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Below is a list of speakers who will be presenting at the 2017 conference with more still to come. 

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Dr. Dan Horton Lecturer in Veterinary Virology, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Surrey

Dan graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Cambridge, UK, with an intercalated MA in Zoology in 2002. After a period in mixed and second opinion exotic animal veterinary practice, he completed an MSc in Wild Animal Health in London in 2005. He then undertook a PhD working at the University of Cambridge, the AHVLA and CDC Atlanta USA, on zoonotic viral diseases of wildlife. He completed his PhD in 2009 and joined the Rabies reference laboratory in the Wildlife Zoonoses and Vector-borne Diseases research Group at APHA Weybridge. His responsibilities included managing surveillance and research programs for viral diseases of wildlife in the UK, and rabies control projects in rabies endemic regions.  In February 2014 he joined the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Surrey as a Lecturer in Veterinary Virology where he is continuing his research on pathogen evolution and the dynamics of infectious diseases in their natural hosts, and teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

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Ifan Lloyd BSc; MA; VetMB; MRCVS St James Vet Group, South Wales

Ifan Lloyd holds an honours degree in Agriculture and qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Cambridge in 1988. He works in clinical practice at St James Veterinary Group, Swansea where he is mainly engaged with farm animal work. Ifan is a member of the South East Wales Regional TB Eradication Board and has participated in numerous initiatives involving collaborating with farmers on risk based biosecurity packages and, more recently, an industry led badger activity mapping programme covering 200km2 of the Gower Peninsula. He participated in the establishment of  the Cymorth TB  farm support programme in Wales and the establishment of the “OCQ(V) Cymorth TB”.

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Mauricio Lopez APHA, Carlisle Centre for International Trade

Mauricio Lopez is currently the National Veterinary Head for international Trade at APHA (Defra - UK) in charge of the national team of advisors contributing to developing and implementing international trade policies, including artificial breeding controls.

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Ismael Salcedo Senior Veterinary Inspector APHA, Centre for International Trade, Carlisle

Ismael graduated from his home town university, University of Leon (Spain), in 2006. While finishing his studies he was an intern in a small animal practice. By doing this, he gained experience, and as a result got his first job as a veterinary surgeon in a small animal veterinary hospital, also in Leon.

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Philippa Liles APHA, Carlisle Centre for International Trade

I graduated from Bristol University in 1995 and spent 12 years in large animal and mixed practice. This was interrupted for a year working for MAFF, as it was known then, on the Foot and Mouth outbreak in Cumbria, as I became a “dirty”, vet on an infected farm visit. In 2007, I worked as a field Veterinary Officer for a couple of years in both Carlisle and Leeds offices where my visits involved ensuring compliance with animal health and welfare legislation, animal by product approvals and TB disease risks assessments amongst others. I was also involved with an Avian Influenza and another FMD outbreak.

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Dr. Kulin Patel Government Veterinary Adviser based at the APHA Centre for International Trade

Dr. Kulin PATEL is a Government Veterinary Adviser based at the APHA Centre for International Trade in London, primarily responsible for trade/exports of ruminants and equidae, their germinal products and meat/milk for human consumption.

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Nigel Gibbens Chief Veterinary Officer, DEFRA

Nigel Gibbens is the UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer.  He was appointed in May 2008 following previous experience in the State Veterinary Service and in policy roles on international trade, BSE controls, animal welfare and international relations co-ordination for Defra’s Food and Farming Group.

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Sharon Edwards Animal Health Inspector

With a family background in Dairy Farming and both Event and Racehorses,  Sharon joined the City of London’s Heathrow Animal Reception Centre  in 1987,  specialising in the import of both domestic and exotic species.  In 2004 after qualifying in Animal Health and Legal Practices through the Chartered Trading Standards Institute she transferred to the City of London’s Animal Health & Welfare Services Team contracting both legal and husbandry Animal Health expertise to Local Authorities.  The responsibilities are wide ranging from licence inspections of a range of premises including Animal Boarding Establishments, zoo’s, pets shops and dog breeding establishments to enforce  a vast range of Animal Health legislation.   Since January 2012 her team has seen an approximate rise of  400% in the reporting of, and investigation of illegally imported dogs into Greater London, of which these are mainly puppies from Eastern Europe.  Her team continues to try and raise public awareness of the issues through training events and the media and Sharon is a member of PAAG (the Pet Advertising Advisory Group) promoting responsible pet advertising and also sits on the Kennel Club Assured Breeders Panel 

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Rebecca Miller APHA Veterinary Adviser, Centre for International Trade

Rebecca graduated from Glasgow University Veterinary School and has worked for the Animal and Plant Health Agency for the past eight years. In that time she has held a variety of operations roles primarily related to bovine tuberculosis and trade, and has also participated in exotic notifiable disease outbreaks.

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Jo Wheeler

Jo joined the MAFF State Veterinary Service in 1993 after almost a decade in general mixed practice. This was at the height of the BSE epidemic. However, as the BSE cases fell they were replaced with a rising number of TB breakdowns. Jo became the Lead TB VO for Cornwall and experienced and implemented a number of different TB strategies before the Classical Swine Fever outbreak in Bury in 2000. She was heavily involved in the 2001 FMD outbreak working in East Anglia, Cornwall, Devon and Cumbria at various points and in various different roles. This gave her a taste for Field Epidemiology and she applied for and was selected to become part of a national group of Field Epi Vets. In this role she has been involved in outbreaks of Avian Influenza, FMD, Bluetongue, Anthrax and Equine Infectious Anaemia, whilst continuing to battle TB in “peacetime”. She was appointed to her new role as South West Field Epidemiology Veterinary Adviser in November of 2014. Inevitably being based in the South West she deals with bovine TB on a daily basis.

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Simon Hall Veterinary Director & DCVO Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA)

Simon qualified from Cambridge University in 1984 and spent six years in mixed veterinary practice in Devon and Gloucestershire.

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John Douglass Assistant Managing Director Improve International

John Douglass is the Assistant Managing Director of Improve International who are the UK’s largest private provider of postgraduate training for all veterinary practice staff.

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Sue Hay BVMS CertClEd MRCVS Head of Practical Skills Improve International

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 studied for a Certificate in Clinical Education at The Peninsula Medical School. Sue joined Improve International in 2014 where she is currently Head of Practical Skills.

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Ryan Waters

Ryan is the Named Veterinary Surgeon (NVS) at The Pirbright Institute (TPI) in Surrey, a statutory role safeguarding the health and welfare of animals used in science. He also co-ordinates commercial studies in the large animal high containment facilities at TPI, which are primarily concerned with Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) vaccine efficacy studies.

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Scott Reany

Scott currently works for the Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) as an Animal By-Products (ABP) advisor, providing support for both the Defra policy team and APHA inspectors in the UK. The ABP sector is very diverse ranging from multi-million pound businesses (rendering, anaerobic digestion etc) to individuals using ABPs for artistic uses and is constantly evolving as new technologies and approaches are introduced into improve processing and reduce costs.

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Anthony Duignan M.V.B. M.R.C.V.S. Superintending Veterinary Inspector ERAD Division

Qualified as a Veterinarian at University College Dublin in 1978. Experienced in all aspects of bovine TB (bTB) control both in general practice (16 years) and in the Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine for the past 20 years at local and HQ level.  Currently attached to policy division with responsibility for bovine tuberculosis eradication policy.    Special interest in development and implementation of Quality Controls in the Irish bTB Eradication programme. Participating member of EU task force on Bovine Tuberculosis eradication programmes.

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Dr. James McCormack APHA, Scientific advisor to Defra’s TB programme

James McCormack has a degree in genetics from Trinity College Dublin and a PhD on the genetics of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease from the University of Edinburgh. He has worked for Defra/APHA since 2003, initially managing Defra’s research portfolio in different animal disease areas, including TSEs and Bovine TB. Since 2013 he has been a scientific advisor to Defra’s TB programme.

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Dr Jonathan F Pycock BVetMed PhD DESM MRCVS

  • Worked in various areas of the veterinary profession including teaching and research as well as clinical practice
  • Became one of three Equine Claims Consultants for the Veterinary Defence Society in 2012
  • Member of Council of BEVA for nine years
  • President Elect of BEVA
  • Developed a first opinion and referral equine practice from scratch
  • Delivers around 65 days of CPD annually both within the UK and overseas
  • In 2016 he was a speaker at 36 days of equine CPD in nine different countries!
  • Responsible for one of the longest running annual BEVA Course: the Reproductive Ultrasound Course which has been a sold-out course held every year for the last twenty years!
  • Participated in congresses, training courses and seminars all over the world
  • Either spoken or been a chairman of a session (or both!) at every BEVA Congress for the last twenty five years.
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Dr Andrew Gresham

Andrew has worked in APHA and its forebears for many years and has wide experience of both field and laboratory based animal and public health controls. He has also worked in the DEFRA HQ on the policy of the control of TSEs in small ruminants and currently works on trade in animals and animal products, particularly the export of animals and animal products to countries in the far-east.

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Carol Wright BVSc CertVR CertSAS MRCVS Small Animal Claims Consultant Veterinary Defence Society

Carol qualified from the University of Bristol in 1991 and spent three and a half years in mixed practice in Shropshire before returning to Bristol to take up a residency in Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery. Carol gained the RCVS certificate in Veterinary Radiology in 1995 followed by the RCVS Small Animal Surgery certificate in 1997. After completing her residency she joined Vale Referrals where she was responsible for a wide range of soft tissue surgical cases. She has been working as a Claims Consultant for the Veterinary Defence Society since 2010 and handles companion animal claims.

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Mr Nick Perkins BVSc CertCHP MRCVS

Nick graduated from Bristol University in 1989 and after five years mixed practice in Devon moved to concentrate on dairy cattle work in Somerset at Delaware Veterinary Group in Castle Cary. He became a partner in 1998 and gained his certificate in Cattle Health and Production in the same year. Despite working predominantly on dairy farms he maintained a diversity of interests and is a Committee member of the Goat Veterinary Society and a veterinary examiner for the Worshipful Company of Farriers. After nineteen very enjoyable years at the coalface in Castle Cary, Nick took the opportunity of a new challenge having been offered the post of Claims Consultant for the Veterinary Defence Society. Nick’s workload has a strong farm animal bias but encompasses companion animals and even the occasional equine claim.