The Congress Speakers
ISFM Veterinary and Veterinary Nurse Stream:
Dr Paulo Steagall DVM, MSc, PhD, DACVAA
Université de Montréal, Canada
PAULO V. STEAGALL, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVAA is an Associate professor of Veterinary Anesthesiology and Pain Management at the Université de Montréal, Canada. He earned his DVM and completed a residency at Sao Paulo State University, Brazil, then earned his MS and PhD (Anesthesiology) with emphasis in feline analgesia at the same institution. He is currently the head of a research laboratory dedicated to improving the standards of pain management in companion animals with a strong benefit to animal welfare. His laboratory has developed and validated the Feline Grimace Scale, a tool that uses changes in facial expressions to assess acute pain in cats in collaboration with other researchers at the Université de Montréal. His team investigates the use of novel, innovative pain assessment tools, analgesic therapies and techniques with immediate clinical application. He is a member of the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery editorial board, the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Global Pain Council, the WSAVA Dental Guidelines Committee and he has been recently appointed the chair of the WSAVA Therapeutic Guidelines group. Dr Steagall has published more than 100 articles and several book chapters on pain management in small animals. He is the author of the book ‘Feline Anesthesia and Pain Management’.
Dr Lisa Moses VMD, DACVIM (SAIM)
MSPCA-Angell Animal Medical Center, USA
Center for Bioethics, Harvard Medical School, USA
Lisa Moses is a practising veterinarian, the chair of the Animal Ethics Study Group at Yale’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics and a research fellow at Harvard Medical School’s Center for Bioethics. She completed a fellowship in bioethics at the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics and received her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She also holds a faculty fellow position at Cummings Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine Center for Animals and Public Policy and a Visiting Scientist position at The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. After completing an internship, residency and board certification in small animal internal medicine, Dr Moses’ was a senior staff member in the Emergency and Critical Care Medicine Section for over a dozen years before founding the Pain and Palliative Care Service at the MSPCA-Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. The Pain and Palliative Care Service is a unique program that assesses and treats complex cases of pain in all companion animal species. The service also provides comprehensive palliative care for animals with long term chronic illness and end-of-life patients. In addition to her clinical practice, Dr Moses writes and researches on various aspects of animal ethics. Her research interests include moral distress and ethical dilemmas in clinical veterinary practice and the ethics of advanced veterinary medicine and end of life care. Her recent work in animal ethics has focused on the use of novel biotechnology for biodiversity conservation. Dr Moses established and runs an ethics consultation service and monthly animal ethics discussion group in addition to being a frequent lecturer in veterinary ethics to students, veterinary professionals and animal shelter personnel. She also provides ethics consultation to outside veterinary academic institutions, veterinary hospitals, zoological, and animal welfare organizations regarding issues such as euthanasia decision making, medical errors and use of pets in clinical research.
Dr Anne Fawcett BA(Hons) BSc(Vet)(Hons) BVSc(Hons) MVS GradCertEdStud (HigherEd) MANZCVS (Animal Welfare) Diplomate ECAWBM (AWSEL)
Anne Fawcett a lecturer at the Sydney School of Veterinary Science and a companion animal veterinarian. She completed a Masters in small animal medicine and surgery through Murdoch University, became a member by examination in the animal welfare chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, and is a Diplomate of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behaviour Medicine in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law. Anne co-authored the book Veterinary Ethics: Navigating Tough Cases with Dr Siobhan Mullan, and is the author of numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. She co-edited the sold-out Vet Cookbook (published by the Centre for Veterinary Education), co-convened the second International One Welfare conference, and co-convened the inaugural Mental Wellbeing for Veterinary Teams Symposium. Anne volunteers for a number of veterinary organisations including Pets in the Park and Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities. Anne is currently enrolled in a PhD looking at ethically challenging situations encountered by veterinarians, animal health technicians and veterinary nurses, under the supervision of Prof Paul McGreevy and Dr Siobhan Mullan. Throughout her life, she has cohabited with cats, and she currently lives with Hero, a three-legged cat adopted from the Cat Protection Society of New South Wales. He isn’t a fan of posing with her in photos. Ever.
Lindsey Dodd BSc(Hons) VPAC VTS(ECC) PgCert in HE FHEA RVN
Lumbry Park Veterinary Specialists, United Kingdom
Lindsey Dodd graduated as a Registered Veterinary Nurse from the University of Bristol with a degree in Veterinary nursing and practice administration and a certificate in Veterinary Practice administration. After graduating in 2007 she spent a period in general practice after which she joined the team at the University of Liverpool Small Animal Teaching Hospital to run the Intensive Care Unit. After four years running the ICU at Liverpool she made a move to Vets Now Referrals in Glasgow as Head Hospital Nurse. In 2013 she joined the team at Pride Veterinary centre to set up and run the Intensive Care Unit where she gained her credentials to sit her VTS(ECC) exam. She has lectured for BSAVA, BVNA and various private UK CPD companies. As well lecturing across Europe as part of the EVECC congress. She became an international speaker in America during IVECCS 2011 (Nashville), returning in 2012 (San Antonio) and 2014 (Indianapolis). In 2013 she lectured at additional CPD events in Sweden and ‘The Voorjaarsdagen’ in Amsterdam. In 2015 she became a Lecturer in Veterinary Nursing at Harper Adams University covering maternity leave, during which time she achieved her PgC in higher education, became a fellow of the higher educational academy and sat her exam to be recognised as a Veterinary Technician Specialist in ECC (VTS(ECC)). In 2017 she made a move to Hampshire (UK) to join the team at the large multidisciplinary referral hospital; Lumbry Park Veterinary Specialists as Head Nurse. At Lumbry she leads and mentors the nurses, nursing assistants and student VNs, is involved in teaching and working with the ECC patients. She sits on the European Veterinary Emergency Critical Care Society general board (since 2012) and was chair of the EVECCS PR committee for 4 years as well as being an advisory member of the membership committee for the Veterinary Emergency Critical Care Society (VECCS). Her special clinical interests lie in critical, intensive, and emergency care nursing.
Laura Rosewell BSc(Hons) DipAVN(Small Animal) ISFMDipFN VTS(SAIM) RVN
The Ralph Veterinary Referral Centre, UK
Laura qualified as an RVN in 2010, gained the DipAVN in 2014, and completed a top-up degree in Advanced Veterinary Nursing in 2017. In 2019 she became a member of the Academy of Internal Medicine for Veterinary Technicians. After working in various small animal first-opinion, referral and out-of-hours centres, Laura joined the team at The Ralph Veterinary Referral Centre in January 2019, where her interests are internal medicine, feline medicine and emergency and critical care.
Sarah Collins Dip AVN(Medical) RVN, VTS(ECC), Cert CFVHNut
International Cat Care, UK
Sarah qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1995. Following 11 years in 1st opinion/referral practice, Sarah moved to the University of Bristol to work in the intensive care unit. During her 7 years in this role, Sarah obtained both the Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Medical) and the Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care. After a further 7 years as a Veterinary Marketing Executive at ROYAL CANIN®, Sarah is now part of the International Cat Care team looking after the nurse distance education courses.
Vicky Halls RVN Dip Couns
International Cat Care, UK
Vicky is a registered veterinary nurse and clinical animal behaviourist, having spent over 23 years specialising in cats. Vicky lectures all over the world on cat behaviour to veterinary and lay audiences. Vicky is also a qualified and registered person-centred counsellor. Vicky is the author of seven best-selling books on cats for the general public, several peer-reviewed papers for scientific journals and co-author of veterinary textbooks and published guidelines. She is a slave to the demands of JP, her Burmese. Vicky is part of International Cat Care’s Cat Advocacy team, working specifically on projects relating to the welfare of unowned cats throughout the world
Matthew Oxford BVM&S GPCert(SAS) MRCVS
New Forest Veterinary Dental Services Limited
Matthew is one of only a handful of Veterinary Dentists in the UK and established the New Forest Veterinary Dental Service in 2011, to provide a service for referral veterinary dental and oral surgery procedures for other veterinary practices. He sees around 1000 cases a year, ranging from routine work to complex dental and oral surgery cases including extensive maxillofacial reconstructions following trauma and oral cancer surgery. He has carried out groundbreaking jaw removal surgery (mandibulectomy) in Pygmy Slow Loris, which weigh as little at 350g! His main interest is in endodontic (root canal) treatment of teeth and has carried out over 3000 root canal procedures in dogs and cats. He has even carried out root canal treatment in Tigers, Lions, Leopards, Otters, Wolves and several primate species, which really pushes these techniques to their limits! Matthew is currently the lecturer in Veterinary Dentistry at the University of Surrey and the University of Bristol. He holds the European Certificate in Small Animal Surgery. Matthew publishes regularly in the veterinary literature, is a reviewer for a number of publications and is on the Editorial Board for the journal Companion Animal. Previously, Matthew was the course organiser for the British Veterinary Dental Association and he has previously lectured and tutored on Veterinary Dentistry at the Universities of Liverpool and Nottingham.
Søren R. Boysen DVM DACVECC
Professor, Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
Søren graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Canada in 1996, completed an internship at the Atlantic Veterinary College, Canada and a Residency in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care at Tufts University in Massachusetts. He became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2003. Former chief of veterinary ECC at the University of Montreal (2003-2008) he helped establish veterinary ECC in the province of Quebec. In January 2009 Søren accepted a position at the University of Calgary to help with curriculum development for the newly formed college of Veterinary Medicine, where he is currently employed as a Full Professor in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care. He has received a number of teaching awards including the Canadian Veterinary Medicine Association (CVMA) Teacher of the Year (2011, 2018), Student Union Teaching Excellence Award (2013) and the University of Calgary Team Teaching Award (2015), and the WSAVA speaker of the year award (2019). He has published more than 60 peer reviewed articles, presented numerous abstracts, he has contributed to more than 20 book chapters on a variety of topics including emergency cage side ultrasound, coma, cross-match and blood typing, transfusion therapy, acute abdomen, and gastrointestinal hemorrhage. He is an internationally renowned speaker in ECC.
Sorrel Langley-Hobbs MA BVetMed DSAS (Orth) DipECVS FHEA FRCVS
Sorrel Langley-Hobbs graduated from The Royal Veterinary College, London (RVC). She did an internship there before spending 2 years in private practice and then returning to do an orthopaedic residency. She gained her RCVS Diploma in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics) in 1997 and her ECVS Diploma in Small Animal Surgery in 1999. She spent six months at the University of Pennsylvania in 1998 before she moved back to the UK and worked at Cambridge University until 2013. She has been a Professor in Small Animal Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Bristol since 2013. She was awarded the BSAVA Simon Award in 2012 for outstanding contributions in the field of small animal surgery. She has a particular interest in feline orthopaedics and heads the feline orthopaedic clinic at Bristol. She has co-edited a textbook on Feline Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Disease in 2009 and Feline Soft Tissue and General Surgery in 2013.
Tim Williams MA VetMB PhD AFHEA FRCPath DipECVCP MRCVS
Lecturer in Clinical Pathology, Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge, UK
Tim qualified from the University of Cambridge in 2007, and following a year working in small animal practice, I undertook a PhD in the Feline Research Group at the Royal Veterinary College, London, under the supervision of Professor Jonathan Elliott and Professor Harriet Syme. He subsequently completed a residency in Veterinary Clinical Pathology at Cambridge in 2015, after which he was appointed Lecturer in Clinical Pathology. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists and a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Clinical Pathology.
Sarah Ellis BSc (Hons), Pg Dip, PhD
International Cat Care, UK
Sarah has a keen interest in the behaviour and welfare of the domestic cat. After completing a degree in Zoology and Psychology (University of Bristol, 2001) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling (University of Southampton, 2006), Sarah specialised in cats and was awarded a PhD for investigating ways to improve the welfare of cats housed in rehoming centres. In 2015, Sarah decided to concentrate on the application of research and joined International Cat Care as their Feline Behaviour Specialist to help develop their work in the areas of feline behaviour and welfare. In 2019, Sarah moved to the role of Head of Cat Advocacy within International Cat Care.
Mark Lowrie MA VetMB, MVM, DipECVN, MRCVS
Dovecote Veterinary Hospital
MARK LOWRIE is an RCVS and European specialist in veterinary neurology. He qualified from the University of Cambridge. He has a Master’s degree on steroid responsive meningitis-arteritis in dogs and has particular interest in involuntary muscle contractions, reflex epilepsy, inflammatory central nervous system disease and feline neurology. He is Clinical Director at Dovecote Veterinary Hospital, part of CVS Ltd, in the UK.
Daniel L. Chan, DVM, Dip. ACVECC, Dip. ECVECC, Dip. ACVN, MRCVS
The Royal Veterinary College, University of London
Dan is Professor of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine and Clinical Nutrition at the Royal Veterinary College. He received his DVM from Cornell University in 1998 and then completed a small animal internship at Animal Medical Center in New York City. This was followed by a dual residency in Emergency and Critical Care and Clinical Nutrition at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. He is board-certified by the American and European Colleges of Emergency and Critical Care and the American College of Veterinary Nutrition. He joined the faculty at the Royal Veterinary College in London in 2005 and in 2019, Dan became Medical Director of the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals in 2016 and Head of Department for Clinical Science and Services in 2019. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.
Arianna de Mario
Purina institute symposium
Arianna is Director of Strategic Partnerships at Ashoka Changemakers. Her role involves designing and implementing win-win collaborations with partners to scale social impact by identifying, supporting and connecting leading social innovators worldwide.
Before moving to Berlin where she is currently based, Arianna spent 4 years in London where she founded two initiatives in the field of sustainable consumption. Previously she has lived in Italy, Germany and California, where she has worked in the fields of human rights and civic engagement in policy making. She holds a BA in foreign languages and literature and a MA in political studies.
Purina institute symposium
Dr Obeyesekere has received several international awards (WSAVA Companion Animal Welfare award, NRC Presidents award, WSAVA One Health award, Australian Alumni Excellence Merit Award, Ashoka Social Entrepreneur Award, NAVC international Scholar award) for her work. She is the founder and director of Pet Vet clinic, has always been passionate about animals and their welfare. She strives to make lives better for pets and their people by looking at the whole picture; from preventive health, to advise aimed at ensuring a strong bond and companionship, is encouraged and facilitated. Pioneering the effort to improve the quality of companion animal veterinary medicine in Sri Lanka, she ensures Pet Vet’s focus is on continued learning and improved quality. She strives continuously to ensure the next generation at Pet Vet are even better than she is; with a broad understanding of what it takes to be a companion animal veterinarian who will be cherished by both pet and owner. Recognizing that veterinarians are a critical interface and conduit to build better understanding and positive interactions between people and animals; Dr Obeyesekere, believes that vets should play an integral role in building cross species understanding, communication and tolerance. Her next goal is the culmination of a lifetime effort to celebrate the pet- human bond by creating a permanent space that will do just that. This unique proposal involves using the infra-structure of a hospital to provide a series of value-added services with minimal added costs or resource use. A holistic, layered structure based on the sustainability paradigm; where each resource is looked at from many creative angles to ensure maximum utilization and benefit. The project is a state-of-the-art veterinary hospital and teaching center integrated into a park like environment with a broad variety of creative pet- people interactive activities and spaces.
Brian M. Zanghi, Ph.D., M.S.
Senior Research Nutritionist, St. Louis, MO
Purina institute symposium
Dr. Brian Zanghi joined Purina in 2005 where he currently serves as a Senior Research Nutritionist in the Global Nutrition and Technical Communications Group at the Product Technology Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Zanghi earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Animal Science focused on canine nutritional physiology at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky in 2004. He continued his training at the University of Kentucky, as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist working on nutrient metabolism in aging animals. While at Purina, Dr. Zanghi has been studying canine and feline nutrition in the areas of hydration, body composition, sleep, cognition, behavior, and epilepsy in adult and older pets, as well as the role nutrition plays in optimizing performance of active dogs. Dr. Zanghi’s peer-reviewed publications span areas of adult and senior pets on locomotor activity patterns, sleep and circadian rhythms, body composition, hydration, and exercise, as well as recent publications on cognition and epilepsy.
Ebenezer Satyaraj, Ph.D.
Director Molecular Nutrition, St. Louis, MO
Purina institute symposium
Dr. Satyaraj earned his PhD in Immunology from the National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi, India and completed a Fellowship in Molecular Immunology at the University of Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Satyaraj subsequently accepted an Instructor’s position at the Department of Medicine, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL, where he taught Immunology and conducted research in the area of autoimmunity. In 2001 he joined Molecular Staging Inc. New Haven, Connecticut, a biotech company started with technology from Yale, working in the area of cytokines and disease biomarkers, where he lead research collaborations with universities and industry resulting in two seminal publications: predictive biomarkers for cerebral palsy & biomarkers for inflammatory bowel diseases. Dr. Satyaraj joined Nestle Purina in 2003, as part of the Nestlé Research Center in St Louis, MO, establishing a nutritional immunology research program, helping launch several products globally, including ProPlan Optistart Puppy & Kitten. He implemented models for evaluating nutritional impact on the immune system and pioneered the development of the first multiplex assay panels capable of measuring canine & feline cytokines. He currently serves as Director of Molecular Nutrition at Nestlé Research Center in St Louis, MO. Dr. Satyaraj has authored numerous scientific papers in the areas of cellular / molecular immunology and cytokine biology, including a recent publication in the journal Science that explains size variations in dogs and a book chapter describing the interplay of nutrition & immune system in infectious diseases. Dr. Satyaraj is a member of the American Association of Immunologist and the American Veterinary Immunology Association, is a reviewer for several journals including British Journal of Nutrition, Arthritis & Rheumatism. Dr. Satyaraj is a Fellow of the Academy of Science, St Louis, MO.
Dr Andrew Sparkes, BVetMed PhD DipECVIM MANZCVS MRCVS
Purina institute symposium
After graduating from the Royal Veterinary College (London), Andrew spent four years in general practice before undertaking a feline residency followed by a PhD at the University of Bristol. Andrew was subsequently appointed to a lectureship and senior lectureship in feline medicine at Bristol University which was followed by a move to the Animal Health Trust where he became Head of Small Animal Studies. In 2012, Andrew was appointed as the Veterinary Director of International Cat Care and its veterinary division the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM), and from 2019 Andrew became an independent consultant. Andrew has spoken and published widely in the field of feline medicine, is a diplomate of the ECVIM and is the founding and current co-editor of the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery – the official journal of the ISFM and the AAFP.
Ana Jacinto, DipECVIM-CA, MRCVS
EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine
RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Medicine
IDEXX institute symposium
Ana Jacinto graduated from the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, in Vila Real, Portugal. She then spent several years working in general practice in Portugal before undertaking an internship at Cambridge University. This was followed by a residency in small animal internal medicine at the University of Edinburgh where Ana continued to work as a locum lecturer. Ana then worked as a locum lecturer in small animal medicine at the University of Évora in Portugal. She worked in the internal medicine service in a busy referral veterinary hospital in Paris, France and in a large referral centre in Hertfordshire, England, before joining the IDEXX team as an internal medicine consultant. Ana is a European Diplomate in Veterinary Small Animal Medicine (DipECVIM-CA) and has the RCVS Specialist title in Small Animal Medicine (Internal Medicine).
IT expert. Digital marketer
Boehringer Ingelheim institute symposium
Eric is an internationally recognized IT and Digital Strategist working exclusively with veterinary practices. In addition to a long list of satisfied clients, Garcia’s work has been recognized throughout the industry. Eric is an advisory board member with the American Association of Feline Practitioners and marketing columnist for Today’s Veterinary Business, an NAVC publication. Eric was voted VMX 2020 Speaker of the Year. He speaks regularly at conferences all throughout the world
Barbara Kohn, Dr. med. vet., Professor, DipECVIM-CA,
German specialist for diseases of small animals / for internal medicine
Bayer institute symposium
Barbara graduated from LM-University Munich and performed a doctoral thesis in veterinary physiology. Then she worked as an assistant (private clinics) and as a resident in small animal internal medicine (University of Zurich). From 1994 till 1996 she performed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Since 1996 Barbara works at the Clinic for Small Animals of the Freie Universität Berlin, since 2003 as Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine. Since 2003 she is vice director / director of the Clinic. She has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and 25 book chapters, is editor of a journal and of 3 textbooks (haematology & transfusion medicine, canine diseases, feline diseases), and is member of numerous professional veterinary organizations. Her main interests are hematology, transfusion medicine, infectious diseases, clinical immunology, and gastrointestinal diseases.
Bayer institute symposium
Professor Elias Papadopoulos graduated (DVM) from the School of Veterinary Medicine of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and carried out postgraduate studies (MSc and PhD) on the field of veterinary parasitology in Liverpool and Thessaloniki. Currently he is the Head of the Department of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases and Pathology of the School of Veterinary Medicine in Thessaloniki. He teaches to the veterinary students parasitology and parasitic diseases. His research interests include various aspects of animal parasitic diseases, such as vector borne diseases, epidemiology, evaluation of treatment protocols and efficacy of antiparasitic drugs.