Helen Roberts is the current head of international disease monitoring and risk assessment in the Animal and Plant Health Agency, Defra, UK and the Defra policy lead for Equine, Canine and New and Emerging diseases. She is responsible for animal health input into horizon scanning across the government agencies and departments for the UK as well as the biosecurity programme in Defra, for Adaptation for Climate Change programme, for the UK National Risk Assessment and for the cross government international natural hazard forward look analysis. She is responsible for risk assessment for imports and emerging animal diseases as well as during disease outbreaks as part of the national epidemiology expert group and sits on the Veterinary Risk Group and the PHE-led HAIRS group.
Helen has a BSc (Hons) and PhD in parasitology from Imperial College, London, UK; she spent ten years in academia in the UK including field work in Colombia and a secondment in Australia, studying neglected tropical diseases, then several years working for international health NGOs (on human health issues, such as malaria and school children’s health). In 2007 she joined Defra, and became part of the outbreak response teams for avian influenza, foot and mouth disease and bluetongue. In 2008 she joined the international trade team in Defra and took up her current role as head of international disease monitoring and risk assessment in 2010. She is involved in international training in risk assessment for disease outbreaks and food safety for EU programmes (BTSF, TAIEX, Accession programmes) and a regular member of working groups for EFSA European Commission and FAO on emerging animal health issues, such as Avian Influenza and Ebola.
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.
Dr. Bartlett was an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer with the CDC before coming to MSU in 1981. He teaches epidemiology, food safety and public health to veterinary students, MPH students and Masters in Food Safety students. His principle research areas have been bovine mastitis, antimicrobial resistance, food safety and controlling bovine leukemia virus in cattle populations. He has had several field projects to measure the impact of antimicrobial usage on the rates of antimicrobial resistance in food animals and has authored the Antimicrobial Resistance Learning Site for veterinarians and veterinary students. In his 36 years on the faculty, Dr. Bartlett has been the primary advisor for 8 PhD students and many more masters’ students.
Shellene’s initial training/degrees were in molecular science, so her ‘first’ career was as a researcher working for the New York State Department of Health. She returned to academia for a degree in veterinary medicine and shifted my research focus from human diseases (HIV and cancer) to reportable diseases in free-ranging wildlife (anthrax in bison) and preventing/treating infectious digital dermatitis (Treponema) in domestic dairy cattle. After obtaining her license to practice veterinary medicine, Shellene worked as a dairy veterinarian in Upstate New York (average herd size of 3,000 head) until moving to the United Kingdom in 2007. From 2007, she worked as a farm animal veterinarian (dairy and beef) in various regions of the U.K. In 2015, Shellene joined the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) and is currently a member of the South East Field Veterinary team in Itchen Abbas (Winchester), Hampshire.
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.
Tom qualified in 2000 from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London, and joined Greenwood Ellis & Partners (now Newmarket Equine Hospital) soon after graduation, initially for a two year internship with the referrals team before moving across to join the ambulatory side of the practice.
Whilst maintaining an interest in racehorse work, Tom has become increasingly involved with the endurance discipline and is a 4* FEI Endurance Veterinary Treatment Official, a role which takes him to competitions around the country. He is also a 2* FEI Endurance Official Veterinarian, team vet for the British Young Riders Endurance team and advises the EnduranceGB Welfare Committee.
Tom is also actively involved with the international movement of horses, advising shipping agencies, providing veterinary training to flying grooms and frequently accompanying horses on flights.
Chris Trower qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1969 and went into general practice in Oxfordshire, specialising in farm animal medicine. One of the practice clients was a local research establishment which used pigs as models for human diseases and in 1986 he was asked to become their part-time Named Veterinary Surgeon (NVS). This was a new position created by the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986, a new Act of Parliament created as a result of EEC legislation to protect all vertebrate animals used in experiments.
Over the next 15 years, the responsibilities of the NVS expanded and the amount of NVS work that the practice undertook increased, such that by the late 90s, laboratory animal medicine occupied a large percentage of his workload. In 2008, in partnership with another lab animal veterinary surgeon, he established a new company (Red Kite Veterinary Consultants), to supply NVS services and training to the broader UK research community. Although officially retiring in 2016, he continues to act as the part-time NVS for 4 local research establishments.
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.
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.
Katie graduated from Glasgow Vet School in 1991. She worked for 3 years as an OV and mixed practice Vet in North Ayrshire before moving south to spend a year working in mixed practice on Anglesey and settling in mid Wales. Over the next 20 years Katie worked in 3 mixed practices as an assistant and OV, became a farmer’s wife , had five children and rode her horse. She farm an upland beef suckler cow herd of 30 cows and their followers, whom she take to slaughter. She also runs a 500 ewe flock, fattening all the lambs. Katie joined APHA as a VDP in 2015 and became a permanent full time Senior Veterinary Inspector in 2017. She is the current lead Vet for the Cymorth TB program for APHA Wales and has experienced Bovine TB from most angles.
Fred joined Rossdales LLP in 1991 and became a partner in 1997. Upon qualification from the University of Berne, Switzerland in 1985 he was appointed as resident veterinary surgeon to the Swiss National Stud (sport and draft horses), then assistant in internal medicine and reproduction at the Equine Hospital of the University of Berne followed by working in private equine practice. His main fields of interest are equine reproduction, rearing of young stock, advising purchasers at bloodstock auctions and private sales, as well as acting as a consultant to bloodstock insurers.
Paul Honeyman spent 8 years in general practice in Scotland and Northern Ireland including Official Veterinarian duties before joining the then State Veterinary Service in 1990. After 7 years as a Veterinary Officer in south east Scotland he became a Veterinary Adviser working at various times on notifiable disease, animal welfare, international trade and public health including meat hygiene and zoonoses.
Paul has extensive experience of preventing and controlling exotic disease including foot and mouth disease, avian influenza, classical swine fever, anthrax, rabies and TSEs and helped introduce exclusion testing for notifiable avian disease.
Paul is currently part of the Veterinary Exotic Notifiable Disease Unit in APHA and leads the multidisciplinary Exotic Disease Operational Delivery Network. He writes much of the guidance on exotic disease for by APHA staff in their Operations Manual and the corresponding text in guidance for Official Veterinarians.
Paul assists with the planning of national and local contingency planning exercises between outbreaks. During outbreaks of exotic notifiable disease he works at the National Disease Control Centre.
Paul is an external lecturer at both Edinburgh and Glasgow Universities in Veterinary Public Health covering the principles of State Veterinary Medicine, international trade, animal welfare and exotic disease control.