crossways Veterinary Group in West Sussex.   Previously he has been a virologist and a biochemist. Overall, he finds veterinary work is better. In his spare time, he is to be found foraging for mushrooms, doing amateur dramatics or spending time with his family.
David RendleBVSc 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. A 3-year Horserace Betting Levy Board residency at The University of Glasgow and Liphook Equine Hospital enabled him to train as a specialist in equine internal medicine and to gain a masters by research into equine asthma and an RCVS certificate in equine medicine. David spent a number of years at Liphook Equine Hospital before moving to Rainbow Equine Hospital in Yorkshire where he became a director and subsequently a clinical director following the hospital’s acquisition by the VetPartners group. In addition to working in private practice, David spent a year as a medicine specialist at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, Australia and spent a few months in a clinical training role at The Royal Veterinary College. After 5 excellent years in Yorkshire as part of Rainbow and VetPartners, David returned to his roots and now lives near family on the edge of Exmoor combining veterinary activities with upland sheep farming. An appointment at The University of Bristol’s equine teaching hospital at Langford ended before it began when the hospital closed permanently during the COVID pandemic. David now works as an independent equine medicine and therapeutics consultant, is actively involved in clinical research, and sees referral cases by request. David has lectured and published on a broad range of topics but has particular interests in gastrointestinal, endocrine and respiratory 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 Junior Vice President of the British Equine Veterinary Association and is chair of their health and medicines committee.
Imogen Johns
Imogen graduated from the University of Sydney in 1997, and then spent three years in private practice in Australia. She completed a residency in large animal internal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania between 2001 and 2003 and remained there as a lecturer until 2007. From 2007 until 2017 she was employed as a senior lecturer in equine medicine at the Royal Veterinary College. She now works as an equine medicine specialist at B and W Equine Hospital in Gloucestershire.
Michelle Townley
Michelle graduated in 2002 and spent 11 years in companion animal general practice. Michelle gained a GP Certificate in feline practice in 2012 and moved into industry as a Veterinary Advisor for MSD Animal Health in 2013. She has a special interest in small animal infectious disease, endocrinology and obviously feline medicine! Michelle is one of the Field Veterinary Advisors and the Technical Lead for Nobivac Vaccines.
Sophie MahendranBVM BVS DipECBHM MRCVS
Sophie qualified from Nottingham Vet School in 2012, and has since undertaken an internship and residency in farm animal production at the RVC, a Masters in Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health, and is now an ECBHM Diploma holder and RCVS cattle specialist. She currently works as a lecturer at the RVC, whilst also doing a part time PhD, with her main interests being in dairy cattle, with a special interest in calf health.
Kat Baxter SmithBVetMed CertAVP(EM) MRCVS
Kat graduated as a vet from the Royal Veterinary College in 2010, she worked in mixed practices (mostly equine and farm animal) in the midlands for 7 years and completed an advanced certificate in internal medicine as well as being qualified in acupuncture. She has been with MSD for 4 years, firstly as a field veterinary adviser and now as sector veterinary adviser for Sheep and Beef. She is particularly interested in farm animal youngstock and respiratory disease. She lives in Northamptonshire with her farmer husband and two excitable spaniels.

Jonathan AndersonBVM&S DipACVS MRCVS
American Specialist in Equine Surgery Jonathan Anderson graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2000. He worked at Rainbow and the San Luis Rey Equine Hospital in Southern California before completing a large animal clinical fellowship at Oregon State Veterinary Teaching Hospital and an equine surgical residency at The University of California, Davis. He remained as a staff clinician at UC Davis before returning to Rainbow in September 2009 to further develop surgery and diagnostic imaging at the hospital. He has particular interests in arthroscopic and laparoscopic surgery, CT and cervical disease including the stabilisation of CVM cases.
Tim PotterBVetMed PhD MRCVS
Tim graduated from the RVC in 2003. He then went onto to complete a farm animal residency. In 2010 he completed his PHD examining the use of antimicrobials in calf pneumonia and how to minimise the emergence of resistance. He currently works for Westpoint Farm Vets part of VetPartners with a specific interest in youngstock health and the responsible use of medicines on farm.
David RenneyMRCVS
David Renney graduated from the Royal Veterinary College before working in mixed practice in Northamptonshire. He entered the veterinary pharmaceutical industry as a veterinary adviser, working across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. He has been responsible for clinical trials in farm animals and poultry in Europe and China. Inspired by a pioneering Danish cattle vet and researcher, he was responsible for the introduction of oral fluid therapy for cattle in the United Kingdom in 2003 and has studied the subject ever since. He founded Nimrod Veterinary Products in 2007 to bring novel ideas and technologies to farm-animal vets. He is its Managing Director, and a director of the company’s affiliate in France and its subsidiary in the Netherlands. He has spoken on fluid therapy and clinical nutrition for cows and sheep at conferences in several countries and gives lectures to final-year students at the Bristol and Surrey veterinary schools.
Carolyne CroweBVetMed (Hons) MSc Dip Coaching, Dip Stress Management and Wellbeing MRCVS
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 continues to do research in veterinary team health, wellbeing, performance and engagement. She is a master trainer in DISC behavioural profiling, a CPCAB trainer in Stress Management and Wellbeing, a certified trainer in Resilience, a Mental Health First Aider and an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Liverpool. After successfully running her coaching and training business for several years, Carolyne works as a training consultant with the VDS Training team; developing, training and coaching individuals, teams, and practices to be the best they can be and to thrive both personally and professionally.
Dr Libby Kemkaran-ThompsonMA VETMB MRCVS
Libby was a Management Consultant in the city and had her own consultancy focused on Change Management/Business Development, before she then decided to retrain to be a vet. She graduated in 2011 with the Pfizer Animal Health prize for outstanding achievement. A lifelong student of Behavioural Psychology and Neuro-associative Conditioning she took the opportunity whilst at Cambridge to undertake a degree with a major in Behaviour, specifically the Neural Mechanisms of Behaviour. She then spent 5 years working as a small animal clinician before a car crash left her too injured to work as a vet. She qualified as a Certified Flow Consultant and began to use her Business Consultancy skills to help vets improve their business and team dynamic to build a thriving practice and personal life. TEDx Speaker and Circle Host, she delivers her TAMETM Your Brain programme of Business strategy and Neurocoaching to the corporate world leading change in Management, Communications, and helping individuals overcome their limiting beliefs and work with their brain, not against it.
Tobias GraveTA GPCert (SAP) DACVECC DECVECC MRCVS
American, European and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care  After graduating from The University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover, Foundation, Tobias spent three years in a mixed animal practice and a small animal clinic in Germany before starting as an emergency vet in central London. He joined Vets Now in 2003, working as a Senior Vet in Stoke-on-Trent, Edinburgh and Glasgow.  Tobias completed a Vets Now Residency in Emergency and Critical Care at The University of Glasgow and became board certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2013 in San Diego. Tobias then achieved Diplomate status within The European College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2014.  Tobias has lectured worldwide at different veterinary meetings, including the largest International Emergency Symposium (IVECCS, USA) and the largest European Veterinary Congress (BSAVA, UK). He has published various veterinary articles in English and German and is chairman of the British Association of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (BAVECC).  He was previously nominated for the “Pet Plan Vet of the year” and won the “Vets Now Referral Clinician of the year” award in 2013. He is currently a proud member of the ECC referral service consisting of two ECC specialists, two residents, one intern and three nurses in the Vets Now 24/7 Emergency and Specialty Hospital, Glasgow.
Chris PearceCertEM(IntMed) CertES(SoftTissue) Dip. EVDC (Equine) BAEDT MRCVS European and RCVS
Chris has considerable experience in equine dentistry at all levels. He has post-graduate veterinary qualifications in internal medicine and soft tissue surgery and was the first vet in the UK to also qualify as an equine dental technician (EDT) in 2001. Chris sat the first full European Diploma of Equine Dentistry examination in 2014 making him an officially recognised Specialist with similar recognition from the RCVS. Chris has developed a wide referral client base for advanced and surgical equine dental conditions over many years, and a world-wide reputation for pioneering advanced techniques such as dental restorations. Chris teaches, lectures and examines widely on equine dentistry in the UK and worldwide. Posts he has held include Chairman of the BEVA/BVDA examining committee for EDT exams, BEVA Council representative for equine dentistry for 7 years and Chairman of the BEVA Dental Working Party for political aspects relating to dentistry. In 2011, Chris was the winner of the coveted Pet Plan Vet of the Year Award, an achievement that the judges awarded in recognition of Chris's work in equine dentistry and the benefits for equine welfare.
Sara Pedersen
Sara graduated from the RVC in 2005 and has worked exclusively with farm animals ever since. Her interest in cattle mobility and lameness began early in her career and continued to grow during nearly a decade in clinical, predominantly dairy focused, practice. In 2014 Sara left full-time practice in order to focus purely on this area. She now provides educational programmes and consultancy services to agri-businesses on the subject of cattle lameness; including farmers, national organisations and commercial companies. A specific area of interest is cattle foot trimming and realising the need for a more evidence-based approach to preventive cattle foot trimming, she began a part-time PhD on this subject with the University of Nottingham in 2017. Sara also holds the RCVS Certificate in Cattle Health and Production, Diploma in Bovine Reproduction and is an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Cattle Health and Production.
John Remnant
John Remnant is a Clinical Associate Professor of Farm Animal Health and Production at the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science. Prior to moving to Nottingham he worked in mixed and farm animal practice in the Southwest of England. John is an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Cattle Health and Production and holds a PhD for research on measuring oestrus detection in dairy herds.
Patrick J PollockBVMS, PhD, CertES(Soft Tissue), DipECVS, FHEA, FRCVS
Patrick Pollock is the Director of the Equine Hospital and Practice at the University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. A diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons, European and RCVS recognised specialist in surgery and Fellow of the RCVS, Patrick has worked in academic and private practice for over 20 years. With a keen interest in wounds, trauma, working equids and clinical training of vets and animal owners in resource limited settings across the globe Patrick will present a case-based approach to wound management in horses no matter where you may be.
Annabelle MohringBVSc. MSc. DipECVS MRCVS RCVS and European Specialist in Equine Surgery
Annabelle was born and raised in Australia and spent most of her clinical career in small animal emergency whilst living in Australia and then Hong Kong. From there she moved to the UK and worked in general practice in South London before moving into industry working for both a neutraceutical and a pharmaceutical company. Annabelle joined MSD in 2020 and is one of our Field Veterinary Advisors.
Tony WallOphthalmologist BVM&S, MSc, Cert V Ophthal, MRCVS
Tony qualified from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh. After a couple of years in Africa and Suffolk he worked in mixed practice in Rogart, Sutherland, for 25 years. During this time he completed his ophthalmology certificate and was admitted as a member of the BVA/KC/ISDS Eye panel for examining dogs for hereditary disease prior to breeding.   In 1995, Tony founded the Fish Vet Group, now a multinational company involved in aquaculture. Tony’s main interest during this time was cataracts in farmed salmon, for which he was awarded an MSc by research from Stirling University. He has offered an eye referral service for many years, via local vet practices. To improve the service and especially the operating procedures, Kirsten and Tony built a new dedicated ophthalmology practice on the Inverness campus in December 2016.
John HelpsBVetMed CertSAM MRCVS
John qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1990 and spent 12 happy years in mixed and then small animal practice, where a keen interest in small animal internal medicine developed, obtaining his CertSAM in the process. John moved into a technical industry role in 2003, with what was then Intervet and has performed a largely technical role supporting the full range of products across MSD’s extensive companion animal portfolio through his years in the company. John retains a particular interest in companion animal vaccines, and evidence-based preventative healthcare, however his current responsibilities are as a Senior Technical Manager and Product Manager for Caninsulin & Pet Diabetes.
Brian FaulknerBVSc DBR MRCVS
Brian graduated from Edinburgh Vet School in 1995 and worked in mixed practice before studying for an MBA at Nottingham Business School in 2000/1.  He set up and developed 5 veterinary practices in Suffolk and he still works as a clinician 3 days a week.  Brian was The Pet Plan-UK Vet of the Year in 2008. Brian completed a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology in 2009 and over his 25-year career Brian has worked in over 250 veterinary practices as a clinician, consultant and confidence coach. Brian was the President of the UK Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons (2017) and he is the Honorary Associate Professor in Veterinary Business at Nottingham Veterinary School and founder of British Veterinary Receptionist Association in Oct 2017. In 2017 Brian raised £120,000 for Brooke Animal Hospital in April 2017 by running 10 marathons in 10 consecutive days all across UK and Ireland and in August 2020 he ran 31 marathons in 31 days from John O’Groats to raise over £10,000 for Street Vet. In 2020 Brian was awarded Fellowship of The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
Ross AllanBVMS, PGCertSAS, MRCVS
Ross graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2001 and gained a BSAVA Certificate in Small Animal Surgery in 2014 and RCVS Advanced Practitioner status in 2015.He is a partner in The Pets’n’Vets Family in Glasgow and leads Roundhouse Referrals’ surgical team, widening access to advanced veterinary surgery in western Scotland through innovative services. Working within the Roundhouse Veterinary Hospital, Ross is familiar with the challenges and reward in effectively supporting owners and treating pets with OA. In his talk, Ross will outline how Roundhouse Referrals have harnessed video technology and made it work for them and their clients. Ross will outline why video tech is far from a problem, indeed he believes the use of video technology in clinical practice will be something that can only develop further, and practices should continue to use it as we emerge from Lockdown.
Simon Girling
Simon joined RZSS in 2009, although he was part of their Ethics and Welfare Committee from 1999-2003 and has been involved professionally with the zoo through his work with DEFRA from 2007-2009. His work at RZSS involves overseeing the health plan for all of the animals held on site at both Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park as well as much of their work on in situ projects in the UK and overseas (such as Eurasian beavers and Scottish wildcats). Simon has worked with a number of private zoological collections in Scotland and England over the last 25 years as well as other zoo licensed premises. He is an immediate Past-President of the European College of Zoological Medicine (ECZM) stepping down from the role of President after the three-year elected term in 2019. The ECZM is the European body that trains and examines veterinary surgeons at European Qualification Framework Level 8 (PhD equivalent) and is recognised by the European Parliament as the awarding body for European Veterinary Specialist status in zoological medicine.
Jayne GilbertBSc (Hons) RVN MBVNA DTLLS IQA TAQA
Jayne qualified from Hartpury College (University of the West of England) with BSc (Hons) in Veterinary Nursing Science in 2006.  Having previously started in practice in 1996 as a kennel assistant. She has worked in all types of veterinary practice including busy out of hours hospitals and equine practice. She lectured at a college for 6.5 years and more recently moved to the role of Sales Manager for Invicta Animal Health which she thoroughly enjoys. It allows her to share her passion of surgical nursing with vet teams across the country, improving standards of practice with an evidence-based approach.
Marie Rippingale
Marie obtained a First-Class Honours Degree in Equine Sports Science in 2005. She started working in clinical equine practice in 2003 and qualified as a Registered Equine Veterinary Nurse (REVN) with merit in 2007. In 2012, Marie completed the Diploma in Higher Education Clinical Veterinary Nursing (DipHE CVN) and obtained the RCVS Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Dip AVN) in equine context, with distinction. She has been lecturing on the Veterinary Nursing Diploma course since 2010, at Bottle Green Training Ltd. Marie has an interest in the welfare working equids abroad and has twice worked as a volunteer at The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust (GHDT) in Africa. Marie’s special interests include foal nursing, bandaging, anaesthesia, donkeys, and intravenous catheter care.
Kate Hughes
Being a Farmer’s daughter from the West Country, Kate had a great insight into the veterinary world from an early start -helping with any procedures that took place on the farm from the age of 5. She went into veterinary nursing straight after school and completed small animal nursing in 2004. In 2006 Kate decided to follow her passion and move to Newmarket to work at Rossdales Equine Hospital where she completed Equine nursing at the Open College. During her time at Rossdales Kate found a love for standing surgery and wound care. In 2015 Kate decided to have a slight change of pace and work for Kruuse as their southern equine representative where she started to enjoy working with companies to modify/adjust equipment so that it can be used in the equine market. It was due to this growing passion that she decided to join IMS Euro and lead the Equine and Livestock section and work directly with manufacturers like Genadyne to modify the NPWT pumps so that they can be used in the Veterinary market.
Kathleen LeakBSc (Hons) RVN MBVNA DTLLS IQA TAQA
Kathleen has been a nurse since 1976 working for the NHS specialising in many disciplines with wound care becoming a passion as it effects so many people. This led to becoming a specialist publishing and lecturing around the world. In 2014 Kathleen’s daughter entered veterinarian medical training and asked if some human treatments could be used in the animal field as Kathleen was involved at this time in research with an American company, they took an interest and developed a range of wound care products including Topical Negative pressure therapy. So, working with Kate from IMS euro and some lovely vets and vet nurses they have given education and introduced new innovations into the animal market. In the past year Kathleen has found herself doing this and working back in the NHS to support her colleagues during this difficult period at present being a vaccinator.
Claire RobertsDip AVN(Surg) PGCertVetAA CertVNECC RVN
Claire has been veterinary nursing for over 20 years. In 2006 she gained the Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Surgical) and in 2013 she gained the VN certificate in Emergency and Critical care. Claire successfully passed the post graduate certificate in veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia. In 2010 Claire set up her own CPD company called SynergyCPD which provides bespoke CPD for the whole veterinary team. She sits on the RCVS VN council and works as a professional development manager for Linnaeus where her role is to support the development and progression of the veterinary nursing role across the group.
Cat Auden
Cat Auden is a veterinary surgeon and Head of Collaboration at VetLed.  She works to develop profession-relevant Human Factors training for veterinary teams across the country with a mission to improve clinical performance, workplace culture and patient safety.
Katie Ford
 Katie graduated with distinction from the University of Liverpool in 2012. Since then, she has continued to work in small animal first opinion practice, gaining her RCVS Certificate in Internal Medicine in 2017. Realising the power of preventative mindset strategies through her career and journey, she trained as a coach, and studied further into cognitive behaviour therapy, and now teaches other professionals how to use these techniques to thrive in the veterinary world. She regularly helps individuals and companies on topics such as gratitude, self-worth and navigating imposterism.
Chloe HanniganBVetMed, MRCVS
Chloe understands first-hand the challenges of trying to find time to balance self-care alongside practicing as a vet. Since qualifying from the RVC in 2012, she has worked in mixed and small animal practice, and as a locum across the UK, Australia, and NZ. Yoga, her once-hobby, gradually became a serious habit and then a lifestyle. Together with meditation it gave her ways to better manage the mental stresses, emotional drains, and the physical aches and pains that come with being a vet. She qualified as a yoga teacher in 2017 and founded VetYogi the same year. She completed her 500 hours yoga teacher training in India at the start of 2020 and teaches Hatha, Vinyasa, and Yin yoga. Though looking forward to when we can all come together in-person again, Chloe has been teaching/speaking in virtual classes/events throughout the pandemic.
Ami Sawran
Ami graduated from Liverpool in 2011 and went on to undertake a production animal internship and complete a PhD in dairy cattle lameness at the Royal Veterinary College. Working in farm practice ever since, she has found her niche catering to the health and welfare of camelids. Ami is clinical director of Westpoint Farm Vets in Chelmsford and sits on the VetPartners Clinical and Farm Executive boards. She completed her CertAVP and Postgraduate Certificate at Liverpool, and runs the Camelid Special Interest Group at VetPartners, aiming to deliver relatable CPD and resources to help farm practitioners cater to camelid needs.

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