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Scientific Committee

The Scientific Committee will be working together over the coming months to identify key aspects of OV work and put together a programme for the 2017 OV Conference covering large animal, small animal and equine topics based on the theme 'Safeguarding international trade through disease control & surveillance'.

It's members are:-

David Babington

David is Managing Director of Improve International based in the UK. He joined the company in 1998 and working with co-directors Heber Alves and Rui Lobao has developed the business into twenty two countries worldwide. David has been actively involved in the delivery of the DEFRA OV Contract.

Sue Hay

Sue graduated from Glasgow Vet School and went on to work for 10 years in mixed practice. Following a short career break and a spell in small animal practice, she joined APHA in the South West, where she spent most of her time working with TB. She also studied for a Certificate in Clinical Education at The Peninsula Medical School and took on the TB OV training. Sue joined Improve International in 2014 where she is currently Head of Practical Skills.

Alison Babington

Alison qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the Royal Veterinary College in 1986. She joined Improve International in August 2011 after working in veterinary practice for 25 years, 20 years of which was spent owning and managing her own small animal veterinary practice.

As business coordinator her role is to oversee the delivery of the UK portfolio of courses. Her extensive experience in veterinary practice provides inspiration for new short courses and modular programmes to complement the existing range. More recently, following Improve International's successful tender to provide training for Official Veterinarians on behalf of DEFRA, she has been involved in the development of online training programmes to support the contract.

Linda Smith

Linda qualified as a vet from Dublin in 1984, and after a few years in teaching and research, moved into state veterinary medicine and has stayed there ever since. She has worked at 16 different locations in England, and has had jobs in policy, field operations and surveillance. Her specialism is enforcement and the interactions between the law and vets. She also has a strong interest in veterinary education, providing lectures, directed learning and external examinership to many veterinary schools.

Marta Santias

Marta qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Cordoba, Spain, in 2012 and moved to the UK shortly afterwards.

She initially worked in the Food Standards Industry and in research laboratories where she carried out surveillance testing of wildlife diseases.

She then moved into large animal practice, carrying out a range of OV work, including TB testing. Marta joined Improve International in June 2016 as Practical Skills Manager.