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The Congress Speakers

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 live 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.

Vicky Ford-Fennah BSc(Hons) RVN VTS(anaesthesia/analgesia) A1 VPAC
Nurse/Technician representative Association of Veterinary Anaesthetists

Vicky graduated from Bristol University’s Veterinary nursing practice administration program in 2006. She was employed as Anaesthesia Nurse at UoB’s referral hospital, supervising undergraduates. Vicky gained the VTS(anaesthesia/analgesia) in 2013. She has co-authored Anaesthesia chapters in Veterinary Nursing textbooks and lectured widely. Vicky moved to Bridgwater and Taunton College in 2018 as an Associate Lecturer and IQA. She also works with Synergy CPD delivering in-house CPD and locums as an Anaesthesia Nurse. She is Nurse/technician representative on the ExCo of the Association of Veterinary Anaesthetists. Her main areas of interest are analgesia, advanced monitoring techniques, patient safety and education.

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.

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.