SPEAKERS 2019

CHAIRPERSON

ANDREW CARRINGTON

ANDREW CARRINGTON

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A Bristol graduate, Andrew worked in mixed practice in Wiltshire for 16 years. He joined MAFF “temporarily” in 2000, worked through the FMD epidemic of 2001 and became a Veterinary Officer. Andrew left APHA after 14 years, which included a year seconded the Welsh Government as a Veterinary Advisor on bovine TB. Andrew is now a regional TB test assessor and has worked on OCQ(V)s for Improve International. He also continues to work part-time for a large practice in Wiltshire.
JON KING

JON KING

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Jon., originally from Somerset, graduated from the RVC in 1999 and spent two years in mixed practice in Dolgellau, North Wales. From there, he moved to Pembrokeshire where he spent seven years in a couple of practices as a mixed practitioner and VN assessor, and then as a predominantly large animal/abattoir vet. He then spent three years working for the State Veterinary Service (now APHA field services). In 2009, Jon. Moved to Aberystwyth where he spent six years as a mixed practitioner and VN assessor. Other duties included a TB-testing assessor for Improve International.

Jon. now works as centre manager for the Wales Veterinary Science Centre in Aberystwyth. Most of his time is occupied by lecturing in all aspects of veterinary science at Aberystwyth University on the Veterinary Bioscience degree, post-mortem examination of animals and as Quality Manager. He has chaired the OV conference for Improve International for the last three conferences.

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IAN WRIGHT

IAN WRIGHT

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Ian is a practising Veterinary surgeon and co-owner of the Mount Veterinary Practice in Fleetwood. He has a Master’s degree in Veterinary Parasitology, is head of the European Scientific Counsel of Companion Animal Parasites (ESCCAP) UK & Ireland and guideline director for ESCCAP Europe. Ian is regularly published in peer review journals, and an editorial board member for the Companion animal and Vet CPD journals. He continues to carry out research in practice including work on intestinal nematodes and ticks.
ALLISON WILLIMENT

ALLISON WILLIMENT

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Allison Williment (Investigator) works for World Horse Welfare, a UK based international horse charity that improves the lives of horses through education, campaigning and hands-on care. The Charity works to stop unnecessary suffering, using a practical approach and scientific evidence to deliver lasting change across the full spectrum of the horse world.
ALANA CHAPMAN

ALANA CHAPMAN

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Alana Chapman (Campaigns Research and Education Officer) works for World Horse Welfare, a UK based international horse charity that improves the lives of horses through education, campaigning and hands-on care. The Charity works to stop unnecessary suffering, using a practical approach and scientific evidence to deliver lasting change across the full spectrum of the horse world.
ALAN WIGHT

ALAN WIGHT

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Alan Wight qualified from the Royal (Dick ) School of Veterinary Studies in 1979 and spent 25 years in mixed general practice predominantly on the Sussex/Hampshire border of England. In 2004, following a career-long interest in pathology, he joined the now Animal and Plant Health Agency as a Veterinary Investigation Officer and is currently based at the Starcross, Devon, laboratory. His main duties consist of post mortem examination of farmed animals and disease investigations, including zoonotic disease investigations.
DAVID BARTRAM

DAVID BARTRAM

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David qualified from Liverpool in 1989. He spent several years specialising in anaesthesia, during which he obtained the Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia. He joined Greenwood, Ellis and Partners (now NEH) in 1996. David’s primary interests are in horses in training but he now has responsibility for much fo the export and quarantine work that the practice undertakes.
SUE QUINNEY

SUE QUINNEY

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Sue Quinney graduated from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) London in 1996, having also gained an intercalated degree in Biomedical Science at Kings College London. She then worked as a Clinical Assistant in the Large Animal Practice Teaching Unit at the RVC before moving to a Large Animal Practice in Cornwall.

She joined the Defra group in 1999 and has worked in many different roles, including a period with the Veterinary Laboratories agency working on disease investigation.

In 2010 Sue took a career break to spend time with family, returning to Animal Health in 2014. She took on her current role as an APHA Veterinary Advisor (VA) for TB delivery in 2015. The VA role serves as an interface between TB policy (England, Wales and Scotland) and APHA operational delivery, advising on proposed new policies, in particular the deliverability, and working with the operational teams to ensure that the TB Eradication strategies across Great Britain are effectively implemented.

ARJEN BROUWER

ARJEN BROUWER

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Dr Brouwer cut his veterinary teeth in Wales by performing his first cow caesarean out of hrs in a dark barn without support and boiled instruments. He thinks the cow survived as much due to his attention to detail as the bovine’s immense capacity for recovery. He, and the cow, never looked back! Moving to a mixed practice in Cumbria, he married and settled in the UK. After training as a meat OVS and Local Veterinary Inspector, his career took him to the State Veterinary Service in South West Wales before becoming a Veterinary Adviser to the Welsh Government, seeing various disease outbreaks and control mechanisms including BSE, Swine fever, FMD twice, Anthrax in Wales, salmonella and AI. He has a strong farmed animal, Veterinary Public Health and preventative medicine interest, and is currently working in the APHA exploring the world of veterinary and food hygiene safeguards surrounding international trade in animals and animal products. Dr Brouwer is the APHA Course Director for the Certification Support Officer training module and works at the centre of UK and GB EU exit planning for export certification of animal products.
KULIN PATEL

KULIN PATEL

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Upon moving to the UK, Kulin began working as a field vet in the then SVS of MAFF in 1991 and moved to HQ in 1997 when consumer confidence in beef was at an all-time low, tasked with ensuring the EU BSE ban was effectively implemented. His work in the international trade area has taken various forms: he was the UK expert who accompanied FVO missions to audit EU BSE ban on UK and is UK expert who accompanies FVO and third country missions to audit compliance of trade requirements, including of bovine, ovine/caprine and equine animals and semen collection/storage centres and embryo collection/production teams; he is the lead UK vet responsible for the equivalence/trade agreements the EU Commission negotiates with third countries; he was the UK delegate to the EU regulatory committee on animal health (now called ScoPAFF); he provides advice on policy related to EU trade and quality assure instructions to UK veterinarians involved in official controls in the animal health field. He has a good knowledge of UK/EU systems which underpin exports (import controls, holding registration, animal identification/movement/traceability, biosecurity/disease control/surveillance; animal welfare; food safety – hygiene/microbiology/contaminants/radioactivity).
ADRIENNE MACKINTOSH

ADRIENNE MACKINTOSH

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Adrienne Mackintosh moved to West Wales after graduating in 2004 from the University of Glasgow Vet School. She spent five years in mixed and latterly large animal practice specialising in bull and dairy cow fertility, and completed a certificate in beef cattle production. In 2009 Adrienne joined the then Veterinary Laboratories Agency (now APHA) as a Veterinary Investigation Officer and soon joined the Avian Expert Group. On top of the day to day job of diagnostic post-mortems, disease investigations, and surveillance, Adrienne has responsibilities and interests in Salmonella control particularly in poultry, the Centre of Expertise for Extensively Managed Livestock, and non-statutory zoonoses for which she is currently studying to complete her Masters in Veterinary Public Health.
FLEUR WHITLOCK

FLEUR WHITLOCK

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After spending six years in equine clinical practice, Fleur joined the Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance team at the Animal Health Trust. The team work closely with vets and equine industry stakeholders to ensure the health of the equine population. Her work focuses on infectious disease diagnosis, control and prevention.
LAURA TRIGG

LAURA TRIGG

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Laura qualified from Bristol University in 2006 and went to work on the farm and equine side of a large mixed practice in rural Herefordshire. Whilst working with farm animals she became increasingly interested in equine veterinary work. After three busy years in Hereford, Laura moved to Seadown Veterinary Services to concentrate more on equine work and became an advanced practitioner in equine practice in 2013. Her clinical interests are mainly focused on lameness and poor performance investigations and reproductive work. In 2017 Laura became an honorary veterinary surgeon for the New Forest Pony and Cattle Breeding Society, covering topics as diverse as the genetics of coat colour through to the implementation of microchipping foals at the Autumn pony sales in the heart of the New Forest at Beaulieu. She became a director at Seadown Veterinary Services in 2018 and in spends her free time with her husband and two small children.
ELEANOR BROWN

ELEANOR BROWN

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Eleanor (Ele) Brown graduated in 2005 from the University of Cambridge. She worked in mixed practice in Gloucestershire then Oxfordshire before studying for an MSc in the control of infectious disease in animals at the Royal Veterinary College. She joined Defra (now the APHA) as a veterinary adviser in January 2010. Since Spring 2017 she has been the Veterinary Head of TB policy advice in Defra’s TB Programme.
GARETH HATELEY

GARETH HATELEY

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Gareth qualified in 1986 from Cambridge Vet School, and spent the next 18 years in mixed practice, initially in West Yorkshire, then in Oxfordshire where he became a partner and livestock lead in a 6 person practice. He joined the then Veterinary Laboratories Agency as a Veterinary Investigation Officer for ten years at Thirsk, during which time he joined the Board of the British Cattle Veterinary Association, serving as its President in 2014/15. He currently leads the APHA’s Cattle Expert Group which oversees GB cattle disease scanning surveillance.
ROWENA HANSEN

ROWENA HANSEN

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Rowena Hansen graduated from St Georges University, Grenada in 2006 prior to undertaking a PhD at Liverpool, studying the symbiotic effects of Wolbachia and its impact on the life and death of Onchocera ochengi, a filarial worm found in cattle. She then worked as a small animal vet in private practice for two years before moving to Hampshire to join the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) in 2013. As a Senior Veterinary Inspector, Rowena investigated cases of welfare, TB and statutory disease, in addition to border inspection post checks at Heathrow. Whilst with the APHA, highlights of Rowena’s career have included attending a variety of statutory disease investigations, including Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in ducks in 2014. During the HPAI epizootic (2016/2017) she became part of the Veterinary Operations core team in Nobel House, London. Thereafter, Rowena joined the science directorate within APHA, to become the Veterinary Lead for Avian Virology at the National Reference Laboratory for avian diseases at Weybridge. She currently leads a team of diagnosticians and scientists to deliver many tests within our portfolio including molecular and conventional tests for international trade, endemic and exotic avian viral diseases.
ALAN MURPHY

ALAN MURPHY

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Alan qualified in 1990 and spent sixteen years in mixed practice, working predominantly in the North West. He concentrated on large animal work and whilst in practice gained a DBR. He left practice in 2006 to join the Veterinary Laboratories Agency, as a Veterinary Investigation Officer. Further qualification beckoned again and he gained an MSc in Applied Toxicology whilst in this role. Following the surveillance review the investigation centre he was based at closed so he took up a position with Origin Animal Health. He led the pathology working group within this organisation before setting up his own consultancy business. He re-joined APHA in February 2018 as a VIO based in Bury St Edmunds.
ALASDAIR MACNAB

ALASDAIR MACNAB

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Following graduation from Glasgow University, Alasdair worked in a mixed practice in Dingwall specialising in cattle and sheep medicine. In 1990 he joined MAFF in Inverness and developed skills and knowledge in large animal welfare, publishing papers on sheep welfare in 1997.
His interest in epizootic disease control and issues with biosecurity began in 2000 with Classical Swine Fever in East Anglia and developed with Foot and Mouth 2001 when he managed the field delivery operation in Newcastle. After these outbreaks Alasdair was involved in developing and delivering training for staff in notifiable disease response processes, work which was extended into TB control processes. He obtained the Cert BIP OVS with distinction in 2010.
Alasdair left APHA in 2015 and set up a consultancy company which does advisory work for farmers and crofters. He also currently works for Improve International carrying out TB practical assessments.
PHIL MCKINNON

PHIL MCKINNON

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Phil is one of the founders and directors of Chipworks, which provides microchip registration and reunification services. Previously, he spent more than 25 years as a project manager in financial services, dealing with pet insurance partnerships for the last ten of those, before becoming an independent business consultant in 2011. Phil has worked with a selection of organisations in the animal welfare sector in the UK and overseas on projects including animal management software, microchipping and pet insurance product development.

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