SPEAKERS 2019

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 is an editorial board member for the Companion Animal and VetCPD 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 works as an Investigator 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 works as a Campaigns Research and Education Officer 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 in 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 laboratory in Devon. 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 of 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 King’s 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 hours 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 Advisor 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 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 that the EU BSE ban was effectively implemented. Since then, his work in the international trade area has taken various forms. He was the UK expert who accompanied FVO missions to audit the EU BSE ban on imports from the UK and is the UK expert who accompanies FVO and third country missions to audit compliance of trade requirements, including of bovine, ovine/caprine and equine animals; semen collection/storage centres; and embryo collection/production teams. He is also the lead UK vet responsible for the equivalence/trade agreements the EU Commission negotiates with third countries and was the UK delegate to the EU regulatory committee on animal health (now called ScoPAFF). In addition to this, he provides advice on policy related to EU trade and quality assurance instructions to UK veterinarians involved in official controls in the animal health field. He has a good knowledge of UK/EU systems that underpin exports, including import controls; holding registration; animal identification, movement and traceability; biosecurity and disease control/surveillance; animal welfare; and food safety, including hygiene, microbiology, contaminants and 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 master’s 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 Advisor 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 six-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 George’s University, Grenada, in 2006, prior to undertaking a PhD at Liverpool. During this, she studied the symbiotic effects of Wolbachia and its impact on the life and death of Onchocerca 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 their 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 16 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 (VIO). 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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Alasdair graduated from Glasgow University in 1979 and worked in a mixed practice in Dingwall until 1990, specialising in cattle and sheep medicine. After this, he joined MAFF in Inverness, where he specialised in farm animal welfare. He obtained the Cert BIP OVS with distinction in 2010.

Alasdair’s interest in biosecurity started in 2000 with classical swine fever in East Anglia and developed with foot and mouth in 2001. After these outbreaks he was involved in developing and delivering training for staff in notifiable disease response processes. He left APHA in 2015 and set up a consultancy, AJM Agri Ltd, which does advisory work for farmers and crofters. In addition to this, he carries out TB practical assessments for Improve International, is the local branch chair for the National Farmers Union for Scotland and sits in the NFUS Legal and Technical Committee.

Alasdair has also run a reclaimed timber recycling business and a wood flooring business, done house building and crofting, as well a running a beef herd and a sheep flock. He and his wife now farm outside Dingwall where they run the noted ‘Alagils’ pedigree Limousin cattle herd. Biosecurity and herd health are a key selling points for their stock.

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.
CONOR O'HALLORAN

CONOR O'HALLORAN

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Conor O’Halloran currently works at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, The University of Edinburgh. Conor does research in companion animal medicine, immunology and infectious diseases and has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles since graduating from Liverpool Vet School in 2015. Since then he completed an MSc in One Health and has just submitted a PhD thesis focusing on tuberculosis and other mycobacterial infections of companion animals in the UK. Alongside studying and research, Conor is also a part-time veterinary surgeon at a four-vet small animal practice in Perth, Scotland.
ANDY PATERSON

ANDY PATERSON

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Andy Paterson is a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) recognised Specialist in Epidemiology, and a European College recognised Specialist in Veterinary Public Health.
Andy qualified in 1988 and worked in a preventive-medicine-based farm animal practice; he then joined VEERU and PAN Livestock Services in 1991, and worked throughout East and Southern Africa, Latin America and Turkey on national and regional development projects that focused on livestock disease control and institutional strengthening, working on behalf of the UK DfID, national governments, UN-FAO and OIE. He has a personal interest in operational disease control, applied training and the facilitation of risk-based international trade to promote sustainable development.

He joined Defra in 2001 to work as an epidemiologist during the UK FMD outbreak, and has not yet escaped. During this time he has worked in various roles in policy teams and senior operational roles related to international trade, TB policy, exotic disease control, high containment laboratories, risk assessment, surveillance and epidemiology. He was responsible for the veterinary disease control policy for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

He is currently the Head of the Field Epidemiology Team and the UK National Emergency Epidemiology Group that leads the investigation of disease outbreaks in the UK, and provides advice to government on disease control policy.

ANDRE CIRONE

ANDRE CIRONE

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Andre qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 1994, spending 10 years in small animal practice before making the transition into the animal transport industry. Andre has been helping send pets all over the world for many years now. The combination of his experience and veterinary knowledge ensure that pets are well cared for at every step of their journey.
CLAIRE WADE

CLAIRE WADE

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Claire qualified from the University of Bristol in 2007 and spent six years as an assistant in small animal practice. She joined the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (now APHA) in 2013 as a field vet based in Hampshire and got involved in a variety of areas, from bovine TB, welfare and exotic notifiable disease to animal by-products, zoo inspections and imports. Claire also got involved in avian influenza outbreaks, both at a local level on-farm and at a national level in the National Disease Control Centre. She took on her current role as a Veterinary Advisor for TB policy in 2016, working in a multi-disciplinary team in Defra’s bovine TB programme in London.
MONICA DAVID

MONICA DAVID

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Dr Monica David MRCVS works for the City of London in the Animal Health Team. Her career in the UK started in 1999; she worked for the Meat Hygiene Service before moving to the City of London in 2006, first in the Port Health Service and then changing to the Animal Health Services. As the Animal Health Authority for Greater London, this provides animal health services across London, including for animals imported through Heathrow Animal Reception Centre. It also acts on an agency basis for 29 London boroughs and an increasing number of local authorities in the home counties and beyond. Monica carries out inspections of pet shops, zoos, dog boarding, dog breeding, animal exhibits, dangerous wild animals and riding establishments. The service deals with complaints from the public and with welfare matters involving circuses, animal shows, studio work with animals and other cases where animals are used to perform. Monica and the team also deal with the increasing number of non-compliant imported dogs and cats that are reported to the service.

Monica loves horse riding, playing tennis and tending her garden with various degrees of success.

SAMANTHA HOLLAND

SAMANTHA HOLLAND

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Sam graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Pharmacology from the University of Edinburgh in 1995 and went on to have a scientific career in both academia and industry, getting her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge in 2002. A change of career led her to Glasgow Vet School and following graduation she worked in both mixed and small animal practice as an associate practitioner, before successfully setting up and running her own sole-charge small animal practice in Cornwall. She joined APHA in late 2016 as a Senior Veterinary Inspector based in Truro, where her areas of responsibility focused on border controls. Sam’s interest in exotic diseases led her to undertake a part-time MVetSci in Conservation Medicine with the University of Edinburgh. Her current post within APHA is as a Veterinary Advisor in the Veterinary Exotic Notifiable Disease Unit, which gives advice to field vets, policymakers and stakeholders on exotic disease. In this role, Sam is the veterinary lead for rabies control and she is looking forward to sharing recent developments in positive bat lyssavirus findings in the UK.
VIVIENNE MACKINNON

VIVIENNE MACKINNON

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Vivienne qualified in 1995 from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and spent 10 years in practice in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. She joined APHA in Perth as a Veterinary Officer and was the TB Lead Vet for Scotland overseeing delivery of Officially TB Free Status procedures before becoming Veterinary Lead for North Scotland in 2016. Vivienne is also the point of contact for BVA and Official Veterinarian matters across Scotland.
DAVID HARRIS

DAVID HARRIS

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After qualifying from Liverpool in 1984, David spent 16 years working as an assistant and partner in a mixed practice on the Welsh/Shropshire border, before joining the State Veterinary Service in 2000. Between 2000 and 2005, David was a case vet for multiple TB cases in Herefordshire, and – amongst various other responsibilities – was involved in many aspects of the national notifiable disease emergencies of the early 2000s. For 10 years from 2005, he managed the national farm animal feed control programme relating to animal proteins, being recognised by Defra as a national expert in that subject. David has presented papers in Beijing at the UK-China Summit and the EU-China Trade Project on feed safety and feed incident investigation relating to animal proteins. He has also provided training at BTSF courses to EU delegates on farm animal feed sampling and animal by-products. David has been involved in the Vet Ops Team at the National Disease Emergency Centre in London in more recent avian influenza outbreaks.

In December 2015, David started his current role, which involves providing veterinary advice on TB to Welsh Government policy colleagues and to APHA field staff.

ALASTAIR GEORGE

ALASTAIR GEORGE

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Alastair has worked in the Government Veterinary Service for over 25 years, first as a Veterinary Investigation Officer and since 2003 as a Veterinary Advisor based in London.

After working in a variety of teams over the years, Alastair is now part of the APHA Veterinary Exotic and Notifiable Diseases Unit – a small team of vets and scientists who work with policy, field operations and reference laboratories in dealing with reports of suspect notifiable animal disease. He also provides veterinary advice on development of notifiable disease policy and R&D and provides field instructions and training. He has a special interest in the notifiable diseases of pigs.

LESLEY LARKIN

LESLEY LARKIN

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Lesley qualified as a veterinarian from Onderstepoort, the University of Pretoria, South Africa, in 1998 and then moved to the United Kingdom for what was intended to be a short stay to ‘explore Europe’. Nine years later, spent mostly in production animal practice, but also doing the occasional small animal locum ranging from London to Singapore, she was still working in the UK.

At the end of 2006, after completing a master’s at the RVC, she moved to Defra. There she worked as a Veterinary Advisor on zoonoses, primarily focused on control of foodborne zoonoses and the development and implementation of the Salmonella National Control Programmes, but also on import controls, endemic disease surveillance and as the UK representative on the EFSA Scientific Network on Zoonoses Data Collection.

At the end of 2015 she moved to a role as an epidemiologist at Public Health England, working on human infectious gastrointestinal disease surveillance and outbreak response.

LINDA SMITH

LINDA SMITH

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Linda Smith qualified from Dublin in 1984, with every intention of becoming a horse vet. However, life didn’t work out that way, and after three years in research and teaching in Dublin, combined with regular locuming in small and mixed practices, she took the bold step of joining what was then called DANI: the state veterinary service in Northern Ireland. This was intended to be for a year, but became slightly longer. She has now been working in Government for nearly 30 years, and is still enjoying the challenge. She is currently the Veterinary Head of Careers and Education for APHA.

In her spare time, Linda keeps poultry of all types, and has a healthy interest in rescuing half-dead plants from garden centres and supermarkets. She is also remarkably fond of rats.

PETER MAY

PETER MAY

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I qualified from Glasgow University in 1983 joined Drove Vets and became a partner in 1985.

I was the first to treat repeat breeder cows with embryos in 1993 and offer bovine foetal sex determination to clients in the UK. I achieved a Diploma Bovine Reproduction in 2004.

Since 2012 I have worked independently. Work today comprises routine fertility locally for the Drove; ET and OPU further afield plus ET/OPU/scanning training both in the UK and abroad.

I have recently been appointed reproductive consultant for Vetoquinol and am currently helping to re-establish the British ET Association.

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