Speakers and Tutors
B.Sc. (Hons) PhD
Christina is a lecturer in the Faculty of Dentistry at Sydney University. Her research focuses on understanding how the oral microbial community contributes to the maintenance of health and the development of oral diseases. This involves understanding how the oral biofilm functions as a microbial ecosystem through the use of in-depth genetic sequencing techniques and multivariate-based approaches to analysis. She has been awarded an NHMRC project grant to apply genetic technologies to the significant public health problem of dental decay in childhood – the most common chronic childhood disease in Australia. To address gaps in current knowledge, Christina is determining how an individual’s environment and genetic makeup drive variation in the composition of the oral microbiota to produce childhood decay.
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DVM, MS, DACVS
A Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Dr. Sean Aiken served as staff surgeon at the Animal Medical Center (AMC) in New York City, an internationally distinguished veterinary teaching hospital, from 1995-2005. As an enthusiastic advocate in the advancement of veterinary medicine for the benefit of patients and their families, he was voted Teacher of the Year. He also acted as Associate Director of the Bobst Hospital of the Animal Medical Center for three years. While on staff at AMC, Dr. Aiken served as a Visiting Investigator at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, collaborating on several investigations with the orthopedic service. He is an author on more than 15 published scientific articles and book chapters. Dr. Sean Aiken, a native Californian, is a graduate of the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (1988). He completed his internship and small animal surgical residency at Purdue University in 1992, becoming board certified by the ACVS in 1995. An invited national and international lecturer, Dr. Aiken's areas of special interest include surgical oncology and reconstruction, arthroscopy, joint replacement, minimally invasive fracture repair and TPLO surgeries. Dr. Aiken has served as a Wildlife Conservation Associate for the Wildlife Conservation Society of the Bronx Zoo. He is currently a reviewer for several veterinary journals.
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DVSc MVSc DACVR FACVSc
Dr Graeme Allan is a graduate of the University of Sydney. Initially he was in small animal practice for several years, followed by a residency in radiology at the Cornell University Veterinary College, NY. After successful completion of the ACVR Board examinations, Graeme commenced practice in Sydney as a specialist veterinary radiologist with a concurrent appointment as a consultant veterinary radiologist at the University Veterinary Centre, Sydney where he became an Adjunct Professor. He is a skilled teacher who has accumulated an enormous amount of resource material and has the experience to tutor at the highest level on all aspects of radiology and ultrasound. Graeme was a founding member of the Australasian Association of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging and was awarded his DVSc by the University of Sydney for his contribution to veterinary diagnostic imaging in 2011.
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Bruce Allworth is currently Associate Professor in Ruminant Health and Production and Director, Fred Morley Unit with Charles Sturt University's School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences. Bruce also operates his own sheep and cattle property in southern NSW. Since graduating from Sydney University in 1984, Bruce has worked at Massey and Melbourne University as well as completing his PhD in footrot at Sydney University. Bruce also gained his Fellowship from the ACVSc and is a registered sheep specialist. Bruce has operated his own sheep and cattle consultancy practice for over 20 years, and was involved as National Coordinator for the National Ovine Johne's Disease program.
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BVSc (Hons) PhD
Delisa graduated from the University of Queensland in 1987 then worked in mixed and small animal veterinary practices and later entered the nutrition industry.
She completed her PhD with Prof Jacquie Rand into the nutritional aspects of obesity and diabetes in cats. She is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland. Delisa is Senior Technical Services Veterinarian in the Professional Veterinary Affairs Department of Hill’s Pet Nutrition.
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P. Jane Armstrong
DVM, MS, MBA, DACVIM
Dr. Jane Armstrong is a graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Canada. Following a year in private practice and an internship, she completed a residency and a Master's degree at Michigan State University. Dr. Armstrong was a faculty member at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine for 7 years before moving to the University of Minnesota. She completed an MBA (Masters in Business Administration) at the Carlson School of Management in 1999. She is now a Professor in the Veterinary Clinical Sciences Department at the University of Minnesota. She spent 2007 on sabbatical in Brisbane and Copenhagen. Her main interests within small animal internal medicine are gastroenterology and clinical nutrition. Dr. Armstrong holds board certification in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, is past-President of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Small Animal) and the Comparative Gastroenterology Society, and is a member of the WSAVA Liver Study Group. Jane has two daughters who are studying geology and the law, respectively. Jane devotes her spare time to traveling, hiking, kayaking, and gardening. Her menagerie currently consists of two Australian labradoodles, 4 cats, 2 horses, 2 alpacas, a llama and 16 chickens.
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BVSc(Hons) BSc(Vet)(Hons) MVS PhD MACVSc Diplomate ACVIM Diplomate ECVIM-CA
Dr John Angles graduated in 1988 with honours from the University of Sydney and worked for five years in small animal practice in Canberra, before completing a small animal medicine residency at the University of California at Davis. John obtained advanced training in veterinary immunology and genetics while at the University of California. He was awarded a PhD in Comparative Pathology in 2005 by the University of California at Davis, investigating causes for autoimmunity in dogs. John then spent four years as lecturer in Small Animal Medicine at University College Dublin prior to joining the Animal Referral Hospital in 2003, working in an advanced emergency and referral critical care facility. Caseload at the Animal Referral Hospital is diverse, and includes critical respiratory distress dogs and cats. John is a Diplomate of both the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM and ECVIM).
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BVSc (Hons I), Dip ACVIM (Onc)
After graduating from the University of Sydney, Sandra worked as an associate veterinarian at Gladesville Veterinary Hospital. Sandra went on to complete her residency in Medical Oncology at Cornell University, and while there won the Veterinary Resident Award for dedication to veterinary student training and service to patients and clients. She achieved Diplomate status of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in Oncology in 2010. She gained a position on faculty at The Ohio State University as an Assistant Professor in Oncology and Hematology. Sandra now works at the Animal Referral Hospital in Sydney. Sandra has authored and co-authored peer-reviewed publications in the veterinary scientific literature including a very recent Veterinary Cooperative Oncology Group (VCOG) Consensus Document on which she was lead author, and has presented her research and published abstracts and proceedings at the American association for Cancer Research and the Veterinary Cancer Society Annual Conference. At The Ohio State University Sandra was heavily involved in clinical trials involving innovative new treatments for pets with cancer. Sandra has also undergone special training in communication, and she is particularly interested in end of life care for pets with cancer and the impact that communication surrounding euthanasia has on pet owners' grief.
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BVSc(hons) MVetClinStud FANCVSc (Feline Medicine) GradCertEd
Head of Small Animal Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Science, The University of Sydney, Feline Medicine Specialist
Associate Professor Vanessa Barrs is the Director of the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Head of Small Animal Medicine at the University of Sydney and a registered Specialist in Feline Medicine. She has served as President of the Feline Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, Specialist representative of the NSW Board of Veterinary Practitioners and trustee of the Australian Feline Health Research Fund. She on the Board of Directors of the Australasian Society of Feline Medicine and is currently scientific editor for The Veterinary Journal. Vanessa's research interests include feline infectious diseases and alimentary lymphoma. In addition to over 80 refereed publications and book chapters, Vanessa is a busy practitioner, enjoys all aspects of feline medicine and loves nothing more than helping sick cats get better.
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MBBS, BSc (Med), PhD, FRACP, FAHMS, AM
Louise is Professor of Paediatrics & Child Health at the University of Sydney, and has a conjoint appointment in the Sydney School of a Public Health. She is a consultant paediatrician at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in Sydney, where she is Head of Weight Management Services for obese and pre-diabetic children and adolescents. Her research interests include the prevention of childhood obesity; the antecedents of obesity and the metabolic syndrome in childhood; the complications of paediatric overweight and obesity; and the effective management of obesity and related disorders in a variety of clinical settings. Louise was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2010. She is a Director of World Vision Australia and a Member of the World Health Organization Ad hoc Working Group on Science and Evidence for Ending Childhood Obesity.
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BVSc(Hons) DipVetClinStud MVS FACVSc (Radiology)
Dr Cathy Beck graduated from the University of Sydney in 1992 and after working for two years in private practice, completed a mixed animal internship at the University of Sydney, Camden where she developed an interest in imaging. Cathy then moved to the University of Melbourne where she gained a Masters of Veterinary Studies and then spent six months at the Ohio State University as Clinical Instructor. Cathy returned to the Melbourne and gained Fellowship of the ACVSc in Radiology in 2002.
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DVM PhD Diplomate ECVIM-CA (Cardiology)
Dr Niek Beijerink graduated with a veterinary degree from Utrecht University in The Netherlands. He completed a PhD (canine endocrinology and reproduction) in 2007 and then a residency in Small Animal Cardiology in 2010. He is a Diplomate of European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology). Niek commenced working as a Specialist in Small Animal Cardiology at Sydney University in August 2011, and is responsible for the clinical service and teaching in this area. Some of his active research interests are heart failure therapy, cardiac CT imaging, and stem cell therapy for heart disease.
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BA BBSc(Hons) MPsych PhD MAPS
Pauleen is one of those people who never could decide what she wanted to be when she grew up. After a two year stint as a jockey she spent over ten years studying various aspects of behavioural science, becoming a specialist in the field of human neuropsychology. She then realised she would sooner spend time with her dogs than with human patients and embarked on a third (or was it fourth) career in animal welfare science. She was a member of the Animal Welfare Science Centre for six years, studying how relationships between humans and their pets affect both human health and animal welfare. She also developed Australia's first graduate certificate course in animal welfare, as well as an innovative course about animals in society that she teaches at The Ohio State University. She left her continuing position at Monash at the end of 2009 so that she could spend even more time with her dogs. This freedom is allowing her to pursue other adventures, including facilitating this exciting new course about animal welfare and where it fits within our broader social context.
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BVSc FANZCVS (Canine Medicine) DACVIM (Oncology, Small Animal Internal Medicine)
Peter is a graduate of the University of Melbourne. After spending some time in general practice he undertook a non-traditional training program in small animal medicine in New Zealand and the USA. He obtained Fellowship in Canine Medicine and Diplomate status from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in Small Animal Medicine. Peter joined the Faculty at Purdue University in Indiana in the Oncology Section and obtained Diplomate Status in Veterinary Oncology. Peter returned to Australia in 2001 and joined the staff at the Melbourne Veterinary Specialist Centre. Late in 2012 Peter moved to Sydney and joined the staff at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital of the University of Sydney where he is establishing a Comparative Oncology program. Peter has run a distance education course for the Centre of Veterinary Education for 10 years and is a tutor in the Massey University MVM program.
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BSc BVMS MANZCVS (Medicine of Cats) FANZCVS (Small Animal Medicine)
Sue Bennett is a graduate of Murdoch University and spent the first half of her working life in general practice before training for specialist qualifications in Small Animal Medicine through the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists and the University of Melbourne, attaining the qualification in 2009. Since 2007, Sue has worked previously as a Registrar and currently as a Lecturer at Murdoch University. In many ways, Sue is a product of the Centre for Veterinary Education. Sue worked in NSW as a graduate and was a grateful participant in many of the Symposia, Workshops and Distance Education courses offered by the Sydney Postgraduate Foundation from which this current organisation has arisen. Having been a general practitioner for so long, Sue is well aware of the many daily benefits of having a rational, logical and clearly communicable plan for every patient. As a clinician and as a teacher, clinical problem solving and diagnostic approach are the areas of veterinary practice that matter most to Sue.
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DVM, PhD, CVPP
Dr. Thierry Beths completed his residency program in Anesthesiology at the University of Glasgow (Scotland, UK). He thereafter started and completed in the same institution a PhD on Total Intravenous Anesthesia in the Canine patient. He developed a computerized infusion system (Target Controlled Infusion system) for propofol in the dog. Dr Beths had a strong interest in pain management and he recently got his certification (CVA) in Veterinary Acupuncture from the Chi Institute and China National Society of TCVM Florida (USA) and his certification (CVPP) from the International Veterinary Association of Pain Management (IVAPM). He received the Ron Taylor Award for outstanding Performance (Ross University – DeVry, in 2006 and 2008. Before joining Ross University (November 2005), he was a full time clinician in anaesthesiology and intensive care at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Glasgow and was also working in a private emergency service. He received a certificate of veterinary anesthesiology (CertVA). Dr Beths received his DVM from the University of Liege (2004), where he did a one year rotating internship (2005) followed by a one year junior lectureship in Diagnostic imaging (2006) and a one year full time anesthesiologist (2007). His interests are: Total Intravenous Anaesthesia; Pain management and rehabilitation; Acupuncture and TCVM.
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Sonya V. Bettenay
BVSc(Hons) FACVSc (Dermatology) Dip Ed Diplomate ECVD
Dr Sonya V. Bettenay graduated in Melbourne, Australia in 1980 and completed her dermatology residency and achieved board certification in veterinary dermatology with the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in 1991 and with the European College of Veterinary Dermatology in 2004. Until 1999, she was a director of the Animal Skin & Allergy Clinic, Melbourne, the first, purpose built specialist practice in Australia. Dr Bettenay joined the faculty at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University, where she was involved in teaching and consulting, and ran the dermatopathology service of the Diagnostic Laboratory, Colorado State University. Since 2004 she has run a dermatopathology consultancy service in Munich, Germany and worked as a Dermatology specialist. She has published over 60 articles, book chapters and books in Australia, Europe and America and has regularly spoken in Australia, Europe, Asia and North America. Sonya's major areas of interest are in dermatopathology, infectious skin diseases and improving patient management.
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BVSc MACVS MRCVS DipVetWildMed MBA AIMM GradCertCaptAnMan
David graduated from the University of Sydney in 1982 with second class honours. He worked for five years in private practice including companion animal, equine and mixed practices. From 1988 to 1990 he taught part-time at Sydney TAFE in the school of biology whilst completing a post-graduate Diploma of Veterinary Wild Animal Medicine and Husbandry at the University of Sydney and Taronga Zoo. He was employed as a clinical veterinarian at Taronga Zoo from 1988 to 1989. At the end of 1989 he moved to Dubbo where he was employed as the clinical veterinarian at Western Plains Zoo. In 1991 he was appointed as the Manager, Life Sciences, Western Plains Zoo. David was admitted to the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in the Medicine of Zoo Animals in 1992. He became an examiner and mentor for candidates for College examinations in Medicine of Zoo Animals and Medicine of Australasian Wildlife Species from 1992 to 2006. In 2001 David moved to Sea World, on the Gold Coast where he was employed as the clinical veterinarian, a position which he holds currently. Current interests include artificial reproduction, reintroduction biology and diseases of macropods and cetaceans.
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BVSc (hons I) MVetClinStud FANZVCS
Jody graduated with first class honours from the University of Sydney and worked in private small animal practice for a number of years before returning to the university for an internship in Small Animal Medicine & Surgery and Postgraduate Diploma of Veterinary Clinical Studies. She continued at the University of Sydney as a Resident in Small Animal Medicine and completed a Masters degree (Thesis: Investigation of some alternative therapies for management of pituitary-dependent hyperadrenocorticism in the dog) and a Fellowship training program. Jody then worked at the University Veterinary Centre, Sydney as a Senior Registrar before taking up a position at the University of Sydney as Lecturer in Veterinary Medicine 2002 - 2005. She attained Fellowship of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in 2004 and is a registered specialist in Canine Medicine. Jody's private referral practice is now based at North Shore Veterinary Specialist Centre in Sydney where she also continues her clinical research - now into the long-term effects and outcomes of trilostane treatment and other medical aspects of treated and untreated hyperadrenocorticism in dogs. Jody's clinical interests include all areas of canine and feline medicine, especially endocrinology, gerontology, pharmacology and clinical pathology.
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BVSc (Hons I) MVetStud (Small Animal Clinical Studies) FANZVS (Feline Medicine) Registered Specialist in Feline Medicine
Katherine graduated from the University of Sydney in 2003, graduating with first class honours and the University Medal. Kath worked in private small animal practice in Sydney and the UK for three years. In 2006, Kath completed her internship in small animal medicine at the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Sydney after which she completed her Fellowship training program in feline medicine. In 2008, Kath attained membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in feline medicine. During her residency, Kath completed a research project on the pathology of feline low grade alimentary lymphoma and inflammatory bowel disease. Kath has a keen interest in all aspects of canine and feline medicine, and is also passionate about providing continuing education for veterinary practitioners. After 5 years at the University of Sydney, Kath joined the team at the Animal Referral Hospital, Sydney where she continues to work. Kath passed her Fellowship examinations in June 2012.
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BVM&S MANZCVS PhD
After graduating from the University of Edinburgh, Victoria worked in veterinary general practice in the UK and Australia. She completed her PhD at the University of Sydney in 2014 on exotic disease risks to the pig industry in Australia. Dr. Brookes is currently a postdoctoral researcher in veterinary epidemiology at the School of Animal and Veterinary Science at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga campus. Her interests include infectious disease and production animal epidemiology, and she is currently researching the risk factors for beef carcase contamination with E. Coli O157.t.
Dr Jen Brown graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1997. She spent four years working in mixed practice in rural Victoria before working in several UK practices over the following year. On her return to Australia Jen worked in Brisbane over the following two years; both in general practice and at the University of Queensland as a small animal clinician. Jen attained membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Small Animal Medicine in 2004 and then worked at Queensland Veterinary Specialists as an intern before beginning a residency at Melbourne Veterinary Specialist Centre. She attained Fellowship of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Small Animal Medicine in 2010 and was subsequently registered as a specialist in small animal medicine. Jen currently works at the Melbourne Veterinary Specialist Centre and enjoys the challenge of referral practice.
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BSc BVSc(Hons) MVS MACVSc (Radiology, Small Animal Medicine)
Narelle graduated with first class honours from the University of Melbourne in 1988 and worked for 16 years in small animal practice in Melbourne. During this time she completed memberships of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in both Small Animal Medicine and Radiology, and obtained a Master of Veterinary Studies (Small Animal Practice) from Murdoch University. Narelle completed a residency program at the University of California at Davis in 2007, and passed the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine board exams that year. Her research during this time involved the evaluation of acute kidney injury in dogs, and renal physiology is her special interest.
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DVM MVSc Diplomate ECVS
Laurencie graduated from the University of Nantes, France in 2006. She then completed an internship followed by a surgical internship in Small Animals. In 2008, she moved to Belgium where she completed a residency in Small Animal Surgery. In 2010, she obtained a Master Degree in Veterinary Sciences. After her residency, she worked as a Junior Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery at the University of Liège. In February 2013, she obtained the ECVS Diploma (European Small Animal Surgery Specialist). She has been working as a Specialist in Small Animal Surgery at the University of Sydney since January 2014. Her special interests include all aspects of minimally invasive surgery including laparoscopy, thoracoscopy and arthroscopy.
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BVSc(Hons) PhD MANZCVS Dip.ACVIM(Cardiology)
Fiona graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Queensland in 1996. She worked in small animal practice in the United Kingdom and Australia for 2 years before beginning doctoral research at the University of Queensland. In 2001, she completed her PhD and was awarded Membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. In 2003 she began residency training in cardiology at the University of California, Davis and passed the board examinations to become a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology) in 2006. Fiona completed an externship during 2006 at the paediatric cardiology facility of Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School. She returned to Australia in 2007 as an American Board Certified specialist cardiologist. Fiona currently works at Veterinary Specialist Services (Queensland) and has an academic appointment at the University of Queensland where she teaches in the School of Veterinary Science and enjoys collaborative cardiovascular research within the School of Biomedical Science.
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BVSc MACVSc Grad Dip Ed
Dr Michael Cannon is a well-known Australian avian veterinarian who has had tremendous experience over the past 32 years working with pet birds in private practice and in aviculture as well as wildlife parks and zoos. He is currently a partner in the Cannon and Ball Veterinary Clinic in Wollongong which services a wide variety of animals, covering dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, rodents, rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, fish and invertebrates. Michael has held many important positions within the avicultural/bird industry and is a fine educator, having delivered lectures and seminars on avian and exotic pet topics to veterinarians nationally and internationally. Michael graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Sydney in 1976. He was awarded Member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in the Chapter of Avian Health in 1984. He received his Graduate Diploma in Education from University of Technology Sydney in 1991.
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BVSc(Hons) PhD MANZCVS Dip.ACVIM(Cardiology)
Fiona graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Queensland in 1996. She worked in small animal practice in the United Kingdom and Australia for 2 years before beginning doctoral research at the University of Queensland. In 2001, she completed her PhD and was awarded Membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. In 2003 she began residency training in cardiology at the University of California, Davis and passed the board examinations to become a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology) in 2006. Fiona completed an externship during 2006 at the paediatric cardiology facility of Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. She returned to Australia in 2007 as an American Board Certified specialist cardiologist. Fiona currently works at Veterinary Specialist Services (Queensland) and has an academic appointment at the University of Queensland where she teaches in the School of Veterinary Science and enjoys collaborative cardiovascular research within the School of Biomedical Science.
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DVSc PhD GradCertEdStud FACVSc FRCPath MRCVS
Paul is Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney. He has been a Councillor for the Centre for Veterinary Education, University of Sydney since 2005. He is committed to continuing education and regularly presents workshops and lectures on laboratory diagnosis of disease for the veterinary profession. His research interests include host-pathogen-environment interactions in wildlife and domestic animal disease, and haematological and biochemical disturbances in companion animals.
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BVSc PhD DSAM (Feline) MRCVS
Sarah is a 1993 graduate of the University of Bristol where she also did her residency in feline medicine and PhD. She is an RCVS Specialist in Feline Medicine and enjoys seeing a mixture of first opinion and referral feline patients. Sarah has a particular interest in feline geriatrics and is conducting a number of research studies in this aspect of feline medicine. She has written several books for cat owners and veterinary professionals including 'Caring for a cat with kidney disease', 'Caring for a cat with hyperthyroidism' and 'Caring for a cat with lower urinary tract disease' published by her company Cat Professional. (More details here.)
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BVSc MVS (Australasian Wildlife) MANZCVS(Unusual Pets) GDipComp
Dr Carmel is the owner of an exotics referral and primary accession practice in Warranwood, Victoria. He is an associate editor of the Australian Veterinary Journal; lecturer in unusual and exotic pets and wildlife at the University of Melbourne, and visiting lecturer at James Cook University. Brendan is one of the first successful candidates in the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists examinations in Medicine and Surgery of Unusual Pets. He is a committee member and past president of the Unusual and Exotic Pet Special Interest Group of the AVA and the International Chair of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV). Brendan is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences. His hobbies include keeping his 2 daughters locked in at night and watching his beloved St Kilda AFL team lose Grand Finals.
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BS VMD Dip ACVO
Kelly graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, after completing a Bachelor of Science in Biology from St Joseph's University in Philadelphia. After graduation, Kelly completed internships in Equine Medicine and Surgery, Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Ophthalmology, and Emergency Medicine and Critical Care. Kelly then completed a residency under the tutelage of Professor Seth Koch - one of the founding members of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. She was granted Membership into the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 2007.
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MBBS PhD FRACP AM
Ian is the Director of the Boden Institute of Obesity Nutrition Exercise and Eating Disorders, and Boden Professor of Human Nutrition at the University of Sydney. He is also Deputy Clinical Stream Director for Aged, Chronic Care & Rehabilitation in Sydney Local Health District. Ian is president-elect of the World Obesity Federation and has chaired the Expert Obesity Committee for the Australian National Preventive Health Agency. He is on the Prevention and Community Health Committee of the NHMRC of Australia.
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BVSc, PhD, MACT, MACVSc
After completing a degree in BVSc at the University of Queensland (UQ), Peter Chenoweth commenced graduate studies on bull fertility supported by the Australian Meat Research Committee. This was followed by a stint in private veterinary practice in northern Queensland before assuming the positions of Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics of Colorado State University and then Associate Professor (Theriogenology) in the Department of Veterinary Large Animal Medicine and Surgery, at Texas A&M University. During this time he completed his PhD ("Studies on Aspects of the Reproductive Function of Young Beef Bulls in Central Queensland") through UQ. Dr Chenoweth returned to Australia in 1980 to take up the position of Director of the UQ Pastoral Veterinary Centre at Goondiwindi, Queensland, progressing to the position of Deputy Dean (Clinical) of the UQ School of Veterinary Science. He was appointed as Reader within the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Head of the Reproduction and Behaviour Section of the UQ School of Veterinary Science. During this time, he spent a year on sabbatical leave as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, at the University of Florida (UF).
In 1990, Dr Chenoweth returned to the US as an Associate Professor within the College of Veterinary Medicine, UF; a joint appointment with the Departments of Physiological Sciences and Animal Science. In 1997 he accepted an endowed Chair (Professor and Coleman Chair in Food Animal Production Medicine) within the College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University where he was also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. In Kansas he established the K-State Andrology Laboratory which provided problem-solving and QA services to the AB industries and was a co-founder of CIVAL (Consortium of Veterinary Andrology Laboratories). During this period he also helped initiate the Association for Applied Animal Andrology (animalandrology.org).
Dr Chenoweth joined the staff of Charles Sturt University's (CSUs) new Veterinary Science program in 2005 as Professor of Veterinary Reproduction. Here he established the animal reproduction teaching programs and facilities, including the CSU Andrology Laboratory.
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BVSc(Hons IIA) MACVSc (Equine Medicine) PhD FACVSc (Equine Reproduction)
Dr John Chopin grew up in South West Queensland and graduated from The University of Queensland Veterinary School in 1990. After 18 months in general mixed practice, John completed a residency in equine medicine and surgery under the tutelage of Dr Dick Wright. John then completed a PhD with Dr Kerry Dowsett in equine frozen semen and the endocrinology of ovulation in the mare. A theriogenology residency followed, mentored by Dr David Pascoe and Dr Reg Pascoe at Oakey Veterinary Hospital. This included a teaching sabbatical at The University of California Davis under the direction of Dr Barry Ball.
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BVSc PhD MACVSc MRCVS
Professor David Church graduated with a BVSc from the University of Sydney in 1975. After graduating he was appointed as a small animal clinical instructor there, and enrolled in a PhD program in the Faculty of Medicine looking at various aspects of the pathophysiology of diabetes mellitus. In 1983 he was appointed as Lecturer in Small Animal Medicine at the University of Sydney, promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1991 and Associate Professor in 1999. David obtained membership (small animal medicine) of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in 1990, and was Hospital Director of the University Veterinary Centre from 1991 until his departure in 2001 to take up the Chair of Small Animal Studies at the Royal Veterinary College. Soon after his arrival the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery and the Department of Farm Animal and Equine Medicine and Surgery merged to form the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. David was head of the new department until August 2009, and has recently been appointed Vice Principal (Academic and Clinical Affairs) at the Royal Veterinary College. David is the author of numerous scientific articles and book chapters, and joint editor of the soon-to-be-released textbook Small Animal Clinical Pharmacology. He is a recipient of the Betts Prize alongside Lynne Hill for establishing VCS and the QMH as a powerhouse of veterinary clinical service, training and education.
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Dr David Clarke received his BVSc from the University of Queensland and completed his dental residency at the Dallas Dental Animal Hospital in Dallas, Texas, USA. David has gone on to become a Registered Specialist in Veterinary Dentistry & Small Animal Oral Surgery; a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College; Fellow of the American Academy of Veterinary Dentistry. He is also Member of the Australian & New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (Veterinary Dentistry) and has a specialist and general dental practice located in Hallam, Victoria. Dr Clarke is an Adjunct Associate Lecturer, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Science at Massey University (NZ), and is a Veterinary Dentist consultant at Werribee Open range Zoo, Melbourne, Victoria; Taronga and Western Plains Zoo, NSW; Adelaide and Monarto Zoos, SA. David's clinical interests include: oral health in the domestic pet population, in particular the reduction of plaque using dietary and chemical means; analgesic and antibiotic usage for dentistry; undergraduate dental education for veterinary students; continuing dental education of veterinarians and nurses; and oral biology and dental disease in Australian marsupials.
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DVM(hons), Diplomate ACVIM Internal Medicine
Sara is a 1995 graduate of The University of Florida with a high honours degree In Zoology and a minor in English Literature. She graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999, and was then accepted for a highly sought after rotating internship at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. In 2000, Sara began her internal medicine residency at The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, completing this in 2003. She achieved board certification as a registered Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) in 2003 and received the ACVIM Resident Research Award in haematology the same year for her work investigating a platelet disorder. During these formative years of training, Sara was under the direction of many leading experts in veterinary medicine. She received rigorous clinical, didactic, and research training at the highest academic standard that she now enjoys applying as a caring practitioner. Sara enjoys all aspects of Internal Medicine, with a particular interest in both bleeding disorders and endoscopy (gastroduodenoscopy, colonoscopy, bronchoscopy, and urethrocystoscopy). Sara has a natural focus on compassion, with attention to the well-being of sick patients with difficult to diagnose conditions, distressed pet owners, hard-working nurses, and students, interns and residents. She is an invited member of the Intern Mentoring Program at Sydney University Faculty of Veterinary Science as a Mentor for Students since 2010, and has served as a Fellowship Examiner for the Australia New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. Sara has taken an interest in infection control, with a comprehensive review of the literature and the creation of an infection control plan at SASH. Sara is a native of the U.S. where her close extended family reside. She has been with SASH since its' inception and in Sydney since 2004. She lives with her Australian 'husband of over 20 years now' Geoff, and their two fair dinkum Aussie children.
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BSc BVSc(Hons) MVSt MAgribus PhD MACVSc
Paul is a consultant cattle veterinarian, ruminant nutritionist, and beef producer with post-graduate training in the intensive and extensive ruminant industries. His post-graduate training covers the disciplines of nutrition, health programs, reproduction, epidemiology, production and financial management and meat science. He completed his PhD on the interaction between nutrition and health in feedlot cattle in 2007. Over the last 15 years Paul has held various positions within the livestock and veterinary industry. Paul has lectured at Queensland, Sydney and most recently at Charles Sturt University from 2007, where he is an adjunct Associate Professor. He also serves as Head Examiner in Beef Cattle Medicine and Production for the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists. He is currently the director of Australian Livestock Production Services which consults on intensive and extensive cattle and lamb enterprises throughout the eastern states of Australia, as well as being owner/manager of a cattle trading enterprise.[ top ]
Dr Sarah Davies
BVSc MS DACVR Assoc MACVSc
Dr Sarah Davies is a graduate of the University of Sydney from 2003. Following completion of small animal rotating internships in Adelaide (Adelaide Veterinary Specialist and Referral Centre) and at The Ohio State University (Veterinary Teaching Hospital) she completed a residency in diagnostic imaging at the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, VA. Sarah now works in private practice with Graeme Allan and Robert Nicoll (Veterinary Imaging Associates). VIA provides a remote image interpretation and mobile imaging service to the Sydney area. Sarah has experience teaching undergraduate students at the University of Adelaide and has a particular interest in ultrasound, MRI and CT of musculoskeletal disease.
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BVMS MACVSc (Anaesthesia and Critical Care)
Jennifer Davis graduated from Glasgow University in Scotland in 2005. After a period of mixed practice in the UK Jen moved to Australia to work in an emergency small animal practice for almost four years. Jennifer commenced working in the Anaesthesia Service at Murdoch in 2011, and began a Residency Training Program in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia in 2012. Jennifer has also passed examinations in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Critical Care to achieve Membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia, but is particularly interested in the anaesthesia of critically ill small animals.
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BVSc FACVSc (Avian Health)
Bob Doneley graduated from the University of Queensland in 1982, and worked in small animal practices in Bundaberg, Brisbane, Toowoomba and the UK, before opening his own practice, the West Toowoomba Veterinary Surgery, in Toowoomba in 1988. He was awarded his Fellowship in 2003; the same year he was appointed Adjunct Associate Professor in Avian and Exotic Pet Medicine at the University of Queensland Veterinary Teaching Hospital, where he conducted a weekly avian and exotic pet clinic for five years. In 2003 he was awarded the College Prize by the Australian College. He has twice received Outstanding Service and Commitment Awards from the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV). Bob has lectured at numerous veterinary conferences throughout Australia and twice in the USA - the International Conference on Exotics in 2002 and at the North American Veterinary Conference.
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Darien J. Feary
BVSc MS Dip ACVIM Dip ACVECC Board Certified Specialist in Equine Medicine and Emergency and Critical Care Lecturer in Equine Medicine
Dr Darien Feary graduated from the University of Sydney in 1999 and completed an equine internship at Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital, Victoria before travelling to the United States.
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Darien completed a three year Residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine at Colorado State University, attaining specialist board certification with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) and a Masters in Clinical Sciences.
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BVSc(hons) DipAVDC Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service
Nadine Fiani graduated with honors from the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney in 2005. She completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Sydney Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Camden. It was there that she became interested in advanced veterinary dentistry and oral surgery. Nadine went on to complete a three-year conforming residency training program in Dentistry and Oral Surgery at the University of California, Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. She successfully passed her specialist board exams and became a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College in 2013. Nadine is currently the only Specialist Veterinary Dentist in New South Wales. Nadine loves all aspects of veterinary dentistry with her major interests being in the fields of endodontics, orthodontics and reconstructive maxillofacial surgery. She has a keen interest in zoo dentistry and is currently the primary dentist for Taronga and Mogo zoos.
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BVSc PhD MANZCVS
Linda Fleeman runs Animal Diabetes Australia, which is a clinical service specifically for diabetic dogs and cats, at three veterinary practices in Melbourne. She graduated from the University of Queensland and completed an Internship in Small Animal Medicine at Murdoch University, a Residency in Small Animal Medicine at the University of Melbourne, and a PhD on the Management of Diabetes in Dogs at the University of Queensland. She worked as a Lecturer and then as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland and the University of Sydney, respectively, before deciding to return to private clinical practice at the beginning of 2010.
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BVSc Dip ACVA
Sandra did a residency in Anaesthesia and Critical Care at the University of California-Davis, gained her boards in Anaesthesia and headed back to New Zealand to teach at Massey University. After 12 years of late nights, emergency call-outs and backache from moving sleeping horses, she decided a change in direction was needed. Analysing clinical pathology results had been an inspiring part of both anaesthesia and critical patient care, so when an opening came up in the clinical pathology department at Massey in 2002, Sandra's new direction was determined. In 2004 she took up a dual position within a diagnostic laboratory (NZVP) and the university and currently spends 80% of her time carrying out diagnostic work and 20% teaching and research. She loves her work–especially the interaction with veterinarians and working through the exciting and unusual cases that they provide. She will stay put until she retires!
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BVSc MVetClinStud FANZCVS (Feline Medicine)
Sue is Fellow of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists and a registered specialist in feline medicine. However, her interests span many areas of small animal medicine in both cats and dogs. Sue worked in private mixed practice before doing specialist training and a Masters in Veterinary Clinical Studies (on adrenal function in dogs) at the University of Sydney (1995-1999). She has lectured at Murdoch University (2000-2003) and also at the University of Sydney (as a visiting scholar, 2004). Sue has numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals and has also contributed to chapters in medicine and infectious disease textbooks. She has presented scientific papers both nationally and internationally and regularly contributes to continuing education seminars and conferences. Sue lives in Western Australia and is currently an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Medicine at Murdoch University (Western Australia) and a medical consultant for Vetnostics (Sydney) and ASAP (Melbourne). She also works as a locum for both private and university practices and is the spokesperson for Vets Against Live Export (VALE).
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BSc(Vet)(Hons) BVSc MACVSc (Avian Health)
Dr Anne Fowler completed a BSc(Vet)(Hons) in 1992 and graduated from Sydney University with BVSc in 1993. She has worked in mixed and small practice in both NSW and Victoria and has always taken a strong interest in treating wildlife in these jobs. In 2000 she began teaching wildlife carers on the care of wildlife at the Victoria University of Technology and now teaches throughout Australia. Anne has been a consultant to privately-owned sanctuaries. She has been a committee member of the Unusual and Exotic Pet Special Interest Group of the AVA and is currently the president of the UEP. In 2004 Anne obtained her MACVSc in Avian Health and the Medicine of Australasian Wildlife Species in 2008. She has worked at the Wildlife Health and Conservation Centre at the University of Sydney as a Senior Clinical Veterinary Registrar and now works as a veterinary manager for RSPCA in Newcastle.
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Specialist in Small Animal Surgery MA (Cantab) VetMB CertSAS FANZCVS MRCVS
Alastair graduated from Pembroke College, Cambridge in 2001 with a Bachelor's degree in Veterinary Medicine, preceded by an intercalated degree in Biological Anthropology. He spent 5 years working in London, initially for a private small animal practice then the RSPCA, before relocating to Sydney. After a year in general practice, he completed an internship and surgical residency at the Veterinary Specialist Centre, Sydney. This was followed by a period of surgical locuming, both in Sydney and interstate. Alastair achieved Surgical Fellowship in 2012, and gained Specialist status in 2013. He joined the UVTHS surgery department full time in January 2013. Alastair has clinical and research interests in spinal disease, implant biomechanics & oncological surgery, including approaches to closing challenging or awkward wounds.
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Tim Gill is currently Professor of Public Health Nutrition and Principal Research Fellow within the Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise and Eating Disorders and the Prevention Research Collaboration at the University of Sydney. He has wide experience as an academic and within government departments and health agencies. His research interests are in the application of public health nutrition to the promotion of good health and prevention of chronic disease. His major focus is on the epidemiology of obesity and improving food environments and public guidance for the prevention and management of obesity both within Australia and the Asia-Pacific region
Professor Gill has authored several key reports on obesity for State and Federal Government departments as well as national and international agencies and has served on a number of World Health Organization expert committees on obesity and chronic disease. He has also produced many original papers and book chapters on obesity, nutrition and public health.
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Dr. med. vet. DECVIM-CA (Small Animal)
Christine graduated at the Justus-Liebig University Giessen in Germany in 2003. She then started an Internship and a Residency of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ECVIM-CA) at the Free University Berlin, Germany. During her Residency she finished her doctoral thesis about immune mediated haemolytic anaemia in dogs. In 2009 she went to a private practice before returning to Justus-Liebig University in 2011. In 2010 Christine became a specialist of Internal Medicine for Small and Companion Animals and since 2012 she is a Diplomate of the European college of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ECVIM-CA). She joined Sydney University in April 2013. Her main research interests are haematology and endocrinology. She is currently planning to perform studies looking at hypercoagulability in dogs with IMHA and other inflammatory diseases to aid in treatment for prevention of thromboembolism.
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BScAgric BVM&S MRCVS MANZCVS (horse medicine; reproduction) Diplomate ACT
Allan started his veterinary career at the R(D)SVS, University of Edinburgh as a mature student in 1988. Having completed a BSc.Agric degree at the University of Natal in South Africa and farmed in Zimbabwe. After graduating he completed a year of farm animal practice in the SW of England before returning to Edinburgh as a locum demonstrator in equine reproduction and medicine. After carrying out various locum tenens in the UK he returned to Zimbabwe, opening up a new rural veterinary practice north of Harare. The instability of the rural economy prompted an indirect move to Australia via Beijing and the UK where he practiced primarily equine stud medicine. In 2002 he obtained Membership of the ANZCVS in equine medicine, and in veterinary reproduction in 2006. In 2008 he obtained Diplomate status of the American College of Theriogenologists (Veterinary Reproduction) via the alternate/practitioner route. He joined the CSU staff in July 2012. He is married to English born veterinarian Viki, with whom they have three children.
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BVSc(Hons) MVS MACVSc FACVSc (Ophthalmology)
Chloe is a graduate with Honours from the University of Melbourne. She then completed an Internship and a Masters Degree from the University of Melbourne. Chloe became a Member and then a Fellow of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists. She is registered as a Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology and has over fifteen years experience treating eye diseases in a wide range of animals.
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James M. Harris
BSc DVM OAM
James committed to a career in veterinary medicine as a child after involvement with the Regents Park Zoological Society, London. He was evacuated to the USA in 1939 where he pursued his dream and graduated from Michigan State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1958. He practised in California for 40 years, is Past President of the Association of Avian Veterinarians, and was named Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year in 1989, for work in Grief and Bereavement/ Pet Loss. In 2002, he commenced practice in Tasmania where he continues to work; is Chair of the Board of the Association of Avian Veterinarians Australasia Committee Ltd; and he continues to contribute to continuing education for veterinarians.
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BVSc DSAM(Feline) DipECVIM-CA MRCVS MANZCVS (Assoc) Registered Specialist in Feline Medicine
Dr Andrea Harvey graduated from University of Bristol Veterinary School, UK in 2000, and after a couple of years in small animal practice, returned to Bristol Vet School to undertake a 3 year residency in feline medicine, funded by the Feline Advisory Bureau (now International Cat Care). She then remained at Bristol Vet School as FAB Lecturer in Feline Medicine until 2011 after which she moved to Sydney where she runs the feline medicine service at Small Animal Specialist Hospital. Andrea is also the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) Australasian Representative, bringing various initiatives such as the ISFM 'Cat Friendly Clinic' scheme to Australia, and helping to develop the international profile of the feline chapter of ANZCVS. Andrea has lectured widely internationally and contributed to numerous textbooks, including being co-editor of the BSAVA Manual of Feline Practice. Andrea has wide interests in all aspects of feline medicine, and is passionate about both providing the best care for her patients, and helping to support other veterinarians to do the same.
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BSc(Vet) BVSc(Hons) PhD MANZCVS (Veterinary Dentistry)
Dr Christine Hawke graduated from the University of Sydney in 1993, and spent four years in general practice both in Australia and the UK, during which time she disliked dentistry immensely. She returned to the University of Sydney in 1999, and completed her PhD in immunogenetics of autoimmune disease in 2003. After a break to start a family, Christine returned to the Faculty of Veterinary Science as a clinical lecturer, where, strangely enough, she developed an unexpected passion for small animal dentistry.
Christine sat her ANZCVS memberships in Veterinary Dentistry in 2006, and is currently President of both the Dental Chapter of the ANZCVS and the Australian Veterinary Dental Society (a SIG of the AVA). She founded Sydney Pet Dentistry in 2007, and divides her time between clinical dentistry and teaching all aspects of small animal dentistry to vets, vet nurses, and undergraduate students.
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BSc, BVSc, DipVetClinStud, MvetClinStud, PhD, MACVSc, Dipl. EVCPH
Jane worked initially in small animal medicine in private practice and in clinics of the University of Sydney (Camden) and the University of Glasgow, before concentrating on her interests in quantitative epidemiology at the University of Glasgow.
Jane has completed a PhD, using simulation modelling in the area of Meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in dogs. Previous areas of research include the epidemiology of Elapid snake envenomation in dogs and specifically the development of diagnostic tests.
Jane's main interest is in infectious disease epidemiology, with particular reference to the potential for zoonotic transfer of pathogens between animals and humans. Jane is also very interested in the development and spread of antimicrobial resistant organisms.
Current areas of research include E.coli O157 supershedding in cattle; identification of non-traditional risk factors for Q Fever exposure; defining the extent of understanding of Evidence Based Medicine in students and teachers and identification of neoplastic causes of cattle carcase condemnation.
Jane is an associate member of the Epidemiology Chapter of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists and a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Public Health, in the subspecialty of population medicine.
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BVSc MVS MACVSc AIMM
Lindsay graduated with his Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree from the University of Sydney in 1974 and was employed as a veterinary associate at St George Animal Hospital in Sydney. In 1985 he joined Ian Eade in partnership at the Baulkham Hills Veterinary Hospital and has been the sole owner there since 1998. He gained membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists (1980) in canine surgery, and an MVS from Murdoch University (1996). In 2000 he completed a Graduate Certificate in Management (Veterinary Practice) at the University of Western Sydney. Dr Hay has been actively involved with the Australian Veterinary Association at national, state and local levels since 1976. He was a member of the national committee (2000-2007) and President of the Australian Veterinary Practice Management Association. Since 2008 he has been a founding Board Member of the Australian Veterinary Business Association. In 1981, and again in 2008, this talented veterinarian was presented with the Veterinary Practitioner of the Year Award by the Australian Small Animal Veterinary Association. In 1995 he received a Meritorious Service Award from the AVA. In 2002 the Baulkham Hills Veterinary Hospital was awarded a Hills Shire Business Excellence Award for staff development and training and in 2003 a Western Sydney Industry Award for staff training and development.
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BVSc(Hons) MANZCVSc DipACVIM Registered Specialist in Canine and Feline Medicine
Kate graduated from the University of Queensland in 1996. After a year in small animal practice she returned to the University of Queensland as a junior resident in small animal medicine. In 1999 Kate undertook a residency in small animal medicine at Purdue University, Indiana. She is a diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM), and is also a registered veterinary specialist with the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council. After a year as clinical faculty at Purdue University, Kate moved to the University of Tennessee for two years as an assistant professor in small animal medicine. Kate joined Massey University in July 2005 as a Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Medicine. Kate is a director of the Centre for Service and Working dog health, and has been on the executive of the NZVA branch - Companion Animal Society since 2007. Kate's current research interests include Feline hyperthyroidism, GDV in working dogs and preservative tubes for urinalysis in dogs and cats.
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Dr Mark Hocking graduated from the University of Sydney in 1994. He has practised at Gladesville Veterinary Hospital in Sydney since 1998. Mark has been treating the trigger points of his companion animal patients for over 14 years. In 2001, Mark completed the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) Course and received his IVAS certificate. Mark has run workshops and lectured on trigger point therapy for Australian and New Zealand veterinarians. In 2012, Mark was involved in a research study at Massey University, investigating the diagnosis of Trigger points and the effects of Trigger point therapy in racing Greyhounds. Mark has published papers in human pain journals, which outline his alternative hypothesis for the pathophysiology of trigger points. The publication of these papers led to Mark being invited to present at the International Myopain Society conference, in Seattle in 2013.
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Dr. Karon L. Hoffmann BVSc, MVSc, PhD, Dip Vet Clin Stud, Dip ECVDI.
Dr Hoffmann developed her passion for diagnostic imaging early during her veterinary career as a large animal internist. Since that time she has pursued both research and clinical expertise in the discipline and has earned both a Masters degree and PhD in Diagnostic Imaging. Karon is also a Diplomate of the European College of Diagnostic Imaging. Karon has published over 40 scientific articles and developed and runs with her co-tutor Dr C Beck, the highly popular Centre of Veterinary Education's Distance Education Programme in Veterinary Diagnostic Sonology. She has represented the profession in many roles including as President of the Australasian Association of Veterinary Imaging. Karon was a worthy recipient of the Hungerford Award for her holistic contribution to research, teaching and clinical scholarship in small and large animal sonology.
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BVSc MVS PhD MACVSc DipACVIM
Steven graduated from the University of Sydney in 1983. He then worked for two years in private practice in Sydney followed by a medical internship at the University of Melbourne after which he was awarded an MVS and obtained membership of the ACVSc (Feline Medicine). Steven then undertook an internal medicine residency at the University of Florida followed by two years as a clinical instructor. In 1990 he became a diplomate of the ACVIM (SAM). He worked in an internal medicine referral practice in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1992 and then returned to Australia in 1994. He was awarded a PhD from the University of Melbourne in 1998. Steven has lectured in Veterinary Virology at the University of Sydney in 1998 and was a Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor of Small Animal Medicine at the University of Melbourne in 1999-2009. He is currently a registered specialist in small animal medicine and works at Advanced Vetcare in Melbourne. His interests include clinical and genetic aspects of disease and the interaction between infectious diseases and the host immune response.
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BSc BVMS PhD Cert SAS Dip ECVS
Dr Arthur House is an internationally recognised specialist small animal surgeon who is both an Australian and European specialist small animal surgeon. He has pursued his passion in small animal surgery since graduation achieving post graduate qualifications in surgery, initially in general practice followed by advanced surgical training in a multidiscipline university hospital. Arthur was a lecturer in Small Animal Surgery at the Royal Veterinary College London prior to his return home to Australia. In addition to providing specialist surgical referral services to his patients, Arthur continues to be active in veterinary postgraduate training through provision of continuing veterinary education lectures and supervision of PhD students. Arthur has broad range of publications and has been an author in several textbooks. Arthur has an extensive range of specialist surgical experience and skills and strives to maximize patient outcomes by application of best practice and evidence based medicine and surgery.
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Jaime has spent most of the past decade doing dog sports with her team of Kelpies and Finnish Lapphunds. In her spare time she graduated from the University of Sydney and jumped straight into the world of exercise therapy, conditioning the canine athlete and post-operative rehabilitation. Jaime is kept busy at home by her pack of four wonderful kelpies and two beautiful Finnish Lapphunds.
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MVSc, PhD, FACVSc, Diplomate ACVS ECVS
Kenneth is a graduate of the University of Sydney where he also completed his Masters and PhD degrees on arthrodesis and bone marrow stem cell, in addition to development to locked nailing techniques. After completing a residency in surgery at Colorado State University, he later held academic appointments at University of Wisconsin, University of Bristol, and Ohio State University. Research on osteoarthritis, locked nailing of fractures, greyhound stress fractures and locking implants are among his interests. He served as President of AOVET, and is the author of more than 100 peer reviewed publications, 30 book chapters, as well as several books including the new fifth edition of "Piermattei's Surgical Approaches to Bones and Joints". In addition he is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology. Just recently he was given the WSAVA/Hills Pet mobility award for his contributions to clinical research in orthopaedics in dogs and cats.
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Lynelle R. Johnson
DVM, MS, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine)
Dr. Johnson received her veterinary degree from The Ohio State University, was in private practice in New York for 3 years, and completed a Masters Degree and residency program at the University of Illinois. She is Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Dr. Johnson's Masters research was focused on feline asthma, and she completed a post-doctoral fellowship in radiation oncology at Colorado State University. She obtained a grant from the National Institute of Health Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to study the effects of exercise on pulmonary vascular function and received her Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of Missouri in 2000. Dr. Johnson is the respiratory section editor for the 5 Minute Veterinary Consult and Current Veterinary Therapy XV, and she recently wrote a textbook focused solely on respiratory disease entitled Clinical Canine and Feline Respiratory Medicine. Dr. Johnson is a member of the Veterinary and Comparative Respiratory Society. Her research interests include clinical respiratory diseases of dogs and cats and cardiopulmonary interactions. Dr. Johnson joined the faculty at the University of California, Davis in December 2000 and is currently a Professor in the Department of Medicine & Epidemiology. She is responsible for teaching didactic respiratory medicine and clinical medicine to veterinary students, and for providing instruction in respiratory endoscopy and physiology to medicine residents.
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BVSc MANZCVS (Feline Medicine) CertZooMed BA
Robert runs a small animal, wildlife and reptile practice in Penrith with his veterinarian wife Jane. He has also worked as a clinical veterinarian at Taronga Zoo. Robert holds a Certificate in Zoological Medicine from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons; is the President of the Unusual Pet and Avian Veterinarians Special Interest Group of the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) and is the Australian/New Zealand representative to the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV) International Committee. His professional interests include veterinary clinical practice, particularly reptile medicine and research involving reptilian species of Australia and the South Pacific. Robert also lectures in reptile medicine, wildlife medicine and veterinary professional studies at James Cook University Townsville. He is the co-author (with Dr Brendan Carmel) of the recently released "A Guide to Health and Disease in Reptiles and Amphibians".
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BVSc FACVSc DECVIM MRCVS
Professor Boyd Jones graduated from Massey University and after working in mixed practice he taught at the University of Melbourne until 1975. Boyd then returned to Massey University where he became Associate Professor and the head of the Small Animal Clinic and Hospital. He undertook periods of sabbatical in Britain and America and held the position of adjunct professor in small animal internal medicine at the University of Florida. In 1997 Boyd accepted the chair in small animal clinical studies at University College, Dublin. Boyd was winner of the prestigious Tom Hungerford Award in 2009.
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BVSc(Hons) MVS PhD
Dr Tristan Jubb is a veterinary consultant based in Bendigo, Victoria providing training and advisory services in the areas of farm biosecurity, disease investigation and animal health project management in Australia and Indonesia.
During his career he has worked as a government field veterinarian, university researcher and farm livestock practitioner. Tristan has a special interest in animal disease investigation including field autopsy techniques, humane killing and carcase disposal because of their importance to the many farm biosecurity, animal welfare and disease control programs in which he has been involved.
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PhD, MPH, B.Sc. (Nutrition) (Hons)
Bridget is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Senior Lecturer in Public Health Nutrition at the University of Wollongong. Bridget’s research interests include the development of healthy public policy to create supportive food environments for good nutrition and wellbeing. This includes reducing children’s exposure to unhealthy food and beverage marketing, and increasing the availability and accessibility of healthy foods. Bridget has led significant national and international research in the fields of food marketing and front-of-pack food labelling, which have contributed to high-level policy discussions and reports.
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DVM, PhD (Parasitology), DACVIM (Internal Medicine)
After graduating from Oklahoma State University in 1981, Dr Lappin completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Georgia. After two years in small animal practice in Los Angeles, Dr Lappin returned to the University of Georgia where he completed a small animal internal medicine residency and a PhD in Parasitology. Dr Lappin was board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1987. He is currently an Associate Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University and directs the Toxoplasma gondii Serology Laboratory. He has had multiple research grants funded and is the author of more than a hundred research papers and book chapters. Dr Lappin is an associate editor for the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the Compendium for Continuing Education for the Practicing Veterinarian. Dr Lappin has received the Beecham Research Award and the Norden Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. Lappin is the Kenneth W. Smith Professor in Small Animal Clinical Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University and is currently the Assistant Department Head for Research. Dr. Lappin is the director of the "Center for Companion Animal Studies." The Center supports clinical research for faculty and students and utilizes only naturally occurring models of disease or research animals that can be adopted. He was selected to receive the European Society of Feline Medicine International Award 2008 for Outstanding Contribution to Feline Medicine, the Winn Feline Research Award in 2009, and was named an Oklahoma State University Distinguished Professor in 2010. Dr. Lappin was selected to receive the Robert W. Kirk Award for Professional Excellence by the ACVIM in 2014.
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BVSc MACVSc Diplomate ACVS (Small Animal Surgery)
Dr Peter Laverty graduated from Melbourne University with an honours degree in 1985. After ten years in general small animal practice in Melbourne, he pursued specialist surgical training in the United States. He completed a Small Animal Internship at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Dr Laverty went on to complete a Small Animal Surgical Residency at the Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Indiana. While at Purdue, Peter became an integral part of the team at the Centre for Paralysis Research. This allowed him to pursue his interest in spinal cord injury and to develop expertise in neurosurgery. In 2002 Dr Laverty was awarded Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Pete contributes to both undergraduate and postgraduate training. He is an active participant in further education as a key speaker at conferences and seminars. Pete has published numerous articles including original research, case reports and literature reviews. Pete operates his surgical practice at the Melbourne Veterinary Specialist Centre in Glen Waverley, Victoria where he routinely performs orthopaedic, soft tissue and neurosurgical procedures.
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Ian J. Lean
BVSc, PhD, MACVSc
SBScibus founder and managing director, Professor Ian Lean, is a leading authority in the medicine, nutrition and management of dairy cattle. A graduate of the University of Sydney (1979), he spent six years as a large animal veterinarian in the Hunter Valley of NSW before undertaking his PhD at the University of California, USA. Between 1986 and 1996, Ian lectured in clinical nutrition and cattle medicine at the University of California and then the University of Sydney, where he remains an Adjunct Professor in Veterinary Clinical Studies. At various times throughout the 1990s, he served as the senior examiner in Cattle Medicine and Ruminant Nutrition for the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists, and as president of the Australian Association of Cattle Veterinarians and the Cattle Chapter of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists.
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BVSc, Dip.Vet.Clin.Stud, MACVSc
Tash graduated from the University of Sydney in 1996 and commenced her veterinary career in mixed dairy practice in Victoria. She has worked in mixed and dairy practice in Australia and the UK and was a bovine intern at Sydney University and bovine registrar at Royal Veterinary College London.
Tash has also worked as a volunteer in Thailand (milk quality and nutrition project) and Antarctica (seal human impact study). She is a Member of the College of Veterinary Scientists and her particular veterinary interest is milk quality and mastitis. Tash has been a bovine lecturer at Charles Sturt University and was involved with the development of the vet science curriculum.
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Zoe attended the University of Sydney and obtained a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 1999. She worked in small animal practice in inner Sydney for 4 years, before moving to Perth, Western Australia. At Murdoch University, Zoe undertook a residency in Diagnostic Imaging (2003-2006) and became a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Radiology in 2007. Zoe is a Director of the Veterinary Imaging Centre and Perth Veterinary Specialists.
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BVSc(Hons) FANZCVSc(Animal Behaviour) CMAVA PhD
Jacqui is a registered specialist in Behavioural Medicine. She graduated from Melbourne University Veterinary School in 1995. A long time interest in animals, animal behaviour and training led her to undertake a Membership to the ACVSc in Veterinary Behaviour in 2000. Looking to understand more about behaviour, she left small animal practice for the world of research and investigated tests for measuring fear in dogs. Jacqui has completed a PhD at Monash University developing a model and questionnaire for describing canine personality.
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BSc BVSc MACVSc FACVSc
Dr Trudi McAlees is a Massey Graduate. After starting her career in NZ in a mainly dairy practice, and then heading off to the UK for the obligatory period of locum work and travel, Trudi moved to Melbourne in 2000 to pursue a residency in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care. Trudi worked at the University of Melbourne teaching hospital for 10 years before returning to private practice. She is currently working as medical director in a private, 2-clinic 24-hour emergency and critical care centre in Melbourne. Trudi is committed to post-graduate education. She is passionate about improving the ability of practitioners to deal with emergencies, and as a side benefit, hopes to decrease the angst that can accompany these cases when they present. Trudi has a particular interest in analgesia, ventilation and multi-trauma cases. She presents the Sydney University Distance Education course in Emergency Medicine and runs workshops around Australia.
Trudi has memberships of the Australian & New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Anaesthesia and Critical Care, and in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care and was the first person to achieve Fellowship in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care in 2008.
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Alicia graduated from the University of Sydney in 2007 and has worked in both mixed practice and small animal practice in NSW. During this time she developed interests in infectious diseases, emergency medicine and care of pocket pets. Alicia is currently enrolled in a PhD with supervisors A/Prof Julia Beatty and A/Prof Vanessa Barrs, investigating a novel gammaherpesvirus in cats. She also spends some time working in the UVTHS general medicine department as a primary care practitioner. Alicia assists fellow researchers with fieldwork involving sample collection from Tasmanian Devils, and helps to provide veterinary care to shelter animals.
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BVSC DipVetClin Stud PhD FACVSc MRCVS
Dr Jill Maddison graduated from the University of Sydney in 1978. She completed an internship at the University of Sydney in 1979, spent 18 months in full time private practice, and then completed a residency in small animal medicine at the University of Guelph, Canada. She returned to Australia and completed a PhD on the neurochemistry of hepatic encephalopathy at The University of Sydney. She was a senior tutor and clinician in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences from 1987, and from 1990-2000, was a senior lecturer in the Department of Pharmacology. During this time she also worked in general and specialist veterinary practice and was a consultant for a veterinary clinical pathology lab. In 2000 she became the Director of the Veterinary Science Foundation at the University of Sydney. Jill moved to the UK with her family in April 2001. From 2002 she was a veterinary clinician and lecturer at the Royal Veterinary College, London, based at the college's first opinion practice, the Beaumont Animals' Hospital, and a Fellow at Girton College, Cambridge where she tutored in pharmacology. In September 2005 she became the Director of Professional Development and head of the CPD Unit at the RVC – this unit coordinates the continuing education courses offered to practitioners by the RVC. She is also Director of Extramural Studies and General Practice. She is actively involved in undergraduate teaching at the RVC in the areas of clinical problem solving in small animal medicine and clinical pharmacology. She has lectured extensively around the world on logical clinical problem solving, small animal internal medicine and clinical pharmacology. Jill is coordinator for the clinical CPD streams at The London Vet Show and is the chair of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association Continuing Education Committee. To keep in touch with the realities of private general practice she consults at a small veterinary practice near her home in Hertfordshire and at the RVC's first opinion practice, the Beaumont Sainsbury Animal Hospital in London. She is the senior editor of 'Small Animal Clinical Pharmacology', the 2nd edition of which was published in 2008.[ top ]
Dr Med Vet Dipl ECVDI
Mariano earned his veterinary degree at the University of La Plata, Argentina. In 2005, he began a radiology internship with Ross University. He completed a residency program in diagnostic imaging at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and passed his certification exams for the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging in 2010. Mariano has also completed externships at the University of Bern and University of Wisconsin, gaining additional skills in MRI and Nuclear Medicine. In 2011, he served as an Associate Professor at St. George's University.
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DVSc DipVetAn MVetClinStud PhD FACVSc FASM
Richard Malik is one of the world's most respected and well known feline veterinarians. After graduating from the University of Sydney in 1981 his first year out was spent training in anaesthesia and intensive care with Jan Ilkiw and Kathy Brock at Sydney University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. This was followed by a PhD in the Department of Pharmacology at the John Curtin School of Medical Research (ANU). Dr Malik then moved to the Neurobiology Research Centre at the University of Sydney studying the development of neuromuscular connections. In 1987 he returned to the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences as its first Resident in Small Animal Medicine. He remained in the vet school for 16 years in varying capacities and was the Valentine Charlton Senior Lecturer in Feline Medicine from 1995 to 2002. Currently Richard works as a consultant for the Centre for Veterinary Education, various private clinics in the eastern suburbs of Sydney and also for the RSPCA. He is also involved in a large number of collaborative research projects in both pure and applied research. He is passionate about all aspects of feline medicine, and has a special focus on treating common diseases using new therapeutic regimens. He also has a farm, with many pets including horses, sheep, goats and alpacas. He is the owner of two moggies, a 11-year old girl called Miss Binks and a young B&W cat called Obie. Richard is an Adjunct Professor of Small Animal Medicine at Charles Sturt University.
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BVSc MVS Cert SAC FACVSc
Dr Darren Merrett graduated from Melbourne University in 1984. After three years in private practice he returned to Melbourne University, first as an intern and then as a resident. Darren then completed a residency at Bristol University, UK before returning to gain fellowship of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists. After obtaining fellowship, Darren established a private medical referral service in Melbourne that has now grown to a three specialist practice. Darren is one of the leading internists in this country and, as the senior partner in the medical department of the Melbourne Veterinary Specialist Service, provides expert back-up which many general practitioners will already appreciate. He is one of the growing number of specialists we are lucky enough to have in Australia, and who enjoy sharing their knowledge and expertise with their colleagues in general practice. He is a natural and extremely effective tutor. You will appreciate his practical approach to, and his appreciation of, internal medicine problems.
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BVSc MANZCVS (Small Animal Medicine, Feline Medicine)
Wayne graduated from the University of Sydney in 1983 and spent 27 years in mixed practice in Singleton and Bega, NSW where he developed a broad a skill base. Over the years the focus slowly changed to small animals, with Wayne obtaining Membership in Small Animal Medicine in 1998, and completing the CVE Distance Education Course with Dr Russell Mitten in 1999. This spurred a succession of DE Courses starting in 2007 with completion of Internal Medicine Keys to Understanding, Feline medicine, Small Animal diagnostic Imaging, and Sonology. 2010 saw a move to Canberra to work exclusively in small animal practice, where he has continued developing his skills in ultrasonography and also has a keen interest in feline and oncological cases. He is currently Undertaking the Canine and Feline Oncology in the Small Animal Masters programme at Massey University. When not working Wayne spends as much time as possible where he considers his real home to be – in Bemboka on the NSW Far South Coast where he and his partner Jo have just completed the construction of a new house on their 25 acre property, shared with a menagerie of animals including horses, cats, dogs and goats. Wayne brings this range of skills to Feline Medicine DE as an active participant in the discussion forum and as a marker of assignments.
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Tony D. Mogg
BVSc(Hons) PhD GradCertEdStud(Higher Ed) MMedEd Board Certified Specialist in Equine Medicine and Emergency and Critical Care Senior Lecturer in Equine Medicine
Dr Tony Mogg graduated from the University of Sydney in 1985. Since graduation he has worked in mixed private practice; as well as at the University of Queensland, the University of Pennsylvania in the USA, and Massey University in New Zealand. He is currently Senior Lecturer in Equine Medicine at the University of Sydney Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Camden.
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BPhysiotherapy(Hons) DipMyoTher MAnSt(Animal Physiotherapy)
Michelle Monk is the founder and director of Dogs in Motion Canine Rehabilitation. Michelle qualified as a human Physiotherapist with honors at LaTrobe University in Melbourne in 1996. She worked in many areas of human physiotherapy in both acute and rehabilitation settings. Michelle began working with small animals in 2002. She opened 'Dogs In Motion Canine Rehabilitation Centre', the first physiotherapy and hydrotherapy centre for dogs in July 2002. In 2004 she completed her Masters of Animal Studies (Animal Physiotherapy) through the University of Queensland. She is actively involved in continuing education in the animal physiotherapy field and regularly lectures and conducts workshops on Animal Physiotherapy and Hydrotherapy to Physiotherapists, Veterinarians, Veterinary Nurses and Dogs Clubs both in Australia and overseas. She has a keen interested in the application of orthotics and prosthetics for the management of small animal patients and in the use of hydrotherapy as part of the rehabilitation of dogs.
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Erin graduated with honours from the University of Sydney in 2007. Following graduation she undertook an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at a referral hospital in Connecticut, USA. This was followed by a residency in small animal emergency and critical care (E/CC) at Tufts University in Massachusetts, a world-leading centre for E/CC training and clinical research. Erin became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2012.
Following her residency, Erin returned to Australia to work as a specialist clinician and lecturer at the University of Melbourne, a role which fostered her passion for teaching and research. Erin's clinical interests lie in pulmonary disease, mechanical ventilation, trauma, transfusion medicine, and peri-operative care. Erin is delighted to be back in her home city of Sydney. She was the first full-times ECC specialist in NSW and is also involved with student teaching at the University of Sydney.
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Philip Anthony Moses
BVSc, MRCVS, Cert SAO, MACVSc, FACVSc, CMAVA, Memb AO.
Graduated from the University of Sydney in 1986 and worked in cattle practice in western NSW and then mixed practices until cured of the desire to become a large animal practitioner. Moved to the UK in 1990 and began the long road to small animal surgical specialisation. Completed Certificate in Small Animal Orthopaedics at the Royal College in 1994 then worked in referral practice before returning to Australia in 1996. Commenced residency in small animal surgery in private practice in Brisbane completing MACVSc in 1998. Moved to the University of Sydney as Senior Registrar then Head of Surgery in 2000. Travelled to the United States to the University of Florida as a visiting scholar in 2001 before returning as a founding partner of Veterinary Specialist Services in Brisbane. Completed FACVSc in Small Animal Surgery and registered as a Specialist in 2003. Appointed as Adjunct Professor with the University of Queensland. Surgical interests include urinary tract, vascular, neurological and orthopaedic surgery. Has undertaken research projects with Westmead Children's Hospital in Sydney and the University of Queensland. Has presented at numerous conferences in Australia and overseas, published widely in Veterinary Journals as well as Textbooks. Philip is a Chartered Member of the AVA and an elected Member of AO. Philip was President of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Surgeons 2014-2014 and is one of two elected member of the Veterinary Surgeons Board of Queensland. Philip lectures widely in South East Asia to help promote and improve animal care. Philip is the father of six beautiful children, an owner of and breeder of Pugs and Dachshunds and a devoted supporter of the Queensland Reds and the Wallabies.
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BVSc(Hons), DipVCS, PhD
Neil commenced an internship in cattle medicine and surgery at the University of Sydney in 1996, graduating that year with a Diploma in Veterinary Clinical Studies at the high distinction level. In 1997, he commenced a clinical residency and PhD program investigating the interaction of management, nutrition and reproductive performance. Neil joined SBScibus in 2001 and now consults to dairy farms ranging in size from 100 to 800 cows in NSW and Victoria. His professional interests include whole-herd reproductive management, preventive medicine, integrated dairy nutrition/agronomic strategies and human resource management. He has appeared as a keynote speaker at numerous industry conferences.
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Ralf S. Mueller
Dr med vet MACVSc (Canine Medicine) Diplomate ACVD FACVSc (Dermatology) Diplomate ECVD
Prof. Ralf S. Mueller graduated in Munich, Germany, completed his doctoral thesis in 1987, and worked in several large and small animal practices before completing a residency in veterinary dermatology at the University of California/Davis in 1992. In 1992 he moved to Melbourne/Australia to work with his partner and wife, Dr. Sonya Bettenay. Together, they created the first, purpose-built specialist practice in Australia. During that time, Dr. Mueller was concurrently consulting and teaching at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital University of Sydney. Ralf and Sonya established (and continue to conduct) the Distance Education Program in Veterinary Dermatology of the Post Graduate Foundation in Veterinary Science of the University of Sydney. In 1999, Ralf became assistant professor in veterinary dermatology at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University. In 2004, he accepted a position as chief of the veterinary dermatology service at the University of Munich/Germany. He has published over 150 studies, articles, book chapters and books, and given several hundred seminars, lectures and talks in Australasia, Europe and North America.
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Gabrielle C. Musk
BSc BVMS PhD Cert VA Dipl ECVAA
Dr Gabrielle Musk graduated from Murdoch University in 1995 and after six years in mixed and small animal practices in South Australia and the UK she started a residency in Veterinary Anaesthesia at the Vet School in Glasgow. In 2005 she became a Diplomat of the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia and returned to Australia in 2006. Since her return she has completed a PhD at the University of Western Australia investigating a lung protective ventilation strategy for use in preterm babies and is currently a Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Anaesthesia at Murdoch University and a Veterinary Officer for Animal Care Services at the University of Western Australia. Her particular interests include ventilation techniques, total intravenous anaesthesia, analgesic infusion regimens and undergraduate anaesthesia education.
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Barbara is a professor at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the Department of Cardiology and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She specializes in cardiac imaging but her academic passion is the evolutionary connection between human and animal bodies and minds. Her medical rounds sometimes include veterinarians at the Los Angeles Zoo where her patients include gorillas, lions, wallabies, and humans. She also works closely with veterinarians in discussions of human health at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She has co-authored the book, Zoobiquity: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health, advocating a “One Health” approach to medicine and founded the Zoobiquity Conferences to bring veterinarians and physicians together for "species-spanning" debates and collaborations.
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MB ChB, PhD, FRCP, FAHA
Bruce is Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney and Senior Director for Food Policy at The George Institute for Global Health. He is Chair of the Australian Division of World Action on Salt and Health. Bruce directs a broad-based program of epidemiological and public health research at the Institute. He has a longstanding interest in the dietary determinants of disease and the potential for changes in the food supply to deliver health gains. He advocates strongly with government and industry for improved food quality. He also leads the FoodSwitch program that uses smartphone and internet technology to drive more transparent product labelling.
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Mark graduated from Massey University in New Zealand in 2006, and then completed an internship in Small Animal Surgery at University College Dublin in Ireland. Following this he spent three years in general practice in New Zealand and Australia, most recently as a senior associate at a busy urban hospital in Adelaide. Mark was admitted as a Member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Small Animal Surgery in July 2011, and is also completing a Masters in Veterinary Studies through Murdoch University. Mark's special interests include internal fracture fixation and biomechanics, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and surgical neurology.
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BPhty MAnimSt(Animal Physiotherapy) PhD APAM APA Animal Physiotherapist
Helen Nicholson graduated as a human physiotherapist in 1996 and began working with animals in 1999. She has since become the first in the world to earn both a Masters and PhD in animal physiotherapy and was also the first to earn the title of Australian Physiotherapy Association Animal Physiotherapist. Helen is a visiting professor to Yamazaki Gakuen University in Japan, and a visiting teacher to the University of Pisa in Italy. She has also taught vets, vet nurses and physiotherapists in the UK, USA and Australia, and has been published in the AVJ, by Blackwell Publishing, and has written a textbook that has been translated into Japanese. Helen contributes to the professional development of animal physiotherapy in Australia through her role as the Vice-Chair of the Animal Physiotherapy Group of the APA. Helen lives in the Blue Mountains with three dogs, a variable number of chickens, yabbies and silver perch, four kids and her long-suffering husband.
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BSc (Vet) BVSc DACVR
Prior to specialising in diagnostic imaging, Dr Robert Nicoll worked in mixed veterinary practice in Bathurst, NSW for several years. After undertaking his residency training at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA, he returned to Australia. With Graeme Allan he formed Veterinary Imaging Associates and more recently, their teleradiology practice Online-Vets.com, providing an international diagnostic service. Since 1998, Robert has been an associate tutor with Graeme in the Diagnostic Imaging Distance Education course and has worked with Graeme on developing a special digital radiography stream for those who have made or are looking to make the leap into filmless radiography.
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BVSc (Hons I)
Geoff graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 2011. He has always been very passionate about cardiology and knew from the early years of veterinary school he would pursue specialisation in this field. He completed a one year general rotating internship at the University of Queensland Small Animal Clinic and Veterinary Teaching Hospital in 2012. Geoff joined the UVTHS in 2013 and is enrolled in a 3 year residency program in Small Animal Cardiology under the supervision of Dr Niek Beijerink. Geoff also consults on internal medicine cases in the referral medicine service.
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BVSc (UQ) PhD (UQ) Grad Cert Ed (UQ) Diplomate ACT
Scott has worked in clinical practice in Queensland, including as a Registrar at the Pastoral Veterinary Centre, Goondiwindi and undertook his residency training in Theriogenology at the University of Florida from mid-1986 to mid-1988. He is a Diplomate of the American College.
Scott is an active bovine and equine practitioner, with particular interests in reproduction and has joined CSU after a very successful teaching career in the veterinary program at the University of Queensland.
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BVSc MVS, PhD, MASM, Grad Cert Higher Ed.
Jacqui is passionate about providing clinically relevant infectious disease courses for veterinary undergraduates, veterinary practitioners and companion animal breeders that are centred on the relationship between host, pathogen and environment and how each is involved in the development of disease in animals (including humans). She is heavily involved in developing the structure, content and governance of the new DVM curriculum which takes its first students in 2015. Her research reflects a broad interest in infectious and non-infectious diseases. This includes: Companion animal viral diseases (especially Feline Infectious Peritonitis, Feline Calicivirus, Feline immunodeficiency virus, Canine Parvovirus, Canine Distemper virus); Q fever (how common is it in the veterinary personnel and animal owners, what are the risk factors for exposure? What role do companion animals play?); Multi-resistant Staphylococcus species – what role do these Staphylococcus species play in companion animal disease (cats, dogs, horses), what are the preventable risk factors and the risks to health in human communities (pet owners, pet breeders, and veterinary personnel)?; and Chronic Renal Disease in Felids (big cats eg Lions; and domestic cats)- development of strategies for early diagnosis, targeted treatments and prevention.
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BVSc MANZCVS (Small Animal Medicine, Feline Medicine)
Carolyn O'Brien is a Registered Specialist in Feline Medicine. She graduated from the University of Melbourne (1994) and worked in private practice both in Melbourne and the UK for the first five years of her veterinary career. Carolyn completed a residency in Small Animal Medicine at the University of Sydney in 2003 and concurrently obtained a Masters in Veterinary Clinical Studies in the epidemiology and treatment of cryptococcosis in cats and dogs. After her residency she stayed on at the University of Sydney as a Senior Registrar. Carolyn moved back to Melbourne in 2004 to prepare for the Fellowship of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists examinations in Feline Medicine. Having successfully gained her fellowship qualification, she commenced referral practice in Melbourne, from the Veterinary Referral Hospital in Hallam and then from the University of Melbourne, as well as becoming a partner in a private feline-only clinic in Prahran. She is currently in the final stages of her PhD project, is a senior tutor for the Feline Medicine Distance Education course and has a busy family life with two children. Carolyn is interested in all aspects of feline medicine, but particularly in infectious diseases and clinical microbiology. She also has a strong interest in the theoretical underpinnings of effective adult learning and professional development.
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BVSc(Hons) MVetStud MACVSc (Small Animal Medicine Emergency and Critical Care) DACVECC
Ryan completed his veterinary degree at the University of Sydney in 2001 and went on to do an anaesthesia internship and Masters in Veterinary Studies at the Camden campus the following year. This was followed by a stint in private practice in Melbourne followed by a rotating internship at the Royal Veterinary College in London. A developing interest for emergency and critical care led to a residency program at Murdoch University, before finally becoming a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. Ryan is currently Senior Registrar at Murdoch University.
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BVSc MVS MACVSc FACVSc (Ophthalmology)
Anu O'Reilly graduated from Murdoch University in 1994. In 1998 she undertook an Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Melbourne Veterinary Clinic and Hospital, during which she completed a Masters Of Veterinary Studies. In 2000, Anu achieved Membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Small Animal Medicine. During her residency program in Veterinary Ophthalmology Anu completed a Certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology with the Royal College of Veterinary Scientists and then achieved her Fellowship of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in 2003. Anu is a registered Veterinary Specialist of Ophthalmology, currently working with a dedicated ophthalmology practice in Melbourne.
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Chris has a strong interest in ruminant health and production and is a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists. He has worked in veterinary practice in Australia, the United Kingdom and Ireland and, immediately before joining Charles Sturt University, spent a year as registrar (ruminant medicine) in the Veterinary School of the University of Sydney.
Chris is passionate about training veterinary undergraduates for their future careers in veterinary science, and an active member of the Cattle Chapter - ACVSc. He is currently completing a Masters degree in Agribusiness through the University of Queensland.
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BA (Anthropology and Zoology), DVM, DACVIM (Internal Medicine), PhD (Veterinary Clinical Sciences)
Dr Jessica Quimby received her veterinary degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003 and completed a small animal rotating internship in Sacramento, CA. She subsequently spent two years in feline exclusive private practice in Grand Rapids, Michigan before moving on to Colorado State University. Wanting to learn more about medicine and advance the state of medical knowledge for cats, Dr Quimby completed a combined small animal internal medicine residency and PhD program. In 2012, she completed her PhD entitled "Feline Chronic Kidney Disease: Novel Approaches to Etiology, Specific Therapy and Supportive Care". Dr Quimby is now a faculty member at Colorado State University. Her research continues to focus on chronic kidney disease in cats. Current research areas include the study of renal aging, telomere length and cellular senescence, novel treatment strategies such as mesenchymal stem cell therapy and evidence-based supportive care strategies. She has an interest in clinical trials and clinical pharmacology which is aimed at improving supportive care and quality of life in cats with chronic kidney disease.
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Since graduating from the Azad University of Karadj, Iran in 2003 Shahab has worked with livestock. He joined the Livestock Veterinary Service in 2009 to pursue his interest in bovine lameness which is the subject of his Masters research. Shahab is currently studying for his membership exams in dairy cattle medicine.
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BSc (Hons) MSc D.Phil
David is the Leonard P. Ullman Chair of Nutritional Ecology, and Nutrition Theme Leader at the Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney. His expertise in nutritional ecology focuses on how the behavioural and physiological interactions of animals with their environment influence health and wellbeing. He has extensive experience in applying this approach to wild animals, production animals, companion animals, and humans. David holds concurrent appointments in the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences and the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Sydney, and is Adjunct Professor in the New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study. He has published one book and over 200 scientific papers.
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BVMS DSAS(Orth) MRCVS RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics)
Alasdair graduated from Glasgow University in 1996. After spending two years in mixed practice he moved into small animal practice and quickly gained an interest in surgery. He completed the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons certificate in small animal surgery in 2002. He then spent a year in Australia working in first opinion small animal practice in Sydney and Cairns before returning to the UK. While continuing in first opinion practice Alasdair gradually increased his surgical referral case load until he decided to undertake an orthopaedics and spinal surgery residency at the prestigious Willows Referral Service in Solihull. He was awarded the RCVS diploma in small animal surgery (orthopaedics) in 2011 and this year became an RCVS recognised specialist in the same field. Alasdair now works at East Neuk Veterinary Clinic, a private orthopaedic referral practice in Scotland. In addition to his busy case load he is also an honorary lecturer for Liverpool University's post graduate training program, as well as regularly providing other post graduate training. Alasdair has published on cranial cruciate ligament disease, total hip replacement and discospondylitis and is currently involved in a number of other multicentre studies in the UK.
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BS BVetMed MANZCVSc (Feline) DipAVBP (Feline) MACVS
After graduating from Colorado State University with a BSc in biological sciences/anatomy and neurophysiology, Elise relocated to the UK in 1998 to study veterinary medicine at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London. She graduated with honours in 2003 and instead of moving back to the USA, she ended up staying permanently in the UK! She focused her clinical work and studies on feline medicine was awarded Membership of the ANZCVSc in feline medicine in 2008, and later Diplomate status of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (AVBP) in 2012. She is currently working towards the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Recognised Specialist status in Feline Medicne. She operates a visiting feline referral and endoscopy service for those in first opinion practice in SE England. Her professional interests include medical endoscopy and endosurgery (laparoscopy). She's received her formal training from both veterinary and human consultant surgeons, in the USA, Germany, France and the UK. In her spare time she enjoys playing the cello, travelling, running events (10K and half marathons) and triathlon.
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David C Robson
BVSc (Hons), MACVSc (Canine Medicine) FACVSc (Dermatology)
David graduated in 1992 from the University of Queensland. He worked in general practice for 6 years before spending the next decade in dermatology referral practice with the Animal Skin Ear and Allergy Clinic at the Melbourne Veterinary Specialist Centre. He gained his ACVS Fellowship examination in dermatology in 2005. He has practiced clinical dermatology, published and lectured both in Australia and overseas. His current research interests include topical otic therapy, antifungal resistance profiles of Malassezia spp and allergen-specific IgE testing. David is a foundation member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists Dermatology Chapter.
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BVMS MACVSc MRCVS FACVSc Registered Specialist in Equine Reproduction
Dr Jim Rodger graduated from the Veterinary School at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Jim spent a few months in general practice on the East coast of England before taking a position in the West Midlands doing National Hunt horse racing, show jumping and general equine practice. After a few years he transferred to the equine practice of Crowhurst and Partners in Newmarket, England to develop stud experience under the watchful eye of such veterinary icons as Fred Day and Twink Allen. After three years the opportunity arose to come to Australia to the practice of Murray Bain.
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BVSc MACVSc(Avian Health)
Alex undertook his veterinary studies with the specific aim of working with birds. This desire stems from an early childhood love for and fascination with birds. After graduating from Veterinary Science in 1991, Alex worked with birds in England, Hong Kong and Australia. He successfully completed the Membership Exams for the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Avian Health in January 1996. Since establishing an all-bird veterinary service in Sydney in November 1996, Alex sees cases from other vets as well as those from pet owners. He is dedicated to providing quality care and treatment for all birds. Rescued and re-homed budgies and cockatiels inhabit a large outdoor aviary, while two large 'adopted' parrots (a galah and a Major Mitchell x corella) share his home. He is also experienced in the treatment of various exotic species including fish, reptile and mammalian pocket pets.
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BSc, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM
After graduating from the Atlantic Veterinary College in 1996, Dr. Ross completed a Small Animal Internship at the University of Minnesota. She remained at the University of Minnesota to complete an Internal Medicine Residency combined with a PhD in Nephrology/Urology. After serving as an Assistant Clinical Professor for two years she moved to the University of California Veterinary Medical Center in San Diego to complete a Fellowship in Renal Medicine/Hemodialysis. She is currently the coordinator of the Nephrology/Urology and Hemodialysis service at the UCVMC-SD. Dr. Ross has received awards for both teaching and research, has several refereed scientific publications and has been invited to speak at national and international meetings. Her specific research interests include; influence of diet on the progression of chronic kidney disease, feline acute ureteral obstruction, non-surgical urolith management and applications of hemodialysis and hemoperfusion.
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BVSc MVS FACVSc (Medicine) DACVIM (Cardiology)
Dr Nick Russell graduated from the University of Sydney in 1998. In 2002, he became a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists (ACVSc) and undertook a Residency in Small Animal Medicine at Murdoch University Veterinary Hospital, during which time he also completed a Master of Veterinary Studies (in small animal medicine and surgery). In 2005 he undertook a three year residency in veterinary cardiology at the University of Pennsylvania. During this time he attained specialist qualifications in two fields. Firstly in 2007, Nick attained fellowship of the ACVSc in canine medicine, and then in 2008 he achieved Diplomate status of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, in the specialty of cardiology. He currently works in specialty referral practice in southern California, USA.
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BSc (Hons) PhD
Amanda is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow at the University of Sydney's Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders at the Charles Perkins Centre. She completed her PhD in Geneva and her research interests include the hypothalamic control of appetite, body weight and body composition. Her research aims to help people attain and maintain optimum body composition and metabolic health throughout life (with potential applications for obese domestic animals). Her translational research spans studies with transgenic mice to randomized controlled trials in humans. Her current NHMRC project grants exceed $2.4 million.
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Geoffrey John Scarlett
All of my working life has been spent as a Veterinary practitioner. In the main I have worked as a rural, mixed animal practitioner and I have had a couple of short stints in small animal practice. Following graduation I worked for 18 months in large animal practice in Dubbo then travelled overseas to Canada and took up a position in small animal practice in northern Canada for 16mths. Following more travelling , I returned to Australia and worked on the South Coast of NSW for 28 years at Berry where I was a partner in rural mixed practice. In 2007 following unsuccessful surgery on my damaged wrist I was forced to retire from Veterinary Practice.
Since 2007 I have been working pro bono for the Australian Veterinary Association helping to convene and run regional veterinary conferences. More recently I have been a member of the NSW Division Committee and have been elected president of the AVA NSW Division.
I also work pro bono for the University of Sydney Veterinary Faculty. This work involves liaising with veterinary practitioners on behalf of the Veterinary Faculty, speaking to audiences of students regarding their future in the veterinary profession and also mentoring individual students.
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BVSc(Hons) MRCVS MA(Hons) FACVSc (Animal Behaviour) Dipl ACVB CMAVA DipECVBM-CA
Dr Kersti Seksel graduated in Veterinary Science from the University of Sydney, then from Macquarie University with a BA in Behavioural Sciences majoring in psychology and has an MA(Hons) degree by thesis on the long and short term behavioural effects of puppy socialisation and training programs. A registered veterinary specialist in Animal Behaviour, she is also a Fellow of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Animal Behaviour, a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Behavioural Medicine-Companion Animals and honorary associate at the University of Sydney. Kersti is the principal of a specialist referral-only practice for animal behaviour in Sydney and Melbourne, President of the Australian Companion Animal Council and chair of the Companion Animal sectoral group of the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy. She has presented at multiple conferences and meetings, has published over 100 papers on animal behaviour in scientific journals, magazines and periodicals and is a regular contributor to print and electronic media. Currently she is a regular presenter on ABC radio in Australia on pet care and behaviour, writes for Dog's Life and Your Garden magazines and is also a consultant to VIN.
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Stephen J. Simpson
Stephen is Academic Director of the Charles Perkins Centre and Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Sydney. Together with colleague David Raubenheimer, Stephen developed an integrative modelling framework for nutrition (the Geometric Framework), which was devised and tested using insects, but has since been applied to a wide range of organisms from slime moulds to humans, and problems, from aquaculture and conservation biology to the dietary causes of human obesity and ageing. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and his awards include NSW Scientist of the Year, 2009 and the Eureka Prize for Scientific Research, 2008.
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Kevin Smith is a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants having qualified with KMPG in London and Sydney (specialising in superannuation). He has extensive superannuation, tax and investment experience obtained in the investment management industry over the last two decades. After KMPG, Kevin was Head of Technical Services at Rothschild Australia Asset Management, Director of Technical Services at BT Financial Group and Director and Chairman of Rothschild Australia Staff Superannuation Fund. He co-authored the BT Super Book (a leading superannuation publication used by the industry) and was on the Honours Roll of the Personal Investor Masterclass Financial Planning in 2003 before being on the panel of exam setters. His opinion is often sought and he has presented at numerous conferences as well as quoted in the national newspapers and industry magazines. He has had extensive experience in the area of providing financial advice for individuals since 1997 and established The Professional Super Advisers in January 2008, one of only a handful of truly independent providers of financial advice in Australia.
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BVetMed PhD DipECVIM MANZCVS MRCVS
Andy Sparkes graduated from the Royal Veterinary College (University of London) in 1983. In 1987 he joined the University of Bristol as an intern in feline medicine where he remained in various clinical, research and teaching positions and was ultimately appointed as Senior Lecturer in Feline Medicine. In 2000. Andy joined the Animal Health Trust in the UK, and then in 2012 he was appointed as the Veterinary Director of International Cat Care and International Society of Feline Medicine. He has published widely in the field of feline medicine, is a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and is the founding and current co-editor of the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.
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BVSc(Hons) FACVSc (Ophthalmology)
Dr Robin Stanley graduated with first class honours from the University of Melbourne in 1984. He undertook an ophthalmology residency from 1987 to 1989 obtaining membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in small animal surgery and in 1990 obtained his Fellowship of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in ophthalmology. Robin is registered as a veterinary eye specialist and is a Board of Examiner's member for the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists. Dr Stanley works with two other veterinarians in a dedicated ophthalmology-only practice in Melbourne. His clinical interests are in ophthalmic surgery, particularly small incisional cataract, hypertensive retinopathy and glaucoma. He is visiting senior lecturer to the Veterinary School, University of Melbourne and holds ophthalmology clinics at the School. Well-known for his practical and informative lecturing style, he has done many presentations and symposiums in Australia, and lectured in Japan, the United States, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Sweden and England. Robin has authored and co-authored 18 peer reviewed publications (he co-authored Common Eye Diseases - A Problem Oriented Text for Veterinarians, and contributed to textbooks such as Fundamentals of Veterinary Ophthalmology, Small Animal Ophthalmology, a Problem Oriented Approach and Small Animal Clinical Pharmacology). Robin was winner of the prestigious Tom Hungerford Award in 2010.
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BVSc MANZCVSC DACVECC
Katrin graduated from Sydney University in 1994, and initially worked in small animal general practice for a few years. In 1997 she started working in an emergency service in Sydney and rapidly realised that this field was her vocation. In 2000 she attained her ANZCVS Memberships in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care. After a residency at Murdoch University and in 2006 she became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. From 2007 to 2011 she was Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care at Murdoch University and since leaving Murdoch she has been setting up a new referral practice. Katrin's interests include teaching, critical care, trauma, toxicology and envenomations.
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Jess graduated from the University of Sydney as a veterinarian in 2013 and commenced working in the General Medicine unit at the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Sydney (UVTHS) where she provides first opinion and emergency veterinary services to the local community. She is also enrolled in a PhD with UVTHS Feline Medicine Specialists A/Prof Vanessa Barrs and A/Prof Julia Beatty. Her PhD is investigating fungal infections caused by Aspergillus species in cats, dogs, birds and humans. Jess also volunteers her time to perform field work on Tasmanian Devils and provide veterinary and rehoming services to local Sydney pounds. She is particularly interested in infectious diseases, congenital abnormalities and animal welfare.
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BVSc BSc (Vet) MACVSc Senior Registrar in Small Animal Surgery
European specialist in small animal surgery
Chris graduated from The University of Sydney in 2000 and worked in general practice in Australia and the UK before commencing a surgical residency at the University of Sydney. In 2014, he was admitted as a fellow of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists and Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons. At present, Chris is completing a PhD in joint kinematics at the Surgical and Orthopaedic Research Laboratories, UNSW, whilst continuing to teach at all levels of both undergraduate and post graduate surgical training.
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BVetMed(Hons) CertSAM DipECVIM-CA MRCVS
Sam graduated from the Royal Vet College in 2002 and completed internships in private referral practice before starting a Feline Advisory Bureau Residency at Bristol University. She was awarded the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine in 2006 and the European Diploma in 2009. In 2010 she became an RCVS Specialist in Feline Medicine. She currently works for the Feline Advisory Bureau (International Cat Care), specifically involved in distance learning and nursing education. She is an editorial board member for The Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery and her recent research interests include feline lymphoma. She is also passionate about improving cat handling in practice and care of senior cats. Her spare time is taken up protecting her two cats from her toddler's attention!
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BVSc (Hons) DACVIM MANZCVS (Assoc)
Mary graduated from the University of Sydney in 1995 and worked in companion animal practice in Sydney, before completing an internship at Washington State University and a residency in small animal internal medicine at Purdue University. She is board certified in internal medicine, having gained Diplomate status with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2001. Mary has been on faculty at the University of Queensland since 2005. Her major research interest is recurrent urinary tract infection and antimicrobial resistance in dogs and cats, as well as a keen interest in nutritional toxicities in companion animals. Mary is active in the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists and is President of the Small Animal Medicine Chapter and Vice-president of the Feline Chapter.
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DVM MS Diplomate ACVS
Dr James P. Toombs is the Donn E. and Beth M. Bacon Professor of Small Animal Surgery at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He was Chair of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at ISU from 2003 to 2008. Dr Toombs received a BA in general science from the University of Iowa in 1972, his DVM from the University of Illinois in 1976, and a MS in surgery from the University of Minnesota in 1980. He completed a small animal internship and residency training in small animal surgery at the University of Minnesota. Dr Toombs is board certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) and has served on the Examination Committee for both the ACVS and the European College of Veterinary Surgeons. He was a small animal orthopaedic surgeon at the University of Georgia for seven years and at Purdue University for 16 years before going to Iowa State. At Purdue, he was the Section Head of Small Animal Surgery and the Small Animal Chief of Staff. His areas of interest include bone grafts and implants, orthopaedic fixation devices, external skeletal fixation materials and techniques, and treatment of spinal cord injury. He was awarded the Spinal Cord Society Research Medal in 1989. He has published 55 papers in professional journals, three textbooks, and has contributed chapters to numerous additional textbooks. He has given over 100 invited presentations internationally, over 200 invited presentations at national meetings, and numerous additional presentations at regional, state, and local meetings. He has been most frequently asked to speak on topics related to external skeletal fixation. External Fixation in Small Animal Practice co-authored by Dr Toombs is available in our Vetbookshop.)
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Dr Adam Toyer graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (of no apparent distinction!) in 1995. After practicing in private practice for eight or so years it became clear that whilst he knew something about veterinary science there was also a lot he didn't know. He sat and passed Australian College membership exams in Veterinary Surgery in 2007 and discovered that there were things that he knew that he knew and things he knew that he didn't know, but it was also clear there was a lot that he didn't know that he did not know! He was also fairly sure there was nothing that he didn't know that he knew. Well sort of sure. Adam has a particular interest in the management of arthritis and has presented the CVE TimeOnline Arthritis program to over 100 participants.
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BSc BVSc(Hons) Diplomate ABVP (Exotic Companion Mammals)
David consults exclusively as an exotics vet in Sydney. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1992, and a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 1996, both from the University of Sydney. In 2009, David became a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Exotic Companion Mammals, the first and only Australian vet to achieve these credentials. David's interest in natural history began early in life. Growing up In Sydney's suburbia he was lured to the appeal of native avifauna and herpetofauna. His first four years of vet life were spent practicing in the UK, where his exposure to 'exotic' pets was greatly enhanced. Since graduating as a vet, the appeal of exotic veterinary medicine has engaged David to work on a range of exotic animals. He is particularly interested in small mammals (especially rabbits) as well as reptile and amphibian medicine and surgery. David now consults as a primary accession and second opinion exotic small mammal and reptile vet in Sydney at the North Shore Veterinary Specialist Centre (Crows Nest) and at the Animal Referral Hospital (Homebush).
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BVSc(Hons) MACVSc (Feline Medicine) FACVSc (Dermatology)
Linda graduated from the University of Sydney in 1984 and worked in private and university small animal practice in Australia and England for over ten years before following a long time interest in dermatology. Linda achieved Membership of the ACVSc in Feline Medicine in 1997 and Fellowship in Veterinary Dermatology in 2003. She ran a small and large animal dermatology service at the University of Sydney from 1999-2012, before moving to private referral practice at the Small Animal Specialist Hospital in 2013. Linda has authored and co-authored numerous scientific publications, and lectured in both Australia and internationally. She continues to teach pre-clinical dermatology to veterinary students at the University of Sydney, and along with promoting a greater understanding of dermatology at all levels, Linda's special interests include atopic dermatitis, ear diseases, dermatohistopathology, skin surface cytology sampling, and dermatology in exotics and horses.
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Dr Med Vet Diplomate ECVS
Katja graduated 1994 from the University of Zurich in Switzerland. After 4 years in small animal and equine practice she went back to the University of Zurich to complete an internship and residency in small animal surgery. In 2004, she obtained her ECVS Diploma. The following years Katja occupied a position in the small animal surgery team of the University of Zurich as Assistant Professor, until she started working at the UVTHS in 2009. Katja's research activities focus on orthopaedic surgery topics, in particular trauma, joint diseases, and canine gait analysis. Katja also loves surgery in cats and is co-editor and author of a textbook on feline orthopaedic surgery and musculoskeletal disease.
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BVSC (Hons)MACVSc (Emergency and Critical Care)
Dr Rob Webster has worked exclusively in emergency and critical care practice since graduation from UQ in 2000 and finds it a challenging and rewarding field of veterinary medicine. In 2005 he bought the Animal Emergency Service, and has practices in the Southern Brisbane and Gold Coast corridor. He treats a variety of emergency cases as well as referral cases requiring critical care.
Rob have completed a 6 year training program in emergency medicine and critical care supervised by Professor Steve Haskins, a pre-eminent specialist in our field and he will sit specialist exams soon.
Rob is married to Jules and has 2 daughters, 4 dogs, 2 cats, 6 turtles, 6 parrots and many fish.
His specific clinical interests include research into tick paralysis and respiratory management in tick paralysis patients.
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BVSc(Hons) MACVSc(Feline) Diplomate ACVIM(Internal Medicine)
Joanna graduated from the University of Sydney and spent 6 years in general practice prior to completing a PhD in Feline Kidney Disease. She completed a residency in small animal internal medicine at Massey University and is a Diplomat of the ACVIM. Whilst undertaking her residency Joanna undertook Masters in Veterinary Epidemiology. She has broad interests in canine and especially feline internal medicine, and is especially well published in feline nephrology.
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BSc (Vet) (Hons) BVSc (Hons) MVetstud MANZCVS(SmAnimMed,ECC)
Following graduation from the University of Sydney Jo worked in general practice in Sydney. During this time she developed an interest in medicine and critical care and commenced a medicine internship at the University of Sydney in 2007. Following this Jo worked as an anaesthesia registrar allowing her to hone her skills and knowledge in emergency and critical care medicine. Jo then returned to UVTHS medicine department in 2012 as a Resident in Small Animal Medicine. Whilst at the UVTHS Jo has completed a Masters in Veterinary Studies and is a member of the Small Animal Medicine and Emergency & Critical Care Chapters of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. She is interested in all areas of internal medicine, particularly infectious disease, haematology and critical illness.
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Dr Cameron Whittaker graduated from Sydney University in 1989. After spending time in mixed animal practice, he completed an internship in 1992 at the University of Sydney. In 1993 Cameron started a residency in veterinary ophthalmology at the University of Florida, and in 1996 he was granted Diplomate status of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. He then worked at the Ohio State University as a visiting Assistant Professor. In late 1997 he returned to Australia for family reasons, and started to work with Jeff. Since that time he has become a business partner in Eye Clinic for Animals and worked for the Australian Veterinary Association (NSW Division). Cameron has co-authored three text books including Veterinary Ophthalmology 3rd Edition, Manual of Equine Practice 2nd edition, and Veterinary Clinics of North America, Ophthalmology edition. He has written almost a dozen peer reviewed papers in a variety of international clinical journals. Cameron currently provides medicine and surgery lectures and practical classes to students at the University of Sydney. He voluntarily also provides his services to the wild life at both Taronga Zoo in Sydney, and Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo. Cameron has a special interest in cataract surgery, glaucoma, corneal medicine and surgery, and exotic animal ophthalmology.
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BSc, BVetMed, CertSAM DipECVIM MRCVS
After graduating from the University of Reading in 1994 with a BSc in Animal Science, Sheila studied veterinary medicine at the University of London, graduating in 1998. Sheila then spent five years in small animal practice before undertaking an FAB Residency in Feline Medicine at the University of Bristol. Shortly after her residency Sheila was appointed as the Head of Small Animal Medicine and the Feline Centre at the Animal Health Trust where she was based for 2 years before joining IDEXX Laboratories in December 2009. Sheila has recently returned to Langford as a teaching fellow in feline medicine. She acquired her ECVIM Diploma in Internal Medicine in September 2010 and is a Recognised European Veterinary Specialist in Internal Medicine. She became an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Feline Medicine in March 2012. Sheila enjoys all aspects of feline medicine with a specialist interest in feline renal and ureteric disease. She is a member of the FAB Feline Expert Panel and an editorial board member for the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. Sheila enjoys horse-riding, running, dining out and spending time with her 2 cats Monkey Magic and Mister Foo. Sheila's main research interest are is feline ureteric disease. She is also interested in feline chronic kidney disease and the behavioural and medical management of feline idiopathic cystitis.
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BVSc (hons) FANZCVS
Justin graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney with first class honours. He also spent a summer at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University in New York where he studied electrophysiology and renal physiology and completed Cornell's prestigious Veterinary Leadership Program. After graduating in Sydney, he completed an Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the Veterinary Specialist Centre in Sydney where he developed an excellent grounding in small animal practice. Justin completed a residency in Small Animal Medicine in 2007 and has achieved his specialist qualification as a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Internal Medicine. He is passionate about the highest level of care for both dogs and cats. He is interested in all areas of medicine but has special interests in kidney disease, autoimmune and gastrointestinal disease.
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Wing Tip Wong
DVM MVS MACVSc (Surgery)
Wing Tip has spent most of his time as a clinician and teacher. He worked for several years in private practice in Malaysia and returned to the University of Melbourne in 1988 to work at the Veterinary Clinic and Hospital. From 1999 he spent 14 months as staff surgeon in private referral practice.
Currently he is consultant surgeon (orthopaedics and neurosurgery) in the Veterinary Clinic and Hospital as well as senior fellow in the Department of Veterinary Science, The University of Melbourne. Dr Wong's DVDs A Practical Guide to Basic Bone Plating and Surgical Approaches to the Bones and Joints of the Dog are in the Vetbookshop.
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BVetMed DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology) MRCVS
Richard graduated from the Royal Veterinary College London in 2002 and also passed the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination in the same year. After graduation he completed a one-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Edinburgh. Following this he remained at Edinburgh University completing a three-year cardiopulmonary residency including one year working in the small animal internal medicine department, passing the first part of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Companion Animals diploma in 2006. Richard remained at the University of Edinburgh after completing his residency where he was employed as a veterinary cardiologist. He has also completed externships in the veterinary cardiology departments at Cornell and Florida Universities.
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MDS, PhD, FICD, MRACDS (DPH)
Clive studied dentistry at University of Otago and completed an MDS and PhD. He was Professor of Preventive and Community Dentistry, and Head of the School of Dental Science, at the University of Melbourne.
He left to commence private dental practice in New Zealand. Later, he was the Director, Health Promotion and Research, Dental Health Services Victoria and then Chief Advisor (Oral Health), Ministry of Health, New Zealand. He was Chief Dental Officer for NSW from 1995 to February 2012.
Clive has chaired many Government reviews including the recent National Oral Health Promotion Planning Committee (2012-2013) tasked with developing Australia’s first Commonwealth led approach to oral health promotion.He is now Clinical Professor, University of Sydney and Associate Director (Oral Health) at the Centre for Education and Research on Ageing at Concord Hospital.
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B.V.Sc., Dip Acup, CVA (IVAS)
Ulrike graduated from Melbourne University in 1972 and since that time has been actively engaged in veterinary practice. She worked in large animal practice for the first 18 months, and then changed to research work. For the next 2 years she researched potential anti-inflammatory drugs but missed the variety of general practice. After travelling and being a locum in the UK and Australia, Ulrike started her own mixed practice in Highton Geelong in 1979. In July 2010 she sold the then 3 veterinarian, small animal practice and currently works the two days a week treating patients with acupuncture and Chinese Herbs at the Animal House Veterinary Clinic in Torquay. Ulrike is currently the Executive Director of Australian College of Veterinary Acupuncture Ltd, a not for profit company that aims to teach acupuncture to veterinary graduates, provide continuing education for IVAS graduates and promote much needed veterinary acupuncture research.
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BVSc (Hons) MVS FACVSc (Small animal surgery)
Guy is a Melbourne-based specialist small animal surgeon and consultant surgeon at the University of Melbourne. He is a Fellow of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists who maintains active interests in both soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery. Guy has conducted clinical research in soft tissue reconstructive and minimally invasive surgery, and has current international orthopaedic collaborations. He is strongly focused on optimising veterinary surgical practices and outcomes through the application of available evidence and a structured approach to continuing education.
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BVSc(Hons) MACVSc GradCertEdStud (Higher Education)
Dr Sanaa Zaki graduated from the University of Sydney in 1992. She became a member (by examination) of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists, Anaesthesia and Critical Care Chapter in 1997 and completed the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Higher Education) at the University of Sydney in 2005. Since 1995 she has been teaching, conducting clinical research and providing clinical service within the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney. In her current position as Lecturer in Veterinary Anaesthesia she is Unit of Study coordinator for the Veterinary Anaesthesia course and Year 4 coordinator for the Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree. In 2008 Dr Zaki was appointed Director of the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Sydney. She is currently also undertaking a PhD looking at 'Understanding the Pain of Osteoarthritis'.
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