The ECC UK Congress attracts internationally renowned speakers who deliver a wide ranging programme of CPD.
Serena graduated from The University of Naples “Federico II” in 2014, and then worked for one year in general practice in her home town. After completing a one-year internship in a referral hospital in Novara (Italy), she spent an additional year there with the emergency and critical care team. While working in Novara she spent several weeks in Birkenfeld (Germany) as consultant for a private practice.
She moved to the UK in 2017 where she worked at The Veterinary Referral Centre, Godstone, Surrey. In June 2018 Serena joined the ECC team at the Vets Now 24/7 Emergency and Specialty Hospital, Glasgow.
Outside work she enjoys spoiling her two cats Chicca and Artù.
BSc BVSc MVetMed CertVC MRCVS DipACVIM DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology)
Kieran worked in primary care practice before undertaking his residency in cardiology. Back then, when he was a proper vet, Kieran enjoyed emergency work and undertook a 1:4 rota for out-of-hours work with some additional Vets Now locum shifts along the way. He remembers what cardiac emergencies were like before he became a cardiologist and is excited to share his practical experiences and top tips with the delegates at Vets Now Congress! Kieran currently works as lead cardiologist at Langford Vets, University of Bristol, and is 85% clinical with an out-of-hours rota despite the academic backdrop. His particular interests are feline cardiomyopathy and congenital heart disease, but he manages the whole spectrum of cardiac cases from dogs with mitral valve disease to horses with atrial fibrillation. He is a previous member of the Veterinary Cardiovascular Society Executive Committee, past-Chair of the ACVIM Cardiology Research Committee, current member of the ECVIM Cardiology Credentials Committee and Module-Lead for the CertAVP Cardiology C-modules at the Royal Veterinary College in London. He has spoken on five continents about various cardiology and interventional radiology topics and is supported at home by four kids and a very patient wife.
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.
BVetMed (Hons), BSc (Hons), MSc, Dip Coaching, Dip Stress Management and Wellbeing, MRCVS
Carolyne is an experienced equine vet, an award-winning personal performance coach, mentor, international speaker, researcher and lecturer.
Carolyne has a Masters degree in Workplace Health and Wellbeing and continues to do research in veterinary team health, wellbeing, performance and engagement. She is a master trainer in DISC behavioural profiling, a CPCAB trainer in Stress management and Wellbeing, a certified trainer in Resilience, a Mental Health First Aider and an Honorary Lecturer of the University of Liverpool.
After successfully running her coaching and training business for several years, Carolyne works as a training consultant with the VDS Training team; developing, training and coaching individuals, teams and practices to be the best they can be and to thrive both personally and professionally.
Loving a challenge, in 2017, Carolyne ran 10 marathons in 10 days raising over £18,000 for the Brooke charity.
BSc (Hons) BVMS MRCVS
After graduating from Glasgow University in 2013, Emma joined Vets Now as a Rotating Intern.
Emma’s interest in emergency and critical care developed during her time at university. After graduating, she undertook an Emergency Internship at the Vets Now emergency hospital in Glasgow before starting her residency.
Emma enjoys all aspects of ECC but is particularly interested in neonatal care. When she is not at work, she enjoys martial arts and walks with her bouncy boxer dog Boston.
Chloe graduated from the RVC in 2012, started in mixed practice, and now works and travels as a small animal locum. Yoga was initially a hobby, but she soon realised how beneficial a regular yoga and meditation practice is for coping with the physical, mental, and emotional, demands of a veterinary job. She qualified as a yoga teacher in 2017 and set up VetYogi with the aim of sharing yoga to the veterinary industry in evidence-based and realistic ways, to fit in with busy working lifestyles. She recently completed her RYT 500 advanced yoga teacher training in India.
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.
Kathryn Latimer Jones
Dip AVN (Small Animal), Dip HE CVN, Cert Ed, Cert VN ECC, RVN
Critical Care Hospital Nurse
Kathryn qualified as a veterinary nurse over 20 years ago. She spent the early part of her career in small animal practice and then later as a lecturer in Veterinary Nursing. In 2007 she returned to clinical work, joining The University of Liverpool within the Small Animal Teaching Hospital.
Kathryn’s passion is high dependency nursing whether they are surgical or medical patients. She leads the team of in-patient care nurses at North West Veterinary Specialists in Cheshire, providing clinical and managerial leadership to the day-to-day operation of the nursing team. She is also a tutor for the Vets Now Cert VN ECC course.
Dave qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1997 and joined Vets Now in 2004, where he is a head of clinical intelligence and a member of the veterinary standards team. In this role he is jointly responsible for clinical and professional standards and training, and facilitating clinical research to drive clinical strategy. Dave has a passion for emergency and critical care and leads the Vets Now EBVM group.
VetMB MA CertVA DACVECC DECVECC MRCVS
American, European and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care
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.
Racheal qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2003 and worked in a busy mixed practice for the next three years, progressing to the senior nurse position. Following that, she spent 18 months working as a lecturer in Veterinary Nursing and Animal Management at Askham Bryan College before returning to clinical work, joining Vets Now in 2008.
In September 2014 she took up the role of Head of Clinical Nursing, where she is responsible for driving and ensuring consistent veterinary nursing standards across the company. Racheal achieved the Veterinary Nursing Certificate in Emergency and Critical Care in 2011, and is now a tutor on the course.
She is a member of the BVNA, VECCS, BAVECC and has spoken at BVNA Congress, local CPD meetings and college career events.
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 MSc 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.
MVB CertAVP(ECC) PGCertVetEd FHEA 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, she completed her CertAVP (ECC) and is an RCVS Advanced Practitioner in ECC. In 2014 she was appointed Head of Edge Programmes and has completed her PG Cert in Veterinary Education.
DVM DipACVIM SAIM MRCVS
Nora graduated from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona in 2012. After graduation, she undertook a small animal rotating internship in a referral hospital in Barcelona after which she worked as a small animal practitioner for three years.
She moved to Glasgow in 2016 to undergo a small animal rotating internship at the University of Glasgow Small Animal Hospital.
Subsequently, Nora joined Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists to complete an ACVIM Residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine. She became a Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine after gaining her Diploma in 2019.
Nora joined the Vets Now Referral Glasgow team in October 2019, where she is currently a member of the Internal Medicine team.
Nora has published veterinary articles and reviews, some of which have been translated to other languages including Spanish and German. She has also demonstrated endoscopic techniques in BSAVA National Congress, UK.
She enjoys all aspects of Internal Medicine but has a particular interest in gastroenterology, hepatology and endocrinology.
BSc(Hons) CVN CertEd DipAVN (Medical) RVN
Head Hospital Nurse
Helen qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1996 after completing her training at the practice where she had volunteered whilst at school. Helen has spent most of her career between two roles; working at Rutland House Referrals first as a soft tissue nurse and later as the Senior Ward Manager and as a Senior Veterinary Nursing Lecturer at Myerscough College, lecturing in hospitalised patient care, medicine, and ECC.
Helen’s passion is in-patient care whether they are surgical, medical or critical patients. She is particularly interested in transfusion medicine, pain management, and nutrition.
Helen leads a team of over 15 nurses and Animal Care Assistants, ensuring that the hospital is resourced properly. She oversees the day-to-day running of the clinical floor between the multiple disciplines as well as staff training and support. Helen is also part of the hospital management team.
VetMB MA 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.
BSc, BVMS (Hons), MS, DACVECC
Dr Claire Sharp is a senior lecturer in small animal emergency and critical care in the School of Veterinary Medicine at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia. Claire originally obtained her veterinary degree from Murdoch in 2002, after which she moved to the USA for her rotating internship at Oklahoma State University, followed by an ECC internship, residency, and Masters degree at the University of Missouri. Claire then worked in the ECC section at Tufts University for 6 years before returning to Australia. Claire’s special interests include trauma, sepsis, coagulation, and transfusion medicine. Claire has recently been involved in the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC) Consensus on the Rational Use of Antithrombotics in Veterinary Critical Care (CURATIVE), the ACVECC Veterinary Committee on Trauma, and the ACVIM consensus statement on the diagnosis and treatment of IMHA.
MA Cantab VetMB CertVA DipECVAA AIEMA MRCVS
Ellie graduated from Cambridge University in 2003 and has been a clinical veterinary anaesthetist since 2006. Ellie has worked at Davies Veterinary Specialists since 2013, which is part of the Linnaeus Group, and passed her ECVAA Diploma in 2017. Ellie’s particular interest is in environmental sustainability within veterinary medicine, becoming an Associate of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment in 2019, and she is the Sustainability Lead at Davies.
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.
MA VetMB LLB CertVR DipECVS FRCVS
Specialist – Small Animal Surgery (Soft Tissue)
John is a graduate of Cambridge University Veterinary School. He has dedicated his career to working with small animals (pets) and, in particular, has focussed on soft tissue surgery. John has worked primarily in the North West of England at both the University of Liverpool, where he was Head of the Division of Small Animal Studies and more recently in private practice in Cheshire. John has a keen interest in all aspects of soft tissue surgery, particularly emergency surgery, damage control surgery, portosystemic shunts and minimally invasive surgery.
John is a leader in his field of expertise. As well as practising, John is also an active educator and regularly speaks in the UK, Europe and USA, sharing his knowledge of small animal soft tissue surgery with other veterinary professionals.
ECC UK Congress 2020
- Royal Armouries Museum, Armouries Drive, Leeds, UK