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Below is a list of speakers who will be presenting at the 2017 conference with more still to come. 

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Dr. Dan Horton Lecturer in Veterinary Virology, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Surrey

Dan graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Cambridge, UK, with an intercalated MA in Zoology in 2002. After a period in mixed and second opinion exotic animal veterinary practice, he completed an MSc in Wild Animal Health in London in 2005. He then undertook a PhD working at the University of Cambridge, the AHVLA and CDC Atlanta USA, on zoonotic viral diseases of wildlife. He completed his PhD in 2009 and joined the Rabies reference laboratory in the Wildlife Zoonoses and Vector-borne Diseases research Group at APHA Weybridge. His responsibilities included managing surveillance and research programs for viral diseases of wildlife in the UK, and rabies control projects in rabies endemic regions.  In February 2014 he joined the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Surrey as a Lecturer in Veterinary Virology where he is continuing his research on pathogen evolution and the dynamics of infectious diseases in their natural hosts, and teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

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Ifan Lloyd BSc; MA; VetMB; MRCVS St James Vet Group, South Wales

Ifan Lloyd holds an honours degree in Agriculture and qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Cambridge in 1988. He works in clinical practice at St James Veterinary Group, Swansea where he is mainly engaged with farm animal work. Ifan is a member of the South East Wales Regional TB Eradication Board and has participated in numerous initiatives involving collaborating with farmers on risk based biosecurity packages and, more recently, an industry led badger activity mapping programme covering 200km2 of the Gower Peninsula. He participated in the establishment of  the Cymorth TB  farm support programme in Wales and the establishment of the “OCQ(V) Cymorth TB”.

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Mauricio Lopez APHA, Carlisle Centre for International Trade

Mauricio Lopez is currently the National Veterinary Head for international Trade at APHA (Defra - UK) in charge of the national team of advisors contributing to developing and implementing international trade policies, including artificial breeding controls.

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Ismael Salcedo Senior Veterinary Inspector APHA, Centre for International Trade, Carlisle

Ismael graduated from his home town university, University of Leon (Spain), in 2006. While finishing his studies he was an intern in a small animal practice. By doing this, he gained experience, and as a result got his first job as a veterinary surgeon in a small animal veterinary hospital, also in Leon.

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Philippa Liles APHA, Carlisle Centre for International Trade

I graduated from Bristol University in 1995 and spent 12 years in large animal and mixed practice. This was interrupted for a year working for MAFF, as it was known then, on the Foot and Mouth outbreak in Cumbria, as I became a “dirty”, vet on an infected farm visit. In 2007, I worked as a field Veterinary Officer for a couple of years in both Carlisle and Leeds offices where my visits involved ensuring compliance with animal health and welfare legislation, animal by product approvals and TB disease risks assessments amongst others. I was also involved with an Avian Influenza and another FMD outbreak.

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Dr. Kulin Patel Government Veterinary Adviser based at the APHA Centre for International Trade

Dr. Kulin PATEL is a Government Veterinary Adviser based at the APHA Centre for International Trade in London, primarily responsible for trade/exports of ruminants and equidae, their germinal products and meat/milk for human consumption.

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Ian Wright

Ian is co-owner of the Mount Veterinary Practice in Fleetwood. He has a Master’s Degree in Veterinary Parasitology and is an editorial board member for the Companion Animal Journal.

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Nigel Gibbens Chief Veterinary Officer, DEFRA

Nigel Gibbens is the UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer.  He was appointed in May 2008 following previous experience in the State Veterinary Service and in policy roles on international trade, BSE controls, animal welfare and international relations co-ordination for Defra’s Food and Farming Group.

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Rebecca Miller APHA Veterinary Adviser, Scottish Government

Rebecca graduated from Glasgow University Veterinary School and worked for the Animal and Plant Health Agency for nine years, initially as a field Veterinary Officer and later as a Veterinary Adviser. In that time she held a variety of operations roles primarily related to bovine tuberculosis and trade, and participated in exotic notifiable disease outbreaks. As Veterinary Adviser within APHA’s Centre for International Trade she focused on delivery of trade policy, with particular regard to import/export of companion animals. In addition to this she was closely involved with resolving trade non-compliance and providing veterinary input for the drafting of export certificates.

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Jo Wheeler

Jo joined the MAFF State Veterinary Service in 1993 after almost a decade in general mixed practice. This was at the height of the BSE epidemic. However, as the BSE cases fell they were replaced with a rising number of TB breakdowns. Jo became the Lead TB VO for Cornwall and experienced and implemented a number of different TB strategies before the Classical Swine Fever outbreak in Bury in 2000. She was heavily involved in the 2001 FMD outbreak working in East Anglia, Cornwall, Devon and Cumbria at various points and in various different roles. This gave her a taste for Field Epidemiology and she applied for and was selected to become part of a national group of Field Epi Vets. In this role she has been involved in outbreaks of Avian Influenza, FMD, Bluetongue, Anthrax and Equine Infectious Anaemia, whilst continuing to battle TB in “peacetime”. She was appointed to her new role as South West Field Epidemiology Veterinary Adviser in November of 2014. Inevitably being based in the South West she deals with bovine TB on a daily basis.

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Simon Hall Veterinary Director & DCVO Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA)

Simon qualified from Cambridge University in 1984 and spent six years in mixed veterinary practice in Devon and Gloucestershire.

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John Douglass Assistant Managing Director Improve International

John Douglass is the Assistant Managing Director of Improve International who are the UK’s largest private provider of postgraduate training for all veterinary practice staff.

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Sue Hay BVMS CertClEd MRCVS Head of Practical Skills Improve International

Sue graduated from Glasgow Vet School and went on to work for 10 years in mixed Practice. Following a short career break and a spell in small animal practice she joined APHA in the South West, where she spent most of her time working with TB. She studied for a Certificate in Clinical Education at The Peninsula Medical School. Sue joined Improve International in 2014 where she is currently Head of Practical Skills.

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Ryan Waters

Ryan is the Named Veterinary Surgeon (NVS) at The Pirbright Institute (TPI) in Surrey, a statutory role safeguarding the health and welfare of animals used in science. He also co-ordinates commercial studies in the large animal high containment facilities at TPI, which are primarily concerned with Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) vaccine efficacy studies.

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Scott Reany

Scott currently works for the Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) as an Animal By-Products (ABP) advisor, providing support for both the Defra policy team and APHA inspectors in the UK. The ABP sector is very diverse ranging from multi-million pound businesses (rendering, anaerobic digestion etc) to individuals using ABPs for artistic uses and is constantly evolving as new technologies and approaches are introduced into improve processing and reduce costs.

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Anthony Duignan M.V.B. M.R.C.V.S. Superintending Veterinary Inspector ERAD Division

Qualified as a Veterinarian at University College Dublin in 1978. Experienced in all aspects of bovine TB (bTB) control both in general practice (16 years) and in the Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine for the past 20 years at local and HQ level.  Currently attached to policy division with responsibility for bovine tuberculosis eradication policy.    Special interest in development and implementation of Quality Controls in the Irish bTB Eradication programme. Participating member of EU task force on Bovine Tuberculosis eradication programmes.

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Dr. James McCormack APHA, Scientific advisor to Defra’s TB programme

James McCormack has a degree in genetics from Trinity College Dublin and a PhD on the genetics of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease from the University of Edinburgh. He has worked for Defra/APHA since 2003, initially managing Defra’s research portfolio in different animal disease areas, including TSEs and Bovine TB. Since 2013 he has been a scientific advisor to Defra’s TB programme.

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Dr Jonathan F Pycock BVetMed PhD DESM MRCVS

  • Worked in various areas of the veterinary profession including teaching and research as well as clinical practice
  • Became one of three Equine Claims Consultants for the Veterinary Defence Society in 2012
  • Member of Council of BEVA for nine years
  • President Elect of BEVA
  • Developed a first opinion and referral equine practice from scratch
  • Delivers around 65 days of CPD annually both within the UK and overseas
  • In 2016 he was a speaker at 36 days of equine CPD in nine different countries!
  • Responsible for one of the longest running annual BEVA Course: the Reproductive Ultrasound Course which has been a sold-out course held every year for the last twenty years!
  • Participated in congresses, training courses and seminars all over the world
  • Either spoken or been a chairman of a session (or both!) at every BEVA Congress for the last twenty five years.
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Dr Andrew Gresham

Andrew has worked in APHA and its forebears for many years and has wide experience of both field and laboratory based animal and public health controls. He has also worked in the DEFRA HQ on the policy of the control of TSEs in small ruminants and currently works on trade in animals and animal products, particularly the export of animals and animal products to countries in the far-east.

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Carol Wright BVSc CertVR CertSAS MRCVS Small Animal Claims Consultant Veterinary Defence Society

Carol qualified from the University of Bristol in 1991 and spent three and a half years in mixed practice in Shropshire before returning to Bristol to take up a residency in Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery. Carol gained the RCVS certificate in Veterinary Radiology in 1995 followed by the RCVS Small Animal Surgery certificate in 1997. After completing her residency she joined Vale Referrals where she was responsible for a wide range of soft tissue surgical cases. She has been working as a Claims Consultant for the Veterinary Defence Society since 2010 and handles companion animal claims.

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Mr Nick Perkins BVSc CertCHP MRCVS

Nick graduated from Bristol University in 1989 and after five years mixed practice in Devon moved to concentrate on dairy cattle work in Somerset at Delaware Veterinary Group in Castle Cary. He became a partner in 1998 and gained his certificate in Cattle Health and Production in the same year. Despite working predominantly on dairy farms he maintained a diversity of interests and is a Committee member of the Goat Veterinary Society and a veterinary examiner for the Worshipful Company of Farriers. After nineteen very enjoyable years at the coalface in Castle Cary, Nick took the opportunity of a new challenge having been offered the post of Claims Consultant for the Veterinary Defence Society. Nick’s workload has a strong farm animal bias but encompasses companion animals and even the occasional equine claim.

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Paul Honeyman

Paul Honeyman spent 8 years in general practice in Scotland and Northern Ireland including carrying out 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 the exclusion testing scheme 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.


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Nacho Alfeirán National Veterinary Advisor for Trade - APHA

Born in a small fishing community in his beloved Celtic region of Galicia (Spain) on the 20th anniversary of the conquering of the Everest Nacho graduated in Veterinary Science at the University of Santiago de Compostela in 1999.

After a year working in large animal practice he decided to seek pastures new. Shortly after his arrival in the UK he joined the efforts to fight the big FMD epidemic of 2001 working as a Temporary Veterinary Inspector in Carlisle and Newcastle before becoming a full time Veterinary Officer in 2002. Following his VO postings in Carlisle, Reading and Enniskillen he joined the International Trade Team in London in 2009 as a Veterinary Adviser. After seven fruitful and enjoyable years working on market access for the poultry industry he is currently taking on the challenge to enhance export opportunities for the UK pig sector.

During his five month secondment to the DG TRADE SPS team of the EU Commission in 2011-2012 he exploited this opportunity to hone in his expertise in trade matters and attained his accreditation as a Performance of Veterinary Services (PVS) Tool OIE expert.

In his free time, Nacho enjoys his fly tying hobby and his fishing travels in pursuit of fresh and salt water finned quarry. He also provides free consultancy expertise for fishing clubs both in Spain and the UK and to the commercial Galician fishing community for the development of sustainable fisheries management strategies and plans based on stakeholder leadership to influence and drive official policies.


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Alan Wight

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. Alan shares a smallholding on the edge of Dartmoor with his wife, five Shetland cattle, 30 sheep, two donkeys and innumerable cats, dogs and chickens.

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Balazs Toth

Balazs graduated as a veterinary surgeon from Budapest Vet School and spent a period working in equine practice and being responsible for an EU equine AI Centre at a large stud farm. He joined the State Veterinary Service in Hungary in 2004 and was responsible for national poultry and equine surveillance programmes and contingency planning exercises. He lead on negotiations to implement EU legislation concerning FMD and AI when his country joined the EU and lead the work of the National Disease Control Centre during the 2005-06 HPAI H5N1 outbreak in Hungary.

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Mark Bowen

Mark Bowen is a graduate of the RVC; he stayed to complete a two year internship in large animal medicine and surgery including a period in ambulatory first opinion practice, anaesthesia and theriogenology, obtaining his RCVS certificate in veterinary anaesthesia, before undertaking a residency in equine thoracic medicine funded by the Horse Race Betting Board. During this period he developed an interest in pharmacology of cardiac drugs in the horse as well as responsible antibiotic use. He then completed a PhD in equine cardiology, also funded by the HBLB, before briefly taking up a position on faculty as a lecturer in equine cardiology and internal medicine.

In 2006 he (finally) left the RVC to become a founding member of staff at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham, as an associate professor in Veterinary Internal medicine, being promoted to professor in 2016. In this role he spends a significant amount of time developing the new curriculum and now undertakes approximately 70% of his time in specialist equine practice.

Mark has a Master in Medical Education, is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and European College of Equine Internal Medicine. He is one of a small handful of veterinary surgeons to be recognised as a principle fellow of the Higher Education Academy, their highest award and a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

Mark is the author of several textbook chapters in equine Medicine and co-editor of Cardiology of the Horse. He has been a member of BEVA council for several years and is the author of the BEVA PROTECT ME guidelines for responsible antimicrobial use, guidelines on the use of the cascade in equine practice and client information leaflets to help practices comply with their medicines requirements. Mark was BEVA president in 2015-16 and currently a board member of the Federation of European Equine Veterinary Associations


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Monica David

 I graduated from Padua University (Italy) in Veterinary Medicine in 1997, subsequently worked in Italy for two years in small animal practices as locum and in an Equine Reproduction Centre. In 1999 I moved to the UK and worked for the MHS and FSA until I joined the City of London (2006) and its group of veterinarian undertaking imports control on food, feed and other products of animal origin. Since April 2016 I became part of the team of the City of London’s Animal Health & Welfare Services at Heathrow Animal Reception Centre. The Team is contracting both legal and husbandry Animal Health expertise to Local Authorities.  The responsibilities stretch from rabies controls on illegal landing within the Greater London to licensing inspections of premises like Animal Boarding Establishments, zoo’s, pets shops, dog breeding establishments, dangerous wild animal, riding establishment to enforce a wide range of Animal Health and Welfare legislation.