The ECC UK Congress attracts internationally renowned speakers who deliver a wide ranging programme of CPD.
BVSc CertVA DACVECC DipECVECC MRCVS FHEA
Sophie graduated from Liverpool before Google existed. She completed a certificate in anaesthesia at the Animal Health Trust and a residency in ECC at the Royal Veterinary College. She is a Diplomate of the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She spent nearly 20 years in academia training undergraduates, residents and leading internship programmes before moving to Paragon referrals as Clinical Director. Sophie hates dogma and eminence and tries to promote rational and pragmatic use of evidence in veterinary emergency medicine.
BSc BVSc MVetMed DACVECC DECVECC FHEA MRCVS
Dom graduated from the University of Sydney and spent 5 years working in small animal practice. He moved back to the UK and started a residency in Emergency and Critical Care at the Royal Veterinary College and he hasn’t left yet. He co-runs the ECC service, and enjoys all aspects of ECC, particularly mechanical ventilation, sepsis and transfusion medicine.
BVetMed BSc Dip Coaching MRCVS
Penny started out in mixed practice before returning to the RVC for a small animal ECC internship. Deploying her “vet passport”, she moved first into project management and then management consultancy, the latter with Ernst and Young where she worked with clients across a range of industries, as well as delivering coaching and training internally. Penny returned to full-time clinical practice before coming full circle to work for VDS Training as a coach and trainer. She holds Diplomas in Personal Performance, Small Business and Corporate and Executive Coaching and is an NLP Practitioner.
BSc MSc ClinPsyD CPsychol FHEA
Dr Jo Beckett is a Chartered Principal Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years in the NHS. She has worked with people across the lifespan suffering with emotional distress, mental illness, cognitive impairment and physical ill health in both community and acute medical settings. She also provides staff support via reflective practice groups and psychological skills training. Jo has postgraduate training in a variety of theory driven and empirically supported therapeutic approaches (e.g. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Systemic Therapy, Compassion Focussed Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing, Motivational Interviewing). She has extensive knowledge, skills and experience in neuropsychology and psychometric assessment, and also training in leadership approaches, supervision, mentoring, coaching and service improvement.
Jo is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has worked as a University Lecturer teaching psychology students on both undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes, and also medical students. Together, with Dr Jess Brown, Jo set up Time to Thrive Ltd to offer private therapy, mental wellbeing awareness, resilience training and consultation to schools and private businesses. Jo is a member of the Division of Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology in the British Psychological Society, and is registered with the HCPC and EMDR Association UK.
Laura qualified as an RVN in 1993, she has worked in various aspects of veterinary practice including, university, private, charity and out of hours. She has studied Occupational Health & Safety, is a graduate of IOSH. Laura has been with Vets Now for 15 years.
Laura’s main interest is wellbeing, especially mental health, occupational health and night working. Laura has gained her Occupational Health and Wellbeing Certificate, she is currently studying for the Diploma in wellbeing.
MA VetMB DipACVIM DipACVECC FHEA MRCVS
Amanda graduated from Cambridge University in 1998. She then undertook two consecutive small animal internships first at the Royal Veterinary College, London and then at the University of Pennsylvania. She returned to the RVC to do a residency and remained as a Lecturer in Emergency and Critical Care from 2003-2008.
During that time she was very involved with running of both the referral and first opinion emergency service as well as teaching on veterinary undergraduate, postgraduate and veterinary nursing programmes. Amanda is Board certified in both Internal Medicine and Emergency and Critical Care.
In September 2008, she took up the post of Clinical Director at Vets Now where she has a wide ranging role overseeing clinical and professional standards within the business.
Amanda has published many peer reviewed articles and book chapters and is Co-editor of the BSAVA Manual of Emergency and Critical Care.
Amanda acts as a veterinary consultant for Pet Blood Bank and is a Trustee of the British College of Veterinary Specialists. She received the BSAVA Melton Award in 2011.
Amanda was President of EVECCS (European Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society) from 2011-2014. She was Founding President of ECVECC (European College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care) from 2014-2018 and is currently Past-President of ECVECC.
Søren Boysen obtained his DVM from the University of Saskatchewan (Canada), completed a small animal internship at the Atlantic Veterinary College (Canada), and a residency at Tufts University (United States), becoming a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2003. He is the former Chief of Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care at the University of Montreal, and currently a Full Professor of veterinary emergency and critical care at the University of Calgary. Extensively published, and a recipient of numerous teaching and research excellence awards, he has become an internationally recognized speaker.
Although he loves all things ECC, he is considered a pioneer of veterinary point of care ultrasound (VPOCUS), having developed the small animal Focused Assessment of Sonography for Trauma (FAST) exam with his colleagues at Tufts. With many great colleagues from around the world he continues to actively research and develop ultrasound training techniques, education programs, and workshops for non-specialist practitioners. Along with point of care ultrasound, his research interests include hemorrhage, coagulation, and perfusion.
Jason joined the health service working in digital communications in 2009, in 2012 he joined the NHS Leadership Academy and is currently Distance Learning Advisor to the NHS Leadership Academy.
Jason leads the Academy’s practice of distance learning that enables the development of tens of thousands of leaders at distance in the UK and globally.
He has a wide breadth of experience in visual design, user experience design, learning technology design, learning design and leadership development developed through working in the charity, private and public sectors.
Jason has held a national role in the development of blended learning approaches in the English National Health Service [NHS] since 2012, at the formation of the NHS Leadership Academy. His career has allowed him to bring learning from the charity, private and public sectors. His passion for enabling high quality and engaging behavioural change has won national and international awards.
BSc PGDip ClinPsyD
Dr Jess Brown is a HCPC registered Principal Clinical Psychologist who has worked in mental health and emotional wellbeing services for over 20 years. She has experience in both private organisations and the NHS across various community and hospital settings, working to understand and alleviate psychological distress in different patient groups and the pressures faced by the staff groups that support them. Jess has a postgraduate diploma in paediatric neuropsychology as well as specialist training in a range of psychological models such as CBT, systemic therapy, CFT and ACT, and currently works therapeutically with both adults and children in an NHS hospital setting.
Alongside her clinical work Jess is passionate about making psychological models accessible to multi-disciplinary colleagues. She has extensive experience of writing and delivering training, and has been a conference keynote speaker. She offers reflective practice, psychological skills training, consultation and supervision and is currently involved in the development of initiatives to support staff teams in the NHS. Through Time to Thrive Ltd, Jess and Dr Jo Beckett extend the reach of this focus, working alongside businesses and schools to understand their specific challenges and develop practical psychological initiatives to build resilience and promote wellbeing.
RVN Cert VN ECC
Arlene qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2003 and subsequently worked in a small animal practice in central Scotland. She joined Vets Now 24/7 Emergency and Specialty Hospital in Glasgow in 2013 as a surgery nurse, before becoming Head Hospital Nurse in 2014. In 2017 Arlene took on the role of Head of Clinical Operations for Vets Now’s Emergency and Specialty sites across the UK. She is a member of the Veterinary and Nursing Standards group and is actively involved in intern recruitment and the intern programme within the hospitals.
Jennifer is a graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. She completed an internship and an emergency and critical care residency at the Animal Emergency Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 1996. She completed a surgical residency in 2004 studying at several private practices in the USA. Jennifer has been director of emergency and intensive care services at a number of large private referral practices in Canada and the United States. She is currently working as an independent consultant and emergency and critical care specialist. She has published over 50 articles and book chapters, is actively involved in research, and is a member of seven professional veterinary organizations around the world. Jennifer enjoys teaching and is actively involved in training interns and residents as well as lecturing and teaching workshops to nurses and doctors.
Neus Elias-Santo Domingo
LMV PgCert CertAVP MRCVS
Neus graduated from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona in 2009. She then completed a rotating internship within the university before going on to spend another year working within a referral hospital.
After moving to the UK, Neus spent two years in a first-opinion practice in Liverpool. Neus developed an interest in emergency and critical care, and in 2017 started an ECC internship at Vets Now pet emergency hospital in Glasgow. In January 2017, she started her residency in ECC and is currently working towards becoming a specialist.
When not working, Neus loves travelling, cooking, and keeping fit. She has a cat called Piruleta who moved with her from Barcelona. Piruleta keeps Neus entertained as she likes to play fetch!
DVM MSCE DACVIM DACVECC
Professor and Chief, Section of Critical Care
School of Veterinary Medicine
Dr Drobatz obtained his DVM from the University of California at Davis and his Masters of Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine. He is board certified in both the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine as well as the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. He is Professor and Chief of the Section of Critical Care and Directory of the Emergency Service in the Department of Clinical Studies-Philadelphia and the Mathew J. Ryan Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine respectively. He has been awarded numerous teaching awards including the Norden Distringuished Teaching Award and the Linbach Distinguished Teaching Award. He teaches clinical emergency medicine to fourth year veterinary students and gives didactic lectures and small group teaching to first and third year veterinary students. He has edited/co-authored two small animal emergency books and a book on trauma. Additionally he has authored or co-authored over 160 peer-reviewed manuscripts as well as over 70 book chapters.
He is a past President of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society and Present-Elect of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. Finally, he has trained over 2000 interns and 60 to 70 emergency and critical care residents.
BVM&S CertAVP(ZooMed) DipECZM(Avian) MRCVS
Tom graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2011 before completing a one-year rotating internship working extensively with exotic species, particularly raptors and reptiles. He began his residency in avian medicine at Great Western Exotics in 2012.
Tom successfully gained his RCVSCertAVP(ZooMed) in January 2014 and completed his residency in avian medicine the following year. He obtained his European diploma DipECZM(Avian) and European specialist status in 2017. Tom lectures on all aspects of exotic animal medicine to veterinarians and vet nurses. He also supervises the only UK-based European College of Zoological Medicine avian residency programme, helping to train the specialists of the future.
Kevin is both astrophysicist, medical specialist and a natural storyteller. After working with NASA he specialised in lessons from the effects of extremes on human physiology. He is also part of hospital Emergency Response and Major Incident Planning, as well as an air ambulance Emergency Doctor. All of this provides a unique insight into how we all cope with risk and making decisions under pressure, as well as teamwork. He’s published Extremes – probing the limits of the human body, and presented science programmes covering everything from travelling to Mars to the Klondike gold rush.
BSc, PgDip HRM
Michelle graduated in Management & Technology from Napier University in 2001 and completed her PgDip in Human Resource Management in 2005
With a background in Quality, Health & Safety and Human Resource Management Michelle joined the Human Resource Team at Vets Now in 2006 where she worked for 7 years before moving to the Health, Safety & Wellbeing Team in 2013. In 2014 she trained with the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and NHS Scotland to become a Managing Stress Trainer. Michelle’s work focuses a lot on health and wellbeing in an OOH ECC environment both on a one to one basis and more generic through presentations and training courses.
Tobias joined Vets Now in 2003, working as a Senior Veterinary Surgeon in the Stoke-on-Trent, Edinburgh and Glasgow out-of-hours clinics.
Tobias completed a Vets Now Residency in Emergency and Critical Care at the University of Glasgow and became board certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2013. He achieved Diplomate status within the European College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2014 and became a RCVS recognised Specialist in 2015.
Tobias has lectured worldwide at different veterinary meetings, including the largest international emergency symposium (IVECCS, USA) and the largest european veterinary congress (BSAVA, UK).
Tobias has published various veterinary articles in English and German and is chairman of the British Association of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (BAVECC).
Bsc(Hons) DipAVN RVN
Louise graduated from Glasgow University in 2003 with a degree in Zoology. After spending time volunteering for various conservation projects, she decided to embark upon a career in veterinary nursing. She became a qualified registered veterinary nurse in 2009 and worked in general practice for 2 years. She joined Vets Now in 2011 where she discovered an interest in surgical nursing. She achieved distinction in her RCVS Advanced Nursing Diploma in 2016. Louise is currently the Senior Surgery Nurse at Vets Now 24/7 Pet Emergency Hospital in Glasgow and she has a particular interested in wound management and oncological surgery. Outside of work Louise enjoys running and spending time with her two young boys.
Jenny graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2001, and worked in small animal general practice for 3 years before returning to the RVC to complete an internship in Small Animal Medicine & Surgery.
In 2006 she joined Vets Now as Senior Veterinary Surgeon, before working on the launch of Pet Blood Bank UK, running blood drives and delivering transfusion medicine CPD around the UK.
She returned to Vets Now as Business Development Manager, liaising with practices across the UK to set up 17 emergency clinics and reaching senior management level as Head of Customer Development.
In 2012, Jenny joined Vet Dynamics and spent 4 years training and coaching independent veterinary practice owners in business, HR and personal development before taking a break to start her family.
In 2017 Jenny set up Vet Harmony, a coaching and personal growth service for the veterinary profession that helps vets to find their own unique niche, balance their work and home lives and rediscover their passion.
She is a Certified HBDI Psychometric Profiling Practitioner and regular speaker for The Webinar Vet on practice management topics.
RVN BSc(hons) VTS(ECC) VPAC A1
Eleanor graduated in 2008 from the University of Bristol with an honours degree in Veterinary Nursing and Practice Administration. She worked in a mixed practice in the midlands for two years before returning to the University of Bristol as Senior ICU nurse for four years. She gained the VTS(ECC) qualification in 2012 and in 2013 joined the Royal Veterinary College ECC team where she is now head ECC nurse.
Eleanor is responsible for co-managing a team of 30 nurses who work within the emergency room and critical care unit. She has lectured internationally, published several articles, contributed to book chapters and sat on the committee for BSAVA and AVECCT.
Karen Johnson National Support Lead for the Research and Evaluation team. Karen has experience undertaking research studies, elevation, critical analysis, and is currently undertaking a Master in Public Health Leadership and Management and has 15 years clinical experience as an occupational therapist in the NHS.
BM BCh (Oxon), MA Phys Sci, MSc SEM, MRCP, FCEM, PG Dip Medical Ultrasound
Karen is a Consultant in human Emergency Medicine, working at University Hospital in Coventry, a regional Major Trauma Centre. She has sub-specialised in Sport & Exercise Medicine and is Club Doctor for Worcester Warriors Rugby Club in the English Premiership.
Having originally graduated from Oxford University Medical School in 2002, Karen undertook periods of training in both medicine and surgery before gaining Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 2005. Karen then completed specialist training in Emergency Medicine in both London and the West Midlands and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine in 2011.
A former England women’s rugby international, Karen decided to continue her love for the game by completing an MSc in Sports & Exercise Medicine and then completed formal sub-specialist training during a career break from her Emergency Medicine role. She took up her post at Worcester Warriors in 2014 and helped them to regain promotion to the Premiership the following year. Karen qualified in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in 2015 and is also trained in extended FAST.
Karen currently works as a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at University Hospital in Coventry, a regional Major Trauma Centre, and is Club Doctor for the Premiership rugby side Worcester Warriors.
Rike Jones is Head of Digital at Vets Now. Before joining the veterinary sector two years ago, Rike gained 10+ years digital marketing experience in a variety of industries. Starting her career managing online advertising for blue chip company Apple, she moved to the other end of the scale working with tech start-ups like onefinestay (travel), FreeAgent (finance) and Zego (insurance) to grow their companies and establish positive relationships with their customers in the digital world. While she lives and breathes digital, Rike spends a lot of her free time in the real world connecting to nature; walking her cocker spaniel, growing veggies in her garden and turning those into delicious meals and baked good. Baking breads of all sort is her current favourite pastime.
After graduating from University College Dublin and moving to the UK, Darren undertook a rotating internship at Southern Counties Veterinary Specialists. This was followed by a short stint in first opinion practice on the south coast before he started his residency in internal medicine at SCVS. Darren completed his residency in 2019 and remains at SCVS as part of the internal medicine team. He particularly enjoys seeing endocrine and immune-mediated disease along with emergency and critical care cases.
FHEA PGCert TQFE BVMS MRCVS
Laura graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1988 and worked for five years in small animal general practice. In 1993 she moved into teaching veterinary nursing (VN) – splitting her time between practising and lecturing at Edinburgh College and, since 2016, at SRUC. In 2011 she became a tutor on the Vets Now Certificate of Veterinary Nursing Emergency and Critical Care (CertVNECC). In 2014 she became Clinical Development Adviser for the CertVNECC with responsibility for review and development of the clinical content of the qualification.
Laura also teaches clinical skills to vet students and is an OSCE examiner. She has a keen interest in veterinary and VN education gaining the Postgraduate Certificate Teaching Qualification Further Education (PGCert TQFE) from the University of Dundee in 2015. In 2016, Laura obtained The Edinburgh Teaching Award (EdTA) through the University of Edinburgh becoming a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). Laura’s main interests are wound management, ECC, diagnostic imaging, medical conditions and legal, professional and ethical issues.
VetMB MA CertVA DACVECC DECVECC MRCVS
Following graduation in 1995 from Cambridge, Daniel worked in mixed practice for five years, where he gained the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia.
In 2011, Daniel then obtained his diploma in Emergency and Critical Care following a residency at RVC. He joined Vets Now’s emergency and specialty hospital in Glasgow in January 2015 and is a senior member of the ECC team.
BSc BVM&S MRCVS
Pamela graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 2010 and immediately went on to do a one year Small Animal Rotating Internship at the Veterinary Emergency and Referral Clinic in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
During her internship she became interested in oncology and she subsequently accepted a position as Oncology Resident at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in August 2011. Her prime interests are medical oncology and end of life care.
In March 2015 Pamela successfully passed the first part of the examination to become an ECVIM small animal oncology diplomat. Pamela joined Vets Now Pet Emergency Hospital in Glasgow in April 2015 and runs the oncology service.
Kirsten graduated with a BA (Hons) in Retail Management, and joined Debenhams Graduate Training Programme. During 16 years at Debenhams, she held a variety of management positions including 10 years at store management level. Her experience in a fast-paced ever-changing retail environment was invaluable in taking on the running of a busy veterinary hospital.
Kirsten joined Vets Now Glasgow in 2014 and has been instrumental in the Hospital’s continued success and growth. After two years in the role Kirsten became Hospital Director and during this time has been actively involved in the opening of the new hospital in Manchester and the expansion of the Glasgow Hospital.
During her career Kirsten’s passion has been the people and teams she has worked alongside and she is fascinated by the everyday dynamics of different personalities working together.
Alan joined the NHS via a clinical route, commencing his registered general nurse training in 1984 and is currently the Head of Programme Design and Practice at the NHS Leadership Academy – having first joined the team in April 2013 as a Senior Programme Lead for Programme Delivery and Frameworks.
Following working in a variety of acute healthcare clinical practice roles, spanning a sixteen-year period, Alan moved into an acute trust strategic management role with organisational responsibility for the delivery of the National Service Framework for Coronary Heart Disease in 2000. Although part of a wider career development plan to progress to executive nursing director-level roles, the move prompted a change in career direction as he had the opportunity, during this period, to work closely with the Modernisation Agency where he developed a keen interest in the fields of innovation, improvement and leadership for change.
His subsequent positions include working at both a regional and national level in a number of senior service innovation and improvement leadership roles – leading the establishment of a Managed Cardiovascular Clinical Network across North East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire before moving to the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement in 2011 where he worked as an Associate within the Thought Leadership Team, exploring social movement thinking and community organising principles and their potential role within the NHS context.
In his current role, Alan manages a broad portfolio of leadership and organisational development work, most notably, providing strategic leadership input, and direction, across the Academy – shaping and informing the Academy’s philosophical foundations for leadership development and ensuring robust assurance in respect of its programme delivery and development practice.
David B. Owen
BVMS CertAVP (ECC) MRCVS
David graduated with honours from Glasgow University in 2007 and started working in a small animal general practice in Scotland. Following this he worked for 6 years at a small animal hospital in Manchester, where he gained an interest in emergency and critical care. David gained the RCVS certificate in emergency and critical care in 2015 and is a registered RCVS Advanced Practitioner in this field.
David joined Vets Now in November 2106 to further his interests in all aspects of emergency and critical care.
BVM&S PG Dip Adv HCP (Open) MRCVS
Laura is Vets Now’s head of veterinary standards and is responsible for driving clinical and professional standards across the out-of-hours clinics. After graduating from the University of Edinburgh in 1999, she worked in small animal practices until 2007 before moving into emergency and critical care. Laura has attained a diploma in advancing healthcare practice and is currently studying for her MSc. She sits on the RCVS Knowledge Quality Improvement Advisory Board and has interests in patient safety and client communication.
DHSCP, MA, MA, PC Cert QI, BSc (Hons) RGN, RHV
Clare Price-Dowd has worked in the NHS for all her career, in clinical practice, education and management. She took up national level roles in 2002, firstly at the NHSU before joining the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement where she led a number of capability building initiatives including supporting 50 English Universities to include improvement science in their the pre-registration health programs. Clare is currently Head of evaluation and patient experience at the NHS Leadership Academy. She has previously been responsible for managing the new suite of national core programs and now manages research and evaluation across the Academy as well as patient involvement. She has a PhD in sustaining service improvement and continues her interest in quality as a member of the Health Foundation Q initiative.
MVB CertAVP(ECC) MRCVS
Aoife Reid graduated from Dublin in 2001. Initially she spent a few years in equine, mixed practice and then small animal practice. She entered small animal emergency practice in 2006 and has worked in this area ever since. She joined Vets Now in 2009 and was appointed Head of Edge Programmes in Jan 2014. Since joining Vets Now, Aoife has completed her CertAVP (ECC) and is an RCVS Advanced Practitioner in ECC.
Matthew has been a qualified veterinary nurse for over 25 years; his nursing focus has always been around the care and welfare of exotic species, both in captivity and in the wild. He is Head Nurse (Exotics Referral) for Holly House Veterinary Hospital (including Arks Referrals) in Leeds; he is also the chair of the AZEVN which he co-founded in 2016 with five other RVNs who share his passion for improving the education around the amazing diversity of species we nurse, from tortoises to tigers. Matthew is passionate about the veterinary nursing profession generally and this has led to him being vice chair of the RCVS VN council; this role has allowed him a greater understanding of the challenges veterinary nurses face, but has also given him the honour of doing his bit for the future of our profession.
CVT VTS (ECC)
Mr Angel Rivera obtained his veterinary technician training in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 1998, Mr Rivera obtained his certification as an emergency and critical care veterinary technician specialist (VTS) in the field of emergency and critical care. He has worked as a veterinary technician, Director of Nursing, Nursing Educational Coordinator, Medical Director and Hospital Administrator. Mr Rivera is an internationally recognized lecturer to veterinarians and veterinary nurses/technicians. He was voted speaker of the year for the 1995 North American Veterinary Conference (technician program). In December of 2002 the Veterinary Technician Journal featured a poem Angel had written for the veterinary nurses of Australia titled ‘My Millennial Wish for You”. It is a tribute and an exhortation to the Aussie nurses to continue to excel and exceed their nursing expectations.
In 2011 was named an honorary member of the Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia (VNCA) for his contribution to the veterinary nursing profession in Australia, and was featured on the cover of Veterinary Technician Journal. In 2018 he was awarded one of the five Steve Haskin’s Memorial Scholarships for his contributions to the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. He was awarded the 2018 AVECCT Veterinary Technician Specialist of the Year Award. In April 2019 he returned to Australian for the 6 time to lecture and present the keynote address at the VNCA 25th Anniversary Conference.
He has authored and co-authored various articles published in veterinary journals, textbooks and research abstracts. Mr Rivera’s areas of special interest are ventilatory support and management, acid-base disorders and endocrine emergencies. He currently serves as a consultant advising on the training of emergency and critical care nursing concepts, protocols and procedures.
Dip AVN(Surg) PGCertVetAA VNCertECC RVN
Claire has been veterinary nursing for over 20 years. In 2006 she gained the Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Surgical) and in 2013 she gained the VN certificate in Emergency and Critical care. Claire successfully passed the post graduate certificate in veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia. She works part time as a theatre nurse for Oakwood Veterinary Referrals; a multi disciplinary referral centre based in Cheshire alongside running her own CPD company called SynergyCPD.
VetMB M.A. CertAVP(ECC) MRCVS
After graduating from Cambridge in 2011 and, working in a Newcastle small animal hosiptal, Jacqui was accepted onto the Cutting Edge programme in 2012. Jacqui has worked in the Sheffield, Gateshead and Alfreton clinics, obtained the CertECC(AVP) in 2017 and progressed through the Principal Vet position to her current District Vet role. Outside of work, she has a 3 legged collie, 2 under 5’s and is also currently President on her regional BVA council. Jacqui’s particular interests are SIRS, team communication and the Links project.
BVSc(Hons), PhD, CertSAS, DipECVS, MRCVS
Mickey is an RCVS and EBVS® European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery. He is Head of Surgery at Paragon Veterinary Referrals in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.
Mickey graduated from the University of Bristol in 2002. He finished a residency in small animal surgery at the RVC in 2008 and became a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2009. Following this he undertook a PhD on congenital portosystemic shunts in dogs, also at the RVC. He has worked in both academic and private referral practice.
PhD BVMS CertVA CertSAS MRCVS
Liz graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1989 and completed a surgical internship and PhD there before moving to the University of Edinburgh in 1996.
Whilst at the University of Edinburgh, Liz completed a residency in small animal soft tissue surgery and then stayed there until 2007, first as a lecturer and then a senior lecturer in soft tissue surgery.
Liz joined Vets Now 24/7 Emergency and Sp Hospital in Glasgow in 2010 and offers a referral service for soft tissue cases.
Mike Wickham is the Managing Director of Woodley Equipment Company who are celebrating 30 years in the Veterinary industry.
Mike is a Chartered Scientist and Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences with 40+ years’ experience specialising in Haematology, Blood Transfusion and Point of Care devices for all disciplines.
Mike has a passion for Laboratory Diagnostics and for delivering affordable, innovative products that can make a difference to Veterinary Practices and the animals that they care for.