Speakers and Tutors
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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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) MVetClinStud FACVSc (Feline Medicine) GradCertEdStud (Higher Ed)
Head of Small Animal Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Science, The University of Sydney, Feline Medicine Specialist
A/Professor Vanessa Barrs is a registered Specialist in Feline Medicine. She has represented the profession in many roles including President of the Feline Chapter of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists, Program Chair of the International Society of Companion Animal Diseases and trustee of the Australian Feline Health Research Fund. A/Professor Barrs enjoys teaching and was awarded Distinguished Scientific Award in 2009 by the Australian Small Animal Veterinary Association for feline infectious diseases research. In addition to over 70 refereed publications and book chapters, Vanessa is a busy practitioner and co-directs the feline referral service at the Valentine Charlton Cat Centre, University of Sydney.
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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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Niek Jozef Beijerink
SDVM PhD Diplomate ECVIM-CA (Cardiology)
Dr Niek Beijerink graduated with 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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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.[ top ]
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.
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) MVetStud, Veterinary 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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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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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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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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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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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.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
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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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 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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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, and an adjunct Senior Lecturer at Murdoch University.
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BVSc(Hons) MACVSc(Animal Behaviour) CMAVA PhD
Jacqui 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. Jacqui is currently undertaking her training towards becoming the first Australian resident in Veterinary Behaviour.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
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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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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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 DipECVIMCA MRCVS
Andy Sparkes graduated from the Royal Veterinary College (University of London) in 1983, and after a period of four years in general practice joined the staff of the University of Bristol as an intern in feline medicine in 1987 where he continued to work in various clinical, research and teaching positions until 2000. Andy has published widely in the field of feline medicine, and is diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He is a recognised specialist in feline medicine (by the RCVS) and is also currently editor of the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, an international journal launched by WB Saunders.
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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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BVSc BSc (Vet) MACVSc Senior Registrar in Small Animal Surgery
Chris graduated from The University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Science (Veterinary) in 1999 and Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 2000. Chris comes with six years experience in general practice as an Associate and Senior Veterinarian. He has worked extensively throughout Sydney and England Veterinary clinics and hospitals, and in 2007 he was admitted as a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in Small Animal Surgery. Amongst his other interests and duties at UVTHS, Chris hopes to deliver an improved understanding of the needs of a general practitioner to our referral service.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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