We are pleased to announce the following confirmed speakers:

  • Abigail Edis
    Abigail Edis
    FdSc RVN CertVNES CC
    Abi qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2010 with a foundation degree in Veterinary Nursing, she shortly moved down to Hertfordshire to continue her career in nursing in the surrounding area. She completed her certificate in nursing exotic species and 2013 she joined the Beaumont Sainsbury Animal Hospital in London where she helped establish the RVC exotics service. She now continues to work full time in the exotic first opinion and referral service seeing a wide range of species from small mammal, avian, reptile, amphibians, fish and some zoo species. She partakes in all areas of nursing these species including nursing care, theatre, client consultations and diagnostic procedures. Her keen interests include anaesthesia and critical care and particularly medicine and advancement of care in guinea pigs.
    Abigail Edis will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
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  • Carli Dodd
    Carli Dodd
    RVN CertVNES
    Carli is a qualified veterinary nurse who was amongst the first group of nurses in the country to attain the C&G Certificate in the Veterinary Nursing of Exotic Species. She has worked in avian/exotic practice for over twenty years and has always been passionate about birds. In 2010 she and Richard Jones established Avian Veterinary Services; the only dedicated companion bird practice in the UK.  
    Carli Dodd will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
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  • Craig Tessyman
    Craig Tessyman
    Craig Tessyman RVN gained his qualification in veterinary nursing 2007 after working in practice from 1999.
    Craig started working in a small animal practice that saw a large exotic case load. His career has taken him from referral theater nurse, head nurse of a small animal practice to working at one of the country's busiest out of hours emergency hospitals in a large charity centre.
    Craig currently works as senior exotic nurse alongside Molly Varga and team at Rutland House Veterinary Hospital and Referral centre in St Helens, Merseyside, who see a 100% exotic only case load.
    Craig is a member of exotic, wildlife, and nursing special interest groups for vetpartners helping guide the group into clinical excellence as well as being a member of the BSAVA publications committee.
    Craig is a qualified clinical coach, and currently working towards his Advanced Programme in Veterinary Nursing of Zoo and Exotic Species
    Craig Tessyman will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
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  • Dan Johnson
    Dan Johnson
    Dan Johnson is a 1992 graduate of North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine (NCSU-CVM). In 1996 he founded North Carolina’s first all-exotics practice, Avian and Exotic Animal Care, located in Raleigh. Dr. Johnson’s caseload is made up entirely of exotic pets, fish, wildlife, and zoo species. He also serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at NCSU-CVM. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) specializing in exotic companion mammal practice and is a past president of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV). Dr. Johnson publishes and lectures internationally on avian and exotic animal practice.
    Dan Johnson will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
    Session: Confirmed:
    How to Intubate Almost Any Exotic Companion Mammal
  • Donna Brown
    Donna Brown
    RCVS Registered Veterinary Nurse
    Donna qualified from Bicton College in 1998 whilst working in North Devon at a mixed animal practice. She moved to Scotland in 1999 to work at the Royal Dick School of veterinary studies, Small Animal Hospital eventually going on to concentrate in exotic animal nursing. She gained her City and Guilds in Exotics in 2001.

    After leaving the RDSVS in 2007 she joined Edinburgh Zoo as the veterinary nurse. Her work includes the routine in-house laboratory testing of the many animals within the society, now made possible by the Society's investment in our own blood analyser and faecal-analysis equipment.

    Donna assists the vets with animal anaesthetics and health checks and has been fortunate enough to travel to Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Sierra Leone with the RZSS, also being involved with some of the conservation projects currently supported by the RZSS.

    Donna has been involved with lecturing both qualified and trainee veterinary nurses on exotic animal nursing and has contributed to several chapters in veterinary textbooks published by the BSAVA.
    Donna Brown will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
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  • Doug Mader
    Doug Mader
    MS, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Canine/Feline), Diplomate, ABVP (Reptile/Amphibian), Diplomate, ECZM (Herpetology), Fellow, Royal Society of Medicine
    Dr. Mader received his DVM from the University of California, Davis in 1986. In addition, he completed a Residency in Primate and Zoo animal medicine. He is the co-owner the Marathon Veterinary Hospital, a 24 hour Emergency/referral hospital in the Conch Republic. He is the consulting veterinarian for the Monroe County Sheriff's Zoo, the Key West Aquarium, Dynasty Marine, Everglades Alligator Farm and the Theater of the Sea. Dr. Mader is an internationally acclaimed lecturer and is on the review boards of several scientific journals. He has published numerous articles in scientific and veterinary journals, national magazines, and, is the author/editor and co-editor of three textbooks on Reptile Medicine and Surgery.
    Doug Mader will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
    Session: Confirmed:
    Reptile coelomic surgery ​
    Reptile critical care - medical and surgical techniques
    To treat or not to treat - How to interpret culture and sensitivity results
  • Dr Helene Pendl
    Dr Helene Pendl
    Dr. med. vet.
    Helene Pendl graduated from the veterinary faculty of the Ludwig-Maximilian-University (LMU) in Munich and completed her doctoral thesis on psittacine hematology at the Institute of Avian Diseases of the LMU. After postgraduate trainings in avian medicine in the U.S. and six years as a practitioner in small animal, avian, exotic pet, and laboratory animal medicine, she started her own business on diagnostic microscopy in 2002. Her registered company Pendl Lab exclusively focuses on avian and reptile hematology, cytology, pathology, and histopathology. Besides routine diagnostic workups and scientific collaborations, Pendl Lab provides international training and consulting programs tailored to the specific needs of veterinarians, biologists, and veterinary technicians working in different professional fields. Helene Pendl has published in standard textbooks and journals and has been a regular lecturer and instructor at international conferences and postgraduate programs for more than 25 years.
    Dr Helene Pendl will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
    Session: Confirmed:
    Diagnostic microscopy (Part 1): Haematology of Avian and Reptile Species
    How to: use microscopy with confidence
  • Dr Lionel Schillinger
    Dr Lionel Schillinger
    Dr Lionel SCHILLIGER graduated from the french National Veterinary School of Nantes (Oniris) in 1989 and has been working with dogs, cats and reptiles ever since. He certified in canine and feline nutrition in 1992 (E.N.V.A), in clinical hematology and biochemistry of small companion animals in 1998 (E.N.V.T), and in canine and feline internal medicine in 2011 (Vet Agro Sup). He is a Diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine (ECZM - Herpetology) and a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP - Reptile and Amphibian Practice). He is also a representative member of his country in the International Committee of the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV).

    Lionel SCHILLIGER works as a private practitioner in Paris and at the National Veterinary School of Maisons-Alfort.
    Dr Lionel Schillinger will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
    Session: Confirmed:
    Reptile Ultrasound ​
    Reptile cardiology
  • Dr Shachar Malka
    Dr Shachar Malka
    Dr. Shachar Malka is the owner of Long Island Bird and Exotics Veterinary Clinic in NY, where he cares for exotics pets and wildlife exclusively. He completed an internship at the University of Guelph, Canada and a three year residency at the University of California, Davis. 
    Dr. Malka has a strong interest in wildlife conservation. He is the founder of Rift Valley Wildlife Clinics, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that cares for animals in need locally as well as in Africa, where he volunteers much of his time providing veterinary care in rural areas.
    Dr. Malka's professional interests include advanced anesthesia, endoscopy and minimally invasive surgery. 
    Dr Shachar Malka will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
    Session: Confirmed:
    Evaluation Of The Skull And Thorax Of Small Mammals; Traditional Radiography & Computed Tomography
  • Jo Hinde
    Jo Hinde
    Jo has worked in the veterinary industry since 2007 and has always had a special interest in rabbits. She owns and runs LagoLearn, providing rabbit specific CPD to veterinary professionals in both the UK and internationally. She also spends a significant amount of voluntary time working with charities and parliamentary groups to highlight animal welfare and is proud to be Junior Vice President of the British Veterinary Nurse Association. Jo attends many events, gives lectures and writes articles for the veterinary industry as well as the general public and schools. She has received several awards over the years including the Blue Cross Veterinary Nurse of the Year in 2014, an RCVS Innovation Award winner in 2017 and the IFAW Animal Advocate Award in 2017.
    Jo Hinde will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
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  • Minh Huynh
    Minh Huynh
    DVM, MRCVS, DE Pathologie aviaire
    Minh Huynh is the head of exotic department at Fregis hospital center (the biggest and oldest referral practice in France, located in the south of Paris) and part time consultant at the National Vetschool. He did his residency at Great Western Referrals in England under the supervision of Neil Forbes. He is boarded from the European College of Zoological Medicine in avian subspecialty since 2014 and currently supervising the first avian residency in France. He is also boarded from the American College of Zoological Medicine since 2017. He was one of the four co-organizers of ICARE in Paris in 2015.
    Minh Huynh will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
    Session: Confirmed:
    How to: Safely anaesthetise an exotic patient
    Use of smartphone in exotic pet practice
  • Prof Rüdiger Korbel
    Prof Rüdiger Korbel
    Prof. Dr. med. vet, Dr. med. vet. habil.
    Diplomate of the European College for Zoological Medicine ECZM, Avian
    Cert. Specialist in poultry including subdivisions pet-, zoo-, wild birds, raptors and pigeons
    Cert. Specialist in veterinary ophthalmology
    Past president EAAV 2001-2003
    Board member Int. Committee AAV

    1979 – 1984 Graduated from veterinary school at the Ludwig-MaximiliansUniversity of Munich

    1984 – 1999Scientific Assistant Institute of Poultry Diseases, University of Munich
    1996 Habilitation "Ophthalmology in birds"
    1999 – 2000 Guest Professor at the Department of Poultry, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna / Austria
    2000 – 2011Associate Professor at the Raptor Centre, University of Minnesota / USA
    since 2003 Chair and Director of the Clinic for Birds, Small Mammals, Reptiles and Ornamental Fish Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich

    Focus on:
    Ophthalmology in birds
    Animal Welfare Legal aspects of visual perception in poultry
    Anesthesia in birds
    Orthopedics in birds
    Prof Rüdiger Korbel will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
    Session: Confirmed:
    Basic principles and application of Exotics and Wildlife Ophthalmology
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    Prof Zdenek (Sid) Knotek
    DVM, Ph.D, Dip ECZM (Herpetological Medicine and Surgery)
    Sid is the Head of Avian and Exotic Animal Clinic, University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences Brno, Czech Republic and adjunct professor on Department of Veterinary Clinical Science, Purdue University (IN, USA). He is founding member and diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine, member of ARAV and president of CAZWV (Czech Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians). Sid has teaching activities in many universities (Budapest, Copenhagen, Istanbul, Kosice, Ljubljana, Porto, Lisbon, Vila-Real, Utrecht, Sydney, Vienna, Warsaw, Wroclaw, Krakow, Purdue University (USA), Denpasar (Indonesia). As a founder of reptile medicine specialty Sid headed the Unit for Reptiles and Pet Birds at Veterinary University in Vienna (2010-2013). Sid supervises international training courses for exotic medicine: Summer School for Exotic Medicine and Surgery (since 2004), ESAVS courses – Exotic Pets Medicine and Surgery I - III (since 2005) and ESAVS course – Exotic Pets Medicine and Surgery in China (since 2015).
    Prof Zdenek (Sid) Knotek will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
    Session: Confirmed:
    Safe Anaesthesia for Small Lizards ​
  • Sarah Pellett
    Sarah Pellett
    BSc(Hons) MA VetMB CertAVP(ZooMed) DZooMed(Reptilian) MRCVS. RCVS Recognised Specialist in Zoological Medicine.
    Sarah Pellett graduated from University of Cambridge in 2006. During her degree she spent time in exotic practices and zoos both in the UK and abroad. She spent three years working at a first opinion and referral exotic animal practice in Manchester where she completed the RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Zoological Medicine). Sarah now works at Animates Veterinary Clinic, Thurlby, in Lincolnshire, seeing a wide range of first opinion and referral exotic animal cases. In 2017 she completed the RCVS Diploma in Zoological Medicine so she is now an RCVS recognised Specialist in Zoological Medicine.

    She is a member of the British Veterinary Association (BVA), the British Veterinary Zoological Society (BVZS), the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV), the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV), the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV) and the European Association of Avian Veterinarians (EAAV). She is also the veterinary adviser on invertebrate health for the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquaria (BIAZA), Terrestrial Invertebrate Working Group and a member of the committee for the Veterinary Invertebrate Society. She has recently become involved with the work for BIAZA Reptile and Amphibian Working Group.
    Sarah Pellett will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
    Session: Confirmed:
    Invertebrate First Aid
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    Scott Echols
    DVM, Diplomate ABVP- Avian Practice
    Dr Scott Echols is an avian specialist veterinarian living in Salt Lake City, Utah and practicing throughout the United States. Dr Echols graduated from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine. His awards include the 2005 TJ Lafeber Avian Practitioner of the Year, Texas Veterinary Medical Association 2007 Non-Traditional Species Practitioner of the Year, 2017 Wellcome Images Award Finalist and Texas A&M 2018 Distinguished Alumnus. Dr Echols splits his time between clinical practice, research, developing new imaging technologies and running several businesses. One of his companies, Scarlet Imaging, has created innovated contrast agents such as BriteVu that have changed our understanding of anatomy in health and disease of animals ranging from fish to humans. Dr Echols also started the Grey Parrot Anatomy Project in effort to develop a better understanding of avian, and other animal, anatomy.
    Scott Echols will be speaking at the following sessions:
    Topics / sessions to be confirmed
    Session: Confirmed:
    Advanced Imaging in Avian and Exotic Animal Medicine
    Avian Reproductive Tract Surgery
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